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Apartment Interior Design Outstanding Spaces

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Creating the perfect apartment interior design is a unique task.

Fitting contemporary designs within the existing bones of historical buildings, or transforming a blank canvas into a dream home takes precision, flexibility and flair.

Architects around the globe are taking a turn at composing the perfect interior with striking results.

Here we explore some powerful examples, travelling from Los Angeles to London, Paris, Taipei, Athens, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and beyond. 

Mexico City apartment by Archetonic Architects

mexico city Apartment, by Archetonic

apartment interior design – This spectacular Mexico City apartment is a true transformable space, a complex assemblage of sliding walls, moving partitions, and blinds.

Archetonic Architects, founded by Jacobo Micha Mizrahi in 1991, and including Alan Micha Balas and Jaime Micha Balas,

set out to turn this generous double-height apartment into a place of endless opportunities. 

‘We sought to take advantage of the double-height space,

insert maximum natural light and permeate the interior with the exterior environment through large windows,’ the architects explain. 

The home of Liraz Charhi and Tom Avni by Dari Shechter 

House of : Liraz Charhi and Tom Avni

apartment interior design – This completely custom interior created by designers Dari Shechter for husband-and-wife team Liraz Charhi and Tom Avni uses Persian influences – drawing on Gharhi roots.

Famed musician Charhi worked with Shechter to compose an interior brimming with personality,

including works by local artisans, such as custom produced tableware, pottery, pots and vases.

Mud plaster offers a warm, tactile feel to the walls,

while a mint green pastel coloured kitchen creates a colour accent in the living space. 

MC Residence by DeDraft Architects

108De Draft Architects - Bruno Court - Photographed by John McDavid - web size

This penthouse apartment interior design is a masterful renovation and repurposing of the top floor of the ‘Old German Hospital’ in London Fields, Hackney in London.

The architecture studio, DeDraft, worked with the modernist bones of the original building,

Burnet, Tait & Lornein, made it in the 1930’s,

which is currently Grade II listed.

The interiors work with tactile materials, light and shadows,

to compose a space that feels modern, but also warm and domestic.

Crittall windows and exposed concrete meet fumed oak floors and the owners’ rich collection of art and design. 

Philbeach Gardens by Roz Barr Architects

minimalist white kitchen interior by roz barr

An existing apartment within a 1882 red-brick Domestic Revival style mansion in West London,

Philbeach Gardens, has been completely transforming into a minimalist haven of serenity by Roz Barr Architects.

The space, belonging to a family of three, was conceiv ed to maintain the overall identity of the original piano nobile apartment interior design while introducing further natural light,

flexibility and interconnectedness that is need ed for a functional, modern home.

‘Our approach was to develop a series of elements that responded to the domesticity of day-to-day life,’

the architecture team explained.

‘The rituals of everyday life, such as cooking, eating, resting, sleeping and bathing were internally reconfigur ed.

Using natural materials, we configured a series of furniture that became a family of elements within the space.’

RA apartment by Maya Sheinberger 

interior of revamped tel aviv apartment

Tel Aviv interior designer Maya Sheinberger revamped an apartment in her home town’s city centre for a couple and their two young children.

Working with the apartment interior’s existing layout, Sheinberger divided the space in two areas: the east wing,

containing a large and spacious space with a living room, kitchen, and dining area facing a large terrace;

and the west wing, where the main bedroom, two children’s rooms, and a bathroom that overlooks a second terrace are located.

Wood, iron and stone make up for a minimalist interior with a natural feel, while a monochromatic colour palette keeps things neat and simple.

The cityscape experienced through the large openings becomes a central focal point for the design. 

The Aerie by OPA

spaceship like roof extension

Architects Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger of studio OPA were ask ed to return to a residential project they designed in 2005 – T House – for the addition of a San Francisco home office atop the existing structure.

Nicknamed The Aerie, the new design not only crowns a relatively clean and sober building with a somewhat flamboyant extension,

but also offers a next-generation home office for its owners, a couple with three children. 

While the project’s impressive, angular forms might be the first thing to catch the eye,

it was the shaping of the internal lighting conditions that led much of the design development.

OPA worked with parametric systems and consultants Loisos & Ubbelohde in order to perfect every little detail and corner, inside and out.

‘We wanted to create the effect of “floating” above the home and downtown San Francisco.

To achieve this, we decided to make the walls and ceiling disappear,’ Ogrydziak says. ‘Wrap-around glass provides a panoramic view of the city and Marin [County] beyond.

Above, the roof consists entirely of skylights sitting above a multi-layer system of diffusers, which reduce glare and react to different lighting conditions.

The result is an unusually soft, even light which varies with atmospheric conditions and makes the room feel like being outside, while still maintaining visual comfort.’ 

Kichi Skyline Apartment by Simone de Gale with Arshak Architects 

Kichi Skyline Apartment by Simone de Gale with Arshak Architects 

London architect Simone de Gale with Kerala’s Arshak Architects in this apartment interior design in southern India’s city of Kochi.

The 3500 sq ft luxury space is a combination of Indian and international design influences, set on the 17th floor of the recently completed Legend Sky Mansions, an eco-conscious high end tower by developers Skyline.

A generous, open plan living space brings together minimalist furniture with a handful of more ornate, crafted pieces for a glossy touch.

The space includes four bedrooms, and outdoors areas in the shape of a near-wraparound balcony that offers 270 degree views. 

‘This modern apartment home reflects its natural environment,

extends into its natural environment while incorporating all the touches of modern luxury into an elegant sanctuary within Kochi,’ the architecture team says.

A Collector’s apartment by Campbell Cadey 

A Collector's apartment by Campbell Cadey featuring a white table and six white chairs, various tribal ornaments against a wall with a wall painting and an animal head.  

Set in Ruskin Park House, a striking set of modernist apartment buildings by Watkins Gray Architects from the 1930s,

this apartment is the work of London studio Campel Cadey, founded by Ruth Campbell and Andrew Cadey.

The client’s top floor appartment features long lines, bow windows and large metal windows,

which the team was call ed upon to refresh for a costume designer and art collector.

‘Our aspiration was to remodel and update the layout to make the most of the abundance of natural daylight,

clean air and views, whilst complimenting the existing 1930s architectural character to create a peaceful and calm setting within.  

A more open and free-flowing arrangement was introduc ed that included hidden storage spaces and a strategy for the curated display of the client’s varied collection of artefacts and artworks,’ the architects say. 

Origin Realm by XIGO Studio 

Origin Realm by XIGO Studio - a minimalist room with a white round table with black stem and three white chairs.

This apartment in Beijing, design ed by XIGO Studio for a family of three, is conceiv ed around the clients’ needs for a clean, minimalist space.

The architects prioritised hidden storage, crisp surfaces and a pared down approach.

This doesn’t mean the space is without its drama.

