ISSUE 39  |  Old Meets New

Steal This Look: Danish Modern in Upstate New York

September 25, 2012 1:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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We've long admired the work of Tsao & McKown (see our Architect Visit on the firm); we're adding the duo's retreat in Rhinebeck, New York, to our list of favorites—so much so that we want to recreate the look ourselves.

The farmer's cottage was renovated and furnished by Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown to serve as their weekend retreat from the city. We like the whitewashed walls and refinished floors throughout; not to mention the mix of midcentury classics with Shaker-inspired furniture.

Photography by Richard Powers for Tsao & McKown Architects via Home Life.

Above: Stools from a local designer (see below) and a storage cabinet designed by Tsao & McKown.

Above: The upstairs bedroom beneath the eaves features a vintage astronomical model, a 1950s American lamp, and a Swedish side table.

Above: A wall-mounted teak credenza from the 1950s by Danish designer Peder Pedersen.

Above: To mimic Tsao & McKown's use of brass accents throughout the house, source this Futagami Brass Trivet for $89 from Object.

Above: The thin Drink Stool (far right) by Sawkille is available in black walnut, cherry, oxidized cherry, hard maple, vintage pine, or white oak; $650 each at Matter or directly via Sawkille.

Above: The Cire Trudon Manon Candle is made from vegetable-based wax candle and is allergen and pesticide free. Housed in amber glass, the candle is $85 at Barney's New York.

Above: The Alabax Ceiling Light is available in black or white porcelain for $135 from Schoolhouse Electric.

Above: Two vintage Three Sided Tables by Peder Pedersen are available through Wyeth on 1st Dibs.

Above: Source white gauze sheets like the Garza Linen Gauze Sheet; see our post on Fabrics & Linens: Society Limonta. Additionally, Pottery Barn has a Triple Gauze Cotton Coverlet on sale with prices ranging from $114.99 to $134.99.

Above: John M. Kostic's Foldable Star Sculptures are reminiscent of 20th century American starburst antiques; prices range from $22 for the small to $160 for the large from Design Within Reach.

Above: Midcentury LA's Danish Teak Sideboard by Clausen and Son is $1,900. This piece along with other midcentury credenzas are available at Midcentury LA.

Above: We could see the brass Chipperfield Task Lamp by Wastberg fitting in nicely; $525 from Horne.

Above: West Elm's Gallery Frames are currently on sale ranging from $12-$54.

Above: The Classic Glass Edison Table Lamp is $175 from Nova 68.