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December 13, 2013
These inspiring white and light-filled homes have captured an atmosphere which breathes minimal modernism at its finest.
Modern living room with furniture designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba

The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. A geometric patterned rug by Karpeta anchors pieces the couple designed for Zanotta, including three Pianoalto sofas and a scattering of indoor-outdoor Ninfea and Loto coffee tables. Also pictured is a Paraggi camp bed and wooden Zen screen for Exteta and a Morphing round mirror for Kos. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

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White living room with pops of color

The internationally acclaimed designer Jaime Hayon takes us on a personal tour of his renovated home in Valencia, Spain, offering decorating tips along the way. The couple snapped up a 2,600-square-foot late-18th-century flat, which they’ve since filled with vintage finds and Hayon’s own designs and prototypes. Photo by Nienke Klunder.

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Modern deck with peaked ceiling and wooden flooring

Living in a state that’s saturated with rain for 
much of the year, Oregonians rightly have an obsession with sunshine. The literal and figurative centerpiece of the house is the atrium, through which light filters into the rest of the house year-round. Photo by John Clark.

Originally appeared in Let There Be White
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Home interior with small fire stove wood bench

In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. In the living room, a Nelson bench doubles as a coffee table, and a wood-burning stove from Cleanburn Stoves keeps the space warm. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

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The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface 
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On an eight-foot-wide site in London, architect Luke Tozer cleverly squeezed in a four-story home equipped with rain-water-harvesting and geothermal systems. The glass wall separating the main living area and the inner courtyard garden opens like an accordion to create a barrier-free transition. Built-in planters along the walls of the courtyard add greenery without eating into the valuable surface area of the courtyard. Photo by Charlie Crane.

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Originally appeared in A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London
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tel aviv hai life dining room

Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city. The fourth-floor kitchen features appliances by Miele, and Heracleum II pendants by Bertjan Pot for Moooi hang over both the kitchen island and the dining table. Photo by Amit Geron.

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belgian renovation interior bedroom

By introducing chic new elements, a Belgian couple takes a gentle approach to transforming a tired house into a vibrant workshop. The pair painted the upstairs master bedroom white, and added a G55 sling chair and leather baskets from their recent design collections. The carpet is from a souk in Casablanca, and the bedcover is from Zara Home. Atop the vintage cup-board is an artwork by Vereecke’s father. Verheyden incorporated all-new woodwork of his design into the room. Photo by Tim Van de Velde.

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Originally appeared in A Clever Belgian Couple Renovate Their Aging Brick Home
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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design staircase glass facade kitchen brownstone renovation Brooklyn

Portland-based studio Jessica Helgerson Interior Design rehauled a Brooklyn brownstone with furnishings and finishes in bold colors and tactile materials. Dwell checks in with lead designer Chelsie Lee to get the scoop on the furniture and fittings. The back staircase abuts a glass facade overlooking the backyard and allowing plenty of light into the kitchen area above. The art hanging on the wall is by artist Julie Thevenot. Photo by Andrew Cammarano.

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great danes dining area

In an up-and-coming area of Copenhagen, a pair of designers and their twin girls inhabit a converted loft, filling it with serious design savvy and a hefty dose of creativity. Morten Bo Jensen, of Danish industrial design company Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, have mixed repurposed vintage items with their own creations inside their Copenhagen apartment. In the kitchen, the dining table—Jensen’s first piece for Vipp—is made of a powder-coated aluminum frame with a recycled, untreated teak top. The lamps overhead are salvaged and rewired Copenhagen streetlights. Photo by Anders Hviid.

Originally appeared in 5 Striking Dining Spaces
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plane house greece living room

A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek. The living room, sports a trio of Shell chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son. Photo by Andrea Wyner.

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Living room in Phoenix, Arizona

At the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix, a geometric home by Wendell Burnette opens up to the surrounding desert landscape. For the seating area, the couple selected a Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia in addition to CH07 Shell chairs by Hans Wegner, a PK61 coffee table by Poul Kjærholm, and a Nesta rug from Design Within Reach. The dining table, an original design by Burnette, is surrounded by stools that belonged to a previous owner. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Skylight in entrance minimalist glass shelves

In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home. Another view of the entrance area. Photo by Jonas Bjerre-Polsen.

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Modern living room with furniture designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba

The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. A geometric patterned rug by Karpeta anchors pieces the couple designed for Zanotta, including three Pianoalto sofas and a scattering of indoor-outdoor Ninfea and Loto coffee tables. Also pictured is a Paraggi camp bed and wooden Zen screen for Exteta and a Morphing round mirror for Kos. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

Photo by Francesco Bolis.

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