7 Modern Laundry Rooms

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell
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Many of us are guilty of thinking of laundry rooms as unremarkable or unattractive parts of our home that don't require much design consideration. But this doesn't have to be the case.

Rather than setting up your laundry area like a boring utility room, why not design a modern space that's both functional and sleek at the same time? Take a look at seven examples here.

The Art of Washing

In Boston’s South End, architect Anne Barrett of 30E Design has revamped a laundry room in a traditional brownstone. Illuminated by a bundle of fiber-optic cables, it's more of an art installation than a hub for domestic chores. 

In Boston’s South End, architect Anne Barrett of 30E Design has revamped a laundry room in a traditional brownstone. Illuminated by a bundle of fiber-optic cables, it's more of an art installation than a hub for domestic chores. 

Designed by Miami firm One D+B Architecture, this laundry room with a large window has tons of natural light, tall wardrobes, and plenty of clean and simple warm wood. 

Designed by Miami firm One D+B Architecture, this laundry room with a large window has tons of natural light, tall wardrobes, and plenty of clean and simple warm wood. 

Australian studio Keen Architecture designed this large laundry room with minimalist gray walls, a backsplash of subway tiles, built-in cabinetry, and a large sliding door that opens out to the garden—perfect for clothes in need of sun-drying. 

Australian studio Keen Architecture designed this large laundry room with minimalist gray walls, a backsplash of subway tiles, built-in cabinetry, and a large sliding door that opens out to the garden—perfect for clothes in need of sun-drying. 

In a Japanese home designed by Koizumisekkei, mirrors and a slim shelf made of raw wood and metal line one side of the wall, creating the illusion of expansiveness in the laundry room.

In a Japanese home designed by Koizumisekkei, mirrors and a slim shelf made of raw wood and metal line one side of the wall, creating the illusion of expansiveness in the laundry room.

In this Toronto home, the windows of the combined laundry and bathroom look out into a courtyard from the second floor.  

In this Toronto home, the windows of the combined laundry and bathroom look out into a courtyard from the second floor.  

The homeowners of this New Zealand home have found a practical and passively sustainable alternative to a dryer as they hang their clothes out to dry in the ventilated space beneath the first floor of their house. 

The homeowners of this New Zealand home have found a practical and passively sustainable alternative to a dryer as they hang their clothes out to dry in the ventilated space beneath the first floor of their house. 

Designed by Russian practice INT2 Architecture, this Scandinavian-inspired two-story home near Lake Malakhovskoye in Russia has a commodious pastel-colored laundry room with a compact sewing nook.  

Designed by Russian practice INT2 Architecture, this Scandinavian-inspired two-story home near Lake Malakhovskoye in Russia has a commodious pastel-colored laundry room with a compact sewing nook.  

