Midcentury enthusiast Margaret Riley’s home in Crestwood Hills had comparably little going for it, so, in 2008, she hired architect Cory Buckner to devise an addition and remodel inspired by the icons nearby. Drawing upon her experience restoring homes in the neighborhood, Buckner chose design elements to fit the local palette. With its sloped Douglas fir ceiling, expansive glass, and elm built-ins crafted by Wolf Melian, the upstairs study resembles a Crestwood Hills classic. A bubble lamp floats above an Eames chair.
Paper lantern-style pendants are ubiquitous for a reason: They're affordable, look good in multiples, and are a simple design solution for an otherwise detailed room. The light paper shades contrast the timber and adobe mud blocks used in this Los Angeles home by and for Ghanian architect Joe Osae-Addo.
In a former fishermen’s cottage outside Copenhagen, a young family has carved out a cozy, light-filled home. A translucent pendant above the dining table coordinates with the all-white interior palette.
The second-story hallway of this Toronto home serves as an open office and library, where a series of hanging bulb pendants both illuminates the space and adds a colorful accent.
For Mark Dixon, an architect, and Alexandra Lange, an architecture critic, reuniting the separate levels of a mid-19th-century duplexed house in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn would challenge their expertise and expectations. Lange sought a limited material palette based on the blonde wood of classic Scandinavian design. Dixon translated her desires into surfaces that aren’t typically constructed from wood—ceilings and built-out walls. A paper lamp hangs from a wood ceiling in the parlor.
In this Portland home, design firm Made arranged individually carved white-oak planks in a geometric pattern on the ceiling that repeats itself throughout the house. Beat Light pendant lamps by Tom Dixon hang above a custom dining table, also by Made.