Argentinean materials, a roiling economy, and a pinch of personal tumult served as the recipe for furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis.
Dappled sunlight and reclaimed-wood floors and walls give the master bedroom a warm, peaceful feel. Giant sliding doors open onto a wraparound deck peppered with potted plants from the couple’s vacations in Brazil, Uruguay, the Netherlands, and Italy.
This unconventional, 2,000-square-foot space has no full walls, and just one room. Uninterrupted cement flooring was chosen for the mezzanine. The cement extends to the bed and bathtub block, while the exposed ductwork and black beams above dramatically accentuate the ceilings. The main bathroom is only partially separated from the sleeping area by a glass partition. The absence of opaque walls creates a feeling of openness and cohesion in the bright mezzanine space.
A pair of Toronto boutique owners and their architects surpassed expectations for above-the-shop living with a renovation that celebrates clean design and serene space. In the master bedroom, a Libri wall shelf by Michaël Bihain for Swedese sits next to a Koster bed by Carpe Diem , where translucent shoji-style screens by Studio Junction offer privacy. The cast-iron kettle and electric brazier are used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Working with a limited footprint, a daunting slope, and killer views, architect Bruce Bolander went vertical with a secluded canyon house in Malibu. Bolander designed the custom steel desk where Wright works, as well as the bedside table, fashioned from a speaker tower base and a slab of white oak. The desk chair and table lamp are vintage; the bed linens are from Garnet Hill and Ikea. The floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from Metal Window Corporation open the entire corner of the room up to the outdoors.
Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he happened upon a roughly 6,000-square-foot lot in north Oakland, California. Undeterred by the condition of the building (it had served as a shop for the late master woodcarver Miles Karpilow) or the neighborhood (Shoup calls it “transitional”), he imagined what the property could become.
The master bedroom occupies a long, slender space on two levels. “If I’d taken the platform out, there’d be no differentiation,” Shoup explains. “I wanted some sense of definition without putting up walls.” Bamboo was used for the stairs, walls and platform. Photo by building Lab inc.
Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz created this 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site. Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom frame expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own. The interior is clad exclusively in white pine, the diagonal orientation adding visual interest to the neutral palette. Alex sourced utilitarian features like cattle fencing and plumbing pipe for the loft sleeping area.
A coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is uniquely tuned in to its residents and to its epic surroundings. The couple, both surfers and beach lovers, wake up to stunning views of the azure-blue Southern Ocean in their otherwise monochromatic eucalyptus master bedroom. Wardle’s firm designed the bed base, and the panel in the ceiling hides a television.