Bjorn Skaptason, the Icelandic architect
responsible for the clean design of this
house, feels about materials and color as
he does about noise: the outer world’s
barrage is so stimulating that what we use
in our homes should be calm and serene.
Thus, the bathrooms are designed
with the same minimalist aesthetic as all
the other spaces, both inside and out.
While storage is plentiful, it is hidden;
materials are limited to a short list of
white granite, black granite, clear glass,
ebony-finished walnut, and white plaster.
And throughout the house, when a jolt of
color is needed to bring depth to a living
room or act as the backdrop for words of
wisdom in a bath, he used the same hue,
a deep shade of aubergine.
the beginning. As I looked at famous quotes,
these jumped out at me. I knew they were perfect. And,” he adds, “if the owners get tired of
them, they’re easy to remove.”
“We got the lettering from a local sign
maker,” the homeowner explains. “They were
made with self-adhesive backing, very easy
to apply. When we have to
repaint, we’ll have to remove
them. That’s a long way off, so
we have lots of time to think of
what our walls will say. Maybe
they’ll still be the same.”
Or perhaps, they’ll be inspired by a new
phrase for the next phase of their home.
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