The kitchen in this small box home in Japan is painted in a muted gray. The prefabricated cabinets are painted in a lighter shade, complementing the delicacy of the ceramics stored within. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
Seeking a concrete look for the floors of his family's villa in Hamburg, Germany, Hinnerk Ehlers and architect Frank Drewes first considered Pandomo flooring, a slick treat-ment that would be even more expensive than a standard finish. Ultimately, however, the couple went with actual concrete—at a fifth of the price. Photo by Mark Seelen.