Modern Living: The New Room: No Furniture

To most people, furnishing a new house or apartment is an expensive, sometimes traumatic experience—where to put the chairs, how to arrange the sofas in the conversation area, and what decorating style to choose. A growing number of architect-designers may have found the solution to these troublesome questions: no furniture at all. Man's earliest shelter was a cave with a rock to sit on, and perhaps it gave him more peace of mind than a cluttered room in a contemporary home.

"Chairs, for example, create rigid environments," explains Thomas Luckey, 31, a New Haven environmental architect. "Because chairs are in fixed locations,...

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