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February 9, 2015
We’re noticing a renewed focus on verdant interiors, incorporating everything from living walls to 1970s-style atria. Here are some favorites from our pages.
The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon. The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

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Originally appeared in Pretty Super
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white ceramic tiles cover the back wall while green and blue chair sit around a coffee table with a blue mosaic surface on a rug with a pattern of blue squares

“There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Jonathan Adler says about furnishing the interior of the Shelter Island vacation home he shares with his husband, Simon Doonan. The leafy greenery tempers the space. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément.

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Originally appeared in Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island Vacation Home
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São Paulo apartment with garden terrace and hammock

Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos. “The garden forms a barrier to heat and pollution,” Skaff says, “and, along with the large windows and cross ventilation, [helps] this apartment stay fresh throughout the year.” Santos says she hates air-conditioning. Remarkably, she almost never needs it. 

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Originally appeared in This is How You Grow a Garden in the Sky
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In an effort to keep the rooms as pure and spare as possible, Atherton and Keener forewent traditional moldings in favor of a subtle reveal at the top and bottom of the wall. They sprayed the ceiling with silver Ralph Lauren metallic paint, selected to to

Trees provide a buffer between indoors and out in Jay Atherton and Cy Keener's house in Phoenix, Arizona. In an effort to keep the rooms as pure and spare as possible, Atherton and Keener forewent traditional moldings in favor of a subtle reveal at the top and bottom of the wall. They sprayed the ceiling with silver Ralph Lauren metallic paint, selected to tonally match the concrete floors and reflect light deeper into the room. As a result, says Keener, “the walls feel more sculptural.”

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Originally appeared in Startin' Spartan
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Amsterdam loft with open dining room and succulents between spaces

In the main living area of Frank Nederhof’s renovated Amsterdam flat, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are arranged in a 60-foot-long enfilade. The pendant light above the table is Nemo by Franco Albini for Cassina. A grouping of succulents and Monstera deliciosa plants act as a natural room divider.

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Originally appeared in A Restless Real Estate Developer Builds His Ideal Live-Work Space
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According to Gaultier, "My imagination comes from the cinema...I love the idea that nature is capable of trumping concrete."

According to Gaultier of a Paris apartment he decorated, "My imagination comes from the cinema...I love the idea that nature is capable of trumping concrete."

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Originally appeared in Apartment Decorated by Gaultier
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Modern kitchen with white countertops and Eames lounge chair

For Paul and Shoko Shozi, a pair of retiring Angelenos, the goal was to shut out the neighborhood but bring in the sunny skies. Their new prefab home, the Tatami House, designed by Swiss architect Roger Kurath of Design*21, makes a central courtyard the center of the home. Here, a single tree makes a peaceful, elegant design statement.

Originally appeared in Looking Inward
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The couple relax in their open-plan kitchen with their twelve-year-old lab, Uma.

At furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis, he simply made the interior an extension of the exterior by surrounding the open dining room with huge expanses of glass facing a moat-like garden.

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Originally appeared in Net Assets
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venice home indoor outdoor bedroom

At Dwell Home Venice, Michael and Tamami Sylvester's home designed by Sebastian Mariscal, the guest bedroom extends to a bridge filled with greenery. The home’s landscape architecture is by Ventura, California–based Jack Kiesel. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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Just a peek of greenery goes a long way in this Los Angeles remodel by architect Linda Taalman. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.

Originally appeared in Interior Inspiration: Jewel Tones
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The Charles Forberg-designed LongHouse, textile genius Jack Lenor Larsen’s estate in East Hampton, was inspired in equal parts by Japanese Shinto shrines and Larsen’s old New York City loft. A glass ceiling is embedded along the spine of the peaked roof, and allows for such remarkable rooms as the entryway-turned-greenhouse. Larsen says, “It’s remarkable that there aren’t more glass-ceilinged rooms. It didn’t cost more than a real ceiling, and it doesn’t lose or gain more heat, but if you can’t be outdoors, it’s very pleasant and the plants like it.” The beams and trusswork were made from Douglas fir in Minnesota.

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Originally appeared in Q&A with Textile Designer Jack Lenor Larsen
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The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon. The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.

Photo by Roland Bello.

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