A HOUSE WE LOVE: A showcase house for Danish Modern finds in Old Ottawa South

The smart, efficient design of the interior extends outdoors. the front walk is flanked by two cedars taht stand sentry amid square pavers, lending a degree of thoughtful symmetry. Photography by Gordon King.

Immaculate Concept: A graphic designer showcases her own furniture designs and Danish Modern finds in an imaginative renovation undertaken over more than a decade. By Andrea Tomkins. Photography by Gordon King.

This house is one of five innovative modern designs featured in the 2012 Interiors edition. See more photographs and read the full story in the print edition.

Lisa Rickenbacher loves vintage Danish teak pepper mills. She shows off a tray of them; they vary in size from short and squat to tall and lean. They’re warm to the touch, so very simple and beautiful. No wonder she collects them, really. They are functional art, an accessible tabletop industrial design that neatly falls into that old William Morris quote: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” And Lisa doesn’t even like pepper.