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Spotlight: Dining Rooms for the 21st Century

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 21, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Nov 20, 2013

Whether formal or casual, single focused or multipurpose, a well-used dining area is all about sharing and merriment. As these rooms are readied for the holidays, we turned to the  Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory  and winners of the  Remodelista Considered Design Awards 2013  for inspiration. Here, a roundup of their standout designs. Actual dining room not required.   Above: MNA ( Michael Neumann Architecture ) created  this  atelier-style open living/dining/kitchen area by mixing warm and rustic textures.  Winner of the   Remodelista Considered Design Award 2013, Best Professionally Designed Dining Space ,  it features a round table surrounded by French  Tolix chairs and a monumental arrangement of pussy willow branches. Above: A  mix of rustic (stone walls and floors) and modern (Saarinen office chairs) defines a  dining room in a house in Croatia designed by  Rees Roberts + Partners  of New York.  Francesca also swears by Saarinen office chairs in her dining room ; she says they're the reason her family lingers at their dining table for hours every night. Photo by  Scott Frances . Above: Located in a former printing house in lower Manhattan, this loft d esigned by   Specht Harpman  belongs to a young family. The metal chairs are classic Emeco Navy Chairs , originally made in 1944 for use on US Navy submarines. Photo by Michael Moran. Above: Anabelle Seldorff of Selldorf Architects anchors the dining space in this loft with a pair of George Nelson Ball Pendant Lamps . Photo via Selldorf Architects. Above: The UFO that came to dinner: this oversized black hanging pendant in a dining room by Kriste Michelini Interiors has a sculptural quality that unites the space—and makes it interesting. Photo via Kriste Michelini Interiors. Above:  Buttrick Wong Architects  integrated a built-in side board into a wall of storage cupboards in this Berkeley dining room with an updated Mission-style table and chairs. Photo by  J. D. Peterson . Above: Brooklyn-based Workstead created an intimate dining area in this Prospect Park project; the geometric cabinetry and the mismatched Wishbone chairs add visual interest to the space. Above: In their  Renovation of a Mid-Century Modern House in San Francisco, Klopf Architecture use a reflective gray wall to mark the dining area while enhancing the feeling of space. Photograph by Mariko Reed .  Above: This West Chelsea dining room by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects features an antique ensemble set off by black walls, white paneling, and a collection of shimmery mercury glass pendants. Above: Own Entity  of New York created this cozy dining nook; banquette seating that ensures there's always room to squeeze in one more guest. For more dining spaces, visit the  Dining Room Gallery  on the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory. Getting ready for the holidays? See our catalogue of Napkins , Glasses , and  Plates  for all your entertaining needs. Alexa's post 5 Quick Fixes: Elevating the Napkin, Thanksgiving Edition has easy ideas for setting the table with panache.  N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 20, 2011.




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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