A spider-like chandelier and loud retro wallpaper patterns add a whimsical feel to this otherwise classically modernist home in the Hollywood Hills.
Though his narrow property in Hiroshima was boxed in on three sides, Daisuke Tokuyama still desired a light-filled home for his family of five, leaving architect Makoto Tanijiri an unenviable task. But Tanijiri rose to the occasion, forgoing conventional walls and instead wrapping the entire three-story steel structure in polycarbonate plastic. "We were able to mix categories that are usually seperate," he noted. "Walls became windows and windows became walls." The result is a mystifying "superbright" home that lights up the night like a firefly.
Architect Henry Siegel found recycled straw to be a sustainable solution when insulating his Napa Valley retreat since it would minimize the amount of wood he needed to use and also help cool the house on scorching summer days.
"We design mostly in black and white," Philippe Rossetti says of his work with Simon Pillard for Munchausen. But the duo are clearly unafraid to use color within their own home, outfitting their kitchen island—a simple wooden block—with 20,000 Lego pieces. Photo ©Céline Clanet.
Experimental filmmaker Laura Purdy speaks fondly of the "perfect storm" that took place when she collaborated with two other creative women to transform her formerly dark, run-down home in Los Angeles. The trio worked to incorporate more natural light and also used splashes of color to brighten the walls. Here, a cork staircase and rope railing lead from the living room to the second level.
Colorful stained-glass panels salvaged from a church soften the atmosphere of an otherwise modern dining room in a north London home.