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Designing with Ipe: Hardwood at Home

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Ipe, commonly known as Brazilian walnut, is a South American hardwood that is three times harder than cedar, has the same fire rating as concrete and steel, and is resistant to humidity and mildew. Here are six examples of the hardwood at work.
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  More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table. Photo by Jeremy Harris.  Photo by: Jeremy Harris

    More than just a clever cover, the ipe wood shell of Mark Erman's spa, thanks to its 40-foot tracks, niftily navigates the rocky straights between spa shelter, dapper deck, and bespoke buffet table. Photo by Jeremy Harris.

    Photo by: Jeremy Harris

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  The deck of this guest house on the property of two New Haven architects was fashioned from ipe and built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    The deck of this guest house on the property of two New Haven architects was fashioned from ipe and built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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  On the ground level of Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan's laneway home in Toronto, the front door is tucked into an ivy-covered alcove lined with ipe, a material used throughout the house. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

    On the ground level of Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan's laneway home in Toronto, the front door is tucked into an ivy-covered alcove lined with ipe, a material used throughout the house. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

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  Boy and dog stroll alongside their Missouri home’s wraparound porch, made of Brazilian ipe. Rolling slatted doors screen the living room windows, providing shade on sunny days. Photo by Joe Pugliese.  Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    Boy and dog stroll alongside their Missouri home’s wraparound porch, made of Brazilian ipe. Rolling slatted doors screen the living room windows, providing shade on sunny days. Photo by Joe Pugliese.

    Photo by: Joe Pugliese

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  For this Austin home, designers Bercy Chen created a trellis of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. This transformed the very important function of keeping the Texas sun at bay into one of the most striking elements of the house. The sun break wraps up and then over the second story with an artist’s flair. “It does more than just shade the windows,” says Bercy. Photo by Denise Prince Martin.  Photo by: Denise Prince Martin

    For this Austin home, designers Bercy Chen created a trellis of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. This transformed the very important function of keeping the Texas sun at bay into one of the most striking elements of the house. The sun break wraps up and then over the second story with an artist’s flair. “It does more than just shade the windows,” says Bercy. Photo by Denise Prince Martin.

    Photo by: Denise Prince Martin

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  In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the ground. The home’s mix of dark ipe wood, concrete, and glass give credence to Winter’s description of it as “an open bunker.” Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

    In a South Minneapolis neighborhood of century-old housing stock, Julie Snow’s bold but elegant residential design fulfilled Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter’s desire for a loft on the ground. The home’s mix of dark ipe wood, concrete, and glass give credence to Winter’s description of it as “an open bunker.” Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman 2010

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