A curved partition in the living room, visible as soon as a guest would enter the apartment, provides visual interest,

helps with light reflection and distribution, as well as offers privacy to the spaces behind – the home’s three bedrooms.

A muted colour palette throughout makes for a calm and restful interior,

while the flowing, open place main living spaces open up to a terrace looking out to city views. 

Lancer Square by 1508

Lancer Square by 1508 features a white sofa to the left, a white rug, a marble table with books on display, a black side board.

Lancer Square is the newest kid on the block in the Royal borough of Kensington & Chelsea, just moments from Kensington Palace Gardens.

This apartment is part of the elegant 36 residence property, all set within three distinct buildings ranging from six to seven storeys.

Architecture practice Squire & Partners is behind the complex’s building design, but interiors are the work of international studio 1508,

who took its cues from the area’s historical, regal and horticultural past, as well as the nearby Kensington Barracks.

As a result, spaces feel refined and contemporary, yet featuring touches of heritage and glamour throughout. 

Sequoia penthouse by Gantous Arquitectos

Sequoia penthouse by Gantous Arquitectos features wood floors and floor to ceilings patio windows leading to outside patio seating and a view of the hills.

This expansive, two-storey penthouse in Mexico City was creat ed by Gantous Arquitectos for a family of five – a couple with adult children.

As a result, ‘the program focused on creating extensive indoor and outdoor social areas,

as well as cozy spaces for relaxation, work or study,’ explain the architects.

A dramatic entry, generous and directing the eye to long city views, is clad in earthy tones of travertine marble on floor and walls.

Luxurious dark oak floors and bronze details define the spaces further in, leading to a staircase that guides visitors upstairs to the more private areas in the home.

An art piece by Polish artist Xawery Wolski sits in a prominent position in the stairwell,

exemplifying how art, architecture and natural materials come together in this Mexican urban retreat. 

Elevate by Studio IAAD

Elevate by Studio IAAD features face-on pair of brown sofas, and four round side tables with lamps on. Floor to ceiling windows.

Part of a housing project marking the collaboration of Indian developers Hines and Conscient, Elevate combines biophillic design with modern comforts and a cosmpolitan attitude.

The home, located in India’s Gurugram, is a showcase of life in the property. Acting as a glass box at places, it contains planting and green views for the residents. At the same time, elsewhere, the apartment becomes more opaque, promoting calm and privacy.

The interior in this three bedroom unit is made up of neutral tones and contemporary furniture,

matching the architecture’s modern aspect and ambition.

‘Envisioned as a boutique hotel, the building is averse to the prevailing treatment of experience centres as an afterthought to housing developments.

The ethereal slow-burn experience compels the visitor to sit and ponder, escaping in the forest’s therapeutic solitude, away from the outer world,

becoming a placid haven that people want to connect to, engage with and inhabit,’ the designers explain. 

Acropolis 13 by Natalia Bazaiou

Acropolis 13 by Natalia Bazaiou focusses on white shelving installation with books on a side board and small desk and chair.

Athens based architect Natalia Bazaiou employs honest materiality and clean geometris to reimagine an interior in the city’s historical neighbourhood around the Acropolis.

Built in furniture is treat ed like sculputral objects to add plasticity and flair to the otherawise conventionally laid out space.

A distinctive, bespoke bookcase helps define the living space and the home office within it.

The palette includes thin metal sheet, pleated and perforated surfaces, and wooden elements,

set within light and natural colours that help maintain a sense of calm within this highly articulated domestic space. 

Penthouse in Chaozhou by AD ARCHITECTURE 

Penthouse in Chaozhou by AD ARCHITECTURE focusses on grey cushion sofa.

Clean, ‘rational’ aesthetics and the teachings of Bauhaus inspired the interior of this penthouse apartment in China’s southern city of Chaozhou.

The space, also drawing on principles of 20th century minimalism,

offers a 270-degree view of natural landscapes in Shantou, Chaozhou and Jieyang. 

To help direct the focus on this rich, surrounding environment, the architects at AD ARCHITECTURE,

opted for a pared down interior, balancing simplicity, reflections and an almost ethereal atmosphere.

The open plan arrangement alludes to a generosity of space,

while a monochromatic colour palette allows for strategically placed moments of colour to shine.

Soho Loft by Ghislaine Viñas and Alexander Butler Architects

Soho Loft by Ghislaine Viñas and Alexander Butler Architects features curved chairs in yellow and brown, a sheep animal object, a low book side-board, a TV and shelf units on the wall.

Working with a 2000 sq ft space full of handsome architectural features, such as high ceilings, large windows, beams,

this New York artist’s loft was thoroughly revamp ed by Ghislaine Viñas and Alexander Butler Architects for a local family.

Mixing a meticulous restoration of existing elements with a carefully planned colour and material plan,

the team drew on the clients’ needs and passions,

such as their fascination with Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland to populate the interior with contemporary furniture and art.

Open spaces meet fun details in a home that feels at once warm and modern.

Psyche by One Space Design

Psyche by One Space Design

This generous Chengdu apartment is design ed by local Chinese architecture practice One Design Studio.

The architects worked with the structure’s tall ceilings to emphasise the sense of space throughout by keeping the decor minimalist,

bar some strategically selected pieces of contemporary and midcentury inspired furniture.

The architecture team says: ‘The clean and bright living room is match ed with simple and advanced soft furnishings,

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use the bookshelf as a partition to divide the living room and the game room,

breaking the conventional space division method, making the space more transparent and bright.’

101 on Cleveland penthouse by Bergman & Mar

101 on Cleveland penthouse by Bergman & Mar focusses on a curved brown recline chair with a side table.

London interior outfit Bergman & Mar masterminded this new collection of penthouses in the UK capital’s Fitzrovia district. The scheme, a high end residential development by Art-Invest Real Estate, ECE and Dukelease Properties,

mixes historical design with contemporary bespoke pieces in a look the designers describe as ‘modern bohemia.

‘ Petra Arko, creative director and founder of Bergman & Mar says: ‘The location of Fitzrovia played an important role in our design for the penthouse at 101 on Cleveland.

Informed by the district’s rich history as the home of craftmanship and bohemia,

we wanted to create a subtle modern continuation of Chippendale’s appreciation of art

and eclecticism by carefully selecting over 40 different furniture designers,

artisans and artists to create an inimitable space with a lasting impact.’

SoMa Loft by Malcolm Davis Architecture (MDa)

SoMa Loft by Malcolm Davis Architecture (MDa) features a wood table with wood chairs, a wood side board with crockery, a painting on the wall and black kitchen cupboards.

San Francisco based architect Malcolm Davis and his team were approached by a young couple who were looking to update their loft space in an industrial building, now used as live-work units.

A distinctive, tall vaulted concrete ceiling with fluted concrete columns led the design towards a pared down, utilitarian interior language.

