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.
THE FINEST APARTMENT INTERIOR DESIGNS
Brigadeiro Apartment by Leandro Garcia
Located in Brazil's Curitiba, this generous over-100 sq m apartment interior design is brainchild - and personal home - of architect Leandro Garcia and his partner, also an architect. The space is located in an existing, 1970s apartment building in the city. The interior required a full renovation, and the architects took this as an opportunity to fully transform the home, opening it up and bringing it down from a three- to a two-bedroom, in order to craft more expansive everyday living areas. Garcia instilled his warm, minimalist architecture style, peppered with design led objects and furniture.
The Townhouse at The Bryanston by StudioMorey
The Townhouse at The Bryanston, one of central London's most prominent new homes, has unveiled its interior concept – a design by StudioMorey. The home, which occupies the entire 8th and 9th floors of developer Almacantar's residential high-rise by Hyde Park, featuring architecture by Rafael Viñoly, is an expansive duplex residence overlooking the nearby green and the iconic London skyline. And now, it also has a custom design to boast about, spreading across its some 13,691 sq ft of internal space. 'When we designed The Bryanston our aim was to celebrate the uniqueness of the building’s position, with its compelling connectivity to historic Hyde Park, to delight in the park views and expanse of nature, and to maximise the light and create the feeling of living in the sky,' says Kathrin Hersel, executive director at Almacantar, and this statement is embodied in The Townhouse's concept too.
Apartamento Paraíso by Rúina
Apartamento Paraíso is Rúina's renovation of a first-floor apartment in the Edifício Olga Ferreira building in São Paulo. Starting with an existing, fragmented space that lacked natural light, and with poor ventilation in original service areas as a legacy of colonial architecture, the studio has transformed the apartment into a bright, open home brimming with craftily repurposed material touches. An inverted beam embedded in the wall between the living room and bedroom was unearthed during demolition, and reappropriated to support furniture facing both sides, 'sectoring the environments without visually separating them'. Meanwhile, turning the wall between the kitchen and service area into glass sliding windows brings a renewed 'visual permeability from end to end of the apartment,' improving natural lighting and cross ventilation.
432 Park Avenue penthouse by Crina Arghirescu Rogard
The 432 Park Avenue penthouse has been designed to bridge fine art, contemporary minimalist architecture, and domestic space by architect Crina Arghirescu Rogard. The New York home celebrates the city's iconic skyline, alongside the owner's museum-quality art collection, which includes pieces by Richard Long, Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. When approached for the commission, Arghirescu Rogard instantly saw the project's opportunities. 'Stepping inside one of the top floors of the emblematic 432 Park Avenue building, peeking through its signature large square windows, I was drawn to a concept of geometrical shapes, lines and curbs, that would celebrate the New York skyline, the dizzying proportions of the building, and respecting the clients’ unique taste for art. The bold shapes and primary colours of the bespoke furniture we designed for the project are undoubtedly influenced by the client’s love of Pop Art,' she says.
Lubetkin tower apartment by Studio Naama
A Lubetkin tower apartment in east London has been given a 21st-century makeover by emerging architecture practice Studio Naama. The small, but dynamic firm, led by co-founders Mark Rist and Natalie Savva, completely transformed the apartment interior design to fit the specific needs of their clients, a pair of keen cyclists, while maintaining the modernist architecture's bones and Bertold Lubetkin's original intention. So successful was the space's reimagining that it won the duo an award (Compact Design) at the Don't Move, Improve 2023 competition earlier in the summer. Set within Lubetkin’s Grade II listed Sivill House on Columbia Road, Shoreditch, the apartment was originally designed by Lubetkin together with Douglas Bailey and Francis Skinner in 1962. Preserving the space's modernist legacy was key to the two architects. At the same time, within a modest 65 sq m, the clients wanted to make the most of their two-bedroom property.
Boston Penthouse Loft by J Jih
The latest J Jih design is an extensive renovation of an existing penthouse apartment in Boston for a family of art-lovers. Blending minimalist architecture touches with art-filled corners and rich materiality, studio founder J.Roc Jih has completely reworked the interior focusing on softening the light and space towards a gentler, more domestic feel in a previously harshly lit space. 'We really sought to unify the dichotomy between the clients’ desires through the use of the two liners - one that surrounded the interior surfaces and one that moderated the exterior glazing. Switching between the linen sheers and walnut slats, these liners embrace the space and provide a backdrop for a series of subtly curved furniture selections to define the interior,' says Jih.
