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January 20, 2016
From sculpture to lighting, these homes find contemporary applications for one of mankind's oldest materials.
midcentury-inspired living room with Platner chairs and tile wall

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan collaborated with New Haven, Connecticut, firm Gray Organschi on their midcentury-inspired New York vacation home. “There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Adler says about furnishing the interior. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément.

 

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Lucy Marston home interior dining room

When it came to designing a new home for herself and her family in rural Suffolk, England, one of the most important ambitions held by architect Lucy Marston was to create a sense of belonging. Above the dining room’s Hodgson & Barker Antiques table—found on eBay—are ceramic pendant lights from Hand & Eye Studio. The architect acquired the wood chairs secondhand.

 

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Originally appeared in Centuries-Old Farmhouses Inspired This Timeless Home
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Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, collectors Mark Neely and Paul Kefalides found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture. In reworking the landscape, Neely added 1950s ceramic sculptures by Malcolm Leland, who calls them “modern totem poles.” 

 

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M House Kitchen and Dining Area, Melbourne

This clever addition to a Victorian house in Melbourne by MAKE Architects maximized light and space. In the kitchen, MAKE built the recycled messmate cabinets in the kitchen and paired them with stone Italiana countertops. Company architect Bruce Rowe also designed the backsplash tiles and pendant lights through his side business, Anchor Ceramics. “We like the handmade quality [of the tiles] and love that they also match the lights Bruce made for the project,” Bright says. Appliances are by Siemens and fixtures by Duravit.

 

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Originally appeared in A Unique Roofline Draws Light Into This Melbourne Home
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Modern renovation in San Francisco with heath ceramics tiles on the low-slung fireplace and oak floor

Architect George Bradley and his husband, Eddie Baba, renovated this 1941 house in San Francisco to bring architectural cohesion and more sunlight to the space. Tiles from Heath Ceramics surround the new, low-slung fireplace. The white ceramic logs are by Klein Reid; the floor is oak.

 

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Originally appeared in A Home with Eclectic Style Looks Just Right
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midcentury-inspired living room with Platner chairs and tile wall

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan collaborated with New Haven, Connecticut, firm Gray Organschi on their midcentury-inspired New York vacation home. “There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Adler says about furnishing the interior. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément.

 

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