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92 The Flying Dutchman In their 19th-century Brussels home, a cutting-edge international furniture designer and his family live amid his whimsical creations. text by Zahid Sardar photos by Nick Ballon

100 Point of View An architect takes full advantage of spectacular vistas and the owners’ love of Brazilian modern furnishings in his update of an apartment overlooking São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park. text by Mara Gama photos by Pedro Kok

108 Material Witness The husband-and-wife owners of the British furniture company Pinch turn a 300-year-old cow barn in rural France into a stunning second home showcasing their designs. text by Laura Mauk photos by Simon Watson


“The style of the house is like wearing a tuxedo jacket with jeans—it can work if you consider the details.” —Damen Seminero, resident

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Actress Lena Headey and her son, Wylie, at the midcentury home she recently renovated in Los Angeles.

35 Modern World Delving into our furniture focus, we begin the issue by chatting with the heirs of French design legend Pierre Paulin. Next is a proile of Switzerland-based maverick Ini Archibong, alongside an intimate glimpse of Danish modern master Jens Risom by his granddaughter Cat Belluschi-Paulk. Finally, we present an intriguing home in British Columbia that’s reticent on the outside, bold and inviting on the inside. 54 To the Nines Two creatives blend a sartorial outlook with a respect for the past in their updated Brooklyn brownstone. text by Tiffany Jow photos by Pippa Drummond

66 Queen of the Castle For Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, happiness is a laid-back family retreat in suburban L.A. text by Kelly Vencill Sanchez photos by Michael Friberg

122 The Light Fantastic Pooling their talents, a lighting maker and an interior designer mix periods and styles in their exuberantly renovated town house. text by Elaine Louie photos by Emily Andrews

134 Danish Ambassador A cofounder of Muuto inds the perfect North American perch—and showcase—in a New York apartment.


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158 Sourcing Saw it? Want it? Need it? Buy it. 160 Finishing Touch Age-old craft and 21st-century technology meet in a sleek chair. text by Aileen Kwun



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Focus on Furniture It’s never been easier to ind good furniture. With a few clicks, an endless scroll of sofas, dining chairs, and beds appears. So why is the process still so stressful? Perhaps it’s because the exercise of outitting a home is a gradual one, illed with inevitable compromise. A current popular philosophy dictates that all of our belongings should give us joy, and if they don’t, we should jettison those items immediately. Easier said than done. Objects can carry great weight, both literally and iguratively. Maybe it’s an inherited piece that’s discordant with everything else, but there’s too much attachment to get rid of it. Or a disagreement arises, stemming from what’s considered “beautiful,” and one person stubbornly clings to an item that the other can’t stand. Then there’s always the most potent challenge of all—budget. It’s very rarely the case that money is no object. Finding “joy” in an item can be rather complicated. In this issue we focus on furniture designers, examining matters surrounding the creative process, legacy, patronage, and usability. We begin on page 35 with a meditation on the archives of famed French designer Pierre Paulin (1927–2009). Through the eforts of his family, many of Paulin’s unrealized creations will now come to light, further preserving his reputation as one of the most innovative furniture makers of the 20th century. Filial responsibility and afection is a theme we continue on page 48, where a short essay penned by the granddaughter of Danish modern master Jens Risom highlights the virtue of using, rather than idolizing, heirlooms. We nod to design’s next generation with a quick proile of Ini Archibong, who debuted a meticulously produced collection this year at the world’s most important furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan (page 42). Archibong, a rising star we’ve long admired, is inding success by cultivating a deep network of mentors and collaborators, acting as both student and teacher, all the while challenging himself to master new techniques and materials. Flexibility is his strength, and his reward is seeing his ideas tangibly realized. We hope design students (and manufacturers!) take note. We are always fascinated by the homes of designers, especially those who use their dwellings as laboratories. We admire the late-1800s Brussels residence of Danny Venlet, where his playful creations give the loftlike space its idiosyncratic soul (page 92). The interplay between old and new is an exciting juxtaposition, solidifying our common editorial narrative DWELL OCTOBER 2016

that any home can be modern on the inside. In western France, designers Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon installed a great deal of their own inventory—they head the British furniture company Pinch—into what was a decrepit ield structure and is now a sophisticated—but not precious—family retreat (page 108). Another interpretation of creative family space is found in Brooklyn, where an interior designer and lighting designer have transformed a brownstone into an elegant mishmash of eras and styles (page 122). Those who make their daily bread through the business of furniture retail have a place in these pages as well. We visit an unconventional “rhombusframe” home in New York’s Hudson Valley, illed with a multitude of Jonathan Adler furnishings— which makes sense since it happens to be the weekend home of that company’s chief technology oicer (page 84). Completely embracing a company’s design ethos is certainly a mark of dedication, as evidenced by the cofounder of Muuto, Peter Bonnén, who recently moved his family from their native Denmark to the United States (page 134). Muuto’s collection appears in every room, of course. This is not to say that one must be employed in the furniture industry in order to have an enviable space. Check out an incredible apartment in São Paulo, illed with Brazilian modern classics alongside vibrant pieces by contemporary designers like Jaime Hayon (page 100), or the chic New York home of a couple with backgrounds in fashion and graphic design (page 54). Certainly don’t miss the Los Angeles home of actress Lena Headey, who plays Cersei in the HBO blockbuster Game of Thrones. By working closely with her builder, she’s created a refreshingly unexpected home for herself and her young children (page 66). We end with Portland-based designer Ben Klebba of Phloem Studio, who, alongside woodworking giant Thos. Moser, developed a Shaker-inspired chair that nods to the past but irmly looks to the future. Through this collaboration, as well as the many others that appear here, we are reminded of the great Hans J. Wegner, who once said that “a well thoughtout construction can be its own decoration.” The journey to making a modern home may not be an easy one, but with ingenuity, openness, and a bit of humor, it will always be worth the trip. Amanda Dameron, Editor-in-Chief amanda@dwell.com / @AmandaDameron


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Dwell features the ideal mix of what is currently happening worldwide in contemporary architecture, construction, and material use. Every article is straightforward, with just enough images and text. Great place to be inspired! Keep it coming! Thomas Caljo Posted to Facebook I’ve been a reader of your ine publication since 2011. The recent trend to show the houses you feature in axo projections instead of loor plans has been disheartening to me. The thing I’ve found great about Dwell in the past is that between the clear loor plans and excellent photography, I can get a strong sense of what a house is really about. I have found that the axo projections, while sometimes conveying more information than loor plans, are more diicult to read and rarely add information that isn’t supplied by photographs. Max Johnson Seal Beach, California

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Thank you for your coverage of our Manifold House in the article “Fit and Finish,” July/August 2016. While pleasantly surprised to see our work featured in the issue, I was disappointed to discover our ive-year contribution as the architect and designer was omitted. As is the case with all architectural projects, this home was the result of the collaboration between many talented and committed construction professionals working to realize the beautiful work found within your pages. Aaron Neubert, AIA Los Angeles, California

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What’s one furniture piece that you couldn’t live without? My grandfather’s old bar cabinet. Still smells like the vermouth it held inside.

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My dad built a sewing table for my mom in the ’70s—wood-grain Formica top with an inset yardstick on the edge. I’ll keep it, always. The Wegner oak sideboard we got from my parentsin-law. . .they were about to take it to the junkyard!!!

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Contributors Nick Ballon A documentary and portrait photographer based in London, Nick Ballon traveled to Brussels to capture the 19th-century residence of designer Danny Venlet and his family (page 92). “Once we had inished our irst day of shooting, we went out for dinner and drank a little too much wine at a local ish restaurant called Le Vismet,” he recalls. “It’s heartwarming to know that although you might be in the center of a busy city, you can always step out and ind a friendly place to eat.” Ballon’s irst book, Ezekiel 36:36, is a visual study of Bolivia’s national airline. If you could own any furniture item, what would you choose? “I’m a fan of Donald Judd’s minimalist sensibilities to furniture making and the crossovers to his art. His 1985 prototype for the library chair is a favorite.”

Simon Doonan Fashion commentator Simon Doonan has written regularly for the New York Observer, the Daily Beast, and Slate. Doonan, who is also the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, has been recognized with a CFDA Award for his imaginative window displays. For this issue, he reported on a 1967 structure in Pleasant Valley, New York, that Damen Seminero and Cain Semrad carefully revived (page 84). “The shape of the house is so unexpected and peculiar,” Doonan says. “It was like coming upon a mythological beast crouching in the woods.” If you could own any furniture item, what would you choose? “I have always fantasized about having a circular bed. Very Barbarella.”

Laura Mauk Design writer and editor Laura Mauk penned a story on the French countryside retreat of Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon, who helm the British furniture brand Pinch (page 108). “Without any building experience, Russell and Oona rebuilt their home in France almost completely by themselves,” Mauk notes. “I can barely clean my own house, let alone rebuild one!” Mauk’s work has been published in Paper, Allure, Bookforum, and Interiors, among others. Favorite piece of furniture in your home? “A Lucite side table designed by Karim Rashid. It’s transparent, so in visual efect, it takes up zero space, but it looks ethereal when the sunlight hits it.”

The editor-in-chief of Marin At Home magazine, Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco–based curator and journalist. In this issue, he writes about the creative renovation undertaken by designer Danny Venlet and his wife, Evi (page 92). “What was once a series of small dark rooms is now a loftlike open-plan space,” Sardar says. “New elm wood loors contrast well with old cast-iron neoclassical columns and steel beams.” Sardar’s writing has appeared in many publications, including Interior Design, Elle Decor, and the San Francisco Chronicle, for which he previously served as design editor. Favorite piece of furniture in your home? “Two Jacobean-style teak chairs made in India more than a hundred years ago.”

Simon Watson Splitting his time between Dublin and New York, photographer Simon Watson has shot for a range of clients, including W, Travel + Leisure, and Herman Miller. Venturing to a retreat in France for the story that begins on page 108, Watson bonded with the owners, Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. “We enjoyed conversing about everything, really,” he says. “We have a lot in common: They’re English and I’m Irish. They couldn’t have been more welcoming.” Favorite piece of furniture in your home? “My Saarinen table. I got it when I arrived in New York in the late ’80s . . . they were most unfashionable then. It’s a great table—never out of fashion in my world.”




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Back to the Future A posthumous first edition of rare furnishings unboxes the archives of French modernist Pierre Paulin.


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Pierre Paulin (1927–2009) designed the modular Tapissiège (“Carpet-seat”) as part of a residential furniture collection for Herman Miller in 1970; though never put into production in its time, the groovy,


origami-like piece has since garnered a cult following. In the wake of a one-off presentation of it by Louis Vuitton at Design Miami in 2014, Paulin’s family has released a limited edition represented by Galerie Perrotin.



Designed in 1966, Paulin’s oversize La Déclive (“The Slope”) chaise comprises ribs of tubular cushions united by an adjustable, vertebrae-like frame (left). Made from interlocking planes of lacquered sheet aluminum, the arched base of the 1981 Cathédrale table alludes to Gothic architecture (below left). Sinuous, curvaceous forms encourage

communal interaction in the Face à Face (“Face to Face,” below) and Dos à Dos (“Back to Back,” bottom) lounges, both designed in 1968; the latter was originally commissioned as gallery seating for the Louvre. Previously unproduced or only privately held, all four pieces are now available as limited first editions from Galerie Perrotin.

