Midcentury enthusiast Margaret Riley’s home in Crestwood Hills had comparably little going for it, so, in 2008, she hired architect Cory Buckner to devise an addition and remodel inspired by the icons nearby. Drawing upon her experience restoring homes in the neighborhood, Buckner chose design elements to fit the local palette. With its sloped Douglas fir ceiling, expansive glass, and elm built-ins crafted by Wolf Melian, the upstairs study resembles a Crestwood Hills classic. A bubble lamp floats above an Eames chair.
Bas van Bolderen and Willem van Bolderen designed a new home in a small Dutch town for a couple who had lost their centuries-old home to a fire. The architect-brothers were able to complete the dwelling in just eight months so the couple’s lives could return to normal. Soaring ceilings and lots of open space make visits from their grandchildren frequent. "They can bike and run around inside and with the walls of windows, we can keep an eye on them when they’re outside," says one of the residents. Large paper lamps illuminate the double-height dining area and stairway.
In this Auckland home, the architect cleverly uses roof supports and surplus soil to define space, both inside and out. The inverted trusses subtly establish distinct spaces in the great room, with the bottom edges lending an intimate feel to the living area. A simple rice-paper lamp shade hangs above a kauri wood tabletop that the couple borrowed from Stock’s aunt and uncle and set on a set of Taurus legs from Nils Holger Moormann.
A modern addition in Annandale, a suburb of Sydney, strengthens a home's connection to the outdoors and enhances natural light. Thanks to the extension’s vaulted ceiling, the master bedroom and minimalist staircase have views of the sky. Toyo Ito Mayhuma pendants hang from the ceiling, accentuating the space’s dramatic height.
An interior designer in Portland updates a 1950s home by celebrated local architect, Saul Zaik. In true midcentury fashion, a George Nelson Bubble Lamp is paired with an Eames Lounge by Charles and Ray Eames in a corner of the living room. The glass walls and mitered corner are original features of architect Saul Zaik’s 1956 design.
Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax. Inspired by Scandinavian and Mexican contemporary and traditional design, the Sunrise house has a bright, clean, and eclectic color palette. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.
For Mark Dixon, an architect, and Alexandra Lange, an architecture critic, reuniting the separate levels of a mid-19th-century duplexed house in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn would challenge their expertise and expectations. Lange sought a limited material palette based on the blonde wood of classic Scandinavian design. Dixon translated her desires into surfaces that aren’t typically constructed from wood—ceilings and built-out walls. A paper lamp hangs from a wood ceiling in the parlor.