The overall design feels bold and clean, ensuring a calming but strong environment.

The mezzanine was extended to its maximum potential, creating space for an additional bathroom upstairs in the primary lofted bedroom area.

The space below the extended mezzanine became a home office. Custom steel and fluted glass barn doors provide privacy where needed, in this otherwise flowing,

open plan domestic space – an apartment interior design that is balanced to cater to both work and play,

contemporary sensibility and serene retreat.

Tribeca loft by Andrea Leung

Tribeca loft by Andrea Leung features a floor to ceiling wall of mirrors with two stone pillars. The furniture features a grey chair, a pizzle like table design, a side unit with arches.

When called upon to renovate a 1600 sq ft historic apartment in New York’s Tribeca, architect Andrea Leung drew on the hidden spaces of her grandmother’s apartment in Vancouver.

As a result, she approached the design as a type of cabinet of architectural curiosities, playing with surprises and reflections. ‘As an architect,

I thrive on the satisfaction that comes from arriving at elegantly simple design solutions,’ says Leung. ‘But more importantly, it’s the promise of emotions created by beautiful spaces that drives my architecture.

I am always interested in how ostensibly static configurations of materials can evoke poetic tensions that speak to our thoughts and memories,

that touch upon aspects of our subconscious and prompt reactions we may not necessarily be able to fully articulate.’

Sursock 14ème by Karim Nader Studio

Sursock 14ème by Karim Nader Studio focusses on a curved cream sofa with cushions and a round table with different sizes pieces.

Lebanese architect Karim Nader has recently worked on the careful restoration of this apartment in Beirut,

following the devastating explotion there in 2020.

Situated within one of the city’s modernist residential landmarks, near the port area,

Sursock 14ème is a project that celebrates the building’s original architecture, the region’s sun and the sense of openness it offers.

It is also unmistakably contemporrary. 

‘I refuse to be labeled as an architect of the generation of war. I do not find interest in architecture as a war machine, nor in the war-torn building aesthetic.

Beirut should be architecturally represented as always alive, forward looking, because forward is the way of life,’ Nader has said.

Tableau penthouse by KSR Architects & Interior Designers 

Tableau penthouse by KSR Architects & Interior Designers

This elegant apartment interior design was composed by London based KSR Architects & Interior Designers. 

Originally the show home in a development of 23 units, now the space belongs to a private owner,

who worked with the design team to create a  a luxurious yet comfortable interior that blends old and new.

The property is located in Marylebone, Central London. Inside, bespoke joinery mixes with statement furniture in an atmosphere that is nothing like the typical ‘blanc canvas’ show home.

Instead, dark woods, craft based details, and bags of personality offer a characterful interior for the resident’s life and extensive art collection – which is proudly showcased in the apartment. 

Ourânia by Studio MK27

Ourânia by Studio MK27

This boutique apartment building in São Paulo, placed on the edge of the bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena,

is the latest urban housing scheme by Idea!Zarvos – the Brazilian developer known for a design-savvy, architecturally led approach. 

Ourânia, containing just eight apartments within a relatively compact, nine-storey building,

is the brainchild of Marcio Kogan and his colleagues at Studio MK27 for this client,

and offers contemporary living wrapped in warm, textured minimalist architecture

A combination of quality materials, well-proportioned volumes,

and flexibility were key in delivering the Ourânia living experience, a domestic space befitting the 21st century.

The architects explain: ‘Its modular structure, an orthogonal grid of concrete pillars and beams,

results in completely flexible plans, where each apartment owner could define its layout.

The 20 columns are rhythmically positioned in the perimeter of the 48 x 11m plan and,

together with a central core that shelters stairs and elevators, structures the building – leaving generous spans to be arranged as desired.’

9 Millbank Heritage Collection by Goddard Littlefair

9 Millbank Heritage Collection by Goddard Littlefair - a gold wallpapered room with a spiral staircase.

Central London, steeped in history and glamour, is no stranger to grand period architecture and chic lifestyle offerings. 9 Millbank is one of the newest kids on this block, but lacks nothing compared to its predecessors.

The development is currently under construction, with its final touches set to be added so that it can open its doors to residents fully completed in 2023.

St Edward, the developer behind 9 Millbank, has now revealed the project’s latest interiors offering for its top-of-the-range Heritage Collection,

a series of five apartments right at the top of the scheme. 

The development sits within the impressive former headquarters of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI),

a Grade II-listed, majestic structure facing a green park and the river Thames beyond.

Long vistas of the London skyline (including glimpses of iconic sights such as the House of Parliament and Big Ben) match the building’s original features and decor,

most of which have been lovingly preserved and restored to their former glory.

In areas where the original building fabric was too damaged, the architects worked with conservation specialists to create new elements that faithfully maintain the identity of the old. 

The Cortland by Robert AM Stern Architects and Olson Kundig

The Cortland by Robert AM Stern Architects and Olson Kundig

Designed by Olson Kundig, The Cortland interiors have been revealed for the first time through a series of photographs that gives a hint of what living inside this finely tuned New York luxury residential development would be like.

Crafted inside a building created by Robert AM Stern Architects,

this is Seattle-based Olson Kundig’s first multi-family project in the Big Apple – and the practice has employed all its flair,

sophistication and well-balanced, rich aesthetic, while drawing on the context and the wider area’s industrial heritage. 

‘Because of the materials Robert AM Stern Architects used for the exterior and the way the building is assembled,

The Cortland has an almost handmade quality.

An urban tower can feel scaleless and oversized, but this is a very human-scaled building,

honouring the traditions of New York City and the craft of construction,’ says Tom Kundig, owner and principal of Olson Kundig.

The studio is known for an approach that is rooted in craft, tactile materials and function.

Apartment Arluzia by MATÚ Arquitetura

Apartment Arluzia by MATÚ Arquitetura

This apartment interior design, in western Sao Paulo,

has been designed to serve the needs of a couple and their three cats and two dogs, one of them being visually impaired.

The architecture studio behind it, MATÚ Arquitetura, headed by architects Fernanda Lins, Gabrieli Azevedo, Ana Pernambuco and Bruna Marchiori,

responded to their clients’ request to create a space where all inhabitants – both human and animals – can feel comfortable.

‘A social area was created with the purpose of meeting the demands of each one: a shelf-playground for the cats,

a low and modular sofa to help with the accessibility of the dogs, an office for the resident to work and play guitar,

and a large bench, under the window for the resident to have her moments of reading,

contemplation and exhibition of some works of art, of affective value,’ they explain.

Fun patterns and colours and natural materials make for a warm, playful yet functional home. 

 Apartment XVIII by Studio Razavi Architecture

Apartment XVIII by Studio Razavi Architecture - a large glass table with six wood chairs; two floor to ceiling balcony doorways. An X shaped hanging light fixture.

