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February 20, 2013
There is something about the clean lines and pale wood of quintessential Scandinavian design that makes it so appealing. To bring the style into your own abode, check out some Northern interiors that nail the look.

A World Apart-Dutch felt artist Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp’s living space in the Netherlands is peppered with an assortment of objects and textures, including sheep’s wool, an antique French farmhouse table, salvaged chairs, a Glo-Ball light by Jasper Morrison for Flos, and an Axel leather sofa by Gijs Papavoine for Montis. Photo by: Hotze Eisma

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The Simple Life-Two Copenhagen designers handcrafted a trio of rural barns into a summerhouse the melds past and present seamlessly. In the kitchen area and throughout the home, Mads Odgård, shown here, and Mette Lyng Hansen mixed Odgård’s pieces, such as the Odgård kettle for Raadvad and custom table, with Ikea basics and the Workshop pendant lamp by Louis Poulsen. Photo by: Åke E:son Lindman

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Parksite Residence-A former ambulance garage turned into a home by carving out a dugout for the kitchen and dining area. The surrounding orange steps function as seating while the polycarbonate “lightbox” creates a second story used for the bedrooms.

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Looking Inward-Swiss architect Roger Kurath of Design*21 tackled this prefab home in Marina del Ray, California for a pair of retiring Angelenos. A handful of modernist classics—an Eames Lounge, a Bubble Lamp by George Nelson, and a shell armchair from Modernica—kit out the living room and kitchen. Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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Harvest Boon-In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers 2012Architects have built a house almost entirely out of locally sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. The cabinetry in the kitchen and elsewhere is crafted from discarded, chopped-up billboards. White paint camouflages their fronts, but when pulled open, their colorful sides offer a glimpse of their previous life as streetside advertising. Photo by: Mark Seelen

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Guys and Walls- The main living area of Jonas Elding’s Townhouse design in Landskrona, Sweden, has three thin slabs, staggered vertically through the space, to create three distinct floors and allow light to flood in from the front, back, and roof. The white Saari kitchen makes the most of a compact space. Photo by: Mark Seelen

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Norwegian Wood-Jürgen Kiehl upgraded his 1970s Norwegian vacation home from the original structure he built as a young architect. Here, built-in benches function both as seating and as spare beds in the living room. His wife, Kari Holm, says the striped, hand-woven fabric she found in Greece is indestructible, and the cork flooring throughout the house has gone 40 years without needing replacing. Photo by: Pia Ulin

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a world apart

A World Apart-Dutch felt artist Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp’s living space in the Netherlands is peppered with an assortment of objects and textures, including sheep’s wool, an antique French farmhouse table, salvaged chairs, a Glo-Ball light by Jasper Morrison for Flos, and an Axel leather sofa by Gijs Papavoine for Montis. Photo by: Hotze Eisma

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