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The dining room and living room are one large open space that needed to serve many functions. “My client wanted a space where one person could be reading, another could be working on a laptop while another watched television," Kristen says. "I integrated the banquette so that it could serve as place to seat diners as well as a comfortable spot for someone who wanted to work on their computer.”
The galley kitchen functioned just fine for the client, it just needed an update, as it was all about linoleum and a gargantuan '80s microwave. Kristen refurbished it with new appliances and cabinets, and says “I felt that Carrera marble reflected modern times...but the original cooktop was so cool that we had to keep it.” Cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling to maximize storage.
The iconic Starburst clock by George Nelson is another piece featured in MoMA’s collection.
In honor of Alvar Aalto’s inspiration, two of his lounge chairs were chosen for the living room. The room lets the family and their friends gather and relax in the same space.
The white panel on the bookcase slides over to reveal the television set.
MoMA’s archives came in handy again, as they led Kristen to these unique Noguchi tripod table lamps. “They give off a nice ambient light, and you can also read by them.”
The original master bedroom was converted into a bedroom for the the client’s three daughters. (There is a third twin-sized bed in here that is not shown.) Each bed has an Eames screen underneath so that the girls can get a little privacy from each other. The daybed provides an extra spot for sleepovers with friends.
A walk-in closet was sacrificed in order to provide more bedroom space. “We maximized the living spaces so that there was plenty of room for the family to gather and for them to have their friends stay over. We also maximized every inch of storage space available here by having closet companies outfit each closet for efficiency.”