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January 8, 2014
The phrase on everyone's lips is "polar vortex." And it's so brutally cold outside this winter that all we can dream about is kicking back on a sofa, preferably in well-heated or downright balmy environs. Here are 7 ways to put your feet up and lounge.
A built-in sofa with Design Tex upholstery marks the boundary between the two-level addition and the bungalow. Leading up to the master bedroom, a perforated metal staircase, lit from above, casts a Sigmar Polke–like shadow grid on the concrete floor.

Another strategy to maximize lounging is an extra-long sofa. A pair of architects in Venice, California selected DesignTex upholstery for their custom built-in sofa that marks the boundary between their two-level addition and existing bungalow. Photo by Marvin Rand.

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Miller House main living room

Now, a tip for next-level lounging: a conversation pit. The mother of conversation pits resides at midcentury gem the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. Designed by Eero Saarinen, decorated by Alexander Girard, with textiles by Jack Lenor Larsen, this living room setup is a classic for a reason. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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Hosu Chair by Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse

Better yet? Lounging while working! Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Coalesse, the Hosu chair is an innovative version of the classic lounge chair, merging lounging and work into one design. With a built-in ottoman; hidden pockets for magazines, notebooks, and tablets; and a hidden threading system for the cords of your electronic devices, the Hosu chair is the digitally wired worker's dream chair.

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outdoor wooden hanging bed

For this communal vacation house outside of Toronto, laidback spaces are a must. On the central covered porch, two-year-old Annika and five-year-old Soren make music on the "nap swing," a popular hangout spot for kids and adults alike. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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Modern living room with mid-century modern furniture

A renovated 1860s stable in Melbourne, Australia, is home to a "formal lounge" with an inspiring mix of midcentury modern antiques. A pair of Leather Sling chairs by Aussie-born sculptor Clement Meadmore sit under the window; a black Snoopy lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos is on the mantle. - Get your own Snoopy lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos in the Dwell store. Photo by Stephen Oxenbury.

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Modern lounge area with mullioned windows and Hans J. Wegner chairs

Any small, often overlooked space, can be turned into a spot for lounging. Case in point is this snug space that looks out through mullioned windows onto a swimming pool in a house in Auckland. The room features a CH25 easy chair and a CH008 coffee table, both by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, and a Mags modular sofa by Hay Studios, all of which are from Auckland’s Corporate Culture and were chosen by Jay and resident Jes Wood. The vase is by New Zealand potters Bruce and Estelle Martin, and the carpet (in Citrine) is from the Lees’ Truth in Color range. Photo by Emily Andrews.

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compact cabin interior

Optimal lounging happens within close proximity of a cozy fireplace. The interiors of this Swedish cabin are clad in white-glazed pine, a contrast to the black-stained facade. The brick fireplace is original. Near a Polder sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra is a vintage rocking chair that came with the house. Photo by Ivan Brodey.

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A built-in sofa with Design Tex upholstery marks the boundary between the two-level addition and the bungalow. Leading up to the master bedroom, a perforated metal staircase, lit from above, casts a Sigmar Polke–like shadow grid on the concrete floor.

Another strategy to maximize lounging is an extra-long sofa. A pair of architects in Venice, California selected DesignTex upholstery for their custom built-in sofa that marks the boundary between their two-level addition and existing bungalow. Photo by Marvin Rand.

Photo by Marvin Rand. Image courtesy of Darcy Hemley.

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