Lounging Around: 7 Of The Best Living Spaces Of 2016

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From mid-century havens to metallics and minimalism, it’s time to get cosy on the couch because we have rounded up the seven best living rooms to grace our house tours in 2016. 

From our November-December issue: Fashion designer Michael Mortell turns his hand to furniture and interiors in a Dublin apartment, pictured above. The painted metal Mondrian-inspired shelving unit was designed by Michael, while the mid-century Punu mask from Gabon was picked up in France, and the small wooden stool is from O’Sullivan Antiques. Michael also designed the green velvet sofas which covered in fabric from Brian S Nolan. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]

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From our January-February issue: A modern muted palette and subtle metallic accents were in play in this neo-classical home. The B&B Italia George sofa was reupholstered in Romo Palazzo fabric in Metallic Nickel and is dotted with a mix of bespoke and William Yeoward cushions and a Marquis & Dawe throw. The handwoven Chatapur rug is from Jacaranda. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]

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From our March-April issue: The contemporary fireplace in this north Dublin new build was built to act as a warm focal point and painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue to enhance it as a feature. The chair is a Fritz Hansen original, also from Nest, while the rug is by Beni Ouarain, from Emily’s House London. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]

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From our March-April issue: The wraparound windows in this mews overlook the leafy garden, and the finishes – leather, wood, wool, concrete – create tactile layers. Carl Hansen’s CH25 lounge chair in paper cord and oak and Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair are perfect partners to the toffee leather Børge Mogensen Fredericia sofa. The anglepoise Grasshopper lamp and Patricia Urquiola’s Tatou lamp for Flos make sculptural additions. The wool rug was handmade in India. [Photograph: Aisling McCoy]

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From our May-June issue: The vision for a personality-infused living space in this Victorian redbrick is neatly realised thanks to details such as the futuristic West Elm Origami Coffee Table, itself complemented by a Tilt floor lamp from Blue Subtree. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]

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From our July-August issue: A study in blue, the main reception room in this period home boasts period-style panelling painted in Little Greene’s Hicks’ Blue with hand-painted gold leaf detailing. Magnificent reclaimed parquet from Wilsons Yard in Newry sets the tone for sweeping French doors and a Julian Chichester sofa is covered in discontinued fabric from a French mill. [Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy]

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From our September-October issue: Solid oak herringbone floor runs throughout the ground floor of this award-winning new build creating a seamless flow. The owners bought the hide rug while on honeymoon in Franschhoek, South Africa and the glass table from Habitat allows light to flow through the space. [Photograph: Philip Lauterbach]


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