The architects at Arba designed an eco-friendly French country house with four different kinds of wood: northern pine to frame the two-bedroom structure, untreated larch wood for the cladding and window framing, ash for the ground floor, and spruce for the attic.
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For the past decade we at Dwell have been ferreting out the best modern design wherever we can find it. And it should come as little surprise that we keep returning to a nation with a centuries-deep lineage of astounding material culture: la France. In honor of photographer Celine Clanet's amazing photo essay in our November 2011 issue depicting the astounding dams of the Savoy region, I've collected a handful of our best stories on French design over the last several years. From the furniture design of Inga Sempé to a masterpiece of rural prefab design by architect Jean-Baptiste Barache, we continue to tip our chapeaux to our amis across l'Atlantique.
Leather gets a second life in French designer Matali Crasset's o-RE-gami lampshade. The regenerated natural material is cut and folded into place in Italy, and the resulting pendant has the delicate grace of a paper crane with a far more durable constitution.