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November 2006


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Victorian Veneer

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Impressive, indeed, but it doesn't require a chair obsession to enjoy, for example, the Ron Arad lounger resembling a giant stick of gum left in its silver wrapper and bent into an abstract shape.

Far from resembling a gallery, Copp's project looks and feels like a home. In the dining room, she brought in two long, ebonized ash tables that can be put together to seat 20 or more. For smaller dinners, one of the tables can be pulled aside to use as a buffet. To take the place of wallpaper, computer-generated photos of water drops, printed at a high-resolution and mounted onto lightweight foam-core panels, were attached with Velcro to the dining room walls.

"When you just can't look at those drops any more, you can start all over again with new images," says Copp, with what appears to be a characteristic attitude of non-attachment. As a designer, she recognizes that styles shift, families grow and tastes evolve—and for a home to remain truly modern, it has to change. So, if you drop by the modernized Victorian house there's no guarantee you'll find the candy-colored gourd sculpture in the foyer. But in its place, there will be something every bit as cool.

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