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Excellent article. I think people are seduced by the open-plan concept because they see glossy pictures that look lovely. However, these pictures never show how the space works in everyday life, which is often messy. These spaces are by their very nature multi-functional and that means clutter - from cooking, children doing homework and any other activity that's taking place, including someone trying to play a musical instrument or watch television. Those huge islands, beautifully staged with a vase of flowers and an artisan loaf, will look very different when covered in onion skins, paints, and cornflake-sodden cereal bowls.

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Grace & Holmes

Well written and excellent ideas! Great examples of maximum space usage in any home.

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What an inspiring and informative article. Thanks! R2 Studio Architects’s home is one of my all-times favourites.

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