A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. The 807-square-foot house is an exercise in subtleties. The Morrisons, Strachan, and Cocks pored over every detail with the students to create a design that’s tailored to a casual coastal lifestyle. Hidden storage lies beneath the living room sofas, which also double as guest beds. Dark gray carpet squares by Interface cover the living room and kids' room floors.
Openshop|Studio’s design for a hivelike structure in the middle of a Brooklyn loft creates a chrysalis of comfort for a couple and their baby. The doorway to the baby's room inside the custom structure is buffered with custom-cut Flor carpet tiles.
Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson take a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house. The original bedroom, which Dukes refers to as “very Scarface,” included red shag carpet. Dukes toned down the space with neutral carpeting, a Thin Edge bed by George Nelson and an Eames folding screen.
Instead of settling or giving up when house hunting, architect Charlie Lazor took action and launched FlatPak, a prefabricated house system that aims to provide “architecture for the ordinary pocketbook.” The resulting FlatPak system is a highly flexible kit of parts that boils down to three basic components: concrete wall panels; wood-framed panels with wood, metal, or cement-board siding; and a wood frame infilled with large expanses of glass. InterfaceFLOR modular carpet squares cover various rooms in Lazor's own home, which are included in future FlatPak protoypes with varying configurations.
With its slim profile and sleek gray exterior, Lola Oyibo and Eric Boardman’s home in Portland, Oregon bears little resemblance to the house it used to be. Formerly a nondescript 1947 Cape Cod-style structure bearing only 625 square feet, the architect stripped the structure down to its bones, opening up the interior and adding a second story to give the family 1250 square feet. Instead of seeming confined by the small square footage, a combination of the family’s minimal style, white walls, and a smart layout make the rooms feel expansive. A commercial-grade gray carpet runs up the steps and throughout the second floor.