Pierre Paulin has been a household name for quite some time. The late French designer, who produced his irst furnishings for Meubles TV and Thonet France, is best known for capturing the verve of the Swinging Sixties with innovative, sculptural seating designs that wed stretch-fabric upholstery with undulating, Space Age forms in bright, pop-driven hues for Artifort. But he also designed whole interior environments, including state commissions for French presidents Georges Pompidou and François Mitterand; cofounded a global industrial design agency, ADSA, in 1975; and worked through a number of stylistic periods with rigor and élan in the course of his six-decade career. Shortly before Paulin’s death, his family founded a irm—Paulin, Paulin, Paulin —in 2008 as a venue to preserve, enrich, and make accessible his proliic and forward-looking body of work. We spoke to Paulin’s widow, Maïa, and their son, Benjamin, about the designer’s continuing inluence. How did the idea to form Paulin, Paulin, Paulin begin? Benjamin Paulin: It started with my father, in 2007, when we mounted an exhibition with Galerie Azzedine Alaïa >


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in Paris. He presented a prototype, and, surprised by the positive reception it received, said, “Maybe one day we’ll make a limited edition of it.” Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to create these complex pieces industrially, but why not produce them? And so, in 2008, we decided, with my mother and with my wife, Alice, to create this organization. In addition to the new first-edition pieces Paulin, Paulin, Paulin has produced, your collective activities include books, exhibitions, and an archive housed at your family retreat in the Cévennes, where Pierre spent his last days. What are the hopes and goals behind these efforts? Maïa Paulin: To work on the image, to work on everything, to make everything coherent—to keep alive his legacy, and all the pieces that weren’t able to see a large distribution, either because they were diicult to manufacture or because they were private commissions. Pierre has always been considered ahead of his time, so for us today, one goal is to produce these unrealized pieces that can now be well received by collectors.

Focused on functionality and flexibility, Paulin’s 1972 maquette of a residential interior, originally produced for Herman Miller, demonstrates how the modular Tapis-siège could be used in tandem with other


family lived among many of his designs, including the original prototype for La Déclive, which they used at their Paris loft on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine from 1975 to 1980 (above).


A cross-section diagram of a modular furniture system considers various pieces— including La Déclive, indicated in red—at scale with one another (top). Paulin and his

furnishings to sculpt and define a space (above). Pierre Paulin, his wife, Maïa, and their son, Benjamin, lounge on an early prototype of the Tapis-siège in 1985 at their then-home in Paris on the Rue des Ursulines (right). OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

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Paulin was able to see quite a bit of success in his lifetime. How has the market for his work since changed? Benjamin: Right now, there are a few diferent markets for his work, which I think is totally particular in his case. There is one range of prices for the pieces that are still in production, by Ligne Roset, for example—then there is the vintage market, and the collectibles market for rare or limited-edition pieces. It can be diicult to navigate, but we are sure of what we are doing.

Paulin’s 1992 Diwan wool rug takes inspiration from both Arabian diwan seating and the formal compositions of classic French landscaping and garden design (above). Faceted forms make up the Iéna armchair he designed for the French Ministry of Culture by state commission in 1985 (top). Both are now available as limited first editions.


What has it been like to know both sides of him—Pierre Paulin, the husband and father, and now, in retrospect, the legendary designer? Maïa: Pierre and I worked together for 36 years; we were partners and we exchanged thoughts on everything. It’s very rewarding for me to now look at things through his eyes. What was it like to live among and actively use his prototypes? Benjamin: It was fantastic, and to us, totally normal. He’d bring prototypes home all the time, and not just to test them out; they were really part of our lives. When I’d go to friends’ apartments, I remember thinking the furniture was so rigid, so sad. It felt happy and special to be living with my father’s designs.

If there is one approach or methodology that defines Paulin’s diverse body of work, how would you describe it? Benjamin: He constantly looked to both the future and the past. Even today, my father’s models still represent an idea of the future; it’s a kind of vision of the future that stays forever. In fact, maybe that should be the name of the next Paulin exhibition: Future Forever. OCTOBER 2016 DWELL


“We want to keep his work and legacy alive. Paulin, Paulin, Paulin is all about transmission.” —Benjamin Paulin

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Artists need patrons to ind fame. Talent isn’t enough. Great desire, coupled with an aptitude for strategic selfpromotion, isn’t enough. An artist needs a believer, a kindred spirit who will use whatever power and resources they have to give the artist room to create without restriction. This crucial support is often the nudge that can

catapult any creative person—designer, actor, musician—into the global arena. For designer Ini Archibong, a chance meeting 13 years ago with actor Terry Crews sparked a free-ranging conversation about life, art, and creativity. At the time, Archibong was ferociously pursuing his design education, both scholastically at the Marshall

The Guy Behind the Guy An actor uses his clout to spotlight an emerging designer, helping to deliver nascent concepts to the world stage. Actor Terry Crews, left, and designer Ini Archibong have a longstanding friendship based on shared ideals. In April 2016 they worked together to debut In The Secret Garden, a collection of furnishings conceived by Archibong, at the Milan furniture fair, a respected launching ground for burgeoning design industry players.



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School of Business at the University of Southern California, and professionally by working with furniture companies, showing new works, and forging relationships with other designers. Crews, who rose to fame irst as a college football star and then as an actor, is an artist himself with a keen interest in design. “He reminded me of myself,” says Crews, a former arts scholar and a husband and father of ive. “I knew the world needed to see Ini.” As their friendship grew, Crews became a mentor of sorts, inviting Archibong over to his home for dinner, sharing advice on everything from relationships to navigating the pressure of creating art in the public eye. The two lost touch once Archibong departed California for a two-year stint in Singapore to teach and work for Eight Inc., but Crews often wondered about the designer’s progress. Years passed. One day, after a quick search online, Crews found Archibong again, happily ensconced in design studies, this time at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), in western Switzerland. Crews reached out, and the conversation began anew, now over Whatsapp and video chat rather than across a dinner table. Their shared focus on design was as potent as ever, and by this point Crews’s stature in television and ilm had grown exponentially. With the increase in his celebrity, Crews was now

in a position to ofer real assistance to Archibong’s design career. “Terry was like, ‘What do you want to do for yourself?’ And I started to think of all the things that I worried would never get made,” says Archibong, who has designed for a number of top brands, including Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, and Nucraft. “That was when we came up with the plans for the collection In The Secret Garden, which at that point was a seedling of an idea that I’d been developing in school.” Crews bankrolled Archibong as he developed the collection, and together they brought a total of 10 pieces to production. They debuted the lot at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2016, in the portion of the show called Satellite, which is devoted to promising designers under the age of 35. The response was warm and immediate. “This wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for Terry’s support. He gave me the conidence to create freely, which is something that most designers don’t ever get to touch,” explains Archibong. Though the professional collaboration with Crews ended with the introduction at the fair, the visibility it aforded Archibong has accelerated several new collaborations, which he will bring to market in the next year with a variety of partners. “Terry saw my potential,” says Archibong. “This will forever be a catalyzing moment.” In The Secret Garden, the collection of 10 pieces that debuted at the 2016 Milan furniture fair, draws upon Archibong’s love of color and pattern, and references the visual storytelling indicative of his native Nairobi. Using luxurious materials, riotous hues,

and precise detailing, the successful collaboration between Archibong and Crews has paved the way for the young designer’s next act, which will include everything from jewelry and tabletop accessories to furnishings for a variety of international brands.

“To have someone like Terry championing what I am doing puts me in a position to receive direct feedback from so many people.” —Ini Archibong, designer 44



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Family Man The modern furniture master Jens Risom just turned 100. His granddaughter muses on living with his well-loved creations. text by Cat Belluschi-Paulk

Jens’s furniture is the bond that ties my family together. We hold my grandfather’s pieces dear to our hearts. Most of the family heirlooms are located in Connecticut and on Block Island, where parts of our family have lived since Jens built his famous prefab there in 1967, which was featured on the cover of Life at the time. Another batch is scattered around San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Portland, and other places where his 11 grandchildren reside. The furniture unites us. Twenty or so years ago, when Jens and Henny, his second wife, moved into a smaller home, they didn’t have the space to take everything with them, so they gifted pieces to each of the four children. Over the years, every member of the next generation was handed a set


The lounge chair Risom designed for Knoll in 1943, at the height of wartime rationing, used discarded parachute straps for its webbing. When Knoll reintroduced it in 1994, Risom gave a number of the chairs to family members.

of chairs or a credenza from our parents. Eventually, when Jens and Henny moved into a retirement center, they once again ofered pieces to their children and grandchildren. I think it’s a testament to how we were all raised that everyone is able to share well with each other. My husband and I were lucky enough to acquire Jens and Henny’s dining table and set of 10 dining chairs, which we’ve used for many lunches and dinners together. While Jens has always taken very good care of his designs, he’s never treated them as precious objects to look at and not touch. To Jens, furniture is made to be used. In my childhood home, we had a rare high-back leather swivel chair with a pedestal base, designed by my grandfather. Despite the best eforts of my mother, Helen, to keep it in pristine condition, the chair endured quite a bit of abuse: My brother Pietro and I took turns spinning each other around as fast as we could, and our kittens were particularly fond of it as a scratching post. I’m proud to have acquired this piece, and in my home in Los Angeles, I’m now the one telling my kids to stop spinning around in it! Although my grandfather is known worldwide as a pioneer of Danish midcentury design, he has always been a family man. He never boasted about his design achievements—not that he didn’t love the attention. Even up until recently, he was always willing to meet with young designers who wanted to visit him to discuss their approach to furniture design or to ask him questions. My family is so glad he’s been able to have such a healthy and long life, long enough to see his continuing inluence. From exhibitions at the Rhode Island School of Design all the way to the Museum of Modern Art, Jens has seen his furniture come back into the spotlight as exemplary designs for modern living. His pieces tell the stories of so many people, and in my family, they’re woven into the fabric of many happy memories. OCTOBER 2016 DWELL


Jens Risom’s 100th birthday in May inspired many tributes to his remarkable career by admirers and family. He is pictured here in a photo taken in the 1990s on Block Island, Rhode Island, with his four children, from left: Tom, Helen, Sven, and Peggy.

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Sliding doors by Mountainview unite the garden and interior of a residence in British Columbia. The underside of the deck overhang is covered in Benjamin Moore’s Turmeric paint, a shade also used on

the house’s front facade. A Canyon sofa by Bensen joins Fat Fat tables by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia in the living room; a cinderblock wall with a stove by Stûv divides the space from the kitchen.

A seemingly street-shy house near Vancouver opens to reveal an expansive interior.

text by Allie Weiss photos by Tom Arban project New Westminster architect BattersbyHowat Architects location New Westminster, British Columbia


Only two slim strips of glass provide a glimpse into the interior of a dwelling in New Westminster, a suburb of Vancouver. The house, composed of concrete walls and cedar siding, was designed to keep prying eyes at bay. But the structure leaves an impression that is far from unwelcoming: Swaths of bright yellow paint, tucked into recesses along the facade, suggest

a certain playfulness. “Enigmatic” is how architect David Battersby describes the home’s streetside appearance. The residence of Grant Sigurdson and Todd Benko, the house contains a surprise beyond its entrance. Inside, its living spaces open dramatically to a veranda with a thriving garden and views of the city. “The actual experience of the house is antithetical to its street OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

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face,” says Battersby, who designed the dwelling with Heather Howat, his partner at the local irm BattersbyHowat. The home sits next to an elementary school, so the area gets busy in the afternoon and evening, says Grant, a hematopathologist. Limiting apertures along the north and west sides of the structure provided as much of a barrier as possible from the noisy schoolyard. In addition, the clients requested an L-shaped house, a layout that allows for a more intimate relationship with

the backyard. “We could have built more economically on the site, but Grant and Todd were really focused on what they were getting out of the project qualitatively,” Battersby says. “The plan isn’t the most eicient one, but the net beneit substantially outweighs a simple box.” The interiors feature simple inishes: white ash millwork, polished concrete looring, and a cinderblock ireplace wall—a midcentury-inspired feature that the couple requested to distinguish



between spaces. On one side of the wall, the living room leads directly to the garden. “If you’re sitting on the couch, all you see is the yard,” Todd says. Grant is an avid gardener (a passion he shares with Battersby, who donated plants from his own backyard for the clients’ lot), and the owners wanted to create a strong indoor/outdoor dynamic, taking advantage of their location in the suburbs. Says Grant: “We have a lot of house-garden interaction here that’s not possible in Vancouver.”