This Parisian apartment is set on a prominent spot, overlooking the Luxemburg gardens and located in a XVIIIth century mansion.

Past owners, lives and extensive remodels over the years left little of the grand home’s original design,

so when Studio Razavi was invited to take on the unit’s transformation, the team decided to gut out the apartment completely and start from scratch.

‘This being one of the oldest areas of Paris (the street was recorded as a Roman road) and surrounded by a unique landscape of private buildings,

churches, convents, squares, our inspiration drove us to envision a monastic space.

Natural light was our material of choice (it comes in from three different directions) and the quality of the building could be expressed inside by generously celebrating the load bearing walls and columns,

highlighting their materiality furthermore by applying a plaster stucco against which the light would bounce,’ they explain. A restrained material palette adds to that effect and helps compose a space full of sophistication and subtle drama,

furnished with a mix of modern and vintage pieces. 

Celerina penthouse by NENMAR

Celerina penthouse by NENMAR

Bespoke joinery, a blend of old and new, and a touch of Brazilian modernism help make the most of this penthouse apartment interior which has just been renovated to a design by NENMAR.

The project, set in Engadine, in the Swiss Alps,

was transformed by the multi-disciplinary practice, which was formed through the union of GN Architecture and Maresca Interiors.

The design team approached the space in the same way they would boat design – making sure every corner adds something special to the interior,

everything is functional and custom made cabinetry and hidden storage ensure the penthouse kicks well above its weight,

in spatial terms.

As a result, fixed furniture and soft furnishings are made to measure everywhere. At the same time, natural materials, such as knotless natural oak in water-based finish,

Matraia stone and limestone render, create a warm, earthy feel for this domestic, mountain cocoon. 

The Great Unit apartment by K.O.T. Architects

The Great Unit apartment by K.O.T. Architects - a beige kitchen wall unit.

Functionality and a contemporary take led the redesign of this apartment interior on the outskirts of the Florentin neighborhood in Southern Tel Aviv.

Set in a 1938 building that forms part of the city’s well documented legacy of modernist architecture,

the space was addressed as a ‘living machine,’ say the architects.

‘I appreciate comfort. In general, I believe in clear statements: clear and defined spaces in context,

without whimsical and presumptuous elements that do not serve the client’s interest,’ explains architect Kfir Galatia-Azulay of K.O.T. Architects, who led the project.

By removing internal walls and partitions and opening up the space,

the refreshed home is now improved through the abundance of natural light and a series of bespoke elements, such as a new, tailor made kitchen.

A minimalist apporach to colour – using mostly white, off-white and black veneer details – underlines an overall feeling of calm. 

Campo Grande Apartment by FCstudio

Campo Grande Apartment by FCstudio

Set in Brazil’s city of Campo Grande, this modern apartment interior design is the result of a commission to transform an existing unit’s living areas into a generous,

flowing space full of spatial luxury and craft infused detail.

FCstudio, the Sao Paulo based practice of Flavio Castro,

worked on cleverly uniting parts of the house and partially repurposing its terrace in order to create the sense of a much larger living and dining room.

Furniture was selected by Castro’s team too,

while many of the fittings and some of the lose pieces too were bespoke creations by the studio.

‘In this project, we translated the client’s passion for design into architecture,

without forgetting functionality and the charming view of the city park in front of the apartment,’ say the architects.

Moscow apartment by Nido Interiors

Moscow apartment by Nido Interiors

This brand new apartment interior by Moscow based firm Nido offers a 21st century renovation that updates an existing unit in the Russian capital.

Using clean shapes, neutral colours and quality materials the interiors team worked with textures and architectural shapes to dramatic effect – that is at the same time subtle and soiphisticated.

‘A large monolithic travertine stone sink element extends through the wall near the terrace entrance while the corner opposite to the kitchen island is decorated with Mutina blocks designed by Patricia Urquiola.

The furniture textures are smooth, soft and natural with warm color palette – terracotta and sandy shades are a constant reminder of traveling to distant places and endless beaches,’ the team says. 

Los Angeles penthouse by Dan Brunn 

Los Angeles penthouse by Dan Brunn - a dog sat on a single chair in front of a wall embedded fire place, floor to ceiling balcony windows either side.

This minimalist apartment interior design in Los Angeles is the brainchild of local architect Dan Brunn. The generous, some 5000 sq ft space is the result of uniting two adjacent unit into one, streamlined, flowing home.

The client, a property developer and yoga enthusiast, asked for an atmosphere that is calming and functional.

Brunn, a deft hand in minimalist architecture of the greatest attention to detail, obliged and crafted an uncluttered interior guided by light and volume.

Decor and material choices were also critical to the overall approach,

as were details such as the smooth white cabinetry of the Boffi kitchen and the DePadova furniture selections.

‘The use of a clean and light palette of materials such as: white terrazzo, white cabinetry,

and white wood are ultimately what sets the simplistic and modern style for the entire unit,’ the architecture team explains.

Bleecker Street by Tala Fustok Studio and Crina Architecture

Bleecker Street by Tala Fustok Studio and Crina Architecture - a large circular grey rug on wood flooring, two old cushioned chairs, a side table with a globe.

‘What makes this apartment so striking is the blend of artistic influences and natural materials that create layers of intrigue and beauty,

designed to engage the senses,’ says designer Tala Fustok.

The project is a Manhattan apartment in the West Village, which has been artfully redesigned in a loft-style,

drawing on the residential building’s industrial heritage.

Pops of colour, different textures and a mix of old and new (such as the reclaimed walnut flooring) make for a dynamiic

yet warm and homely composition.

Fustok collaborated on the design with Crina Architecture.

‘[We wanted] engage the imagination against a beautifully layered architectural backdrop,

and encourage thoughts of restfulness and calm,’

says Crina Arghirescu Rogard.

Natural light and bespoke touches contribute to the overall atmosphere.

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Neuilly Project by Sandra Benhamou

Neuilly Project by Sandra Benhamou - a red L shaped wall sofa with a centre table, two brown chairs, two wall shelf units and beige curtains.

This Parisian home is an apartment interior design for a couple of art and design collectors.

The 120 sqm apartment, which is set within a 1970s building opposite the green area of Bois de Boulogne in western Paris, has been reimagined as a flowing, open space – almost like a single room.

This is divided into volumes defined by usage and decorative composition.

‘A kitchen opens into a living room on one side; and [there are] two rooms with their own bathroom on the other side,’ the design team explains.

‘The bookshelves, kitchen and wardrobes are all made bespoke in natural wood and give a graphic style through their lines.’

Warm colours and textured materials, such as wood and leather, work towards a rich interior,

featuring pieces by Living Divani, Gianfranco Frattini, Knoll and Benhamou herself – among others.

The Penthouse of the OPUS ONE by T.K. CHU Design 

The Penthouse of the OPUS ONE by T.K. CHU Design - side by side images with a glass-like floor, large landscape windows overlooking the city at sun set, circular centre tables and a L shaped sofa.

