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Must All Houses Have Open-Plan Interiors Now?

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Once upon a time, houses had distinct spaces for cooking, dining, and lounging or receiving guests. By the early 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright had pioneered Prairie-style homes that opened up interior spaces, and midcentury design further pushed the partition-less house to its logical extreme. Nowadays, the concept is everywhere—to the point that sometimes it feels more sensible to point out that a house is non-open-plan than that it is. Ultimately, though, is the wall-free look here to stay?

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