The exterior is clad in stained cedar and painted channel siding; the Turmeric shade was selected to complement the hue of the ginkgo trees in the front yard (above). The kitchen includes custom ash cabinets made by JMV Woodworks paired with stainless-steel countertops (right). The homeowners requested that color be integrated throughout the house; a wall underneath the counter covered in Benjamin Moore’s Covington Blue is one bright detail. Caravaggio pendants by Cecilie Manz for Lightyears hang above an IKEA table and Eames chairs (far right).




After restoring and renovating the interior of their four-story brownstone in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow—creative entrepreneurs and self-described interiors obsessives—outfitted the historic 1910 space with a minimal black-and-white

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palette, down to the stair railing and original moulding and wainscoting. Sparse, modern pieces—like a two-pronged sconce they designed for the parlor-floor landing and a Cy Twombly print in the adjacent family room—provide elegant counterpoints to the architecture.

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Call it good luck or a fluke—fate has a funny way of working. For Jef Madalena and Jason Gnewikow, serendipity struck at Nowhere Bar, Manhattan’s East Village hang where they met in the early aughts. At the time, both were New York transplants starting small businesses. Jef, cofounder of rocker-chic clothing brand Oak, had just opened shop in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Jason, a former musician and graphic designer, was launching a creative agency called Athletics just a few blocks away. The two started dating and soon realized they shared a penchant for ambitious undertakings. “We’re serial project people,” Jason confesses. Since then, the couple have grown their individual ventures while starting others together— including a gut renovation of their weekend retreat in the Catskills. It was only a matter of time before they tackled their home base in Brooklyn. “We lead very cluttered lives, and we wanted a place where we could cook dinner, chill out, and carry out the day,” Jason says. Jef agrees: “We need a space to clear our heads,” he says. “That’s important to us.” Their decision to buy in the borough’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood was

“The idea of having a very modern space in an old building spoke to us.” —Jef Madalena, resident

Jason lounges in one of two armchairs by midcentury designer Milo Baughman in the parlor-floor living room (above). The wood block coffee table is by Eric Slayton, a friend of the couple, and the modular Carmo sofa is from BoConcept. A 1952 piece by French industrial designer Serge Mouille, the Three-Arm Floor Lamp—widely referred


to as the “Praying Mantis,” for its looming trio of arms —is a nod to the couple’s love of Parisian interiors; a branch-like chandelier by Los Angeles–based artist Gary Chapman hangs overhead. A Prostoria Match sofa from Cite pairs with a vintage armchair and a Ryan McGinley print in the family room on the garden floor (left).


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an act of coming full circle. The two began renting there in 2007, after answering a Craigslist ad in which a photo of a window detail made them swoon. Jef, who was among the irst residents of Bushwick’s now-legendary (or infamous, depending on whom you ask) McKibbin Street Lofts, has long had his inger on the pulse of Brooklyn’s emerging creative communities. They moved north to Greenpoint a few years later, after opening a bar there. When it closed, they “decided to hunker down and buy something,” Jef says, so they rang up the broker they’d worked with in Bed-Stuy. “She told us the neighbors two doors down were selling their house. Everything fell into place from there.” Built around 1910, the brownstone provided the space they longed for and then some: separate apartments on the garden and parlor loors, two studios on the next level, and a loor-through one-bedroom at the top. The interiors, however, needed some work. Rooms were illed with abandoned possessions, and dated carpet and peel-andstick vinyl tiles were everywhere. “When we ripped it all out, there were gorgeous loors underneath,” Jef says. “It was a super score.”


The pair knew what they wanted: room for entertaining, storage space, and a big kitchen and bathroom. After four years of renovating their upstate home, they were keen to make faster, more focused decisions. “Once you do a renovation, it removes a lot of fear,” Jason says. They designed everything themselves and hired architect Michael Almon to sign of on the drawings. The loor plan on each level is relatively untouched: a large rectangle with the original rooms, details, and pocket doors intact. They combined the garden and parlor loors by removing a wall near the front door, transforming them into the one-bedroom apartment that Jef and Jason occupy; they rent out the renovated studios and apartment on the upper loors. “You’re limited to what you can do in the front and back of a brownstone,” Jason says. “The renovation was less architecturally intensive and more about our interior choices.”

Antique Art Deco–style lamps flank a West Elm bed in the master bedroom, which accesses a private backyard garden. The smoke-colored Series 11 6 Drawer Console is from Blu Dot; the built-in shelving was custom-made

by Wood Management (below). Graphic, curvilinear shadows cast from an original window grate play with geometrically stark furnishings, including the vintage lamp and midcentury Danish credenza in the family room (opposite).

“We wanted something uncluttered and clean to unwind in.” —Jason Gnewikow, resident




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Shaker-style Salt chairs by Tom Kelley join a customsized Etoile dining table and Tsuru Flush Mount III pendant, both by Materia Designs (left). The couple removed an ornamental fireplace mantle in the kitchen, one of few period details they decided not to keep, due to its size.



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Inside, their personalities shine. Jef, who grew up ixated on the cool, sculptural stylings of Helmut Lang and Calvin Klein, has an ainity for black that complements Jason’s graphic sensibility: a clean, pared-down style gleaned from the Swiss-designed record sleeves of British bands he idolized in his 20s. Both have traveled the globe and have a fondness for Parisian interiors. “As creatives, we are always looking at the old to create the new,” Jef explains. “The idea of having a very modern space in an old building spoke to us. And because this is New York, we wanted something sexy.” The home’s sleek, downtown appeal is apparent in the matte-quartzite island of its black-and-white kitchen and a light ixture made from brass and glazed porcelain by their pals at Materia Designs. A custom dining table sits beneath it, providing a place for


Carefully placed modern touches illuminate restored details in the home. An industrial-style pendant designed by Jeff and Jason hangs from intricate millwork in the entryway; the print is by photographer Anna Wolf (left). In the downstairs den, the mirrored facets of a West Elm side table refract the linearity of the moulding and hardwood flooring (below). Removing dated carpeting and vinyl tiles throughout, the couple unearthed and preserved the original wood floor, then sanded, twice bleached, whitewashed, and sealed it to achieve a neutral gray finish.

dinner parties and hanging out. In the adjacent living room, a pair of vintage Milo Baughman lounge chairs—a fortuitous $150 Craigslist ind—are covered in Mongolian lamb fur and lank a cofee table crafted by their friend Eric Slayton. A 1970s Cy Twombly exhibition print, found at a bookstore in Paris, leads downstairs. Perfectly preserved parquet looring complements the family room, where Jef and Jason spend


most of their time. A bright hallway leads to the bedroom, a laundry area (formerly a kitchen), and a previously cramped bathroom. The bedroom is now expanded and features a door to the backyard, where a garden of peonies blossoms below a string of Edison bulbs. “We’re kind of obsessed with interiors, but we don’t have a lot of things here,” says Jason. “This is our quiet sanctuary.” OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

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You might expect Lena Headey to live in a Norman manor in Yorkshire or on the beach in celebrity-studded Malibu. But the Game of Thrones star, whose portrayal of the villainous Cersei Lannister is one of the wickedly entertaining high points of the HBO hit series, is right at home in the San Fernando Valley on a suburban street remarkable for its sheer normalcy. “One of my oldest pals said it’s like the neighborhood in E.T.,” she says. “It’s kid heaven.” And instead of calling in a big-name designer, the British actress was closely involved in her home’s renovation, working with a builder to transform it into an airy retreat that combines elements from

Actress Lena Headey (above, with her mother, Susan) worked with builder Ted Broden to give her 1950s house an open feel. The living room includes a Cloud Track Arm sofa and chair from Restoration Hardware, a Woven Accents rug, and a Keegan chandelier by Arteriors.


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“I just wanted the house to feel like I’m on holiday. There are no goblets, but there are some wine glasses.” —Lena Headey, resident

England, the south of France, and one of her favorite spots on earth: Ibiza. Low-ceilinged, with artiicial turf indoors as well as out, the 1950s house that originally occupied the property didn’t immediately summon images of carefree island living, but Lena knew it was something she could build upon. “When I walked in, I said, ‘This is perfect.’ I could see the light it needed, and I could see the space we could create. I could see everything. And that was it.” Her irst California residence was a midcentury modern in the Hollywood


Hills, but it proved to be too big. “In England, we live in boxes that you pay millions for,” says Lena. “So when I got to L.A., I was like, ‘My god, everything is huge.’” After a divorce, the actress lived in a string of rentals, but she was itching to put her mark on her own place. Friends suggested hiring a designer, but she demurred (“It’s so un-English,” she says), calling on Ted Broden, of West Hollywood–based Envision Design Build, to give shape to her dream. She began by handing him a threering binder brimming with ideas, from

Dandelion cement tiles from Marrakech Design adorn the master bathroom (above left). The chair is from Lawson Fenning. Adding a partial second floor accommodated bedrooms for Lena; her son, Wylie; and her daughter, Teddy. The

master bedroom features a Chesterfield bed from Restoration Hardware and a pendant by Seppo Koho (above). “I saw tons of houses that were done and a few that needed redoing,” says Lena. “This one was small, but it made sense.”







pictures of organic materials to lightilled rooms with exposed framing. On the irst page was an ad showing a woman holding a very large kitchen knife and crying. Underneath, Lena had scrawled, “This is me if you f--- it up.” She laughs at the memory. “I have a biting sense of humor,” she says, “but I wasn’t kidding.” Architectural designer Arthur Page drew up several loor plans featuring a full second story. Though it ofered the square footage she wanted, Lena resisted what she calls “grand Los Angelean” features. “It’s not my vibe,” she explains. The remodel evolved into the addition of a partial second loor, making space for a master suite and bedrooms for the children. But they were careful not to overwhelm the site. “Lena didn’t want the house to stick out like a sore thumb,” Broden says. With that goal in mind, he devised an interior that emphasizes openness and

Broden gave the formerly low-ceilinged living room a high pitch and added more windows for light (top). For the floors, Lena chose salvaged oak hand-laid in a herringbone pattern. The Roar + Rabbit dresser is from West Elm.


The exterior, which was taken down to the studs and rebuilt, pairs the original concrete block with reclaimed hemlock, which clads two sides of the upstairs addition (above). A crisp concrete pathway leads to the entrance (above left). OCTOBER 2016 DWELL


In the backyard, Lena combined a hammock from a former home with Maya chaises from Room & Board. A Woolly Pockets green wall system holds a variety of succulents. “They’re beautiful and architectural,” Lena says of the plants. “And I can’t kill them, which makes me so happy.”

a connection with the outdoors, while also comfortably accommodating friends and family from abroad. Making it kid-friendly was another priority (Lena’s son, Wylie, age six, was joined in 2015 by baby sister Teddy, who now sleeps in what was meant to be the master sitting room). “Here I’ve incorporated my Ibizan self and my practical parent self,” Lena says with a sly smile. “I can’t be sitting around drinking rosé.” Once work began, Broden, formerly a construction project manager at Marmol Radziner, uncovered asbestos ceilings, water damage, and a serious mold infestation, which prompted taking the structure down to the studs and rebuilding. At Lena’s request, they kept existing elements like the patterned concrete block wall out front; the






“Having a family house, with everyone together, was always Lena’s goal,” says Broden. The outdoor shower, which he designed in collaboration with landscape contractors Warren-Avard, is surrounded by reclaimed hemlock planters.

expansive living room windows, which were replicated elsewhere; and the pool. Although the kitchen sits in the same location as it did originally, it is now completely open to the family room, which sported an enormous curved bar, a pizza oven, and faux beams when Lena bought the place. During framing, the actress decided she liked the exposed rafters so much that Broden rebuilt the roof at a higher pitch and inished it of by whitewashing the new beams. When Lena asked if they could open the rear of the house to the backyard, Broden, Page, and structural engineer Alexandre Basso revised the plan to expand the home’s footprint and add a shear wall upstairs. Lena wanted whitewashed wood looring throughout the home. “We did lots of experiments but couldn’t get it right,” she recalls. Then she suggested herringbone. Using reclaimed oak from a Kentucky tobacco farm, Broden’s team laid the loors by hand. It’s a detail that


delights Lena: “It feels so good on your bare feet; it’s really soft wood.” She also asked Broden to leave the structural beams that were installed during construction in the kitchen and family room as is, without inishing them with plaster. “They have writing on them and rusty old bolts,” she marvels. The kitchen and bathrooms feature encaustic loor tiles in three blue-andwhite designs. While on location in Ireland for Thrones, Lena saw a dandelion-patterned tile on Pinterest. She