This striking penthouse sits on the 34th floor of OPUS ONE, a mixed use complex in China’s Hangzhou,

which was spearheaded by two local developers, Excellence Group and Greentown China.

The eye catching design, which mixes luxurious materials, calming neutral tones and intense colour pops, was composed by T. K. Chu Design, the Shanghai based firm led by interior designer T. K. Chu.

The white-dominated interiors were conceived as a nod to the clouds, a feature frquently spotted from the large,

floor-to-ceiling openings at this home, along with the apartment’s panoramic views of the Qiantang River and the West Lake.

Back in the penthouse, playful furniture from designers such as Alessandro Mendini and Jaime Hayon,

mixes with contemporart art pieces, incuding a sculpture by Tengfei Yang by the window. 

The Opus Arisugawa by OEO

The Opus Arisugawa by OEO

This contemporary apartment interior is the brainchild of Danish design studio OEO and sits within an upscale housing complex for developers ReBITA and NTT Urban Development Corporation in Tokyo.

The scheme, set in a central, relatively low-rise luxury residential area, rich with greenery, contains several apartments. Each of them has been designed by a different creative studio.

OEO was responsible for apartment number 302, which they composed merging modern Danish style with Japanese influences, full of natural materials and bespoke joinery. 

Palm Penthouse by Kart Group

Palm Penthouse by Kart Group

The client asked for ‘a cosmopolitan multi-functional sophisticated living space that embraces family living and serves as an exquisite space for various social functions,’

explains the Dubai based team at Kart Group, the designers behind this minimalist interior design in a petnhouse in The Palm Jumeirah development.

Playing with the regions light, the client’s requirement for a modern, confident space fit for entertaining,

and a colourway that draws inspiration from the Arabian Gulf’s sea views beyond, the design team personalised this 462 sq m home to perfection.

‘The colours artistically reflect the Palm’s influence and bring the splendour of the outside in.

The main design feature is the full height marble walls with two brass ornaments vertically recessed with a hidden light that naturally creates an inspiring piece of art.

A three-dimensional mandala in a white textured finish adds a sense of drama and intrigue to the sitting room,’ the design team explains.

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Natural Modern Home by Henkin Shavit Studio

Natural Modern Home by Henkin Shavit Studio - a wood partition leading to a bedroom.

Henkin Shavit Studio spearheaded the redesign of this apartment interior in Tel Aviv.

The main concept was built around the ida of a retreat – domestic have away from the city’s bustle.

The designer’s solution was to treat ‘the existing apartment as a box that wraps with its outer walls an inner box which creates the feeling of detachment, gently using the element of wood partitions.

‘ Warm timbers can be found throughout the interior, creating a cocooning feel.

At places, oak wood panelling features vertical grooves, creating a rhythm but also a sense of verticality that highlights the tall ceilings.

Details such as creating an additional bathroom, selecting natural materials and carefully picking furniture,

such as the dinning area’s 1950s vintage Hans Wagner chairs, help fine tune this apartment interior design. 

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Third Avenue by Studio 397 Architecture

Third Avenue by Studio 397 Architecture features a long wood walled corridor with a painting on the left.

Architecture studio principals Samantha Josaphat and Luis Medina’s expert handling of the renovation of an apartment in New York’s East Village resulted in a residential space with a cohesive, flowing interior.

The Studio 397 team worked with their clients, a family of four, to brighten up the space and maximise its potential in design quality and storage.

Bespoke joinery and customised touches throughout offer a tailor made feel and neatly responds to all of the client’s needs.

Light colours and crisp surfaces create ample sense of space, composed of oak wood and veneer, off white paint and lacquered cabinets.

‘We are passionate about live/work spaces and creating the ultimate oasis on a single property,’ says Josaphat. 

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Casa Sanchez by Studio Plow

Casa Sanchez by Studio Plow

For this Mediterranean-inspired refresh of a two-level flat situated just blocks from Mission Dolores Park in San Francisco,

we focused on using a light touch to enhance the existing interiors without making massive architectural changes,

‘  recalls Studio Plow founder Brit Epperson.

‘It was the family’s first home, and while they loved both the views and the layout of the 2000 sq ft home, they did not love all of the elements left over from the previous owners.

‘ The studio focused on infusing warmth and colour into the minimal and cold shell of the space.

The design draws on the client family unit’s mixed heritage – combining North America’s Great Plains and Mexico City. 

Plow used soft textures and raw materials, as well as bringing the outside in with an abundance of plantlife.

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Opéra Garnier duplex by Louis Denavaut

Opéra Garnier duplex by Louis Denavaut

Interior architect and designer Louis Denavaut is behind this chic refresh of a Parisian duplex apartment near the city’s famous Opéra Garnier.

Owned by two artists, the apartment is now flooded with light, its double height living room offering a striking sense of spatial generosity.

A white steel mezzanine with a glass floor and a large bleached oak-frame window inserted above makes the most of the high ceilings,

and hosts the master bedroom.

Here, modern touches blend with the building’s Art Deco original character. 

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Casa PMA by Patricia Martinez

Casa PMA by Patricia Martinez

This Brazilian apartment was created by Patricia Martinez Architecture Studio for the practice founder’s own use.

The primary goal was to create a cozy and relaxing domestic environment that would transform the home into a moment of calm – a restorative space for relaxing and recharging.

Indeed, the interior is dominated by calming colour tones, natural materials and soft lines;

offset by a gentle rawness provided by crisp timber floors and smooth exposed concrete walls.

Researching and combining vintage and contemporary furniture pieces, this apartment interior design is a labour of love. ‘We don’t need much, I believe we just need items that relate to us,’ says Martinez.

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Apartment in Udine by Cristina Celestino

Apartment in Udine by Cristina Celestino featuring a glass table with wooden chairs, a low rise circular side table in front of a red sofa.

Architect and designer Cristina Celestino has just revealed the complete remodel of a private residence in a striking, brutalist concrete apartment block in Udine, Italy.

Originally designed in 1978 by architect Bodini Massimo Camillo, the building features expansive apartment interiors with private balconies, 

bronzed aluminum windows frames, travertine stone clad communal areas and pink, textured plaster in the stairwells. 

Spaning some 120 sq m, this home was redesigned to respond to the existing materials and original architectural concept, Celestino explains.

‘I tried to enhance all these aspects, respecting the materials and taking inspiration from the existing geometries. 

The customer requested a functional home, sober but elegant and refined, with a balanced and thoughtful use of colors and materials.’

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Encino Negro Apartment by dıreccıon | arquitectura + interiores

Encino Negro Apartment by dıreccıon | arquitectura + interiores

Created for a family of five, this apartment redesign is the brainchild of Mexican architect Mariana Morales, and her studio Direccion.

