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June 19, 2015
Europe's northernmost nations aren't all frosty fjords and dark forests. These sunny waterfront retreats bring modern Nordic design to the beach.
Modern Scandinavian living room with a wood-burning stove

Life on this minimal floating home in Copenhagen Harbour centers on an open kitchen-dining-living area. Nautical references are kept to a minimum, but a few touches nod toward the house's habitat. A Rais wood-burning stove recalls a ship’s furnace; soft green and blue fiberglass Eames chairs echo the color of the sea, which is a constant presence thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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Originally appeared in The Residents of This Tiny Floating Home Can Dive Into the Water Two Feet from Bed
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Modern Swedish family dream getaway with glass windows on the facade

On Sweden's southwestern shore, an adventurous family envisioned a dream getaway for sun, sports, and surf. “There is a lot of glass so you can enjoy the view and the outdoor lifestyle even inside,” explains one resident. “You livein the middle of the weather somehow. It’s a really harsh environment, as you have these southwesterly winds blowing through the house. But it is really beautiful as well.”

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Originally appeared in A Scandinavian Summer Home Built for Surf, Sports, and Sun
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Danish summer house designed by Jesper Brask.

After living on and studying a woodsy acre of land in North Zealand, Denmark, architect Jesper Brask cleared a stand of pine trees and, from the timber, built a summer getaway open to its surroundings. The house, which Brask shares with his wife, Lene, and sons, Kristian, Jens, and Niels, is located 125 steps from the water.

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Originally appeared in A Playful Summer Home with Some Serious Angles
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modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair

This small, angular guesthouse in coastal Norway is defined by a patio that appears to sit in a cutaway in the spruce-clad volume.

 

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Bent René Synnevåg
Originally appeared in A Comfortable Patio with a Sharp Design
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norwegian prefab cabin interior living room

This tiny prefab cabin in Norway offers vacationers a simpler concept of luxury. The retreat's living room area opens up to the surroundings. Walls and ceiling are clad in birch veneer while the floor is in solid birch

Originally appeared in A Prefab Cabin in Norway
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modern fjallbacka sweden pine boxes vacation rooftop terrace

Architect Gert Wingårdh created a passionately outfitted vacation home for two midcentury furniture dealers on the western coast of Sweden. A Fermob table and chairs are on the rooftop terrace. “The weather is unpredictable, to say the least. You want to be outside but you don’t want to sit in the middle of a gale,” says one resident. “But [at this house] you can always find a place that’s quiet.”

 

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Originally appeared in Modern, Rugged, and Cozy: This Countryside Home Has It All
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guest room transformation with a scenic view

In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family carved out a cozy, light-filled home.

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Originally appeared in Light-Filled Family Home Renovation in Copenhagen
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Modern Scandinavian living room with a wood-burning stove

Life on this minimal floating home in Copenhagen Harbour centers on an open kitchen-dining-living area. Nautical references are kept to a minimum, but a few touches nod toward the house's habitat. A Rais wood-burning stove recalls a ship’s furnace; soft green and blue fiberglass Eames chairs echo the color of the sea, which is a constant presence thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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