Modern Meets Traditional in a Swedish Summer House

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January 25, 2013
Originally published in Modern for Less
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The Simple Life
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  On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcraft a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional.
    On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcraft a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional.
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  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.
    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.
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  Small kettles and metal pots rest and hang on a wooden shelf in the kitchen.
    Small kettles and metal pots rest and hang on a wooden shelf in the kitchen.
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  One of the few designer pieces in the home, a set of four Michael Thonet coffee house chairs,
from 1859, offer a simple seating solution. The dining table, designed by Odgård, was built from a 109-year-old oak tree, which was harvested and milled locally.
    One of the few designer pieces in the home, a set of four Michael Thonet coffee house chairs, from 1859, offer a simple seating solution. The dining table, designed by Odgård, was built from a 109-year-old oak tree, which was harvested and milled locally.
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  Lyng Hansen steamed and framed remnants of 19th-century wallpaper found during the 
renovation.
    Lyng Hansen steamed and framed remnants of 19th-century wallpaper found during the renovation.
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  A black side table rests outside the bedroom hallway.
    A black side table rests outside the bedroom hallway.
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  The exterior paint, Falu Rödfärg, is made locally in Falun, Sweden. It requires no primer or sealant  due to its highly pigmented, all-natural composition. Using it eliminated some supply costs associated with outdoor painting.
    The exterior paint, Falu Rödfärg, is made locally in Falun, Sweden. It requires no primer or sealant due to its highly pigmented, all-natural composition. Using it eliminated some supply costs associated with outdoor painting.
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  The family's main bathroom—a rustic wooden outhouse—is illuminated by Arne Jacobsen's iconic AJ wall lamp.
    The family's main bathroom—a rustic wooden outhouse—is illuminated by Arne Jacobsen's iconic AJ wall lamp.
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  The simple, pared-down aesthetic and the open-ended time frame of the project—along with the couples’ building and design skills—helped Odgård and Lyng Hansen achieve their renovation on a miniscule budget, with a project outline that ebbed and flowed with Odgård’s professional successes in product design.
    The simple, pared-down aesthetic and the open-ended time frame of the project—along with the couples’ building and design skills—helped Odgård and Lyng Hansen achieve their renovation on a miniscule budget, with a project outline that ebbed and flowed with Odgård’s professional successes in product design.
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  “When you’re working on something inexpensive and then decide you don’t like it, fine. You’re not tearing down millions of kroners worth of work.” —Mette Lyng Hansen
    “When you’re working on something inexpensive and then decide you don’t like it, fine. You’re not tearing down millions of kroners worth of work.” —Mette Lyng Hansen
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  A look at Truedatorp's floor plan.
    A look at Truedatorp's floor plan.
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