Embracing Curves: No Sharp Angles in This Cool Home

Embracing Curves: No Sharp Angles in This Cool Home

Catrin Morris
Oct 27, 2011

Edgar Papazian and his wife Michelle Lenzi moved from New York to Portland in part to fulfill a dream of building their own home. They bought a basic 1940s-style, 1,000-square-foot house (that "didn't have any character") and transformed it into a curvy and cool oasis. Everything from the walls to the fixtures to the furniture is softly rounded and curved in this home. "Curved shapes are comforting," says Lenzi. "Everything's sort of wrapping around you."

"I have a fascination for the 1950s and '60s, when people were really optimistic about the future and curves were seen as aerodynamic," says Papazian, an architect with his own practice, Doon Architecture, who designed the home himself. "You could call this Eero Saarinen on a very, very small budget."

The home strikes a nice balance between rustic coziness and futuristic sleekness. The warmth of wood (floors, butcher block countertops, and a Douglas fir back deck) contrasts with touches of industrial chic (perforated steel screens, metal bolts and screws, and galvanized steel beams and arches).

Style Source List:
• Round stainless steel range hood by Franke from the Tube collection. $1,600 at Ferguson.
• Egg Bird Feeder by Jim Schatz. Handcrafted from weather-resistant ceramic and aluminum. $135 at Canoe.
• Knoll coffee table designed by Alexander Girard. $925 at Design Within Reach.
• Round penny tiles. From $10.98/square foot at Ann Sacks.
• Designed by Alfredo Häberli for Moroso, the Take A Line For A Walk chair. From $3,979 at Inform Interiors.

Check out the full story at Portland Monthly.

Images: Lincoln Barbour via Portland Monthly.

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