In a secluded part of Copenhagen Harbour, Lisbeth Juul and Laust Nørgaard’s compact floating home cuts a dramatically modern profile. The 860-square-foot home, which the residents designed and built themselves, is the culmination of 25 joy-filled years on houseboats. Its symmetrical silhouette, larch-wood shutters, and black facade made of roofing felt hint at the simple, Scandinavian design that lies within. The home’s epoxy floor transitions from whitish gray to submarine yellow in the bathroom, emphasizing the airiness of the space.
An intervention from a clever interior designer spares an old beach house on Fire Island, New York, from demolition. The home was an architecturally undistinguished wooden cabin that was built sometime in the 1950s and whose greatest asset was its location. Alexandra Angle used abundant color, employing it strategically on her canvas of white walls and ceilings, turning the drab dwelling into a bright, visual feast. In guest bathroom and the kitchen, Angle put down a striped linoleum floor to enliven the space.
In 2001, Sicilian brothers Francesco, an architect, and Alberto bought a crumbling building in Syracuse that dates from the 18th century. After seven years of construction, the new modern interior, replete with furniture of Francesco’s design as well as a few Italian classics bought on eBay, serves as the perfect counterpoint to the weight of the town’s considerable history. Francesco's kitchen dons an orange rubber floor that is old stock from an office-supply warehouse.
During Art Basel/Design Miami 2012, visitors to the Cassina Showroom were able to see a replica of the interior of Le Corbusier's 1952 Le Cabanon. A revolution at the time, Le Cabanon promoted simplistic, functional modernism over self-interested ornament in architecture. The simple living space shows Le Corbusier's now-iconic choice of bold hues both on the ceiling and the floor.
In 2007, Lynda and Peter Benoit bought a 1,100-square-foot unit in the historic Besler Building, a former steam-engine factory in Emeryville, California. Over the span of two years, the couple lived and breathed a clever overhaul, transforming their once-dim home into a sunlit space housing Peter’s masterwork: a completely customized 16-by-17-by-10-foot wooden box that accommodates a bookcase on the outside, a bedroom on the inside, and a dressing-room mezzanine above. To cut costs, instead of sanding the concrete floors, they had it painted blue before moving in.
To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, residents Maurice Russell and Jorge Fontanez enlisted the help of LOT-EK. With the help of contractor Andreas Scholtz of Craft Workshop, LOT-EK tracked down 63 reclaimed commercial steel doors from Build It Green! NYC and built two tunnels through the apartment. The tunnels' glossy Safety Red paint by Benjamin Moore catches the light by day but “becomes a richer, darker, very relaxing red at night,” Fontanez says.