“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.
This dreamy, glass bedroom by the lake was created as an early prototype for the prefabricated greenhouse/she kits known as the Kekkilä Green Sheds.
The wood shed portion artfully encapsulates all the domestic detritus that would be anathema within the all-glass sleeping portion.
Kukkapuro with wife Irmeli, a graphic artist, in their shared home and studio.
The ground-floor sauna, one of the home’s central gathering spots, is built from stained alder. The electric heater is from the Finnish company Iki.
Florida-based studio Yield displays a number of its modern home goods, including the French Press coffee makers, Spun Planter, and Meso Pendant Light.
The Bradford table plays to the theme of individual pieces that can be grouped as a whole. Prices range from $610 for the triangular wood-topped table to $1,290 for the stone hexagon; the bases are blackened steel.
"In general, we're inspired by things that are well-crafted and beautiful," says Ellis. "That could be an Art Nouveau cabinet, a Shaker chair, a building by Peter Zumthor, an image of a quarry, a sculpture by Donald Judd, or the pattern on a quilt. We are always looking and absorbing."
Unable to alter the footprint of the building, the Deams created a backyard living area that nearly doubled the home's living space.
Kukkapuro and his wife built the house with the intention of living in the studio so it would be “no problem for us to bring work home.” Near his standing desk are a few forays into pressed plywood and tube-metal construction, produced after the oil crisis of 1973 forced him to abandon fiberglass and plastics.
The kitchen is outfitted with a built-in refrigerator by Norcool and an AEG cooktop and oven.
Salminen built the bunk beds out of birch, Finland’s most plentiful tree species, for the couple’s children.
The 1968 house’s shape—a rounded triangle topped with a sweeping concrete roofline that suggests a helmet as it rises above huge banks of windows—lends itself totally to Kukkapuro’s philosophy. “It is a structure in waiting, prone to change as the landscape around it—not yet a form, rather a possibility,” he says. “It changes in harmony with the seasons and the moods of its inhabitants.”
The exterior is clad in Siberian larch, which doesn’t require paint and will develop a gray patina.
Because the house is narrow and long (16 by 68 feet), the design team decided to create a huge open-air space to light the interior naturally. Two retractable motor-driven 

canvas canopies shelter the space during Singapore’s frequent rains.
With little to no permitting required because of its small size, Sett Studio units can be used for an extra bedroom, a yoga studio, a hydroponics growing area or an office space, like this 96-square-foot one shown here.
The 1964 Ateljee line was born out of a loose idea encouraged by Kukkapuro’s manufacturer, Gunnar Haimi. Starting with a wooden box filled with pillows, Kukkapuro came up with a modular seating system comprising plush upholstery attached to a simple paneled frame. The undercarriage was inspired by the metal Heteka cot, ubiquitous in postwar Finland.
One of the most dramatic black and white kitchens on our list, this utilitarian kitchen was designed by the owner, a chief designer at Vipp. For this look, the company’s trademark materials—stainless steel, painted metal, and rubber—were heavily used. The gas stovetop is by ABK and the refrigerator is by Smeg. White Le Perroquet spotlights from iGuzzini pairs with a light-colored floor to add visual interest and lighten this otherwise dark kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for an intimate connection with outdoor spaces.