Coppermaker Square by 2LG Studio
This one-bedroom apartment in East London, part of the new built development Coppermaker Square, has been designed by interiors studio 2LG. Conceived for a young professional with a passion for gaming and biking, the space is bold and impactful. Bright colours, eye-catching art and furniture and cleverly positioned arrangements that make the most of the large windows and long vistas, help craft the identity of this home. 'The personality comes through in the carefully chosen design pieces, with a smiley mirror, cartoonish shelving, collectible toys and graphic statement rugs. A lot of fun was had designing this space with a view to facilitating the active gamer who lives there,' say its authors, the studio's founders Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead.
Berri Residence by ICONIQUE
A neoclassical pied-a-terre in Paris' 18th arrondissement has been transformed into an art-filled, contemporary home by studio ICONIQUE. The space, titled Berri Residence, balances heritage and modern touches, as well as high sophistication crafted out of careful spatial flow and natural materials, with a warm, homely atmosphere. Adriana Schor, founder of ICONIQUE Studio said: 'With the Berri Residence, we had to strike the perfect balance of a space that oozes sophistication without being pretentious, and maintaining a homely atmosphere. Through the total redesign of the property, we managed to form a new equilibrium in the apartment, maximising on the space for optimal functionality, comfort and aesthetics, whilst celebrating both the original features and new, modern accents.'
D029 by Officina Magisafi
Located a stone's throw from Italian architects Officina Magisafi main base in Colzate, in the province of Bergamo, D029 is a renovation to an existing 1970s structure. 'It was an old building, uninhabited for fifteen years; the rooms were narrow and not functional. As we did not identify any particularly valuable elements in the construction, we decided to demolish a large part of the existing structure, starting over and experimenting,' said the studio's founders Claudio Acquaviva and Debora Bordogni. 'The owner relied on us completely; we wanted to reflect his passion for industrial aesthetics and the United States, choosing the most innovative materials and designs.' It was all about using their imagination, the two creatives explained: 'We observed the house, the rooms, the corridors, the layout, while our eyes tried to visualise what it could become.'
Bridge Avenue by Gort Scott Architects
Part of an Edwardian Mansion in the Hammersmith & Fulham Conservation area, this apartment has been sensitively restored by London architecture studio Gort Scott. The existing property has been cleaned and opened up, with period elements restored to their former glory, while new additions (such as an infill to the side) and an overarching new masterplan defining the refreshed home. Meanwhile, improvements to the thermal, acoustic, and fire performances bring this apartment interior design to the 21st century.
Girona St. Apartment by Raúl Sánchez
This apartment interior design renovation is set in the ‘Eixample Dreta’ neighborhood of Barcelona. The space, within a generous 19th century apartment building, was completely transformed using colour and smart spatial arrangements and bespoke furniture, by local architect Raúl Sánchez. White microcement flooring, mosaic details, long walnut wood, brass and stainless steel finishes, and a minimalist, contemporary attitude throughout, ensure the home is not only fit for purpose but also full of texture, flair and light.
Phillips House by Brisco Loran
Phillips House is part of the modernist campus of the Dulwich Wood Park estate. The architects, Brisco Loran, were invited to refresh a unit within a 1950s residential building by architects Austin Vernon & Partners. The redesigned space features a generous contemporary extension and expressed brick party walls. By opening up the ground floor, removing partitions, the team, headed by Thom Brisco and Pandora Loran, has created a minimalist interior in sync with its 20th century context.
Buxmead’s Penthouse by SHH
Designed by SHH and developed by Henigman in London's swanky Hampstead, this penthouse interior was created within the empty shell of a new build residential scheme in private development of 2.5 acres of private, gated, landscaped grounds. The team drew inspiration on the residence's green, serene location and sprinkled on the finest of British craftsmanship to compose an interior that prioritises green and brown shades, timber, bronze and tanned leather. Bethany Prince, associate at SHH said: 'Our interior design effort was focused on shaping a unique lateral space to bring balance and a subtle feel of luxury for modern living. A combination of carefully selected and unique, bespoke designed pieces of furniture, lighting and artwork by the team contributed to the ultimate living and entertainment pad. SHH worked closely with suppliers such as Art et Floritude, Riviere Rugs, CTO Lighting, Dedar and Tom Faulkner to develop particular elements of the FF&E.'