‘Before remodeling the condo felt cold and empty, it had finishes of red tzalam wood and gold Tepeji marble on bare white walls,

and there was a lack of privacy and independence between the different living areas,’ Morales explains. 

‘In the new layout, private and common areas are markedly separate and independent from each other,

and the use of a darker palette of materials and colors accentuates the new found cozy and intimate charm of each space.

‘ Working with a simple, chic, dark colour palette, the architect created an atmospheric, yet warm interior,

which is juxtaposed by the bright lights and cityscape offered by the large windows and expansive views of Mexico City. 

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KOA Apartment by Marty Chou Architecture

KOA Apartment by Marty Chou Architecture - a large white kitchen table with benches either side.

A 3.5m long bespoke countertop becomes the main centrepiece in this newly designed apartment interior in in Taipei City, Taiwan

. The piece serves as a multifunctional table, from formal dining place, to kitchen island and anything in between. 

Created by the architecture studio of Marty Chou, the project sought to unite functionality that can negotiate the demands of daily family life, and minimalist, contemporary, multi-functional design.

The highly tailor made interior works hard to cover the young family’s needs.

For example, its series of recessed windows not only bring lots of natural light in, but also transforms into private sleeping quarters when closed off with a partition at night. 

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Quesnel Apartment by naturehumaine

Quesnel Apartment by naturehumaine - a green L shaped kitchen.

Part of the ground level of a 1920s building located in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood of Montreal,

this apartment interior design is the work of Canadian architecture studio naturehumaine.

The project, commissioned by a local family, aimed at opening up the previously dark interior with mininalist gestures,

while reconnecting the space with its garden and bringing in plenty of natural light.

The intervention not only preserves the original character of the building and several of its existing decorative features. 

It also draws on them to create new, bespoke elements, such as ‘the curves of an arch,

the fluting of the columns and cast iron radiators or the colored stained glass doors,’ the architects explain.

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Sun Dial Apartment by Manuelle Gautrand

Sun Dial Apartment by Manuelle Gautrand - a pink staircase which leads up to an upper level with yellow walls.

This Parisian project involved the major refurbishment and redesign of a duplex apartment in the city’s picturesque Le Marais district.

This is the well known French architect Manuelle Gautrand’s very first private apartment interior design project.

A bespoke, colourful staircase becomes a key centrepiece in the concept,

which combines clean surfaces and the owner’s rich collection of art and decorative items.

‘The goal was to create a strip of natural light, through which the sun,

whether it be cold white winter light or warm summer,

could cast its shadow and influence the interior experience, upstairs and down, throughout the day,’ says Gautrand.

‘A traditional staircase would have interfered with the continuity of this strip of sky and so I began playing with the relief that these 20cm thick pieces of cellular concrete would make and the stairs came out of this.

Then I decided to make it even bigger,

so that it extended up the wall of the mezzanine and onto the wall under the skylight.’

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Apartment ACL by Arthur Casas

Apartment ACL by Arthur Casas

This lush Brazilian apartment was designed around the client’s art collection.

Crafted by famed interiors architect Arthur Casas from his Sao Paulo headquarters,

the project is set in a modern apartment block and was created as a collaboration with Cristiane Trolesi, from C+AD Arquitetura e Design.

Meanwhile, the interiors were conceived jointly by Casas and the owner – they are ‘a longtime friend of the studio,’ explains the architect.

‘The biggest challenge was to simultaneously meet the demand for free walls for works of art,

for shelves to house decorative objects and for generous environments, with wide spans and an adaptable layout,’ says the design team. 

‘The solution was to extend the apartment’s social area and optimize the existing and new walls as much as possible.’ 

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The Independent Penthouse by Urbanspace Interiors

The Independent Penthouse by Urbanspace Interiors - two sofas with a backdrop of floor to ceiling windows overlooking a city.

Set in the heart of downtown Austin in Texas, USA, this penthouse combines generous space, striking city views,

a modernist simplicity and natural materials and textures that give the expansive apartment interior swathes of personality and a tactile feel.

‘Our focus was on creating a space that felt expansive, yet intimate,’ explains Urbanspace Interiors principal Merrill Alley.

‘When you’re standing in any area of the home, the openness gives the illusion that you are floating up in the clouds,

and when you turn inward,

the focal points found throughout the space are appropriately appointed to the size of the space to make a statement while still feeling intimate.’

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Bard College Berlin Student Residences by Civilian 

Bard College Berlin Student Residences by Civilian

Great apartment interior design doesn’t always mean lush penthouses and private residences. 

Created by dynamic and emerging architecture and interiors firm Civilian, these are the new student apartments at the campus residences for Bard College in Berlin, Germany.

Inspired by the city’s rich design legacy and modernist architecture,

the team composed a series of spaces that feel fun and contemporary but also work hard and are highly functional.

Opening to their first residents this month, for the new academic year,

each unit features sleek bespoke joinery designs in warm, natural timber colours – while brighter hues dominate the communal areas. 

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Mexico City Penthouse by Simon Hamui

Mexico City Penthouse by Simon Hamui - large windows overlooking a city.

Moody, dark chocolate woods and rich leathers dominate this luxurious apartment interior in central Mexico City.

Crafted by Mexican design firm Simon Hamui,

the space balances warm and bespoke apartment interior design with long views of the cityscape,

areas that ensure privacy, and plenty of space for the clients’ art collection.

The modern domestic interior is enriched by a range of custom pieces created especially by the Simon Hamui team. They include a bespoke dining table, a silver leaf ceiling, a stylishly curved door, fa ireplace, and bookcase joinery. 

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Memories for Cruising by Antonino Cardillo

Memories for Cruising by Antonino Cardillo - a close-up of a brown cushioned sofa.

This renovation of a 100 sq m apartment in Parma, Italy transformed what was a tired interior near the city’s station,

into a modern feast of colour and light.

Designed by architect Antonino Cardillo,

the project had a limited budget, but what it may lack in scale, it makes up in creative ambition.

Colour zones define various areas and functions in the flat, some discrete, some overlapping. The colourful architecture spans muted greens, yellows and reds, natural wood and MDF doors in an eggshell finish.

Drawing on the colours of nature, ‘the theme of the design is the metamorphosis of plants,’ explains Cardillo.

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Mota Apartment by Flavio Castro

Mota Apartment by Flavio Castro

Created for a businessman and his family in São Paulo, Brazil,

this contemporary apartment is the work of the local architecture and design studio of Flavio Castro.

The space effortlessly combines modernism and minimalism, in a blend that feels generous and elegant,

but not too precious, and as such, fit for everyday family life.

Taking down walls and opening up spaces and views were essential in the architect’s approach.

Bespoke furniture and details abound, including a large horizontal panel of freijó wood that enriches the living space,

and a bookcase that divides that space from the entrance hall, and serves as a tailored display for the owners’ personal collection of objet.

