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January 10, 2012 | Posted by | 3 Comments

Finnish Forest House

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

I came across this house recently in The New York Times.

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

Not surprisingly, the carefully furnished (aka, sparse interior) caught my eye. I couldn’t help but wonder: is there any artwork on the walls?

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

With each photo, the notion became less and less likely. Granted, in a house that doesn’t have running water, I’m not entirely surprised.

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

Clearly, there is an intention of simplicity in this home. Yet for conversation’s sake, my question to you is: If this was your house, would you hang art? If not, so be it. But if so, what kind of art and where?

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

Or, is the view of the dense forest outside the windows framed by the clean lines of the house, art in itself?

photo: Goeril Saetre for The New York Times

I must admit, I’d love to spend a weekend away in a place like this. Would you?


  • brian elston says:
    January 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I like the minimalist feeling of the house. Although if it was in a large city I would like it more. Being in the middle of a forest I would like to see some art on the walls. I would feel empty in this space and non-inspired.

  • Jon Bidwell says:
    January 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I understand the aesthetic they’re going for here, but well chosen art can still be integrated into a minimalist interior. I would go crazy spending a weekend in a house with nothing on the walls! A home without art is like a beach with no ocean.

  • Anne Bevan says:
    August 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I am an artist, surrounded by art, beautiful furniture and objects in both my studio and home and I love it all. Yet, I would love to spend much more than a weekend in this home. A week, or two! every season for a year . . . (I do, however, require water!)


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