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Cozy Swedish Living Room We Love

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Swedish architect Per Bornstein’s house, from our Small Spaces issue, sits on a hill between a large forested park and Gothenburg’s former industrial area, a welcome addition to a previously abandoned lot. From the outside, it looks like a 1,400-square-foot timber-paneled box cutting into a slope. And, despite the Corbusier-like efficiency of the interior plan, the spaces Bornstein has carved out for himself and his daughter are as cozy as they are cutting-edge. Split between two levels, the majority of walls are clad in two-by-eight-foot boards of untreated glued-laminated pinewood. “I hadn’t really dug into wood before,” says the architect. “Then you realize there’s so much wood in Sweden. It’s a cheap material. Everybody can use it. It ages beautifully and it’s instantly cozy.”

The first thing visitors see as they enter the house is Bornstein’s impressive collection of architecture and design...
Bornstein’s living room features an intriguing collection of furniture. The sofa is made by Swedish manufacturer Ire.
Architect Per Bornstein and his daughter Velma relax in the living room.
Exposed pine boards dominate the interior, giving a subtle, warm backdrop to the splashes of color that his stove and...
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