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A downstairs guest bedroom (above) is a welcome retreat for visitors. “Because I do so much traveling, if someone comes to stay, I want them to feel they can just be,” says Lena. The Roar + Rabbit brassinlaid nightstand is from West


forwarded the image to Broden, who tracked down the tile to a Swedish manufacturer and installed it in the master bathroom. “Lena’s very speciic about her taste,” Broden explains. “When she doesn’t like something, she has reasons for it, and they’re hilarious.” For instance, when he asked about putting a ireplace in her bedroom, she balked. “It made me cringe,” she recalls. “I like it when you’re skiing. It’s a bit porno in the Valley.” Likewise, when she irst saw the tub she’d chosen for the master bathroom installed and ready for use, she told Broden, “This looks like a showroom.” It now sits in the garden, ready for outdoor soaking. Lena admits her taste is “not super standard,” adding that she favors things “a bit rough and not totally inished.” To pieces she’d kept in storage for years she’s since added one-of-a-kind light ixtures found at shops around Los Angeles; she’s also partial to “scrappy”

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Headey Residence Plan A Entrance


B Living Room C Kitchen D Family Room


Playroom Bathroom Laundry Room Bedroom

I Master Bedroom J Master Closet K Master Bathroom




Fleetwood sliders open the kitchen and family room to the backyard (top). The pendants over the kitchen island are from Cisco Home; the bar chairs are by Studio One for Lost & Found. The patterned concrete tile floor is from Mission Tile West,


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Offbeat furnishings are kindred spirits to an architectural oddball in the Hudson Valley. 84

Photos by Matthew Williams


In search of relaxation, Cain Semrad and Damen Seminero happened instead upon a home improvement challenge: a pine-covered “rhombusframe” house built in 1967 (opposite). Their beagle, Jack, rests on a Kivik sofa from IKEA; behind is a tripod lamp from JC Penney’s home collection. An antelope horn is propped on a Lucite stand.



The residents sleep beneath Douglas fir beams that they darkened using a mix of Ebony and Moorish Teak wood stain by Zar. In front of a small balcony is an early American farm bench purchased at the Rhinebeck Antique Fair. The Gaser rug is from IKEA.


Project The Hill

Damen, who is the chief technology officer for Jonathan Adler’s eponymous studio, filled the house with the designer’s work, like the Lucite-and-mappa-wood Bond desk and the Regent armchair in the shared office (right). Nearby, the Lacquer

Location Pleasant Valley, New York

Console Table holds a pair of Ceramic Tortoise Shell lamps and conceals a Double X bench, also by the designer (below). The brass Raindrops wall sculpture, a reissue of a midcentury metalwork by C. Jeré Studio, is from JA Finds, Adler’s curatorial venture.

“It’s a house full of things that we love. Even if they fill a need, we had to fall for them first.” —Damen Seminero, resident

Taste is a mysterious, subjective kind of a thing. One person’s “yuck” is someone else’s “aha!” One homebuyer’s teardown is another’s ixer-upper. When Cain Semrad and Damen Seminero irst locked eyes on their future vacation home, they looked past the chain-link fence, the frog-illed pool, and the undeniably peculiar architecture, and all they saw was a quirky gem, screaming to be loved. In 2013, Cain and Damen drew a two-hour travel circle around their home base of New York City. The couple had been together for 17 years and had reached the point where they were ready to trade in the weekend whirligig of the city social scene for a little relaxation. In their minds’ eyes, they saw themselves lounging on the veranda of an early 19th–century Greek Revival. After searching and rejecting for a year and a half, they came to an uncomfortable realization: such antique houses tend to have depressingly low ceilings and less-than-ideal locations. Then, while spontaneously checking out a town called Pleasant Valley, Damen and Cain stumbled upon: It. Located at the end of a long driveway on eight elevated, heavily wooded acres, the strange four-bedroom house—the original structure was built in 1967 by the owner of a local millwork company—vanquished the couple’s Greek Revival dreams. Once they discovered that the site was surrounded by farms and protected wetlands, they pulled out the checkbook. DWELL OCTOBER 2016

“During the two months prior to closing, we noticed the astounding amount of acorns on the property and named it ‘Acorn Hill,’” Cain recalls. By the time they moved in, the house had become simply “The Hill.” To some observers, the home’s jolie-laide architecture might suggest a monster emerging from the primordial muck. “To us, it just appeared unconventional and unusual,” clariies Cain. The pair set about updating the home with fearless sledgehammering bravado. The scope of their involvement is nothing short of extraordinary. Their professional lives—Cain is the senior art director at fashion conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen and Damen is the chief technology oicer for Jonathan Adler— hardly suggest they might morph into construction super-heroes. But that’s exactly what happened. No task was too daunting. In order to insure the house, they were obliged to chop down 220 trees, 50 of which they lopped themselves. “I ran out and bought a chainsaw,” recalls Damen, who did most of the hacking. “Cain read the brochure in order to prevent me from killing myself.” (A local company named Out on a Limb took care of the rest.) The tree felling was a nice warm-up for the exterior rehab. “We designed the pool deck and outdoor area one month after we closed, on a napkin at the local diner,” Damen recalls. Their inspiration for the outdoor space came from the existing house and woods.



Original tongue-and-groove pine boards, restained a warm chestnut hue, run horizontally to the ceiling. The residents layered gray sheepskin rugs on top of wool berber carpeting, installed by Joseph Velletri’s Sons. The interior walls are painted Regal by Benjamin Moore (opposite).



“We take time to consider every moment in our home. That’s what makes the potentially incongruous parts jell.” —Damen Seminero




For the garage (below left), the couple replaced rotted timbers, swapped in new gutters, and stained the exterior Cordovan Brown by Benjamin Moore to match the home and pool house. The patio is equipped

with IKEA furniture; the previous residents chose the sliders and windows, which are by Sierra Pacific (below center). The guest bedrooms feature lighting by Jonathan Adler, including a Horse table lamp

in the downstairs unit (below right) and an Antwerp pendant upstairs (opposite). Damen reclines in a Harper chair, also by Adler, with his legs on a pouf he and Cain bought at a warehouse sale. “The look we were

going for was modern-rustic glam,” he says. “We mixed vintage and new with treasures found at antique shops in Rhinebeck. Some weekends we made three or four trips, filling the car with trouvés.”

“We worked hard, knowing the payoff would be our perfect retreat. We had no idea how much fun we would have .” —Damen Seminero The dilapidated pool house had sunk ive inches into the mud. Brought back to its former splendor—with the help of local handyman/landscaper Dimitri Markou—it revealed itself to be a mini version of the main house. With a hand from artisan Gerry Doucette of Custom Decks, they surrounded the pool with a wood walkway. An unobtrusive aluminum fence allows the area to integrate with the forest. After completely revamping the garage, they next installed a new program of exterior lighting and restored the original pagoda lights to their former glory. For the inal touch, Damen says, they “restained the house and adjacent structures using one color, instead of the previous seven.” Landscape work followed: First Cain and Damen painstakingly refurbished the brick walkways. Then they dug out and exposed many of the natural outcroppings of granite bedrock. The goal? “To make it look less Camp Crystal Lake,” says Damen, alluding to the ictional location of the Friday the 13th movies. Then came the house itself. Looking at Damen and Cain—they are both on the small side—it’s hard to imagine them doing the literal heavy lifting. “Each


piece of lumber for the twenty-foot-long beams was cut in the garage, and the inished beam was carried to the house, by us,” boasts Damen. “We measured ten times so we would only have to cut once. To install them we climbed up ladders, at opposite ends of the room, with levels. Once they were irmly bolted, we sanded and stained them.” They also reinished the stairs, added the kitchen backsplash, and installed the medicine cabinets, the bathroom mirrors, all light ixtures, and cabinet hardware. They even restored the ireplace by fauxpainting the bricks one by one. Cain is a minimalist who avoids gaudy hues, while Damen tends toward a more exuberant style. A balance was achieved throughout the house. “Damen is the design instigator,” Cain admits. Says Damen: “We are both creative, with strong points of view, but I know what piece I want and for which location. Cain knows what color it should be. He also told me when to stop, if I started going overboard, and kept us non-fussy.” Once Damen had installed rugs and furniture, Cain brought in the inishing touches: “I came in at the end and added a layer of art, books, and decorative objets,” OCTOBER 2016 DWELL


he says, noting that he likes to personalize guest rooms with tablescapes, à la David Hicks. The couple enjoy sharing their rural idyll—and the local charm—with weekend guests whenever they can. “The Hill is located in one of the most beautiful corners of the Hudson Valley,” Damen points out, “with rolling hills and woods, oodles of quaint fairs, festivals, and farm stands.” Cain, who hails from a small town in Nebraska and grew up surrounded by cornields, is mesmerized by the environment: “My Instagram posts went from New York City street-style shots and art openings to obsessively photographing the amazing insects, lora, and geology on the property. I am having a total Charles Darwin moment.” Damen, who grew up in Chicago, is similarly bewitched: “After so many years of city living,” he notes, “we are digging the delights of the changing seasons.” There is one dissenter, he adds. “Jack, our ifteenyear-old beagle, seems more at home diving for pizza crust on the streets in the East Village. He would rather snuggle up inside on a sheepskin rug than chase squirrels.” DWELL OCTOBER 2016

The Hill Plan



Master Bedroom Master Closet Bedroom Chimney Bathroom Den Mechanical Room Kitchen Dining Room Living Room Office Laundry Room









A prolific Dutch designer by way of Australia rebuilds his roost in Brussels.

The Flying


At designer and interior architect Danny Venlet’s home and atelier in Brussels, arched transom windows original to the structure harken back to its history as one of the city’s several béguinages—enclosed communities founded by a semi-monastic Christian order and built in a traditional

Flemish style. Venlet enlarged the glass panes beneath, which overlook the courtyard. In bold juxtaposition to the architecture, his own product and furniture designs, including his 2007 Cage Aux Folles stainless-steel wire baskets, often reference industrial materials and aviation-inspired forms.

