Slat Happy

By Jordan Kushins / Published by Dwell
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Budget supplies become modern design gold in this Omaha home.

When is a wall more than a simple way to split up spaces? In Randy Brown’s Omaha, Nebraska, home, sculptural transparency reigns over opaque divisions. The architect turned to a local hardware store to purchase a collection of standard two-by-four and one-by-two wood slats; the inexpensive supplies offered an opportunity to truly "play up the contrast between unfinished materials and finished projects," Brown says. He transformed the boards into an installation that separates his youngest son’s room from the communal living area. The entire endeavor, which took only "a day or two" to design, was completed in a week with the handy help of two students from his summerlong design-build workshop.

Budget supplies become modern design gold in this Omaha home.

Jordan Kushins

@jordankushins

Jordan Kushins is happiest when crafting but also enjoys drinking tea, swimming in outdoor pools, and Singin' in the Rain, and once baked a very large cake that was shaped like a hamburger.

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