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March 16, 2015
Minnesotans have a quiet reputation, but these homes, hotels, and outdoor spaces speak volumes.
Karie and Mason enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes.

At an economical family home abutting Lake Calhoun, a perforated wall facing outward offers diffuse light while protecting the bedroom from prying eyes. 

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Centering this FlatPak prefab in Minneapolis around the kitchen was a no-brainer. Says architect Charlie Lazor, “We did this simply by following what patterns we observed—it was just where people gravitated.” The bar stools are by Blu Dot, and the chairs by Charles and Ray Eames

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Contemporary deck in a kit home

Elsewhere in the same FlatPak prefab, a stand-alone unit was added as a sanctuary from phones and television. 

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minneapolis minnesota shane coen exterior landscape architecture

Embracing a minimalist approach to residential landscape, Shane Coen set about integrating an 8,000-square-foot home into its lush wooded surroundings. "What’s known as ‘garden design’ rarely responds to the architecture," says Coen. "Instead, you get two powerful forces working against each other—like decorative, wavy gardens that trivialize the architecture rather than support it."

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At a Lake Minnetonka property managed by Coen's firm, it took twenty trips to the site before they decided on a light landscaping intervention. The firm removed just one tree and added a procession of 20 mature white pines, each lending a beautiful irregularity to the yard. 

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Minneapolis Hyatt Hotel renovation

At the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, giant panels resembling cross-sections of tree trunks nod toward the woodland beauty of the Great Lakes region. 

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The kitchen and dining area is furnished with a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold, white Panton chairs, and a Glo Ball pendant lamp.

Rustic and modern cavort freely throughout this recently reinvented home in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood, though the clearest juxtapositon is in the dining area, where a set of white Panton chairs are seated at a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold. 

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Karie and Mason enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes.

At an economical family home abutting Lake Calhoun, a perforated wall facing outward offers diffuse light while protecting the bedroom from prying eyes. 

Photo by Chad Holder.

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