Dutchman Text by Zahid Sardar Photos by Nick Ballon




Project Venlet Residence

Designer Venlet Interior Architecture

Over the course of his three-decade career, furniture designer and interior architect Danny Venlet has made a name for himself with futuristic, free-spirited designs that explore new materials and often allude obliquely to vehicles, airplanes, and travel. “I like variety in my work,” says the Red Dot Award winner, who was born in Australia to Dutch parents and lives and works in Dansaert, a Flemish neighborhood of downtown Brussels that has increasingly become home to a design district in recent years. Dating back to the late 19th century, his four-story brick-and-steel residence ofers a stark contrast to his forward-looking work. The building, which is located in the capital city’s quarter of béguinages, once belonged to the Hospice St-Jean and is one of several historic structures that were created by the Béguines, a group of women who dedicated themselves to a semimonastic religious Christian order. As with many of the city’s remaining béguinages, after World War II the structure was converted to a warehouse, and then an open-plan, loftlike building with heraldic arched windows—all of which became a perfect backdrop for Venlet’s whimsical furniture and objects. “Buildings with the patina of age are wonderful, but they need to be infused with playfulness and life,” says the designer. However, when Venlet moved into the property with his family in 1997, he and his wife deliberately made few improvements, mainly because


Location Brussels, Belgium

they couldn’t aford it at the time, he says. And, after all, the building was rumored to be the work of architect Henri-Louis François Partoes, who had famously redesigned the historic quarter’s harbor and ish markets, reviving them into a lively town square near the landmark Saint Catherine’s Church. The couple raised their two daughters, Mona, now 30, and Astrid, 24, in the historic residence. But the Venlets’ divorce and a subsequent accidental ire that ravaged the home and work space 12 years ago changed everything. The designer had to make a critical decision: give up his house entirely, or fully modernize the 3,300-square-foot building and 650-square-foot outdoor space while keeping the historical features intact. He chose the latter, and in 2005 embarked on a creative restoration with his future second wife and business partner, Evi Lippens. “Earlier in my career, when I lived in Sydney, I collaborated with designer Marc Newson,” Venlet says, pointing to a memento from the time—a spun-aluminum table originally designed for Sydney’s Burdekin bar in 1990. It joins other prototypes that survived the ire. In some ways, the table, which was featured in an exhibition with designer Michael Young in Mons, Belgium, earlier this year, also marks the time that Venlet parted ways with Newson and went on to found Venlet Interior Architecture, in 1991. Six years

A stack of foam poufs from Venlet’s colorful, candy-inspired Let’s Drop collection joins his blue, powder-coated Cake chair on the third-floor landing (above). Opposite, clockwise from top left: A golden-mirrored Formica piece, presented at Milan Design Week in 2014, punctuates the brick-andstucco courtyard; Venlet’s prototype of the armless Emperor’s Hat Chair sits near his Cuppa coffee table, made of Cor-Ten and stainless steel; Venlet’s wife and business partner, Evi Lippens, enters the home’s unassuming street entrance in the city’s Flemish Dansaert district; named after the Sydney bar for which they were first designed in 1990, Venlet’s bulbous Burdekin barstools recall the shape of hot-air balloons.







The designer had to make a critical decision : give up his house entirely, or fully modernize the 3,300-square-foot building and 650-square-foot outdoor space while keeping the historical features intact.

A palette of white-on-white textures and materials defines the living room. Venlet is joined by Lippens and their daughter, Nylah-Noy, on the Bendy Bay sectional—a modular, undulating fiberglass frame topped with leather cushions that he

produced for Viteo in 2007. Cast-iron columns original to the structure, lacquered IKEA cabinets, and a custom stainless-steel countertop lined with a variant of Venlet’s Burdekin barstools make up the galley-style kitchen.



A spare layout marks the master suite on the third floor (above). The rectangular KOS bathtub, integrated into an elevated plywood platform, pairs with Gert Van Der Vloet’s Cut Low lounge in Corian. The couple used elements of a photo they took of one of Venlet’s designs to create the graphic wall covering. Books,

models, and more prototypes— including the 1991 Powder Horse stool, composed of concave stainless-steel surfaces—fill Venlet’s atelier (right). Recalling the form of an airplane engine, his cylindrical D2V2 pendant hovers above his sculptural Easy Rider, a mobile desk-seat hybrid set on castors (opposite).

later, the restless designer decided to move from Sydney to Brussels, closer to his ancestral roots and to a new life. “I was lucky that my house was built of ire-resistant materials,” says Venlet of the brick, stucco, glass, and cast iron that make up the structure. “The shell survived, which meant I could start again.” In the new interior coniguration, his daughters have a room in the attic and the atelier is once again on the ground loor, which was previously the hospice’s storage area under original brick vaulting. The 1,000-square-foot living space on the second loor and the bedrooms above it are all now accessed by a new set of oak stairs from the street-level front door. The living room retains its original 19th-century classical-style castiron columns and brick heraldic arches with steeland-glass transom windows; new elm wood loors are a refreshing contrast to the white-painted interior. “It is rare to ind elm around here,” says Venlet. “I found a looring guy who had a tree for sale, and I ordered wide planks made from it.” Original windows in the back wall of the old kitchen, overlooking the ground-loor atelier from the new dining area, now


have large clear-glass panes to bring in more light. “Because the building is closely surrounded by other buildings, getting light from skylights above and bouncing it of white walls became important,” Venlet says. “However, although I prefer crisp white spaces, I like to add color and textiles in small doses in objects, furniture, and drapes.” To wit, a cluster of Venlet’s stainless-steel Q stools— resembling the plump ends of Q-tips and covered in a brightly colored waterproof fabric called Skai— surrounds the large teak dining table by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Made by the Austrian irm Viteo, the stools can be used outdoors, too. The open-plan living space lows seamlessly into a wide new galley kitchen on one side, with its lacquered IKEA cabinets and stainless-steel countertop. However, Venlet lowered its loor by half a foot so that during parties, he and Lippens can chat with guests seated atop the bulbous, surprisingly comfortable Burdekin bar stools on the other side of the counter. For Venlet, furniture needs to be sculptural and artful as well as interactive in the widest sense. Among his most popular pieces is a sinewy OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

“Historical context is everything... I like buildings with a soul and patina.” —Danny Venlet, designer and resident



iberglass and leather sofa he calls Bendy Bay. “It’s a social space where people sit within their own ‘bay’ but can have conversations in several directions,” he says. “A straight line wouldn’t have worked.” “In every interior I do, a sense of humor is important,” Venlet adds. “Although I’m generally considered a Belgian designer, I think my work is actually infused with the typical Australian laid-back spirit.” That ethos is perfectly demonstrated by Venlet’s 2002 Easy Rider, a playfully futuristic seat set on a trio of castors; its wide, lattened arms double as a work surface. Sensuality also features prominently in Venlet’s designs. An award-winning outdoor shower designed for Viteo unexpectedly sprays jets of water up from the loor, and the spare, Zen-like master suite on the third story (where Lippens and Venlet’s daughter, Nylah-Noy, who is now nine, has an adjacent room) has an exposed bathtub on one side of the room. “We don’t like doors between a bedroom and a bathroom,” says the designer. “These rooms have what I call an emotional relationship. And every bedroom can have its own bathroom in this way. That’s luxury that transports you to another realm.” DWELL OCTOBER 2016

Venlet Residence Plan A B C D E F G H I

Bathroom Bedroom Terrace Master Suite Kitchen Living Room Dining Room Atelier Entrance



Fourth Floor A

A Third Floor



Second Floor


Ground Floor



A São Paulo aerie showcases a collection of Brazilian modern classics— with a priceless vista to match.


In an apartment overlooking São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park—completed in 1954 to commemorate the city’s 400th anniversary—the furniture is as distinctive as the view. Architect Flavio Castro of FCstudio worked closely with the residents to update and outfit the home, which is appointed with a


mix of contemporary and Brazilian modern classics. A pair of Sérgio Rodrigues’s Paraty armchairs (in foreground)—designed for Brasilia’s Itamaraty Palace in 1963—face a duo of Jader Almeida’s Isa armchairs in the living area. The green Ro lounge and ottoman are by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen.



Of Text by Mara Gama


Photos by Pedro Kok



Project Ibirapuera Apartment

Architect FCstudio

Location São Paulo, Brazil

Two Womb chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll and a Ring bench by Castro structure a reading area in the enclosed terrace (above). FCstudio updated the 5,000-squarefoot apartment by removing several walls in central areas

When a husband and wife from São Paulo, Brazil, were looking for a new residence in their hometown, they articulated a big wish—to ind a spacious apartment in which they could comfortably live, in a calm neighborhood with small houses and quiet streets. Fortunately, they found something that satisied all of those requirements, and much more, in a property located near one of the most iconic spaces in the country: Ibirapuera Park, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape designer Otávio Augusto Teixeira Mendes in commemoration of the city’s 400th anniversary, in 1954. The best feature, though, is one they hadn’t anticipated. Overlooking Ibirapuera, the apartment boasts one of the best views of the park imaginable, and at a distance that ofers an all-encompassing view of the national gem, including the green spaces, the Oca dome, Ibirapuera Auditorium, and the winding Marquise, a covered pathway that links various


to clarify views and simplify the overall floor plan. The firm also custom-designed the Brazilian walnut room divider with a striking geometric pattern that allows light to traverse throughout the living area (opposite).

structures, such as restaurants, facilities, and the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art. The original division of space inside the nearly 5,000-square-foot apartment didn’t it their lifestyle, however. Wanting to take advantage of the large interior while creating a cozy ambience, the couple, along with their 25-year-old son, enlisted FCstudio, a irm helmed by Flavio Castro, a young architect who had designed houses for a few of their friends. Touched by the view, Castro decided to provide diferent ways of navigating the space to maximize vistas from all corners of the home. Integrating separate areas into a central living room, he took down several walls and removed the windows from an adjacent veranda. He then deined a few stations such as a dining area and a media center with a series of furnishings—including a blue Fergana sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso—placed into clusters. Custom built-ins, like a horizontal divider made of Brazilian OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

The wall panel is a tribute to Alfredo Volpi, a Brazilian painter and prominent modernist; its design—a modular screen made up of aligned triangular shapes on both sides— references his works.


Furniture groupings and bright, dramatic accents—like the sapphire banana-fiber rug by Kamy Maison in the main living area—further divide the interior into distinct yet flexible stations. The trio of seating options includes wood-andcane Cosme Velho armchairs


by Claudia Moreira Salles, a plush Soft Dream leather sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, and a blue Fergana sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. Just beyond, a Fina table, also by Salles, joins Marta chairs by Aristeu Pires and Torch pendants by Sylvain Willenz to form the dining area. OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

Elements of Ibirapuera Park provided a number of inspirational points for the apartment’s interiors. Throughout, a palette of green and blue hues echoes the lush, Edenic scene that fills the windows.



In the dining area, a custom wine rack doubles as a partition for the open plan (above). The adjacent door leads to an expansive enclosed terrace. FCstudio designed the gridded Muxarabi panel made of catuaba wood; placed in front of the home office window, it softens light to a diffuse glow (above right).

An original 1961 Mole armchair and ottoman—an iconic Sérgio Rodrigues design made from oversize tufted leather cushions and rounded wood frames—sits in the office (right). On the terrace, a custom mixed-height table made from wood and granite encourages a communal cooking and dining experience (opposite).

walnut, now gently structure the space. Placed between the living room and veranda, the wall panel is a tribute to Alfredo Volpi, a Brazilian painter and prominent modernist; its design—a modular screen made up of aligned triangular shapes on both sides— is a reference to his works, which are marked by warm color palettes and geometric patterns. A lover of Brazilian modern design, the wife shadowed Castro’s team throughout the process, testdriving conigurations at various stages along the way. From the outset, she voiced her desire for a home that was wholly contemporary, yet also warm and inviting. To keep the space from feeling like a sterile renovation, the family brought with them venerable and beloved pieces from their previous home, including Sérgio Rodrigues’s iconic 1961 Mole armchair, which they placed in their new home oice. For formal gatherings, the family likes to entertain guests in the dining area, furnished with a table by Brazilian designer Claudia Moreira Salles and Marta chairs by Aristeu Pires, also a Brazilian designer. Above, a series of hanging Torch pendants by Sylvain


Willenz illuminates the space. Adjacent to the dining area, a transparent, custom, loor-to-ceiling wine rack serves as another subtle partition for the open plan; a lunch room is situated on the other side of it. Near the opposite end of the dining room is the space that’s most cherished: a small living area with two pairs of prized armchairs, the Isa by Jader Almeida and the Paraty by Sérgio Rodrigues. The family often lounges there, appreciating the night view of Ibirapuera while enjoying a glass of wine by the intimate light. The veranda, which the family uses as the recreation area, is integrated with the rest of the apartment through a series of sliding glass doors. The husband travels frequently for business, but loves staying at home and hosting friends and family. His favorite hobby is cooking pizza, and, as luck would have it, the home already included a pizza oven and a barbecue grill, so he naturally opted to keep them intact. To create a social dining experience, Castro also designed a combined cooking and dining station called Pau Pedra, which translates from Portuguese to “wood stone.” Condensing multiple functions OCTOBER 2016 DWELL



To create a social dining experience, Castro designed a combined cooking and dining station using wood and granite. Called Pau Pedra, it translates from Portuguese to “wood stone.”

into one furnishing, the piece combines a 35-inch-tall stone table—suitable for cooking and barstool seating— with a wooden dining table that comfortably seats nine. Carbon chairs by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders line the lower table. Elements of Ibirapuera Park provided a number of inspirational points for the apartment’s interiors. Throughout, a palette of green and blue hues echoes the lush, Edenic scene that ills the windows—a design move exempliied by Castro’s choice to display Jaime Hayon’s Ro chair for Fritz Hansen against a backdrop of trees in the park. Hugging the marble loor, a large rug by Kamy Maison is warmly reminiscent of the sky’s blue tones when the sun is setting. The service area of the apartment also provides good views and entertainment. Through the large windows of the kitchen and laundry room, the residents can see a couple of southern crested caracaras—a type of falcon found in parts of Brazil and throughout central and southern South America—in their lights around the antennas of the tops of the buildings and the trees of Ibirapuera Park. DWELL OCTOBER 2016

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Designers Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon kept many of the architectural details of the 300-year-old cow barn they turned into a second home, including its terra-cotta roof tiles. The primary structural change took place on the front


facade, which they tore down and rebuilt, opening space for a traditional oeil-de-boeuf window. The door on the left opens to a workshop. In addition to designing furniture, the couple also create interiors for select clients.


