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March 19, 2013
From decorative tile to rustic brick to futuristic glass, these five homes feature myriad creative uses of textures and materials.
Casa ali bei portrait tile kitchen

Homeowners Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso renovate their home in Barcelona, harmoniously overlapping elements of the old and the new. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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Katz residence stairs concrete portrait

Gregory Katz proves that three times is a charm with his trio of concrete homes, which challenge the status quo in this quiet Johannesburg suburb. The freestanding staircase was built three times before Gregory deemed it structurally sound—a tribute to the architect’s tenacity. Photo by: Elsa Young

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Spello interior

For the floors in the kitchen and throughout, architect Paola Navone placed hexagonal Carocim tiles of her own design. Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

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Wenes residence living room fireplace

With the help of architect Bart Lens, Veerle Wenes and Bob Christiaens merged a 19th-century building with a 1970s one to create a combined home and art gallery in Antwerp. Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

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Rue vignon dinning room

An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space. Installing glass floors, interconnecting different spaces in the home. Photo by: Filippo Bamberghi

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Casa ali bei portrait tile kitchen

Homeowners Cecilia Tham and Yoel Karaso renovate their home in Barcelona, harmoniously overlapping elements of the old and the new. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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