The term ‘cozy’ may be considered an amorphous description, its banality an infringement to rational thinking. Of course, the meaning of ‘cozy’ is a rather subjective one that differs from person to person. For some, cozy is order and cleanliness; for others, cozy is clutter and disarray. Often, cozy is derived from comfort, security and warmth, found in honest materials, playful details and aesthetic qualities. Coziness is difficult to quantify, and yet however we choose to define or express it, cozy has the capacity to improve quality of life.
The following livable homes are genuinely cozy spaces. Each dwelling provides an example of ‘cozy’.
Mjölk House, Toronto, Canada
Cozy is a blend of warm natural materials including wood, leather and wool. Cozy is curating shelves, nooks and crannies with favored objects.
Lake Cottage, Bolsover, Ontario
Cozy is those small touches, for instance a rug on a chair or on the floor. Minimal does not always equate to unfussy or austere.
“House for Julia and Biórn”, Egg, Austria
Cozy is a wood-panelled wall that helps a space to feel homey and secure.
Villa Altona, Sollentuna, Sweden
Cozy is found in a large rug, used to define an open space. Cozy is adding kooky objet d’art in order to enhance a room’s character (notice the ‘Showtime’ vases by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon).
Cozy is a home surrounded by nature.
Vega Cottage, Norwegian Archipelago, Norway
Cozy is found in furniture with a simple design that is devoid of pretense.
Concrete House, Flims, Switzerland
Cozy warms cold concrete with natural materials such as wood (for a fire) and sheepskins.
Tsai Residence, Taipei, Taiwan
Cozy is adding color in the form of cushions, tabletops and accessories, so gently enlivening and warming a space.
Designed by Tai & Architectural Design. Images via Tai & Architectural Design © Kyle Yu.
Villa Kalos, Ithaca, Greece
Cozy is found in rusticity and exposed brick. Considered lighting and contemporary furnishings will augment the homelike feel.
Images © Robbert Koene via Est Magazine.
Four Box House, Seoul, South Korea
Cozy is this tranquil tea room with its paper-covered walls. Cozy is placing cushions and a tray with tea/coffee items on the floor, so heightening form and composure.
Cozy is natural light. Cozy is not limited to warmth and darkness.
Designed by BCHO Architects Associates. Images © 2015 BCHO Architects Associates.
Off/Ramberg House, Holmestrand, Norway
Cozy is a considered layout, one in which furnishings relate to each other.
1930s Palazzo-Style Apartment, Milan, Italy
Cozy is applying grey in varied tones and layers, imbuing a home with warmth.
Images © Davide Lovatti Photography.
House 11, Munich, Germany
Cozy is the warmth and glow of a natural fire.
Archipelago House, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
Cozy is to sit by a window, basking in the warm morning sun.
Herringbone House, London, England
Cozy is a home intended for living.
Designed by Chan + Eayrs. Images © Chan + Eayrs.
(This post was inspired by the recent launch of The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes published by Gestalten.)