Two British designers handcraft a French country retreat as elemental as their furniture line, Pinch.


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Project Pinch-Bannon Residence

“This house’s materiality is the biggest reflection of our design work,” says Russell Pinch, one half of the London-based furniture team Pinch. “The things we have here are very natural and unpolished.” The house he’s talking about is not the home he shares with his wife and creative partner, Oona Bannon, in Brixton. It’s their vacation retreat in Charente-Maritime, France. “When we’re here, there’s a need to take away layers of complication and bring everything back to instinctive living,” Oona says. The home is an idyllic escape illed with the couple’s designs, including early prototypes from the Pinch collections. Two ethereal Soren pendants—constructed of slim pieces of copper wrapped in banana iber and linen—hang from the living room ceiling, adding a rustic, earthy quality to the room. Like many Pinch designs, a large sideboard crafted of white oiled oak is pointedly subtle, allowing the family to focus on spending time together rather than thinking about the objects around them. Charente-Maritime, located on the southwestern coast of France, is an agricultural area known for the

Designer Pinch

Location Charmeneuil, France

cognac, oysters, and sunlowers it produces. In the 1970s, Russell’s parents and aunt and uncle were so taken with the region, they purchased a hamlet named Charmeneuil. “It was pretty much falling down, so they camped in the ields while they restored the buildings,” Oona says. Russell’s family left a cow barn untouched, and gifted it to the couple in 2003. Over the course of more than seven years, with the help of Russell’s father, they transformed the structure into a four-bedroom home, where Russell, Oona, and their two young daughters, Ada and Floris, regularly escape their busy London life. “We inherited the barn when we were still growing our furniture business,” Oona says. “We didn’t have money to hire tradespeople, so we did it ourselves. Every time we sold a piece, we’d celebrate by buying building materials.” While they stayed with family in a neighboring building in the hamlet, Russell and Oona refurbished the structure, slowly, stone by stone. Marked by a vaulted wood ceiling and limestone walls, the interior now features an open living, dining, and kitchen area. Toward the midpoint of the house,

Paired with a lime rendered staircase, a gray Moreau sofa by Pinch and vintage yellow side tables offer bright contrast to the living room’s limestone walls and timber frame. The couple laid some 20,000 pieces of reclaimed oak to create the floor’s herringbone pattern (above).

“Whenever we need something, it offers a good starting point to really get under the skin of what a product must deliver.” —Oona Bannon, resident 110



A white Alba armoire by Pinch stands next to the brand’s Iona cheval mirror in a secondfloor bedroom. The Moroccan rug was found in Paris; the Malm bed from IKEA was a budget buy (above). In a cozy nook the family calls the “snug,” hats hang from a Thonet rack above a Noelle


sofa by Pinch, which is upholstered in orange velvet by Kravet (right). By the Saey fireplace, a wicker chair from Malawi echoes the lines of Pinch’s Willo table (far right). Matching other pieces to their line “is not an exact science,” Oona says, “just an innate reaction to things we love.”






The family gathers at an early prototype of the Achilles table from the Pinch collection. Surrounding it are chairs that were designed by Russell and produced by Ercol for London’s Holland Park School. The couple built the doors and windows themselves.



Floris, seven, stands on the mezzanine next to a walnut version of the Wave sideboard her father designed for Content by Terence Conran. The enamel water jug was found at a local brocante market (above). A coat of Orange Aurora paint by Little Greene enlivens an Astonian Rimini clawfoot tub (above right). Among the family’s favorite pieces is a 1957 leather Paulistano chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha that Russell

and Oona purchased to celebrate their marriage (right). “It’s important to us that the house is filled with beautiful things, but it has to be a place where it’s okay to put your feet on the sofa,” Oona explains. On the terrace, Air chairs by Jasper Morrison for Magis surround an oak table with black trestle legs (opposite). The limestone used to build the original structure was sourced from a quarry less than a half-mile away.

Russell and Oona countered the old-world feeling of the original materials by building a staircase and mezzanine clad in smooth, bright-white lime render that they purposely left unpainted. The rigorously understated elements appear as plug-ins within the larger stone volume, the material chosen for the way it absorbs and relects the light that streams through the windows and shutters the couple built for the house. “We didn’t think the new architecture should be repetitive with the existing language,” Oona says. “It needed to be recognizable as a sympathetic addition with simple, geometric lines rather than wonky stones.” For their designs, as well as their retreat, the couple are steadfast about avoiding any hint of artiice. “We never want it to feel like there’s a barrier between you and the material,” Russell says. The raw oak tabletop of the designers’ dining table may require more maintenance, but it is a testament to their commitment to the purity of texture—and the way it soaks up spills is


beautiful and messy proof of this. “I’m responsible for scrubbing all of the wine we spill on the table,” Russell notes. When he’s inished removing stains, he uses the tabletop to knead dough. “Our life in London is very driven,” Oona says. “When we’re in France, things happen more organically.” Their design process is impressively natural, too. “We’re always reining our pieces,” Russell says. “Oona is often saying, ‘You need to take another two millimeters of of that.’” They obsess over proportion because they believe that room is one of life’s biggest luxuries. “We’re not about illing space. We’re about bringing in pieces to preserve it, to look after the low,” says Oona. In their French home, Pinch-designed furniture and prototypes, including a Lyle console and two Joyce sideboards, do just that in the voluminous dining room. “The glass fronts of the sideboards give the sense of blurred and more generous dimension,” Oona explains. “When we design, we pare down and pare OCTOBER 2016 DWELL



“There’s nothing in this house that doesn’t resonate with us in terms of memories, making it a richer environment. It feels very intimate.” —Oona Bannon

down. The mass should never take over; it should inhabit a space with softness.” They put as much thought as they do into their designs for a reason. “If you buy one of our tables, you should keep it forever,” Oona says. “We’re very much about pieces that are going to be used really hard by families,” Russell adds, noting that their designs are intended to look more beautiful with age. And, with two young daughters, the designers have irsthand experience with furniture that sees heavy wear and tear: “Our children use as many as eighteen side tables when they play restaurant here,” says Oona. The family’s bigger furniture gets plenty of imaginative use, too. “The cofee table we designed that’s in the living room is often a stage for the girls when they sing,” Russell says. “The sofas are our design, too, and if we watch the girls bounce up and down on them one more time...well, I guess they’re the best bouncy castles in the building.” DWELL OCTOBER 2016

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Interior designer Merrill Lyons plays with her son in the Brooklyn home she renovated with her husband, Charles Brill, a lighting designer and cofounder of New York–based company Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW). The couple’s design sensibility is marked by a warm mix of historic periods and styles, punctuated with pieces by RBW, including the circular brass Cinema chandelier that hangs in the living room. The leather sofa and teak credenza are vintage; the 1960s rosewood Genius armchair by Danish designer Illum Wikkelso was reupholstered with fabric sourced from an outlet. DWELL OCTOBER 2016



Lyons works in her home office sited between the kitchen and the living room (left). A 1970s chrome bar cart stocked with vintage decanters sits near a leatherand-teak armchair by midcentury Danish designer Søren J. Ladefoged that Lyons inherited from her family.

When interior designer Merrill Lyons and Charles Brill, a cofounder of lighting design company Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), purchased a derelict 1901 threestory brownstone in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2014, they came into the property well rehearsed in the art of renovating a home. Both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, they had bought and gutted a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan in 2009, two years after they met. “When I renovated in the East Village, it brought out something in me,” says Lyons, a former athletic footwear designer who at the time had recently left a job at Lacoste. Fortunately, the transition allowed her to discover what may be a hereditary predilection. The daughter of an interior designer and sister of an architect, she found work as an interior design consultant for Studio DB, a design-build company in Manhattan, and later started her own irm, Lyons Studio. Her husband is likewise a man badly bitten by the renovation bug. Brill’s parents encouraged him at a young age to create, rip apart, and ix things— like his irst car, a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. “We had to tow it home, and I’d


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The mashup of styles is as diverse as the range of RBW designs that peppers the interiors, including the snaking Palindrome 6 chandelier made from a modular, tubularsteel frame. It hangs in the kitchen, above a Corian-andplywood dining table. Lyons reupholstered the vintage Brickel dining chairs by the late American designer Ward Bennett—who designed with an eye for sensual minimalism—in leather and Rain Dance linen by Schumacher; a randomized pattern of custom cement hex tiles by Original Mission Tile lines the floors.

Lyons dislikes any kind of uniform period design, whether Victorian or a sleek, monochromatic minimalism; she mixes high with low, and clean, modern lines with 19th-century mouldings.




spend evenings repairing the car and welding its gears,” Brill recalls. “My father would come out at night in his underwear and tell me to go to sleep.” When the couple worked together on the apartment renovation, Lyons ine-tuned an aesthetic that they both liked so much, they decided to revisit and expand the style for the Gowanus town house. Gutting it down to the brick facade, beams, and stair railings, the couple inished the renovation in six months with a budget of $300,000; two months later, their son was born. Where others may have buckled under pressure, the couple worked seamlessly as collaborators. The process was simple: “Merrill would get fabric and wallpaper samples and present them in a curated fashion. I helped make reinements—like the inal tone of a light gray,” says Brill, who reinished the mouldings and panels and worked with his father to build the three-story staircase and install the outdoor deck.

The couple chose to retain a traditional brownstone loor plan, “as opposed to a completely open, modern layout,” Lyons says. Though Brill remained impartial to her lighting choices, “she had speciic ideas of where to use RBW designs,” he notes—several of which can be found throughout. Often large statement pieces, the lighting pieces are as emphatic as any of the furnishings in the home and wed nicely with Lyons’s design tendencies. “I like adornment, I like color, I like funky things,” she says. “I love vintage.” She dislikes any kind of uniform period design, whether Victorian or a sleek, monochromatic minimalism; she mixes high with low, and clean, modern lines with 19th century–style mouldings. The vestibule is a telling snapshot of her warm, appealing, and idiosyncratic style. The walls are partly painted in burnt coral and partly papered in a delicate loral pattern. On the loor are small black and white tiles, arranged

Lyons and Brill designed several custom touches, like the copper-plated knobs they installed on the Sektion kitchen cabinetry from IKEA, painted in Farrow & Ball’s muted Breakfast Room Green (above). The couple’s bold mix-and-match sensibility applies most unconventionally to the material palette; nearly every surface is different from the next. The cook station pairs a copper Watermark faucet with an Italian marble countertop, a copper-toned stainless-steel range from Blue Star, and a backsplash of masonry Foundation Brick tile by Ann Sacks (left).




