We like IKEA, and Sweden, its source, has wonderful residential design. This house and its interior by the wise and talented architects In Praise of Shadows illustrates where good design is part of everyday life.
Do you think that good design is part of everyday life? For instance, do you have an iPhone? Jonny Ives and Steve Jobs toiled tirelessly to make it this invisible but pleasure to use. It is one example. Do you drive an Audi, BMW or a Tesla? (We have a Prius.) These automobiles are designed with the idea that driving should be a pleasure with the Tesla combining this with a desire to live a carbon-free lifestyle.
Let's start with the kitchen. It's where a lot of us cook, talk, make pour overs, share and spend a great of time alone and with the ones we love.
The grey floors are concrete as the house is an insulated slab on grade. The kitchen is MDF in both plain and painted white. The island drawers have no pulls allowing you to work and talk closely. Instead they are elegant and simple cut circles. The countertops are laminated wood. The color is simple and, thus. timeless. That's key!
And the clean interior itself. Storage is the key to having a clean. (Our LightBox project illustrates our passion for storage and its talent for being a design element. Much of the storage here is located outside of the living spaces.) Also, a digital lifestyle where downloads have replaced DVDs–I think vinyl still has a role to play and we are designing a space around a hi-fi system right now–and magazines and newspapers are being read online.
Daylighting is important at this latitude as the sunshines very briefly in winter. Skylights make the most of the available natural light.
The outside reveals the classic "coconut" scheme: dark on the outside; light and light filled on the inside. The exterior is clad in dark oiled wood. The driveway is permeable and the garden makes for eating and entering outdoors.
The framing underneath is what's called "Swedish" Framing by many of us in the United States. It eliminates thermal bridges and, as the energy codes in the USA are made more strict, soon will be the the norm here in Chicago.
Great design for everyday living and saves energy! We like that and we hope you do too!