Layer by layer, a crumbling 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona finds new life at the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Paths of Andalusian tile and intervening plaster walls help to delineate space in the expansive apartment, which is centered around an internal entry courtyard. The armchair, designed by Peter and Alison Smithson, is covered in a Josef Frank textile from Just Scandinavian. The white piece just behind it is a repurposed Austrian stove that’s now used as a storage device.
“The vibe feels cozy even though the living room is quite grand,” Jonathan Adler says of his and husband Simon Doonan's Shelter Island vacation home. He made the room divider out of concrete and integrated the sofa with the step. Lee Jofa fabric covers the dining chairs and the pendants are vintage.
At the legendary Miller House, in Columbus, Indiana, designed by Eero Saarinen and now under the stewardship of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the owners would switch out the pillows in the sunken living room seating area based on the season: reds for the winter and lighter pastels for the warmer months.
French designer Florence Deau coaxes a modernist city planning office into a beachside pied-à-terre. The desk and cabinets in one bedroom are custom, the chair is Patrick Norguet for Tolix, and the The curtains are made from graphic Gastón y Daniela fabrics.
A San Francisco living room is a mélange of vintage Moroccana, a Philip Agee coffee table, the Eames rocker in which Michael was nursed as a tike, and a window seat whose fabric is Paul Smith Stripes for Maharam.
Geraldine and Kit Laybourne’s apartment is inside architect Neil Denari’s HL23 building in the Chelsea arts district of New York. It hovers above the High Line, a former elevated rail line now transformed into a public park. A pair of Bouquet chairs made from colorful fabrics by Tokujin Yoshioka for Moroso are comfy perches from which to gaze down on the High Line.
A pair of married architects put their exacting taste to work on their own family getaway in the Australian bush. Räsymatto bedding by Marimekko in the studio is complemented by a green Anglepoise lamp from Sydney boutique Planet Furniture.