8942 Home Design Ideas and Photos

Dive into Dwell's photo archive of spectacular modern homes that embody great design. From midcentury gems to prefabricated units to eye-opening renovations, these inspirational projects are elegant responses to the site and the client's needs. Here, you'll find ideas for every room in the house, whether it be kitchen, bath, bedroom, living, or dining—and beyond.

Dining Room / Kitchen
On a tree-lined street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a former carriage house from the 1930s is now a colorful modern home that boasts bright orange shipping containers. 
Commissioned by an artist, a gallerist, and their daughter, LOT-EK was tasked with renovating and expanding their existing two-story home. The new design rotates around an extension made out of stacked shipping containers, and features vibrant colors and a centralized-floor plan. As a result, the architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace.
These 20-foot shipping containers are repurposed into stunning luxurious hotel rooms.
Australia-based firm Contained specializes in transforming vessels that originally hauled heavy cargo all over the world into well-designed lodgings. The portable structures have the unique ability to travel almost anywhere. Each 20-foot container easily opens up, flips out, and unfolds into an individual hotel room that opens up to the surrounding landscape, wherever that may be.  
As the story goes, Contained directors Anatoly Mezhov and Irene Polo envisioned these as ephemeral accommodations placed where there were no previous options. Born out of their love of traveling, the idea was to create a portable hotel room for short stays that can be set up anywhere.
Designed by Italian architect Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, this holiday villa in the Sicilian countryside is intelligently designed so it’s raw wood board louvres can be opened to create a balcony that looks out to the countryside and sea beyond, or closed to maximize interior space.
When architect Marc-André Plasse realized that he was unable to add a second story to his Montreal house due to a weak foundation, he eked out another 500 square feet with a clever multilevel addition on one side to create a master bedroom with an interior balcony that cantilevers over the dining area.
One of the main reasons why balconies aren’t used as frequently as they could be is because they are often too small and hence a little claustrophobic. When planning balconies, it helps if you can make them as large and open as possible, and locate them in a spot with prime views like what architect Bruce Bolander has done with this Canyon house on a sloping site in Malibu.
Modern kitchen with a minimal palette
A void created by the entry frames the stairway.
The six-foot wood burning oven features the same sunburst tile from the floors.
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Built with a steel frame, the Frost House features panels of styrofoam between aluminum sheets for the exterior walls and styrofoam between plywood for the roof and floors. Bold, primary colors accentuate its geometric form.  
Shortly after Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli purchased the home in 2016, they began to unearth nuggets of information about its pedigree. Their realtor had provided a brochure that identified the prefab as designed by architect Emil Tessin for the now-defunct Alside Homes Corporation based out of Akron, Ohio, which had held a patent for the structure’s aluminum paneling. Their new neighbors provided a stack of Alside Homes sales materials, floor plans of various models, and even a script that had been written for salespeople during home tours. They determined that the Frost House had been a sales model for the company, and that Tessin had been the son of Emil Albert Tessin, the legal guardian of Florence Knoll.
Large format Fiandre floor tiles fill the entry sequence and align with the building module.
the kids room
North facade - the framed box
Wardrobe and storage with sliding panels
Small foyer with  shoes cabinet
Experience the unique architectural heritage of Italy’s Apulia region at Brindisi Trulli, an ancient trullo that was transformed into a modern vacation rental home.  
If you’re traveling to Puglia in Italy, one of the most iconic sights are trulli (trullo is the singular), an ancient hut that's specific to the Itria Valley in the Apulia region of Southern Italy. Made with dry stone, trulli, which date back to medieval times, have an unmistakable conical roof that's shaped somewhat like a gnome’s hat.  
Through Boutique Homes, you can now rent a modernized trullo that's been cleverly restored to enhance its ancient architectural appeal, while providing a comfortable, contemporary shelter.
London-based practice De Rosee Sa’s self-built lakeside cabin recaptures the magic of childhood fairytales.  
A labor of love, the 377-square-foot Woodland Cabin is a design/build project completed over multiple trips to the lakeside lot in the village of Nouvelles in southern Belgium. The architects built the cabin using locally-sourced, storm-felled timber to deepen their understanding of materials and construction.  
By taking construction into their own hands and using locally-sourced materials, the team kept within the relatively tight budget of £25,000 ($32,872).   
Simple yet elegant, De Rosee Sa’s self-described
Experience cabin life to the fullest in this minimalist structure that's tucked in the mountains of Northern Sweden.  
The Loft House is the first of four cabins commissioned by the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel in the Åsberget mountains of Northern Sweden. Designed by architect Hanna Michelson, its stripped-down silhouette and corresponding interior embodies the ultimate retreat in nature.  
At a total height of 33 feet, the cabin sits atop a timber framework foundation on the hillside, so as not to disturb its surroundings. According to the architect, that framework then
A pair of Icelandic prefab pioneers deliver an efficient family home in Culver City. 
Building smarter is at the heart of everything designers Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir do. Whether they’re testing the limits of indoor/outdoor living or developing a prefabricated wall system that they hope will make traditional wood framing a thing of the past, the founders of the Santa Monica design studio Minarc are consumed with making structures stronger, lighter, and more efficient.
Nestled on a family farm, this South African shipping container cabin is completely off the grid. Located on owner Lucas Steyn’s family farm in Botrivier, a 90-minute drive from Capetown, Copia is an eco-retreat comprised of two shipping container cabins in the South African countryside.
Faudet-Harrison designed these modern coat hooks for SCP.
In the open-plan living and dining room, a dramatically sloped roofline allows for generous clerestory windows.
The tiered side table was designed by Jasper Morrison.
The loveseat is by Terence Woodgate.
The master bedroom boasts a 1970s tufted headboard from Heals Leather and a wall covering of burlap, wool and silk by David Hicks. The bed covering is vintage, 1950s, and the Blocks linen basket was designed by Donna Wilson and made by the People of the Sun, a nonprofit based in Malawi.
The dining room features a Glo-Ball T table lamp by Jasper Morrison.
A pressed-steel Parallel shelving system by Terence Woodgate holds books and mementos.
A 2009 Cedric desk by Kay + Stemmer occupies the study.
The floor tiles are close matches to the originals, which had to be replaced after a pipe burst.
“The kitchen is pretty astonishing, really, considering it’s 40 years old," says resident Louise Jenkins.
In the eat-in portion of the kitchen, a George Nelson Bubble Lamp hangs above an Artek table and chairs by Alvar Aalto.
The mahogany-paneled Poggenpohl kitchen system is original to the house. The kitchen opens to the living and dining area.

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