As I rummage through to develop design posts, I add photographs into an abysmal and ever-contracting ideabook that serves as a way station before I find a theme which binds them together. Many of these photographs linger in my master ideabook, waiting for companions which never come.

To provide some of those photos and jobs their thanks, I have compiled an ideabook on them that emphasizes exactly what I find intriguing. There is absolutely no 1 thread which ties them together, aside from their concentrate on the inside kingdom, my taste for modern and contemporary design, and their own singular capabilities.

Ivon Street Studio

It is not hard to find out what stands out in this inside photo. The artist’s loft maintains a very open design with a toilet over the stairs. The bathtub’s translucent wall adds some not-so-subtle voyeurism to the entire.

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Specht Architects

The toilet in the previous instance is similar to a room inside a larger room, as is the “modern barn.” The architects opened up the quantity of an old barn which has been partially destroyed in a fire, but walls such as the ones at the center provide more intimate spaces to the residents. The trellis overhead brings the scale of the large area down while keeping it open to the peak.

Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC

This staircase at a Chicago high-rise duplex is 99 percent glass : glass walls, glass treads, glass guardrails. Only the hand rail and steel connections are a different material. The choice of a glass staircase signifies light may filter from 1 floor to another.

Bercy Chen Studio

There is something particular about the colour red in design. The colour is so strong that even a small application can saturate a room and draw focus. A reading nook glows within the V-shape cut beside the flat opening. The red is warm next to the deep wood panels which cover the walls, ceilings and flooring.

THINK Architecture – John Shirley

More reddish (borderline orange) appears in this residence, painted on the sides of openings between rooms. This small application actually draws the eye at the big, light-filled space.

A lot is going on in the top level of the house: stair and bridge with metal guardrails, translucent glass walls, skylight, partial-height walls, steel beams. Nevertheless it all combines to a satisfying whole, thanks to the translucent glass and also the abundant light from the skylight.

Rudolfsson Alliker Associates Architects

This photo shows a how a palette of different materials can combine to create a very simple space which isn’t overly cold. The wood flooring, ceiling and stair treads will be the most effective. Nevertheless the steel that’s painted brown and the stainless steel guard rails also help counter the white drywall.

Maryann Thompson Architects

Here is another contemporary interior done in rich materials. Both the wood stairs and walnut-tile wall have a noticeable patina which provides them some depth to counter another, crisper materials.

Griffin Enright Architects

Since the last few examples reveal, stairs are a great place to make transitions between distances or between material palettes. This stair appears to curl round the wall which supports it about the right, but it’s the window straight ahead making it so appealing. Forced movement by means of a house — stairs, corridors and so on — provides opportunities for directing the eye and decorating views.

Jeff Luth – Soldano Luth Architects

This house includes a high level of custom finishes, making for a standout kitchen. But I’m drawn to the cut in the drywall ceiling which exposes the wood rafters above.


In this house, I’m a fan of the contrastbetween the crispness of those bits on the left — orange stair, wood walls, dark casework — and the light and delicate drapes on the right. Reaching from floor to ceiling, these drapes filter light but also soften the dining room.

WA Design Architects

The curving roof of the house is echoed at a curving wall which cuts throughout the living area. Even if the wall stops, the floor proceeds this curved line, reinforcing its position as a datum from which the house is organized.

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