A series of Radient sconces by RBW illuminates the thirdfloor landing with a subtle graphic pop (right). The vestibule is painted in Benjamin Moore’s coral-hued Hot Spice and covered in a Cubaninspired floral wallpaper by fashion designer Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little (below). A mural by local illustrator Kale Williams— a good friend and the wife of one of Brill’s partners— provides the backdrop for the nursery (below right).




to spell out “HELLO.” Paired with an Eames Hang-It-All wall rack, an Akoya pendant by RBW transforms the tiny entryway into a mini urban mudroom. The living room, by contrast, is an ode to Scandinavian design, furnished with rosewood armchairs and a Danish-style leather sofa that the couple brought over from their previous home. The bright kitchen, too, was designed in reference to Nordic country homes, says Lyons, with a palette of white walls, muted green cabinetry, and gray trim. Hanging above the table is RBW’s airy and versatile Palindrome 6 chandelier, an oversize, Mobius strip–like piece equipped with swiveling light heads. Made with a tubular-steel frame that can be

An austere palette defines the master bathroom, with subway tiles from Classic Tile New York, matte-black fixtures by California Faucets, and black perforated-aluminum Branch sconces by RBW (above). Expanses of white and peach paint play against the geometric lines of an inlaid-bone nightstand from Anthropologie (left). The traditional four-poster bed is from West Elm; the brass Cedar & Moss sconce is from Rejuvenation.

The tiny powder room is outfitted with a foliage-print wallpaper from Hermès, a vintage teak mirror, brushed-gold Moderne fixtures from Kohler, and a custom sink made of swirling soapstone (above).



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A white Eames Hang-It-All rack offers a place to stow items in the vestibule (left). Moodier hues mark the custom pieces in the entryway: Lyons designed the irregularly shaped smoked-glass mirror and added a new violet marble top to an Art Deco–era brass table base (below).




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reconigured, it can also be suspended vertically or horizontally. Down the hall, luxurious materials and inishes make up a dramatic, pocket-size powder room, richly textured with a foliage-patterned Hermès wallpaper and a custom sink of swirling green and midnight blue soapstone. Upstairs, RBW’s Radient sconces— enlarged white disks backed with bands of LED lighting—illuminate the thirdloor landing. The master bedroom mixes antiques, like a Chippendale highboy, with black-and-white bone inlaid nightstands from Anthropologie, all set against a backdrop of white and pale peach paint that covers the walls in bands of color. In the nursery, a large mural—a gift from illustrator Kale Williams—spans an entire wall. “On one hillside, there’s Brooklyn and a brownstone,” Lyons says. “On another hillside, there’s Toronto, and the trees are Minnesota,” a nod to the couple’s childhood homes. While Lyons and Brill were designing the house, they seldom argued. When they did, “we fought more about things that are not related to the house,” Lyons says. Questions like, “Should we spend $70 on a boxwood plant?” were debatable points, she continues, but collaboration trumped each small challenge along the way. “Design is like creating a song,” adds Brill. “It’s not one creator of a design. It’s a cumulative result.” OCTOBER 2016 DWELL

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project Bonnén Residence location New York, New York

Danish Ambassador A purveyor of contemporary Nordic design expands his brand’s presence stateside— beginning with his new Manhattan apartment. The New York loft of Muuto cofounder Peter Bonnén showcases a shipping container’s worth of furniture from Denmark. His wife, Jasmi, relaxes among Muuto designs, including a Connect sofa by Anderssen & Voll and Airy tables by Cecilie Manz. The wall sculpture is by artist Anders Kappel; the painting is by Peter’s brother, Kaspar.


“My father-in-law always says that you can make any place look good with a coat of white paint and good art,” says Jasmi Bonnén. She and her husband, Peter, took that advice to heart when they furnished their Tribeca loft, which they moved into in January. The couple and their two sons, 7 and 11, migrated to New York City from Copenhagen so that Peter could bring Muuto, the furniture company he cofounded with

Kristian Byrge in 2006, to a wider audience. When the company was started 10 years ago, Scandinavian brands and consumers cared only about classics by storied names from the past like Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner. “No one wanted to manufacture new things,” Peter says. The partners felt it was time to move the conversation forward and celebrate what they labeled the New Nordic, employing rising stars from OCTOBER 2016 DWELL


Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland to produce fresh work. “We felt our generation could put Scandinavian design back on the map,” says Peter. He and Byrge have more than succeeded: Today, Muuto has 1,300 distributors in 52 countries. But they wanted to expand even more and saw their greatest opportunity for growth in North America. “It made sense to be in the city,” Peter remarks of Manhattan. “We saw the potential to be closer to our customers as well as to architects and designers. Besides,” he adds, “I’ve always wanted to live in New York.” Peter and Jasmi’s primary concern was inding a good school for their children. After scouting the city, in neighborhoods from Park Slope to SoHo, they decided that Tribeca best met their family’s needs. Only then did they proceed with apartment hunting, looking at dozens of places before settling on a two-story, three-bedroom condominium in a recent conversion of a row of old textile factories. The loft has an unusual layout. The entrance from the elevator opens into a room that functions both as Peter’s

In one of the living areas, an Oslo sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto is upholstered in yellow fabric from Kvadrat, another famed Danish export (above). The setup around the fireplace includes a sister piece in a neutral gray, coffee tables by Thomas Bentzen, and a Visu lounge chair by Mika Tolvanen, all for Muuto (right).



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home oice and as a gathering area centered on the apartment’s ireplace. The kitchen, a long galley of a hallway, connects to another living space that also serves as a workspace for Jasmi, who recently founded her own cosmetics company, Nuori. Upstairs, a hallway feeds into three bedrooms. Inviting terraces—two on the irst loor and one on the second—provide outdoor space for gardening and enjoying the views. Art is especially important to the Bonnéns. Peter’s father is a sculptor— one of his pieces hangs near the dining table—and his brother is a painter. An oil painting by his great-grandfather is mounted over the ireplace. Owning a furniture company has certain undeniable advantages when it comes to decorating a home. Examining their new loor plan, the couple plotted out what pieces would be needed and packed a container laden with their favorite Muuto designs. The only major piece they purchased was a grand piano

A neon vase by Michael Geertsen contrasts with a gray Base table by Mika Tolvanen and coordinating Nerd and Visu chairs, all for Muuto (above). In the opposite communal

area, which is separated by the kitchen, a Reflect sideboard by Søren Rose holds a white Cosy lamp by Harri Koskinen and a vase by Andreas Engesvik (left).


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“Good furniture takes you a long way. We’ve seen so much bad furniture in really expensive apartments.” —Peter Bonnén

The Bonnéns have planters on each of their three terraces, which provide them with tomatoes, herbs, and more. Their outdoor dining area includes a Porcelain table by Richard Schultz for Knoll, Round chairs by Christophe Pillet for Emu, and a wool Ply rug by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto.



for Peter, who is a musician. (His guitar can usually be found at the ready by the ireplace.) Otherwise, says Peter, “We did nothing, just painted everything white,” heeding his father’s advice. The couple were initially unhappy with some of the building’s detailing, and Peter had ambitious plans for making changes, such as replacing baseboards and trim that seemed too fussy and reconiguring the entrances to all of the outdoor rooms. But in the end, they decided not to do much more than add coats of Benjamin Moore. That’s how they solved the problem of the drab brown cabinets and the garish backsplash that awaited them in the kitchen, which now looks pristine. Instead of ixating on the minutiae, the Bonnéns enjoy all the outdoor spaces the new apartment has to ofer, a precious luxury in Manhattan. They’re already growing tomatoes on one terrace and herbs, cucumbers, and arugula on another, in containers that Peter built. “It’s the only furniture I’ve ever made myself,” he admits. DWELL OCTOBER 2016

A Muuto Unfold pendant hovers over one of the kids’ beds (above). The top terrace, outfitted with Eos lounge chairs from Design Within Reach, has an unobstructed view of Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street (above right). In the hallway, a yellow Raw chair by Jens Fager for Muuto pops against the white staircase (right).


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Dwell on Design Our annual conference celebrates the intersection of innovation, progressive thinking, and the power of possibility.


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the Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles, Dwell on Design welcomes an enthusiastic crowd of students, architects, trade professionals, and design aficionados.

2. This year’s show comprised hundreds of exhibitors who displayed the latest in furnishings, appliances, materials, building systems, and more. 3. Resource Furniture, a pioneer in bringing small-space

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Los Angeles is a design lover’s cornucopia. From the Theme Building at LAX to the Eames House perched near the coast, its bumper crop of legendary architecture and homes makes it preeminent among American design hubs. This rich backdrop yields a tremendous creative energy, one that we look forward to revisiting each June when we arrive to host our three-day showcase of ideas that are shaping the modern design world. Now in its second decade, Dwell on Design Los Angeles returned this year to convene a dialogue about the power of design to make our lives simpler, easier, safer, and more sustainable. It’s a conversation we heard onstage among experts, but also from attendees on the show loor and after hours—a neverending exchange that we feel is at its inest when it happens face-to-face.




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Dwell Outdoor section, which measured more than 30,000 square feet. 5. Fixtures by Hansgrohe included new offerings designed with water conservancy in mind. 6. An installation by Marvin

demonstrated the window and door maker’s products in a home-like environment. 7. The Silicon Valley ďŹ rm SunPower set up a walk-in experience to educate visitors about their sleek photovoltaic panels.


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1. The launch of Dwell’s new digital platform was celebrated in a special area of the show floor. 2. Attendees were invited to pose for their very own Dwell photograph, including inside a 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider. 3. Great houses

demand bold fans and lighting—enter Big Ass Solutions, a company that’s never shied away from making a statement. 4. As one of the most forward-thinking plumbing fixture companies in the United States, Toto is leading OCTOBER 2016 DWELL



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Speakers “Architecture is not moving. But your directions and behaviors are always changing.” —Sou Fujimoto, architect innovation and technology in the bathroom. 5. NanaWall bifolding glass walls provide flexible architectural openings for home and commercial projects. 6. Toyota Prius, our ride and drive partner for the show, not only displayed DWELL OCTOBER 2016

models on the show floor, but also encouraged interested attendees to take one for a spin around the neighborhood. 7. Cooking demonstrations are always popular, and Signature served a variety of dishes to throngs of hungry passersby.

8. Dwell’s editor-curated speaker series welcomed dozens of thought leaders, including Kelly Sawdon, chief brand officer at the Ace Hotel. 9. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, world-renowned for his powerful and lyrical works,

kicked off the weekend with his keynote address. 10. Exploring issues related to universal design is an unwavering focus at Dwell. As part of this discussion, we invited actor Gary Sinise to speak about RISE, his nonprofit

organization devoted to serving the needs of wounded veterans. 11. Christine Martin, cofounder of Decorilla, addressed digital technology’s impact on the industry. 12. Designer Jamie Durie shared popular garden trends.


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Dwell’s exclusive home tours offered the rare chance to visit some of the most inspiring private residences in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Venice. 1. A giant mural by the Paris street artist “Invader” dominates the outdoor garden of an art-filled home in Venice designed by Chris Rudin. 2. Inside, a colorful sectional softens the industrial vibe. 3. Wide expanses of glass


grace an open-plan residence in Santa Monica by architect Carol Beth Cozen. 4. Interior designer Denise Kuriger used custom furniture to create a luxurious outdoor living space for this prefab Santa Monica home. 5. A renovation by

Dimster Architecture transformed a Beachwood Canyon home by repurposing and converting multiple rooms, creating a more open, modern dwelling. 6. While trying to preserve the design intention of the original Buff, Straub and

Hensman home, architect Don Dimster added important extras, like a gorgeous rooftop terrace. 7. Design aficionado Ted Dhanik purchased this Los Angeles home in 2008 and has since overseen a topdown remodel. The house

features a fully integrated automation system that includes everything from preferred shower settings to remote-controlled cameras, gates, doors, and blinds. 8. The interior is strikingly airy and minimally furnished.


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MODERN MARKET The product-packed Modern Market section of Dwell just got even better with a fresh look and an innovative crop of new modern designs. In this highly shoppable section, you are guaranteed to discover that one unique item or special gift that makes you feel at home in the modern world! For more products and services, visit us online at dwell.com!

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Flexible & permeable concrete paving system A flexible paving system that allows you to soften your hardscapes with various infill options while adding curb appeal to your residential and commercial projects.

