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sabickler
Re the direction of the ceiling and floor planks in photo 3
My immediate thought is that the ceiling planks must run perpendicular to the exposed support joists, hence they run lengthwise. The dining space is long and not particularly wide; it therefore could appear narrow if the planks ran lengthwise. By running them width-wise, the space appears wider.
   
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Spry Architecture
@ carriebowm, thanks for the post. Regarding your comment about contemporary (modern) I would fall into the latter camp, believing it is timeless.
Here is an article I wrote re: that issue:
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@sabickler, good observation, I think a sufficient argument can be made for running the planks in either direction...
   
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nsoart
All these examples are really beautiful , I love them all .
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