Design Details: Texture

The sculptural north façade of this  home creates a play of shadow and light, so the structure looks distinctly modern but not cold.   Project: Private Residence, Venice, Calif.; Architects: Trevor Abramson and Douglas Teiger

This award-winning master bath’s combination of geometric tiles and smooth lengths of wood slats creates plenty of visual interest without disrupting the space’s calming natural palate.  Project: Appleton Living Master Bath, Venice, Calif.; Builder: Core Construction and Development, Los Angeles; Architect: MINARC, Santa Monica, Calif.

Wood paneling has gotten a bad rap, but the chic cedar siding found throughout this family retreat offers a clean look without losing the rustic flavor of the home’s wooded site.Project: Lakeside Camp, New Hampshire; Architect: Tom Murdough

Rather than havingthe solar panels look like a tacked-on afterthought, this design incorporates a 12kW solar array into a punched-out metal overhang. It fits seamlessly into the home’s modern aesthetic while creating a play of shadow and light. Project: Yin-Yang House, Venice, Calif.; Architect: Brooks Scarpa

A wall of Kenyan black marble creates a supremely serene master bath. Project: Lakeview Residence, Austin, Texas; Designer: alterstudio

Barn boards add texture to the ceiling of this student dorm, helping define the kitchen in the open gathering space. Project: Terra Haus, Unity, Maine; Builder and Architect: GO LOGIC, Belfast, Maine

For the corner details of this Midwestern farmland–inspired home, the architect took his cues from the slats of a corn crib. Strips of birch plywood are stacked in a staggered pattern, with the end-grain position reversed on alternating blocks and mounted on drywall covered in black felt paper that creates a clean reveal. Project: Woodland Hall House, Columbus, Ohio; Architect: Meyers Associates, Columbus; Builder: Ghiloni Custom Builders, Granville, Ohio.

The owner for this Southern California home was looking for something “modern, but that would provide a quiet backdrop for her art and furniture,” says architect Douglas Teiger. Swaths of bare materials throughout the home provide just that, while adding texture and a change from the expected. Project: Private Residence, Venice, Calif.; Architects: Trevor Abramson and Douglas Teiger

Charged with creating a clean, bright,  modern home in Chicago, the design team incorporated light fixtures that add texture without breaking  the home’s white palate or views of the outside.  Project: Bucktown Three, Chicago, Ill.; Builder: Stedl Construction & Development, Chicago; Architect: Studio Dwell Architects, Chicago

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