Open Plan

by Editorial
Tall windows frame the minimalist living area with its clean-lined sofas and ottoman cubes from local contemporary design stores.

Tall windows frame the minimalist living area with its clean-lined sofas and ottoman cubes from local contemporary design stores.

Among the more unusual pieces in the living area is a charcoal gray upholstered sofa with a built-in wooden ledge and movable arms. Hard-looking black cubes turn out to have squishy tops when you sit on them. The glass and chrome coffee table is so low that is almost rests on the floor.

The furniture forms an island within the center of the living area, surrounded by glass walls and doors leading to a shallow terrace overlooking the rooftops of restaurants and bars on 18th Street. In one corner, a chunky, bleached-oak table, set with a metal runner and candles, is used for sit-down dinners.

Next to this dining area, a white painted metal staircase leads up through the two-story space to a mezzanine office with a glass and metal desk. More steps lead to the spacious terrace filled with potted palms and teak outdoor furniture, now weathered to a silvery gray. Visible from here is a sweeping view that takes in the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

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