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January 8, 2016
From cabinets to floors to ceilings, mahogany is an indulgent but beautiful material to use. As with any tropical hardwood, caveat emptor: make sure whatever mahogany you purchase is sustainably and legally harvested. Look for certification from organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council.
Open kitchen made of mahogany with a volcanic stone backsplash

Two idiosyncratic Andrew Geller structures got a new lease on life as part of a modern-day family compound designed by Hamptons architects Bates Masi. The home's open kitchen is made of mahogany (to match the floors, ceilings, and walls), accented by a volcanic stone backsplash and a Viking gas cooktop.

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Pietra Serena tiles Monti sofa by Dellarobbia in living room of Delaware renovation by Robert M. Gurney Architect.

Modern additions and a restoration transformed this 2,930-square-foot Delaware home; Pietra Serena tiles unite its living room, dining room, and kitchen under a mahogany ceiling. San Siro Wall Lamps by De Majo surround a Monti sectional sofa by Dellarobbia.

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Kitchen with mahogany wood cabinets

A British design pioneer transformed this 1970s bachelor pad an hour outside London into a stylish furniture laboratory. The mahogany-paneled Poggenpohl kitchen system is original to the house. The kitchen opens to the living and dining area. 

 

 

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Cozy wood interior of a Cape Cod cabin

When most people think of Cape Cod, they imagine sand, shells, and waves. But much of the promontory is forested, and it was on a woodsy hilltop in Truro that architect Mark Hammer was tasked with building a weekend retreat. To make the most of the setting, he raised living and dining spaces to the second level, creating an "upside down" cabin that lets residents take in seaside views over the tree tops. 

Varying types of wood make up the home's interior: white oak planks for the floor, solid mahogany for the cabinets, and fir for the ceilings, beams, columns, and trim. 

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Naturally subtle tones predominate in the bathroom of this Houston home, with Walker Zanger stone floors complemented by sanded concrete walls and dark mahogany cabinets topped by a slab of white marble.

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Australian tallowwood courtyard deck with mahogany exterior

Situated in a quiet grove of sculpted tea trees, the house that architects Annick Houle and Stephen O’Connor have created for themselves on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is completely at home in the natural world. Tea trees, a protected species, dot the property, into which the architects wove a single-story structure with an adjacent studio building. The private and escapist enclave is shared by Houle and O’Connor with their two children, Louis and Clara, and sits in complete contrast to the family’s period Victorian house back in Melbourne.

Its courtyard deck is also made of tallowwood, a native eucalyptus. White mahogany—a dense timber that is termite resistant—clads the exterior. The sustainably sourced timbers are also fire resistant, a crucial feature in Australia in light of frequent drought and resulting forest fires.

 

 

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Skidmore Passivhaus mahogany flooring

After years of working from their home in Portland, Oregon, architect Jeff Stern and his wife, a felt artist, decided to build a house that better suited their lifestyle. The couple envisioned a modern, energy-efficient residence. “Since I was the architect, general contractor, certified Passive House consultant, and owner, I was able to tune the design for optimized performance and keep things simple,” says Stern, founder of In Situ Architecture. Built on an oversized lot the couple already owned, the Skidmore Passivhaus physically connects a detached studio and residence while maintaining a feeling of passing through outdoor space.

The dark-stained, rough-sawn cedar siding's appearance will change naturally over time—a nod to traditional Northwest architecture. The home’s open floor plan is enhanced by cost-effective materials like painted sheetrock, concrete floors, and plywood cabinets. Brightly painted doors and laminate countertops provide splashes of color throughout the Passive House–certified residence, which produces nearly all of its electricity via a small, roof-mounted photovoltaic array. Mahogany flooring, a continuation of the mahogany backyard deck and front porch, is enhanced with a clear finish. Vintage suitcases sit near rough sawn cedar walls, which are finished with an ebony stain. 

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Open kitchen made of mahogany with a volcanic stone backsplash

Two idiosyncratic Andrew Geller structures got a new lease on life as part of a modern-day family compound designed by Hamptons architects Bates Masi. The home's open kitchen is made of mahogany (to match the floors, ceilings, and walls), accented by a volcanic stone backsplash and a Viking gas cooktop.

Photo by Mark Hartman.

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