Section: Barbara Adams
Headline: Another Angle on Family Life
Source: New York Times
Lisa Koshkarian and Tom Di Francesco knew they had to renovate their minimalist house when they had their children Zia and Rex. The couple had bought the 1930s Mediterranean-style home in the Potrero Hill San Francisco area for $1 million in 2002, and had already spent $500,000 adding on a third-story master suite to take advantage of the area’s famously close-up, dead-on views of downtown. However, the minimalist house and the birth of their two children did not go well together. It wasn’t what one would call child-proof or child safe with winding metal staircase, and hard, slippery floors. If I were their child, I would not enjoy living in this fully mirrored, icy cold house. It is just not warming or family friendly at all to me. It just feels a museum and you seem like you are on display.
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Global Issue: Family Living
Primary Design Lens: Minimalism
Secondary Design Lens: Children living in a Minimalist setting