In Snowdonia, A Pair of Artists’ Humble Bungalow Gets a Japandi Makeover

Artist Richard Zinon learned pottery in Japan, and carpentry, painting and sculpture in Italy; he’s also a trained chef who has worked in restaurants in different countries. Is it any wonder then that his little bungalow, nestled deep in Snowdonia National Park in Wales, would be a paean to artfulness and craftsmanship?

Zinon and his partner, Nuria Maria, a fellow painter, treated the 1929 structure like a blank canvas, deftly filling it in with design references to their travels while showcasing the beauty of natural materials. At 689 square feet, the two-bedroom home is small, but it feels open and airy thanks to high ceilings and new picture windows that frame the verdant views.

Join us for a tour of their elegant house in the woods. (The couple recently sold this property on The Modern House, which is where we first spotted it.)

Photography by French + Tye, courtesy of The Modern House.

inspired by his time in japan, zinon chose to clad the exterior with shou sugi  17
Above: Inspired by his time in Japan, Zinon chose to clad the exterior with shou sugi ban Japanese cypress planks.
inside, the couple opted for a mix of japanese wabi sabi style and clean lined  18
Above: Inside, the couple opted for a mix of Japanese wabi-sabi style and clean-lined Scandi design. Here, they relax in the open kitchen and living area. The chairs are vintage Pierre Jeanneret.
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Above: The oak floorboards are salvaged from a 15th-century mansion. “I reconditioned every board, getting to know the wood piece by piece,” Zinon told The Modern House.