Light Box

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in A New Shade of Green
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  Tad Beck greets his lab mix, Little Bear, at the bottom of an alternating tread stairway that makes getting to and from the roof deck easy on two or four feet.
    Tad Beck greets his lab mix, Little Bear, at the bottom of an alternating tread stairway that makes getting to and from the roof deck easy on two or four feet.
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  The kitchen, with Richlite counters and upper cabinets that reach to the ceiling, leads to a small dining area illuminated by a Plexiglas “Agave” lamp.
    The kitchen, with Richlite counters and upper cabinets that reach to the ceiling, leads to a small dining area illuminated by a Plexiglas “Agave” lamp.
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  To make the bedroom seem ethereal—and far larger than its 12-by-12 dimensions suggest—Pratt designed a curtain that hangs on three sides, hiding closets to the left and right of the bed and providing privacy when extended in front of the sliding glass doors. The bedspread, in charcoal with undulating turquoise stitching (www.foldbedding.com), recalls the folds of the curtain; the overall effect is of a place for floating off to sleep.
    To make the bedroom seem ethereal—and far larger than its 12-by-12 dimensions suggest—Pratt designed a curtain that hangs on three sides, hiding closets to the left and right of the bed and providing privacy when extended in front of the sliding glass doors. The bedspread, in charcoal with undulating turquoise stitching (www.foldbedding.com), recalls the folds of the curtain; the overall effect is of a place for floating off to sleep.
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  Even in a wide-open loft space, it’s possible to create cozy furniture groupings. In the living room, where Beck reclines reading a Sharon Lockhart monograph, a grouping is formed by a couple of Eames chairs and a coffee table (made of tiles by Roger Capron) on what Beck calls a “quasi-psychedelic rug.” The furniture clustering provides moments of intimacy in the otherwise open space, which moves throughout the kitchen, dining, sleeping, and living areas, creating axial vignettes around the courtyard.
    Even in a wide-open loft space, it’s possible to create cozy furniture groupings. In the living room, where Beck reclines reading a Sharon Lockhart monograph, a grouping is formed by a couple of Eames chairs and a coffee table (made of tiles by Roger Capron) on what Beck calls a “quasi-psychedelic rug.” The furniture clustering provides moments of intimacy in the otherwise open space, which moves throughout the kitchen, dining, sleeping, and living areas, creating axial vignettes around the courtyard.
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  A skylight over the middle of a room is a nice thing. But, as architect Riley Pratt demonstrates, using a skylight along the edge of a room can help dematerialize walls and make an indoor space feel especially luminous. Here, a shower stall inside a renovated warehouse in Los Angeles seems to continue right up to the clouds (the skylight was installed so that its frame isn’t visible from below). “It’s like showering outside,” says the resident, artist Tad Beck. Read the whole story here.
    A skylight over the middle of a room is a nice thing. But, as architect Riley Pratt demonstrates, using a skylight along the edge of a room can help dematerialize walls and make an indoor space feel especially luminous. Here, a shower stall inside a renovated warehouse in Los Angeles seems to continue right up to the clouds (the skylight was installed so that its frame isn’t visible from below). “It’s like showering outside,” says the resident, artist Tad Beck. Read the whole story here.
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  The couple’s living room (which includes a flat-screen TV) overlooks Tad Beck’s studio; art supplies are stored in niches that are invisible from the living space above. A hallway along the edge of the building provides an alternate route to the front door.
    The couple’s living room (which includes a flat-screen TV) overlooks Tad Beck’s studio; art supplies are stored in niches that are invisible from the living space above. A hallway along the edge of the building provides an alternate route to the front door.
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  Except for adding a coat of grayish paint and stenciled numbers, Beck changed little about the building’s façade.
    Except for adding a coat of grayish paint and stenciled numbers, Beck changed little about the building’s façade.
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