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House Call: An Ode to Sea and Sky, Courtesy of Stained Plywood

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 15, 2014 01:50 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Apr 14, 2014

Just when we thought we had seen every possible treatment of plywood, Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson shows us how staining the humble material can create a visual ode to sea and sky. Here's Carlsson's design for a waterside house in Sweden. Photographs by Andy Liffner and interior styling by Sofie Ganeva via Fantastic Frank .  Above: The new house is stained plywood on the exterior and primarily natural plywood on the interior. It's set in Skärholmen, a suburb of Stockholm. Above: A vinyl collection and crate-like furnishings remind us of a period in our not so distant past when we were less tied to technology. Above: In the living area, the perimeter walls are white plasterboard and everything else, stair enclosure included, is made of plywood.  Above L: Gray cabinets stand out in the kitchen, where the use of plywood extends from the floor to the cathedral ceiling. Above R: The material is put to structural use as exposed trusses. Above: The L-shaped gray cabinets delineate the kitchen area. Did you know that the L-shape is the most social kitchen layout? Learn about the setup and see more examples at  Remodeling 101:The L-Shaped Kitchen .  Above: Pale leather pulls contrast with the gray cabinets while matching the warmth of the plywood. Like the look of leather hardware? Explore the options in 10 Easy Pieces: Leather Cabinet Hardware .  Above: The only colors Carlsson introduces throughout the house are blue and gray (plus hints of green and red). Here, a plaid tablecloth contrasts with the crisp white walls and plywood.  Above: A plywood door eschews standard hardware for leather pulls and a brass knob. It's easy to make a similar looped handle—see our DIY video . Above L: In the study, a blue stain applied over the plywood ceiling creates a cloud-like pattern. Above R: The stained plywood in the stairwell brings the sky inside. Above L: A blue bedspread on a low bed references the water. Above R: The bathroom joins the visual ode.  Above: The house's gray exterior with its vertical siding is simple and modest against the clear blue open sky.  Above: At triangular entry of blue-stained plywood offers a transition between the exterior and interior palette. The plywood's watercolor look reminds us of the subtly variegated  Ombre Tiles from Clé . Above: A view from the backyard of Stockholm by the sea. How do we love plywood? Join us as we count  10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood , and  5 Favorites: Plywood Ceilings . Before embarking on your own building project, learn how to source the right (formaldehyde-free) plywood by reading  Remodeling 101: The Ins and Outs of Plywood . And over on Gardenista, check out  A Tiny Backyard Guest Studio —built from you guessed it. More Stories from Remodelista Rehab Diary: The DIY Kitchen Overhaul for Under $500 10 Favorites: Warm Wood from Members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory Remodeling 101: How to Build a Dog-Friendly House






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