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No.1 Grosvenor Square by Lodha UK 

No.1 Grosvenor Square by Lodha UK. Side by side images. Left: A side board with four cupboards painted in beige with red diamonds. Right: A corridor leading to a external door.

No.1 Grosvenor Square is one of London’s most recognisable addresses – formerly the home to the American Embassy in London

and neighbour to the later US embassy home by modernist architect Eero Saarinen at 24 Grosvenor Square.

Now the prestigious historic London building at No.1 Grosvenor Square is being reinvented as residential,

with Eric Parry Archtiects overseeing the architecture and more design work unfolding inside by globally acclaimed firms. The transformation includes this newly revealed apartment interior design by developer Lodha UK’s expert design team. 

The building’s past life was a huge inspiration to Blandine de Navacelle, Lodha UK’s creative director, who oversaw the works. ‘In its past life as an embassy, the building would have hosted many a party and evening soirée,’ she says. 

‘Grosvenor Square has also long been the centre of London’s social set;

Oscar Wilde used to live on the square and was infamous for his parties.

I wanted Residence 4.3 to nod to this, and to create the perfect place to entertain. 

The apartment, in terms of proportion and layout is a tribute the 18th century European lifestyle,

where people wanted to host big parties and display their art collection.’

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Residence 0110 by Raul Sanchez

Residence 0110 by Raul Sanchez

Spanish architect Raul Sanchez has a knack for creating striking, geometric worlds that come alive with shapes and colour, and nowhere is this more evident than in his latest residential space – an apartment interior design in Barcelona’s Poble Nou neighbourhood.

The project, Sanchez’s own home, is a modest apartment containing four main rooms within a chamfered floorplan.

Using simple geometric shapes, the architect creates complex environments clad in raw materials, such as exposed concrete,  dark stained oak, brass and stainless steel.

Textures play an equally key role in the composition.

‘[The materials] form a sober and elegant universe,

but at the same time offer playful and fresh counterpoints, reflective and matt, smooth and rough, simple and complex,’ says Sanchez. 

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Grenelle flat by Studio Vincent Eschalier 

Grenelle flat by Studio Vincent Eschalier focussing on a marble kitchen against a wall.

This Parisian apartment created by Studio Vincent Eschalier is composed around an all-encompassing lightness and openness.

The apartment interior design sits in the 7th arrondissement and draws on the sense of sobriety and minimalism of the area’s ‘art gallery and luxury retail,’ explains its creator.

Located on the fourth storey of an apartment block, the space is a skilful mix of raw and refined materials – so, stainless steel and wood sit side by side with marble, terrazzo and travertine stone.

An open plan arrangement, mirrors and light colours as well as the apartment large openings, help enhance the sense of space throughout.

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Jaffa Roofhouse by Gitai Architects 

Jaffa Roofhouse by Gitai Architects - furniture to the left of the room. Open patio doors leading to a balcony area.

A brand new penthouse interior located in the ancient port of Jaffa, Isreal, this minimalist architecture space is the brainchild of a team: it was designed and co-curated by Gitai Architects and Isabelle Wolf, and built by architects Ben Gitai and Charly Chrochu.

The open, generous living space’s interior is defined by a large, curved earth structure that hides within two bedrooms, a dressing area and bathrooms.

This feature is made from compressed soil and straw with earth plastering. Its earthiness is complemented by neutral, soft colours throughout the apartment, creating a calming overall composition. 

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Biscuit Loft by OWIU

Biscuit Loft by OWIU - Sun rays shine in a beige room with various minimalist furniture.

A Japanese-inspired apartment design in Downtown LA’s burgeoning Arts District, this is the work of emerging architecture studio OWIU, headed by Amanda Gunawan and Joel Wong.

Drawing on the principles of Ryokan (a type of traditional Japanese inn), the interior design transformed an old industrial space – as its name suggests, an old biscuit factory, from the 1920s – in a two bedroom, calming urban haven.

Working with the building’s existing historical bones, the architects worked on a palette of natural materials and neutral colours, and an uncluttered aesthetic that favoures key furniture and art pieces that are also practical. 

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Botzaris by Ariel Claudet, Dechelette Architecture

Botzaris by Ariel Claudet, Dechelette Architecture - side by side images. Left: An indoor plant next to a side-board desk and chair. Right: A large table in a room with wall art.

This 90 sq m apartment has been re-imagined by its author as a cross between a living space and an art gallery.

Designed by architect Ariel Claudet and located in a post-war late modernist building facing the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the XIXth arrondissement of Paris, the interior is defined by its clean, pared based treatment.

Created for an artist, Sara Naim, the space consolidates many uses – it is a home, a studio, a gallery space and an archive.

The architect worked in close collaboration with his client to craft a collaborative space that is entirely fit for purpose and tailored to its resident’s needs.

‘The white walls of the gallery space unfold and stretch out to all rooms,’ says Claudet.

‘Sara Naim’s artworks break out from the studio and spread out freely on the wall surface of the entire home.’

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DN apartment by Bruno Carvalho Arquitectos

DN apartment by Bruno Carvalho Arquitectos features a green curved sofa, a brown low-rise table with brown chairs.

This clever apartment interior redesign of a unit within a 1970s residential block in Sao Paulo’s Jardins neighbourhood, is the brainchild of local architecture and design firm BC Arquitectos, headed by principal Bruno Carvalho.

Drawing on modernist architecture influences and minimalist poetry, the space uses exponsed concrete and dark timber cladding to compose a tactile and warm interior.

The timber’s natural walnut hues shine through against the roughness of the concrete, granilite and cement mixture around it. The furniture collection uses works by Brazilian modernist masters. 

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Bankside Loft by EBBA

Bankside Loft by EBBA with white staircases right and left leading to an upper area.

This apartment renovation in London’s Southbank area is designed by emerging architecture studio EBBA, headed by architect Benni Allan.

Bankside Loft was conceived as an open-plan, smart interior. It cleverly makes the most of a relatively compact surface, while creating an impact through its overall aesthetic.

To achieve this, two mezzanine spaces were created either side of the apartment block’s structural frame, which was stripped back and is now visible in the unit.

Underneath the mezzanine areas, the architect placed the kitchen and bathroom.

The mezzanines, which feel spacious and comfortable due to the original concrete structure’s especially high ceilings, house a bedroom and a study.

The pine wood used for the joinery is treated with a white stain, creating a minimalist, yet soft effect in the apartment interior. 

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Florfield Road Penthouse by Common Ground Workshop

Florfield Road Penthouse by Common Ground Workshop side by side images. Left: A floor to ceiling window leading to a balcony with plants. Right: A kitchen with dark coloured cupboards.

Transforming an unassuming, contemporary residential block’s top level into a sleek and open, modern penthouse, this project is the brainchild of young and dynamic architecture studio Common Ground Workshop.

