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June 7, 2013
Make the living room a central space in your home with loads of colorful accessories and a trapeze or two.
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  "This trapeze was made by my teacher at circus school," says Sophie Demenge founder of Infant brand Oeuf. "I was living in San Francisco in a big Victorian house with roommates. The ceilings were so high I could hang the trapeze and practice at home. Now my kids are taking over—it's the first thing they do when they get up and the last before going to bed." The rug is an old kilim from Turkey; the Eames Lounge chair is from Demenge's childhood living room Paris—"A testament to the great quality of this 30-something-year-old chair," she says. The couch is from Room & Board. 
    "This trapeze was made by my teacher at circus school," says Sophie Demenge founder of Infant brand Oeuf. "I was living in San Francisco in a big Victorian house with roommates. The ceilings were so high I could hang the trapeze and practice at home. Now my kids are taking over—it's the first thing they do when they get up and the last before going to bed." The rug is an old kilim from Turkey; the Eames Lounge chair is from Demenge's childhood living room Paris—"A testament to the great quality of this 30-something-year-old chair," she says. The couch is from Room & Board.
     
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  Designer Jean-Christophe Aumas reads on a vintage Swan sofa by Arne Jacobsen. The teal side table is from a Berlin flea market; the walnut stool by Charles and Ray Eames is from an antique store in Brussels; Aumas himself made the art on the wall. Photo by: Christian Schaulin   Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    Designer Jean-Christophe Aumas reads on a vintage Swan sofa by Arne Jacobsen. The teal side table is from a Berlin flea market; the walnut stool by Charles and Ray Eames is from an antique store in Brussels; Aumas himself made the art on the wall. Photo by: Christian Schaulin 

    Photo by Christian Schaulin.
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  At the far end of acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba’s the living room an old armoire—an inherited family heirloom—stands as a sober counterpoint to all the sleek Italian contemporary design in the five-bedroom house. Photo by: Francesco Bolis  Photo by Francesco Bolis.
    At the far end of acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba’s the living room an old armoire—an inherited family heirloom—stands as a sober counterpoint to all the sleek Italian contemporary design in the five-bedroom house. Photo by: Francesco Bolis
    Photo by Francesco Bolis.
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  Swedish architect Per Bornstein’s living room features an intriguing collection of furniture. The sofa is made by Swedish manufacturer Ire. The 1970s wood burner was a secondhand store find, and the wood table, by Bruno Mathson, was found in a bin at a recycling station. He inherited the lounge chair from his parents. Photo by: Pia Ulin   Photo by Pia Ulin.
    Swedish architect Per Bornstein’s living room features an intriguing collection of furniture. The sofa is made by Swedish manufacturer Ire. The 1970s wood burner was a secondhand store find, and the wood table, by Bruno Mathson, was found in a bin at a recycling station. He inherited the lounge chair from his parents. Photo by: Pia Ulin
     
    Photo by Pia Ulin.
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  Sliding panels of architect Benedetta Tagliabue's design delineate space in the first-floor sitting room, which opens to an office in her 18th-Century flat. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

    Sliding panels of architect Benedetta Tagliabue's design delineate space in the first-floor sitting room, which opens to an office in her 18th-Century flat. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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Trapeze swing in the living room.
"This trapeze was made by my teacher at circus school," says Sophie Demenge founder of Infant brand Oeuf. "I was living in San Francisco in a big Victorian house with roommates. The ceilings were so high I could hang the trapeze and practice at home. Now my kids are taking over—it's the first thing they do when they get up and the last before going to bed." The rug is an old kilim from Turkey; the Eames Lounge chair is from Demenge's childhood living room Paris—"A testament to the great quality of this 30-something-year-old chair," she says. The couch is from Room & Board.
 

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