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New Grass Roots

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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.

In the warm interior of the X House in Hennepin, Illinois, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie enjoy the view from their...
New Grass Roots With its corrugated-aluminum exterior, X House in Hennepin, Illinois, was built to resemble rural...
A Saarinen dining table and Tulip chairs for Knoll sit in the front of the living/dining room, with a wide view to the...
The wooden doors in the living room practically vanish when closed.
The kitchen was left open so Pascal and Richie wouldn’t be cut off from guests while they cook during dinner parties.
A close-up of the sliding door track shows the industrial detail of the recessed hardware.
In the kitchen, compact fluorescent lightbulbs affixed to the ceiling are a simple solution.
UrbanLab designed the circuit board–like lighting fixtures in the living area.
In the bathroom, perforated-metal screens create a pointillist perspective on the landscape.
The front deck, invisible from the road, is an extension of the wood paneling in the main living space.
A small room in the guest wing doubles as a lounge and studio, with a table designed by Richie and a Case Study daybed...
In the closet stick-like wall hooks continue the rural motif.
In the master bedroom, the same perforated material that was used in the bathroom gives a sense of sunlight filtering...
From the simple, pared-down bedroom, a sliding door reveals the wood-paneled living area, where bright colors and...
In the main room, a Saarinen dining table is surrounded by four Tulip chairs, positioned to provide a mealtime panorama...
The design for the exterior of the house keeps things super simple—a small deck bridges the door with the grassy...
From the road, it could be easy to mistake this modern hideaway for a typical farm shed.
Pascal poses on the threshold of the living room, which can be closed off with a translucent pocket door, yet still...
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