An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California

If good fences make good neighbors, then Shino and Ken Mori are the best neighbors ever. They invite us past the charred cedar facade of their Southern California home.
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When I ask Shino and Ken Mori what the calligraphy hanging in their entry alcove says, it takes some back-and-forth to arrive at the answer—and even then, I suspect, it is only the closest approximation the English language could offer. "‘We don’t have much, but friends are welcome,’" Ken replies. To which Shino adds, "‘This house is empty, that’s why you can get smarter.’" Smarter? "If you don’t have things, you have to think to accomplish things," Ken explains. "Basically, you don’t have to have much."

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Sam Grawe
Sam Grawe served as the Editor-in-Chief of Dwell from 2006 to 2011.


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