Casa 311 by Salto Studio
Dynamic Portuguese studio Salto is behind this extensive refurbishment of a two-bedroom apartment in the country's Carcavelos Beach area. The interior is defined by strong, architectural curved lime plaster walls, which while carve the space's main identity at the same time feel soft, warm and tactile. The home of a couple and their dog, the apartment, titled Casa 311, is arranged in three zones according to privacy levels - all enhanced by texture, colour and minimalist architecture.
Songwoohun apartment by Eccentric Design Lab(EDL), Hanyang University
This home in the Gangnam-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, is centred on nature. Its design developed around a Bonsai tree, a small plant the owner owned and which they wanted to have at the heart of the space to be enjoyed whenever they spent time there. This birthed not only the internal arrangement but also the apartments name: ‘Songwoohun(松遇軒)’, which translated to ‘House encountering a Bonsai tree’. The apartment interior design was led by Eccentric Design Lab of Hanyang University and the team of Studio Eccentric, and it incorporates a variety of materials that bring the outdoors in - included are a mix of mud panelling, wood flooring, concrete, rock-textured plaster and paint.
Rue d'Hauteville by Laune Architecture
This 100 sq m apartment in Rue d'Hauteville in Paris was designed by emerging architecture studio Laune, headed by Laure Grabulos and Pauline Marcyniuk. The designers opened up the interior and bathed it in light, using light tones and a natural, neutral colour and material palette. This minimalist architecture background is peppered with accents such as a mural on the main circulation space, carefully selected artwork, and a bespoke kitchen elevated through the use of white marble. Meanwhile, timber flooring anchors the whole to the ground, providing a soft, organic backdrop for daily life.
Apartment Oostduinkerke by TJIP
This compact weekend residence offers minimalist interiors with long, sea views, set on the 16th floor of an apartment building in Belgium's Oostduinkerke. The parquet floor was chosen to continue visually the tones of the sandy beach beyond, while the walls' clouded greige hue is a nod to the sea's colours through the day. Soft textiles, neutral colours and large openings that direct the gaze towards the calming waters, make this small (at 40sq m) but perfectly formed, one bedroom apartment the perfect getaway. The project was the work of interior architecture studio TJIP, led by founders Jakob Vyncke and Thomas Meesschaert.
Focus Hangzhou by Cheng Chung Design
Focus Hangzhou was designed around its incredible views of the Chinese city's urbanscape and the river beyond. 'Urban landmarks are not so much about a name, but more about a pattern, a kind of power and grandeur, and a poetic lifestyle that integrates Eastern artistic conception with Western form,' said its creator, architect Joe Cheng of Hong Kong based Cheng Chung Design. Here, luxury meets contemporary design, but always with a sense of grandeur that was conceived to match the property's unparalleled 270-degree river vistas.
Palace Gate by Tala Fustok
Conceived as an urban sanctuary by designer Tala Fustok, this apartment in London's Palace Gate sits comfortably on the fourth floor of the Victorian mansion block. The design team matched important structural work with wrapping the interior in warm, neutral tones and the client's art collection for a balance of a sense of character and serenity. Themes span understated luxury and timeless elegance, achieved through natural materials and a restrained colour palette. Vintage finds and contemporary pieces mix, along with clever bespoke elements throughout, such as the bespoke 1960s-inspired bed, which takes centre stage within the master bedroom.
Istanbul apartment by OZA
London based architecture studio OZA, co-founded by Özge Öztürk and Alexandre Simeray, is behind this new apartment in Istanbul's Galata neighbourhood. The project East and West references as well as panoramic views of the city and water in a composition that feels light, contemporary and open. 'From the interior layout design to the material selection, we got inspired by the location of the project, the great history of Istanbul and especially by the soul of the city and lifestyle of its people,' say Öztürk and Simeray. 'Every element of the project has been thought to sublimate this ‘living artwork’, which becomes even more poetical when the monuments are theatrically enlightened and the boats pass by the Bosphorus at night. This is the most dramatic scene this home offers.'
Versailles apartment by Saba Ghorbanalinejad
Located in the heart of historic city of Versailles in France, this ground floor apartment in a historical building measures some 90 sq m, with a garden that is more than double its size. When architect Saba Ghorbanalinejad was called upon to work on a restoration and reimagining of the space, she crafted a meticulously detailed, minimalist intervention that turns the gaze towards the property's rare green expanses. Opening up rooms and establishing a contemporary flow and connection were key to the redesign, as the architect improved vistas and links between interior and exterior. Meanwhile, bespoke touches such as using fragments of Murano glasses, collected by the client's family, in the in-situ concrete kitchen worktop, add personality and colour.
