10 Cozy Modern Living Rooms

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March 3, 2014
A renovated concrete abode in Belgium, Jonathan Adler's quirky Shelter Island beachside retreat, and a British farmhouse are just a few projects in our collection of living rooms that showcase the cozier side of modern.
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  In the farmhouse architect Lucy Marston built for her family in Suffolk, England, off-the-shelf pieces, such as a velvet-covered sofa from sofa.com, offset customized key elements, like the kitchen. The refrigerator is from Fisher & Paykel, and the tiles are from Topps Tiles. Photo by: Damian Russell  Photo by: Damian Russell Courtesy of: Damian Russell

    In the farmhouse architect Lucy Marston built for her family in Suffolk, England, off-the-shelf pieces, such as a velvet-covered sofa from sofa.com, offset customized key elements, like the kitchen. The refrigerator is from Fisher & Paykel, and the tiles are from Topps Tiles. Photo by: Damian Russell

    Photo by: Damian Russell

    Courtesy of: Damian Russell

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  The serene living room of John Baker and Juli Daoust's Toronto residence features relaxing caramel-brown tones. The space is anchored by a sofa and lounge chair, both by Børge Mogensen, as well as a Conoid bench by George Nakashima. An Isamu Noguchi pendant lamp casts a warm glow onto the Brasilia coffee table, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese. Photo by: Derek Shapton  Photo by: Derek ShaptonCourtesy of: Derek Shapton

    The serene living room of John Baker and Juli Daoust's Toronto residence features relaxing caramel-brown tones. The space is anchored by a sofa and lounge chair, both by Børge Mogensen, as well as a Conoid bench by George Nakashima. An Isamu Noguchi pendant lamp casts a warm glow onto the Brasilia coffee table, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese. Photo by: Derek Shapton

    Photo by: Derek Shapton

    Courtesy of: Derek Shapton

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  When Belgian fashion retailer Nathalie Vandemoortele was seeking a new nest for her brood, she stumbled upon a fortresslike house in the countryside designed in 1972 by a pair of Ghent architects, Johan Raman and Fritz Schaffrath. In the living room, vintage Sade sofas, purchased in Berlin, join an Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos, a Noguchi coffee table, and a painting by Hugo de Clercq. Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse  Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

    When Belgian fashion retailer Nathalie Vandemoortele was seeking a new nest for her brood, she stumbled upon a fortresslike house in the countryside designed in 1972 by a pair of Ghent architects, Johan Raman and Fritz Schaffrath. In the living room, vintage Sade sofas, purchased in Berlin, join an Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos, a Noguchi coffee table, and a painting by Hugo de Clercq. Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

    Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

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  Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture. In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay. Photo by: Drew Kelly  Photo by: Drew Kelly

    Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture. In the living room, a travertine-topped coffee table by Paul McCobb pairs well with the Florence Knoll Parallel Bar System sofa. The Josef Albers print over the fireplace is an original, scored on eBay. Photo by: Drew Kelly

    Photo by: Drew Kelly

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  In the living area of actor Vincent Kartheiser’s Hollywood cabin, redesigned by Funn Roberts to maximize every last inch of space, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman mix with a couch and coffee table by Cisco Home from HD Buttercup. The table in the main room is from West Elm. Photo by: Joe Pugliese  Photo by: Joe PuglieseCourtesy of: Joe Pugliese

    In the living area of actor Vincent Kartheiser’s Hollywood cabin, redesigned by Funn Roberts to maximize every last inch of space, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman mix with a couch and coffee table by Cisco Home from HD Buttercup. The table in the main room is from West Elm. Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    Courtesy of: Joe Pugliese

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  When two actors purchased their West Village abode, it came with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River—and a frenetic series of odd angles and partitioned-off spaces. Designer Suchi Reddy renovated the interiors, keeping the bank of windows unobstructed while folding in a fleet of modern furnishings and built-ins. Mex sofas by Cassina and Fat Fat-Lady Fat tables from B&B Italia are grouped in the living room. Photo by Ball & Albanese.  Photo by: Ball & AlbaneseCourtesy of: Ball & Albanese

    When two actors purchased their West Village abode, it came with a 180-degree view of the Hudson River—and a frenetic series of odd angles and partitioned-off spaces. Designer Suchi Reddy renovated the interiors, keeping the bank of windows unobstructed while folding in a fleet of modern furnishings and built-ins. Mex sofas by Cassina and Fat Fat-Lady Fat tables from B&B Italia are grouped in the living room. Photo by Ball & Albanese.

    Photo by: Ball & Albanese

    Courtesy of: Ball & Albanese

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  When they want to escape the mayhem of city life in Chicago, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie retreat to their low-profile getaway in Hennepin, Illinois, a town where agriculture and ecology are still a part of the locals’ common knowledge. They enjoy the view from their boiled-wool Ligne Roset couch in the main living area, where wood paneling on the ceiling and walls mirrors the topography of the landscape.  Courtesy of: Justin Reid

    When they want to escape the mayhem of city life in Chicago, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie retreat to their low-profile getaway in Hennepin, Illinois, a town where agriculture and ecology are still a part of the locals’ common knowledge. They enjoy the view from their boiled-wool Ligne Roset couch in the main living area, where wood paneling on the ceiling and walls mirrors the topography of the landscape.

    Courtesy of: Justin Reid

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  With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, Kiwi architect Gerald Parsonson and his wife built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular. In the sitting area, a sofa Parsonson designed, neutral rug, and painting by Gary Freemantle create a cozy vibe. Photo by: Matthew Williams  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, Kiwi architect Gerald Parsonson and his wife built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular. In the sitting area, a sofa Parsonson designed, neutral rug, and painting by Gary Freemantle create a cozy vibe. Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  A family enlisted Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina. New meets old with the living room furnishings as well: An antique barbershop pendant provides contrast to a sculptural lamp and a rug from Anthropologie. Investment buys were made with budget in mind, like the leather sofa scored at ABC Carpet & Home’s outlet store. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Courtesy of: Matthew Williams

    A family enlisted Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina. New meets old with the living room furnishings as well: An antique barbershop pendant provides contrast to a sculptural lamp and a rug from Anthropologie. Investment buys were made with budget in mind, like the leather sofa scored at ABC Carpet & Home’s outlet store. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Courtesy of: Matthew Williams

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  The site-sensitive exterior of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's beachside retreat belies an interior festooned with a kaleidoscopic mix of colors and an array of tactile materials. The Peter rug, Malibu sofa, and ceramics are Adler’s own designs. The tables, pendant lights, and rocker are vintage. Adler and Doonan used scaffolding from the house’s construction to build the bookshelf. Photo by: Floto + Warner  Photo by: Floto + Warner

    The site-sensitive exterior of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's beachside retreat belies an interior festooned with a kaleidoscopic mix of colors and an array of tactile materials. The Peter rug, Malibu sofa, and ceramics are Adler’s own designs. The tables, pendant lights, and rocker are vintage. Adler and Doonan used scaffolding from the house’s construction to build the bookshelf. Photo by: Floto + Warner

    Photo by: Floto + Warner

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