The space, which is situated in the heart of London’s Hackney, is now wrapped in zinc cladding. It features smooth, high-quality materials inside and makes the most of the property’s large windows and sliding glass roof-terrace doors.

Instilling spatial flexibility to this two-bedroom apartment, the architects favoured flowing, open-plan spaces, for both living and working.

Quartz and timber surfaces, concrete-effect floor tiling and a frameless glass balustrade make for a minimalist, contemporary material palette. 

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House by the Bailucchi by llabb

House by the Bailucchi by llabb features a bedroom with a double bed, white linen, and a window overlooking a courtyard.

Designed to be flooded in Mediterranean light, this apartment interior in the northern Italian city of Genoa was designed by Luca Scardulla and Federico Robbiano of local architecture studio llabb.

The concept combines a contemporary approach with the existing building’s period details.

The property spans two floors and the architects focused on opening it up in order to allow light to travel to every corner.

They also wanted to connect the two levels in a visually meaningful way.

As a result, a dramatic staircase links everything together, with continuity ensured by a minimalist palette that mixes white plaster, exposed period features and sleek modern fittings, such as window frames and radiators.

The owners, an international couple working in the creative industries, especially appreciate the craftmanship displayed in the construction and details (Scardulla and Robbiano originally established their business in 2013 as a carpentry workshop).

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Home for the Arts by i29

Home for the Arts by i29 features side by side images. Left: A floor to ceiling book shelf. Right: A chair leading through to a corridor

This striking apartment interior is located in a contemporary building in the former industrial area of northern Amsterdam. Conceived for clients – an art collector and a writer – who were very involved in the design process, the interior occupies a spacious, double-height unit. 

The architects, i29, completely gutted it to redesign from scratch. The architecture studio took the clients’ collection as a cue. ‘To display the enormous collection of art in the ultimate way was our starting point, so we designed double-height open cabinets to store most of the extravagant art pieces,’ say the design team.

As a result, the apartment interior appears clean and minimalist, and features high-end bespoke joinery, including plinths and an impressive, tall bookcase.

The last conceals a staircase, leading to the sleeping areas above the main, open-plan living space – which has a gallery feel, allowing the artwork to take centre stage. 

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Icon Wood House by Henkin Shavit Design Studio

Icon Wood House by Henkin Shavit Design Studio features a round table with chairs and vases on, wall art and indoor plants.

This clever apartment interior design sits within a 1960s concrete residential building in Tel Aviv. When the client, a family of four, purchased the space on the 12th floor, the apartment was divided by three long and narrow rooms in a layout that felt dated and unwieldy.

They came to local architects Henkin Shavit Design Studio to transform the interior into a bright, unified and contemporary home. The architects tore down nearly all the partition walls to reveal a generous, open-plan area. This contains a number of functions.

It includes the living room, a kitchen, a spacious work area and the children’s room, playfully placed within a freestanding, timber, house-shaped structure.

The parents’ bedroom, bathroom and a guest bedroom are situated off it, slightly separately. 

A neutral material and colour palette of greys and whites, timber and concrete, ensures the furniture and the daily life within the apartment become the highlight of this home. 

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Apartment BDD, Jean Benoît Vétillard Architecture

Apartment BDD, Jean Benoît Vétillard Architecture features side by side images of a white tiled topped kitchen with wood cupboards. Right: multi-level wood staircase.

Apartment BDD by Jean Benoît Vétillard Architecture transforms an open-plan apartment with an ‘open valley’, a steep arrangement of storage and steps that leads up from the kitchen and dining space to two sleeping pods tucked away on the upper level of a double-height space. 

Working within just 60m2, the architects have somehow managed to create three sleeping areas (two upstairs and one below, in the heart of the ‘mountain’), a modest shower room and separate WC.

‘This is a generous, luminous shared space,’ the architects say, ‘with no walls, just surfaces that can be walked on. The project is the total transformation of an apartment that’s also like a change of life.’ 

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Additional writing: Jonathan Bell

Barbican apartment, Takero Shimazaki Architects

Barbican apartment, Takero Shimazaki Architects features a beige rectangular compartmental rug, a wood side board, wall shelves.

Takero Shimazaki Architects’ project for an apartment interior design within London’s Barbican makes the most of the Shakespeare Tower’s cluster of three long, linear apartments on each floor.

By extending the living/dining space and removing internal walls, t-sa has created a spacious sanctum for clients who have spent many years in Japan.

Shimazaki worked with lead designer Haruka Nogami, Edward Pepper and Giacomo Pelizzari to find an approach that melded traditional Japanese architectural language with the Barbican’s familiar palette of brutalist concrete and heavy timber. 

Taking inspiration from early Japanese Modernism – in particular the work of Seiichi Shirai – t-sa’s design pairs light timber screens, tatami mats, stone pebble flooring and a terrazzo column inserted into the main living space to act as a ‘bridge between the two conflicting languages of this interior architecture.’

Shirai often deployed the column as an ordering device and here the whole plan pivots off this central point, which cleverly retains the original galley kitchen and bathroom layout while maximising the visual distances available. Carpets are soft and grey to match the existing concrete, while the timber slats, screens and cladding is a warm counterpoint to the original heavy wood window frames.

 ‘The resulting architecture does not belong to Japan, to classicism nor any specific time,’ says Shimazaki, ‘It is a site and client-specific architectural dialogue in language, tradition, renovation and ultimately, a spatial drama that is borne out of a gentle, yet conflicting encounter of language of the details in a small universe, inside a tower in London.’ 

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Additional writing: Jonathan Bell

Athens Apartment by Point Supreme

Athens Apartment by Point Supreme featuring a red tile floor, orange tables, chairs, and four by five book shelf.

An unfinished, lower ground level apartment in an existing block of flats in the sleepy neighbourhood of Ilioupoli, Athens, coming in a fairly compact size – just 56 sq m – and a small budget for a residential redesign,

may not seem like the most exciting commission at first glance; but architecture studio Point Supreme’s Konstantinos Pantazis and Mariana Rentzou beg to differ. 

The architects composed a design that feels a world away from your typical apartment interior. Embracing the existing space’s rawness and the structure’s exposed concrete, the Pantazis and Rentzou worked with a range of different materials and textures to create a tactile, playful, largely open plan home.

Timber and glass partitions separate various uses and heavy, brightly coloured curtains add privacy where needed. 

The architects employed their signature approach of uniting different styles and often, seemingly mismatched features into a coherent, unexpected whole.

Now, the redesigned space includes from wood to steel, fabric and salvaged cotto ceramic tiles in a variety of colours and shades.

‘[The tiles] were typically used during the 1970s in holiday homes throughout Greece to cover exterior surfaces such as verandas and porticos next to gardens,’ the team explains.

‘Their roughness complements ideally the roughness of the concrete, and is reminiscent of an earthy surface.’