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October 22, 2015
Durable and organic, natural stone is an age-old building material—these seven homes make use of various types in modern ways.
Pico Island Holiday Home in Portugal

Sitting within 18th-century stone walls, this Portuguese summer home exemplifies adaptive reuse and the romance of an untamed coast. In keeping with the island’s rugged character, the new home was pared down to the essentials. Simple, light furniture fills the space, including custom bookshelves made from “criptoméria," a type of Japanese wood planted in the Azores for construction. The floor lamp, a Sampei model by Davide Groppi, is set above a Lamino Easy Chair by Swedese. Both the sofa and table are also Swedese.

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Originally appeared in This Modern Coastal Escape Sits Within 18th-Century Stone Walls
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The living room resembles a Sticotti furniture showroom: The architect designed the couch, coffee tables, and stumplike stools. The fireplace is made of stacked stone from San Juan, a nearby province.

The fireplace of this Buenos Aires retreat is made of stacked stone from San Juan, a nearby province.

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Courtyard in a renovated home in northern Israel

Warm and casual furniture is favored in the courtyard of this 250-year-old stone house in Israel. Colorful seating, wood stools, and smart built-in shelving complete the space. The expandable table by Henkin Shavit is flanked by seven hanging pendant lights, symbolizing the branches of the Menorah. To the right of the table, the original stone arch leads to the home’s wine cellar. 

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Originally appeared in A 250-Year-Old Stone House in Israel with a Surprisingly Modern Interior
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Dining Room at the Bolton Residence, Quebec

Architecture firm _naturehumaine designs a dream home in eastern Quebec for a behind-the-scenes movie guy who wanted a place to recuperate from intensive, exhausting projects. Architects Stéphane Rasselet and David Dworkind delivered with a strikingly simple concept. They anchored two stacked, rectangular volumes into a steep mountainside surrounded by awe-inspiring vistas. Sticking to a gray-scale color palette, they installed slate tile floors that softly contrast with the white walls and Eames dining chairs. “It lets the views out the windows become the focus,” Dworkind explains.

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Originally appeared in Amazing Cantilevered Home in the Mountains
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richard meier getty museum los angeles

Notable for his commanding buildings clad in bright white aluminum, architect Richard Meier has become increasingly comfortable working with stone. It was his work on the Getty center in Los Angeles—for which he hand-picked, quarried, and "guillotined" 1.2 million square feet of beige travertine into one of the most recognizable institutional facades in the world—that made his name synonymous with stone. 

Originally appeared in Richard Meier on Designing With Marble
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traditional edwardian interior kitchen

Architect Drew Mandel updated a traditional Edwardian in Toronto to look modern and cozy. The clients desired a warm material base for the interior so Mandel used American walnut for the flooring, millwork, and staircase. Loire limestone covers the landing below the steps and Calacatta marble clads the kitchen counters and island.

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The firebox in the master bedroom is soapstone, which stores and slowly releases the heat of the fire. The limestone hearth is recessed flush with the whitewashed bamboo floor.

The New York City-based firm Delson or Sherman Architects assembled this duplex apartment in a Soho row house from two stacked apartments and a new rear extension. "The rooms in our design begin compressed, then sequentially expand to draw you through the space," says principal architect Jeff Sherman. In the master bedroom, the firebox is soapstone, which stores and slowly releases the heat of the fire. The limestone hearth is recessed flush with the whitewashed bamboo floor.

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Originally appeared in Soho Row House Renovation
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Pico Island Holiday Home in Portugal

Sitting within 18th-century stone walls, this Portuguese summer home exemplifies adaptive reuse and the romance of an untamed coast. In keeping with the island’s rugged character, the new home was pared down to the essentials. Simple, light furniture fills the space, including custom bookshelves made from “criptoméria," a type of Japanese wood planted in the Azores for construction. The floor lamp, a Sampei model by Davide Groppi, is set above a Lamino Easy Chair by Swedese. Both the sofa and table are also Swedese.

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