In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.
The veranda is the Valley House’s defining feature and serves as a communal space for the family to sit and enjoy nature. The more traditional rattan furniture fits well with Vaz’s local vernacular, as the Portuguese were the first to bring rattan to the West from the East. A Le Corbusier chaise longue invites guests to relax in front of the stunning panoramic view.
Hovering above its flat-roofed midcentury original, this transparent addition was designed for two renowned artists. The 20-foot-by-30-foot space encourages the residents to take in the panoramic views of the ocean, trees, and hills from these classic Le Corbusier chairs.
Within the mix of warehouses, detached brick bungalows, and dusty pubs of the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Alexandria, local architect David Langston-Jones has built an intricate and finely textured duplex that’s one part speculative development, one part home for the owner and architect. The building’s two small units (Langston-Jones occupies one and rents the other) benefit from a shared shady patio that makes the somewhat cramped quarters a leafy retreat.
David Underwood, Langston-Jones’s partner, opens the large glass doors that expand the interior of the small house out onto the sun-drenched courtyard garden. In keeping with Langston-Jones’s love of Le Corbusier, the dining room chairs are LC7s and the table is an LC6 by the famed Swiss architect and Charlotte Perriand.
On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget. In the living room of the resulting weekend retreat, a pair of black leather butterfly chairs face off with Corbusier ottomans in front of the concrete-edged fireplace.
Thanks to a contemporary interior that she’s been updating for a decade, modern architect Abigail Turin has learned to love her traditional 1925 San Francisco home. Turin embraced the dark in her striking living room—the deep paint is Le Corbusier’s 4320J from Les Couleurs Suisse. An iconic Arco lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, Charles sofas by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, an Extra Big Shadow floor lamp by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini, and a painting over the mantel by Martin Barré shed a little light.
Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate with his weathering steel-clad home, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. In a portion of the living area, Le Corbusier’s LC2 chair is set alongside Pablo Pardo’s Elise lamp.