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Spectacular glass countertop and waterfall leg judiciously elaborated to create a modern look and enhance the refined design of this luxurious and contemporary residence. Glass is very durable, easy to clean and requires no maintenance. ThinkGlass offers different glass textures, edge treatments and LED solutions.


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Stone Forest Get Your Steampunk On! Natural materials. Contemporary design. Kitchen | Bath | Garden Stone Forest pays homage to a memorable era with the Industrial Pedestal. Drawing on the utilitarian forms of the factory floor, a cast-iron leg with fine-tuning gears supports a handcrafted basin in metal or stone for washing the hands and face. Toll-free 888-682-2987 stoneforest.com

Charles P. Rogers & Co. Beds Clean, contemporary and functional. Solid plantation grown mahogany storage beds now on sale online & at our showrooms. Free shipping. Tel. 866-818-6702 charlesprogers.com

Method Homes Down to Earth Prefab™ Method Homes builds healthy, beautiful, high performance prefab that is unmatched in quality. Whether you are looking for an efficient cabin retreat, a modern family home, or a fully custom option, Method can deliver. Visit our website to explore all eight series of architectdesigned homes and limitless custom options.

Your Rooms We Love Special Interest Publication from Dwell See our picks for the most amazing rooms around the world. We chose 144 amazing modern homes to showcase! Order online: store.dwell.com

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Better tools for humans® A revolutionary and award winning clipper you'll look forward to using! At Klhip, we create and curate objects that command your attention and demand to be held. That are a joy to use. That refuse to be hidden away. That win awards.

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ALTO Steps: handmade, modular rugs for your stairs. Available in many designs and colors. Customize them for your environment. GoodWeave Certified. Shown: Adriatic

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Raydoor® The Art of Division® At Raydoor we see the division of space as an opportunity to make art with a function. BarnDoor by Raydoor is a "one size fits most" solution with classic style cues to fit any modern interior design. Our mission is to empower you to open, close, or simply change the flow of your space by controlling privacy, style, and function in ways that revolutionize the art of division.

Flex time A revolutionary design from 1929. The Cantilever Chair’s seat and backrest flex independently for a super cushy ride. Remastered for the VS Neutra Collection.

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Modern Wine Storage You love your wine too much to store it in a dusty closet. VintageView’s contemporary wine storage solutions turn collections into the highlight of your favorite room. Our products allow for infinite customization — without custom price tags — creating beautiful wine walls, rooms, or cellars that will hold precious bottles in style, safely, for years to come. From a few bottles to thousands, turn your wine racking into art. Free CAD design available. vintageview.com/dwell

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A "modern digital canvas" is the affordable, strong, and cool art solution for any interior. Over 300 exclusive images created in our New York design studio are printed with archival inks on rich canvas. They arrive to your door fully stretched and in ready to hang sizes—jumbo $499, medium $299, and small $199. Sized from three to five feet tall! Get a solid wood frame on any canvas for just $59.

Modern Mailboxes Home or Office by box design usa Create curb appeal for your home or office with modern mailboxes. We have a range of letterbox solutions and function. We are the North American distributor for these one-of-a-kind New Zealand-designed mailboxes. We ship throughout the U.S. and Canada with quick and reliable service. Order online.

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Teak Warehouse For over 25 years Teak Warehouse has been manufacturing & selling high-end outdoor furniture at wholesale prices to the public. Everything comes fully assembled & is ready to ship nationwide. Outdoor cushions are included for deep seating. Specializing in a-grade teak, reclaimed teak, 316 marine grade stainless steel, Batyline®, outdoor wicker, concrete and Sunbrella®. Teak Warehouse has everything you need for your outdoor space. Shown is the Sahara wicker chair in black & Iron side table. Toll-free 800-343-7707 teakwarehouse.com

Lucius 140 Room Divider | By Element4 Seamless, efficient, and thoroughly modern. The Lucius 140 Room Divider features full glass on three sides and remote control flame modulation. It will, without a doubt, make an impression. Visit our website to see our 35 different contemporary gas fireplace designs in a wide range of sizes and configurations and find a local dealer showroom near you.

Kül Grilles Modern Grilles for the Modern Home Your design is a reflection of your personality and style. We want our floor and wall grilles to be one of the many inspiring details that complete your modern home. See our gallery and finish options online! Discount code: dwell1016

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Spore Doorbells Modern Buttons and Chimes Your entry is the first thing your guests see. Your doorbell is the first thing they touch. Spore offers modern doorbell buttons and chimes in a variety of finishes. Buttons available with or without LED illumination. Made in the USA. sporedoorbells.com

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Wetstyle The purest form of luxury Wetstyle brings design and comfort to your bathroom. With bathtubs, lavatories and furniture; Wetstyle offers a complete product line for your designer bathrooms. Handcrafted in Montreal, Canada Shown: The M collection, available in 16 different oak, walnut and lacquer finishes, 18’’ to 72’’ lengths. Toll-free 888-536-9001 wetstyle.ca

Varier Sit down. Move on. Designed by Peter Opsvik the Variable Balans is a Varier classic. Beautiful and timeless Scandinavian furniture. Own your piece of design history. varierofnorway.com/dwell

Contemporary, Intelligent, Dramatic Stillwater Dwellings Stillwater Dwellings contemporary, prefab homes are architect-designed to be more accessible, sustainable and cost-effective. The Stillwater team’s project managers and architects guide you through the entire custom home process from designing the home to determining site requirements and managing budget. You will receive upfront, fixed final pricing to eliminate unwanted surprises. Choose from 23 floor plans and 3 finishes. Toll-free 800-691-7302 stillwaterdwellings.com/dwell

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The oval Stromboli floats on a pedestal and may be turned up to 360 degrees so the panorama of flames can be enjoyed anywhere in the room. With the glass window over 16" wide and nearly 20" high, the viewing area is one of the largest and combined with an effective air wash system, it insures that the glass always stays clean. The Stromboli comes in gray steel with steel, tile, or natural stone cladding options. It heats up to 1,600 square feet. Unique and versatile. Tel. 914-764-5679 wittus.com

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Sourcing The products, furniture, architects, designers, and builders featured in this issue.

FCstudio fcstudio.com.br Torch pendants by Sylvain Willenz sylvainwillenz.com Aparador CMS 2005 sideboard, Cosme Velho armchairs, and Fina dining table, all by Claudia Moreira Salles etelinteriores.com.br Marta chairs by Aristeu Pires aristeupires.com Soft Dream leather sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform flexform.it Custom entertainment center by FCstudio fcstudio.com.br 15 Table of Contents Harper chairs, Antwerp pendant lamp, and Leather Moroccan pouf, all by Jonathan Adler jonathanadler.com Vintage rugs from Hammertown hammertown.com 35 Back to the Future Tapis-siège lounge, La Déclive chaise, Cathédrale table, Face à Face lounge, Dos à Dos lounge, Diwan rug, and Iéna armchair, all by Pierre Paulin for Paulin, Paulin, Paulin at Galerie Perrotin perrotin.com

Cutting board by OnOurTable onourtable.ca Grill by Napoleon Grills napoleongrills.com Custom stainless-steel countertops by Metalmart metalmart.ca Ash millwork by JMV Woodworks jmvwoodworks.ca Flint 1 mount lights by Cedar & Moss cedarandmoss.com ProInox H75 sink by ProChef prochef.ca Concetto faucet by Grohe grohe.com Dining table from IKEA ikea.com Decorative vases from West Elm westelm.com Fiberglass chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, vintage 54 To the Nines Almon Architecture almonarchitecture.com Oak NYC oaknyc.com Athletics athleticsnyc.com Higher Standard Interiors 917-334-7933 Lyon Floors 732-272-4438 Apple Lighting 347-730-3363 Industrial-style sconces, residents’ own design

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Leather armchairs by Milo Baughman, table lamps, and midcentury Danish credenza, all vintage Three-Arm floor lamp by Serge Mouille and Salt chairs by Tom Kelley, all from Design Within Reach dwr.com Coffee table by Eric Slayton ericslayton.com Case Study cylinder pot with wood stand from Modernica modernica.net Carmo sofa by BoConcept boconcept.com Prostoria Match sofa from Cite citenyc.com Bed frame and faceted mirror side table, both from West Elm westelm.com Series 11 6 Drawer Console by Blu Dot bludot.com Custom shelving by Wood Management woodmgmt.com Etoile dining table and Tsuru Flush Mount III pendant, both by Materia Designs materiadesigns.com Kitchen fixtures by Blanco blanco-germany.com Range by Bertazzoni us.bertazzoni.com Matte-black quartzite and white Carrara marble from

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Orion table, Jadis pendant, and Cheshire sofa, all by Ini Archibong designbyini.com 50 Privacy Settings BattersbyHowat Architects battersbyhowat.com Trillium Project Management trilliumprojects.com Windows and doors by Mountainview woodwindowsanddoors.com Turmeric and Covington Blue paints by Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com Ash hardwood floor by European Touch Hardwood ethfloors.com Canyon sofa by Bensen; FatFat tables by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia; and Caravaggio P3 pendants by Cecilie Manz for Lightyears, all from Inform Interiors informinteriors.com Stûv 30 stove by Stûv stuvamerica.com Biscuit stools by John Tong tongtong.co

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Kivik sofa, Gaser rug, Nordli beds, and outdoor furniture, all from IKEA ikea.com Tripod floor lamp from JC Penney jcpenney.com Raindrop wall sculpture by C. Jeré Studio from JA Finds jonathanadler.com Gray sheepskin and vintage rugs from Hammertown hammertown.com Grenade vases, Hans Barbell and Nixon side tables, Tortoise Shell and Horse table lamps, Bond desk, Regent and Harper chairs, Leather Moroccan pouf, Antwerp pendant lamp, X benches, Lacquer Console Table, and Lacquer Umbrella Stand, all by Jonathan Alder jonathanadler.com Cordovan Brown Arborcoat stain and Regal paint by Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com Ebony and Moorish Teak wood stains by Zar zar.com 92 The Flying Dutchman Venlet Interior Architecture venlet.net Q stools and Bendy Bay sectional sofa, both by Danny Venlet for Viteo viteo.com Saar teak dining table by Piet Boon pietboon.nl Cage Aux Folles wire baskets, Let’s Drop foam poufs, Cake chair, Emperor’s Hat chair prototype, Cuppa coffee table, Burdekin bar stools, and Powder Horse stool, all by Danny Venlet venlet.net Easy Rider desk chair by Danny Venlet for Bulo bulo.com D2V2 pendant by Danny Venlet for Dark dark.be Kitchen cabinetry from IKEA ikea.com Bathtub by KOS zucchettikos.it Cut Low chair by Gert Van der Vloet bonluxat.com 100 Point of View FCstudio fcstudio.com.br Lighting by Lucent lucent-lighting.com Hunter Douglas shutters from Arthur Decor arthurdecor.com.br Isa armchairs by Jader Almeida jaderalmeida.com Ro lounge chair and ottoman by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen fritzhansen.com

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Eight simple components assembled by traditional joinery make up the Portland chair, so-called for the city name shared by Oregon and Maine, where Phloem Studio and Thos. Moser’s headquarters are respectively based.

Industry and craft may be uncommon bedfellows, but for designer Ben Klebba, a second-generation woodworker who runs his four-person workshop, Phloem Studio, out of Portland, Oregon, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. To produce the Portland Chair for Thos. Moser last fall, Klebba bridged the gap with the Auburn, Maine–based company’s “mind-blowing” facilities. The handcrafted, Shaker-inluenced design carries Klebba’s signature exposed joinery—as well as tapered elliptical legs, a subtle and tricky detail greatly facilitated by a ive-axis CNC mill. “Craft is a verb, a way to realize,” muses Adam Rogers, director of design and product development at Thos. Moser. “Technology just helps those ideas get better.”


Well Crafted Woodworking techniques meet 21st-century production in a bicoastal collaboration. text by Aileen Kwun




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