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George & Willy Hanging Drying Rack
George & Willy Hanging Drying Rack
The Hanging Drying Rack is an economical and environmental way to dry and air clothing. Suspended from the ceiling using a seamless pulley system, the clothes rack quickly dries laundry by utilising warm air trapped in the ceiling space. The ceiling-mounted hanging drying rack is an attractive solution that can be installed in almost every space. It comes complete with all of its components as well as instructions for simple installation.
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Large Woven Storage Basket
Large Woven Storage Basket
Laundry, toys, linens, magazines… there’s no end to what you can store in this easy-going, looks-good-anywhere woven basket. Handcrafted in Ghana from wild grasses, the weave is tight and sturdy, so the basket will stand up straight on its own. The handles will help you tote it from the living room to the laundry room, depending on where it’s needed most (or get a few—you may just want one for every room!) Photography by James Ransom/Food52.
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Bath Towel Ladder
Bath Towel Ladder
Light, uniform lines and rounded bases create a bathroom series characterized by understated elegance. This is all that is needed to create a pleasingly clean focal point in your bathroom. With functional details all around, the new Bath series from Menu is both hygienic and user-friendly. The Towel Ladder is an informal and flexible piece of furniture made for storing towels and accessories in the bathroom - clothes in the bedroom - or scarves and coats in the hallway. It’s easy to move around the house and the leather strap at the top (meant to fix the ladder to the wall) almost makes it look like an oversize suitcase, that you can lift and take anywhere. The designers behind Bath are Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn aka Norm Architects. This style duo worships minimalism and functionality and endeavor to design products that meet real-life needs while at the same time pleasing all our senses. These ambitions are successfully combined in Norm’s new Bath series for Menu. All redundant elements have been stripped away, leaving only a clean look and straight-forward usefulness. The items share the same shape and characteristic rounded base, giving them lightness without compromising on stability. All items stand firmly and securely in place. Clean lines and simple functionality make the items easy to clean and use. “Our work is firmly rooted in Scandinavian design tradition. When a recognizable form gets an original twist, the products seems more fun to use. We have now incorporated this principle in the bathroom, where cleanliness is of paramount importance,” explain Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn.
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Skagerak Nomad Shelf System
Skagerak Nomad Shelf System
The Nomad Shelf System from Skagerak is part of an innovative storage system that has a thin, space-saving profile. Designed to resemble a ladder, the Nomad rests on the wall, and can be set in a variety of interiors, or even outside. The ladder comes with four hooks, which make it easy to hang small personal accessories like keys or totes. The rungs of the ladder can be draped with towels when used in a bathroom, or can be used to display scarves or other textiles in a bedroom or living space. The Nomad Ladder can be used with the Nomad shelf to create more surface area for storing other items. The shelf has grooves that enable it to lock into the ladder rungs, but it can be easily removed to fit into another rung, or placed on top of a dresser or nightstand for collecting jewelry or cosmetics. Winner of the Formland Design Award in 2012, the Nomad unit is the perfect system for storing items that are meant to be seen. Photo: Courtesy of Skagerak
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Skagerak Fionia Folding Stool
Skagerak Fionia Folding Stool
Danish design company Skagerak designs indoor and outdoor furniture with a nautical inspiration. Crafted from wood, the Fionia Folding Stool is a practical accent piece that can be used as a side table or, in a pinch, an extra place to sit. The stool is constructed with hinges so it is easy to fold and transport to a new location, or put away for storage when not in use. When unfolded, the Fionia Folding Stool is a three-dimensional X-shape that is defined by the airy recesses between the teak strips. The result is an angular piece that is sturdy, while maintaining a sense of lightness. The clean design and simplicity of the stool allow the Fionia to blend in to a variety of spaces.
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Rail Towel Rail by Kartell
Rail Towel Rail by Kartell
The Kartell Rail Towel Rail is able to accommodate any contemporary bathroom with its simple form and array of transparent colors and sizes. Made out of lightweight yet solid PMMA plastic, Rail mounts easily to the wall to hold and complement your best hand or bath towels. Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.
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Bath & Beach Towels from Pendleton
Bath & Beach Towels from Pendleton
Some of the oldest blanket patterns bring history and Native American style to baths from ranch house to urban loft. The time-honored design was created in the 1920s to celebrate the heroism of the Northwest's great Nez Perce leader, Chief Joseph. Arrowheads symbolizing his bravery point in all directions of Mother Earth. The Chief Joseph design includes Native American symbols of strength and bravery. Woven from absorent cotton terry, machine-washable, 30" x 58".
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Modern Recycling Bin Set
Modern Recycling Bin Set
They say two is better than one, right? With two RE.BINs, sorting your recyclables is as easy as it gets! Use your RE.BINs to recycle, sort your laundry, organize your clutter, or create a little extra storage...you decide! RE.BIN is the modern recycling bin that offers an easy way to recycle in style. Made in Vermont USA from 100% recycled plastic, the RE.BIN can be used with a paper grocery bag liner for an easy, clean, sustainable recycling experience.
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"Home Sweet Home" Energy Clearing Set
"Home Sweet Home" Energy Clearing Set
Home Sweet Home is the perfect new office- or housewarming gift. Just as you would clean the dirt, grease, and grime from your home, you also need to clean the energy. This gift set comes with a bottle of best-selling Good Juju, made from three powerful herbaceous energy shifters. It clears predecessor energy and allows for the best to unfold for the new occupants. This set also includes a bundle of sacred white sage that was collected while in meditation and a one-of-a-kind raw crystal to enhance the energy of the home. All products come nestled in a wooden box, hand-burnished with a lotus and ready to be gifted.
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Gentner Dust Pan and Brush
Gentner Dust Pan and Brush
This dust pan and brush bring a whole new dimension to cleaning. Made of brass and horsehair, the set comes with a magnetic peg that allows for the pan and brush to be proudly be displayed and offers convenience for those moments of need.  Materials: Brass and Horse Hair (comes with Sweep Brush and wall hook) finishes: Tarnished Brass Comes with magnetic peg and screw.
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Stick System
Stick System
Wooden sticks and joints of steel are the components that transform the versatile Stick System into a shelving system, a clothing rack and a worktable; interior elements of strong constructions that are easily assembled and offer multi-functional solutions for residential use. As an add-on to the shelving system, light steel plates work as mobile shelves for placing books, plates, lamps and other objects. Stick System is presented in various color combinations and wooden hues, and with maximum attention to detail, the combined wood and steel structure perfectly harmonizes with the chosen color palate for a clean, soft and light appearance we refer to as Soft Minimalism. The organic construction of Stick System is the creation of Czech designers Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus, who in recent years have earned recognition for their design philosophy. "We wanted to create a clever and aesthetically beautiful design solution for a modern generation: Stick System can be extended and adapted to fit different spaces. It enables multiple options, which makes it a pragmatic interior solution to today's increasing needs," comments Jan Plecháč. Jan and Henry are equally as grounded as their design, and when asked about the most important aspect to consider as a designer, their answer is unanimous: "Being as responsible as possible to the planet and to the people that inhabit it". This product is "to-order" and is especially made for you.
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MENOTO Towel Stand by Blomus
MENOTO Towel Stand by Blomus
A touch of European elegance, designed to pamper you and your towels. Created by Floz Design, the Blomus MENOTO Towel Stand features two sleek stainless steel towel holders attached to an artificial stone base. The natural, subtle appearance of the graphite-colored base contrasts with the stainless steel, creating a modern, harmonious look.
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