Get This Room: Romantic Modern Design

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May 16, 2013
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  San Francisco-based architect and designer Abigail Turin transformed her 1925 Italianate home into a modern abode. “You don’t have to stay in the language of your exterior, but you don’t have to eliminate it, either,” says Turin of her old-meets-new approach. When Turin noticed the living room was a naturally dim space, she embraced it with slate walls and cozy furnishings. Dwell broke the room down piece by piece so readers can recreate it.     This originally appeared in Baroque Meets Modern in San Francisco.

    San Francisco-based architect and designer Abigail Turin transformed her 1925 Italianate home into a modern abode. “You don’t have to stay in the language of your exterior, but you don’t have to eliminate it, either,” says Turin of her old-meets-new approach. When Turin noticed the living room was a naturally dim space, she embraced it with slate walls and cozy furnishings. Dwell broke the room down piece by piece so readers can recreate it. 

    This originally appeared in Baroque Meets Modern in San Francisco.
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  Turin referred to Le Corbusier’s color palette when painting her living room in a dark, yet soothing shade. She went with Les Couleurs’s terre d'ombre brûlée 59 (4320J), shown here with its suggested complementing shades. 

    Turin referred to Le Corbusier’s color palette when painting her living room in a dark, yet soothing shade. She went with Les Couleurs’s terre d'ombre brûlée 59 (4320J), shown here with its suggested complementing shades.

     
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  Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, the Arco floor lamp’s sweeping arch emphasizes the leaded windows overlooking the street. 

    Designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, the Arco floor lamp’s sweeping arch emphasizes the leaded windows overlooking the street. 

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  An Extra Big Shadow floor lamp by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini provides weighty contrast to the airy form of the Arco lamp and lightens the room considerably. 

    An Extra Big Shadow floor lamp by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini provides weighty contrast to the airy form of the Arco lamp and lightens the room considerably. 

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  While it may be hard to come across an original Martin Barré  painting (hanging over above the mantel), the cheery Secret Surf Map 002 by Matthew Korbel-Bowers from Society 6 adds the same dose of fun and geometry for a fraction of the price. 

    While it may be hard to come across an original Martin Barré  painting (hanging over above the mantel), the cheery Secret Surf Map 002 by Matthew Korbel-Bowers from Society 6 adds the same dose of fun and geometry for a fraction of the price. 

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  Perhaps Antonio Citterio’s most famous design, the Charles Large couch is unsurprisingly popular for its ability to seat many and even double as an impromptu bed. 

    Perhaps Antonio Citterio’s most famous design, the Charles Large couch is unsurprisingly popular for its ability to seat many and even double as an impromptu bed. 

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