House Call: An Ode to Sea and Sky, Courtesy of Stained Plywood by

Issue 15 · Shades of Pastel · April 14, 2014

House Call: An Ode to Sea and Sky, Courtesy of Stained Plywood

Issue 15 · Shades of Pastel · April 14, 2014

Just when we thought we had seen every possible treatment of plywood, Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson shows us how staining the humble material can create a visual ode to sea and sky. Here's Carlsson's design for a waterside house in Sweden.

Photographs by Andy Liffner and interior styling by Sofie Ganeva via Fantastic Frank

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: The new house is stained plywood on the exterior and primarily natural plywood on the interior. It's set in Skärholmen, a suburb of Stockholm.

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: A vinyl collection and crate-like furnishings remind us of a period in our not so distant past when we were less tied to technology.

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: In the living area, the perimeter walls are white plasterboard and everything else, stair enclosure included, is made of plywood. 

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, gray kitchen cabinets with leather cabinet handles, plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above L: Gray cabinets stand out in the kitchen, where the use of plywood extends from the floor to the cathedral ceiling. Above R: The material is put to structural use as exposed trusses.

Swedish lake house, by architect Tommy Carlsson, gray kitchen cabinets with leather cabinet handles | Remodelista

Above: The L-shaped gray cabinets delineate the kitchen area. Did you know that the L-shape is the most social kitchen layout? Learn about the setup and see more examples at Remodeling 101:The L-Shaped Kitchen

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, gray kitchen cabinets with leather cabinet handles, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: Pale leather pulls contrast with the gray cabinets while matching the warmth of the plywood. Like the look of leather hardware? Explore the options in 10 Easy Pieces: Leather Cabinet Hardware

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: The only colors Carlsson introduces throughout the house are blue and gray (plus hints of green and red). Here, a plaid tablecloth contrasts with the crisp white walls and plywood. 

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, blue stained plywood, leather handle on plywood door, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: A plywood door eschews standard hardware for leather pulls and a brass knob. It's easy to make a similar looped handle—see our DIY video.

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, blue stained plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above L: In the study, a blue stain applied over the plywood ceiling creates a cloud-like pattern. Above R: The stained plywood in the stairwell brings the sky inside.

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, blue ceiling, photographed by Andy Liffner  | Remodelista

Above L: A blue bedspread on a low bed references the water. Above R: The bathroom joins the visual ode. 

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, Exterior with vertical gray siding, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: The house's gray exterior with its vertical siding is simple and modest against the clear blue open sky. 

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, blue stained plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: At triangular entry of blue-stained plywood offers a transition between the exterior and interior palette. The plywood's watercolor look reminds us of the subtly variegated Ombre Tiles from Clé.

Swedish lake house by architect Tommy Carlsson, blue stained plywood, photographed by Andy Liffner | Remodelista

Above: A view from the backyard of Stockholm by the sea.

How do we love plywood? Join us as we count 10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood, and 5 Favorites: Plywood Ceilings. Before embarking on your own building project, learn how to source the right (formaldehyde-free) plywood by reading Remodeling 101: The Ins and Outs of Plywood. And over on Gardenista, check out A Tiny Backyard Guest Studio—built from you guessed it.



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