Resident-architect Peter Cohen incorporated a number of nooks when designing a spine-and-module home for him and his wife in Ellsworth, Maine. One of the coziest nooks in the house is in the living room, a window seat where Cohen sits and reads.
In this vacation home's renovated garage, reclaimed-fir floorboards prop up with Sugatsune hinges to result in an unordinary window seat, which resident Bill True reads in. We wouldn't mind his view.
Two West Coast transplants, priced out of San Francisco, built their North Carolina dream home. Resident Amy Clark requested a quiet, sunny reading nook with a view; In Situ Studio obliged with a built-in bench housing her collection of books.
Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today. The house's warm hues can clearly be seen in the window seat in Ray's office.
A modest kitchen addition to a cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one room can revive an entire home. To enhance the warmth and intimacy that the owners desired for the kitchen, architects placed an adjacent stair-stepped lounge area that looks out onto the surrounding landscape.
After only three years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on the Upper East Side. Chan unified the spaces with a "concrete ribbon" that runs throughout the apartment, forming a window seat and desk here next to a stored Murphy bed.
San Francisco architect Cass Calder Smith transformed his cramped, inefficient kitchen into a bright, joyous place where he can cook, eat, relax, and, if he so chooses, get some work done.
In this boat barn–inspired second home in New Haven, Maine, rolling drawers under the bed and window seat allow for considerable storage while keeping the room clutter-free. His-and-hers desks flank the window seat.
A creative couple flipped the script on their family home, a former workman’s cottage on the northern edge of Brooklyn. An ample sill made of English elm was built into two front windows to create a gathering spot that is visually connected to the street.
In Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, James and Sue O’Sullivan asked an architect they admired to help them create a beachside family compound in Diamond Beach. The resulting structure easily accommodates the couple and their five children, ranging in age from 23 to 16, as well as extended family and friends.
With a maximum footprint of 600-square-feet for two cantilevered side-by-side homes in L.A.'s steep Mount Washington neighborhood, the architect found ways to incorporate small projections outside their envelopes. Five "bumped out" bay windows add an additional 100-square-feet in the form of bench seating and sleeping space for guests.
Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family found that a spanking new kitchen delivers an excuse to execute a complete home makeover. The living room is a mélange of vintage Moroccana, a Philip Agee coffee table, the Eames rocker, and a window seat whose fabric is Paul Smith Stripes for Maharam.