Furniture designers’ homes can reveal a lot about their practice, as Max Lamb’s London warehouse attests. It’s among a cache of striking architectural spaces we’ve discovered for sale or rent this week across the globe.
A minimalist desert compound in Marfa, Texas
2 bedrooms; $3.5m via Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty
Not one but two stellar names are attached to this modern live/work compound in Marfa, TX – Rael San Fratello and studio Dust. Its current owners bought the building in 2007 and enlisted RSF to complete the interiors. They gradually outgrew the compact adobe dwelling and tasked Dust with building a twin for the home, in a complementary brick palette. Despite their different style, the two structures have a striking synergy heightened by the pseudo-industrial material palette that runs across them, and the careful framing of desert vistas across the various spaces. Take a tour of the Texas dwelling.
Classic loft conversion in East London
1 bedroom; £1.35m via The Modern House
Industrial proportions are at play inside this live/workspace on the ground floor of a Victorian converted factory. Exposed beams, aged oak floors and many Crittal windows hone the loft vibe while the 1,200 sq ft space lends itself to many uses (currently, the open plan living room and dining area are used as office space.) See more.
Glass villa in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Sleeps 4; POA direct
The inspiration behind this German holiday home is Philip Johnson seminal Connecticut retreat, Glass House. Ferienhaus Hof Ahmen is located in a grazing pasteur in Schleswig-Holstein, and captures bucolic views through its glass walls. The kitchen and bathroom are concealed behind partitions though the rest of the house is fully transparent.
Max Lamb’s ‘raw’ London warehouse
1 bedroom; £750,000 via The Modern House
Furniture designer Max Lamb’s live/work warehouse studio in Wood Green is a textural playground influenced by his practice. The building dates back to 1906 for a water fixtures company and had been used as a mosque before the designer and his partner acquired it. They’ve left its bones exposed, via raw brickwork and joists, adding cork floorings, skylights and an iroko wood kitchen.
Stargazing cabin in Selfoss, Iceland
1 bedroom; from €400 per night via Airbnb
There’s no shortage of Airbnbs in Iceland, but this one raises the bar for fans of contemporary design. Selfoss Cabin is located on the shores of a lake, within the Golden Circle loop, around a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. It features a floor-to-ceiling glass facade and geothermally heated outdoor hot tub for steamy views of the Northern Lights.