Cozy Swedish Living Room We Love

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March 21, 2013
Swedish architect Per Bornstein’s house, from our Small Spaces issue, sits on a hill between a large forested park and Gothenburg’s former industrial area, a welcome addition to a previously abandoned lot. From the outside, it looks like a 1,400-square-foot timber-paneled box cutting into a slope. And, despite the Corbusier-like efficiency of the interior plan, the spaces Bornstein has carved out for himself and his daughter are as cozy as they are cutting-edge. Split between two levels, the majority of walls are clad in two-by-eight-foot boards of untreated glued-laminated pinewood. “I hadn’t really dug into wood before,” says the architect. “Then you realize there’s so much wood in Sweden. It’s a cheap material. Everybody can use it. It ages beautifully and it’s instantly cozy.”
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  The first thing visitors see as they enter the main living space is Bornstein’s impressive collection of architecture and design books. The sofa and chair were designed by Bornstein for Swedese.

    The first thing visitors see as they enter the main living space is Bornstein’s impressive collection of architecture and design books. The sofa and chair were designed by Bornstein for Swedese.

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  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.

    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.

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  Architect Per Bornstein and his daughter Velma relax in the living room. The woodburning stove was a second-hand store find.

    Architect Per Bornstein and his daughter Velma relax in the living room. The woodburning stove was a second-hand store find.

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  Exposed pine boards dominate the interior, giving a subtle, warm backdrop to the splashes of color that his stove and collection of books provide.

    Exposed pine boards dominate the interior, giving a subtle, warm backdrop to the splashes of color that his stove and collection of books provide.

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