DB apartment by Hallett Ike
A double extension and refurbishment of a ground floor apartment interior in London's De Beauvoir Town, this project by local architects Hallett Ike occupies a historical Georgian townhouse. The team worked with tight parameters to create a space that feels flowing, open and calm for the owners' daily life. A key move was opening up the kitchen and dining areas towards the living space and the garden beyond, adding internal vistas and a sense of generosity. At the same time, the space has been reimagined using Hallett Ike's signature pared down, Scandi-inspired minimalism throughout.
Duplex apartment in Prague by MeaCasa
Czech architect Jarmila Kopečná, head of studio MeaCasa, has created an apartment interior design for a duplex space in Prague's Holešovice district. The architect worked with light and colour to open up the space and create a serene, welcoming interior that draws on earthy elements, such as the sun, moon and soil. Natural materials, such as stone, wood, and textiles (particularly linen and leather), have been used throughout, to compose a soft, organic feel.
Malabar Hill apartment by Rajiv Saini
This Mumbai apartment on Altamount Road, Malabar Hill, mixes fun with urban retreat in one of India's swankiest addresses. Crafted by Rajiv Saini, the project, a terrace apartment interior design that blends indoors and outdoors with contemporary elegance, is a bespoke residential jewel for a private owner – one of the designer's long term friends and clients. Saini worked on the same client's primary residence, another Mumbai apartment on the same building, some 15 years ago. The designer recalls: 'Over the years we’ve often spoken of doing another project together, a holiday home for weekends, but somehow that never materialised... So, when the terrace apartment came up for sale, [the clients] grabbed it, with the intention of using it as their entertaining pad, and for use over weekends.'
Chelsea apartment by Deca Architecture
A wide timber slide with a built in staircase connects the floors of this unconventional, two-bedroom apartment in London designed by Greek practice Deca Architecture. Designed for a long-time client and friend of the practice, the 140 sq m home is spread across the first and second floors of an Edwardian London terrace house in Chelsea. Formerly two separate flats, the new larger apartment is an imaginative amalgamation of the two, executed in a tactile material palette of aged oak, metal and marbles. Most notably, Deca decided to buck the tradition of placing social spaces on the lower floor and private spaces on the upper. Instead the studio created a layout that blends the two across both floors. ‘A lot of London conversions are very formulaic, so we asked ourselves: how do we break this paradigm while creating something totally unique for our client?' explains Carlos Loperena, who founded DECA alongside Alexandros Vaitsos.
Wonder House by Xigo Studio
This reimagined interior in Beijing, by Xigo Studio, was created with children in mind. 'Once Picasso said he wanted to "paint like a child", and the "face figure" has long been used repeatedly as the object of painting by modern masters, and it is also represented in contemporary entertainment by familiar archetypes such as robots, Pac-Man, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The symbolic nature of the face gives people a more childlike, joyful and friendly feeling,' the architects write. A playful, minimalist and strongly graphic quality defines the resulting two-bedroom interior.
Ferguson by Arrant Land
Arrant Land worked with architect Lee Ivett and artist and maker Simon Harlow on this boutique apartment redesign in Glasgow. The project, created by and for the company's founder Duncan Blackmore, is situated on the ground floor of a Victorian tenement building, as a base for when the owner is into town for work. It's a compact space elevated by extreme attention to detail, and a touch of playfulness. Its owner says: 'The design evolved from an understanding of how much structure we could remove relatively economically. There are three further stories of flats above so internal walls, all of which are ’supporting’ to a degree, can’t just be taken out. Instead we raised existing openings to ceiling height (3.4m) and replanned the space so that a journey could be taken ‘around’ the flat. I’m very drawn to the idea of being able to ‘do a lap’ or ‘go for walk’ even in such a tiny space, rather than going into a ‘dead end’ space and reversing out again. We also wanted to preserve the views that removing the structure opened up, so you can see the windows as soon as you enter the flat for example. The result is a space of surprising scale and with only one door (on the bathroom). The main move in section was to put the sleeping area above the bathroom and to install the stair up to that. This makes full use of the section and ceiling height and allows for further views around and over the space.'
Avenue Montaigne by After Bach
This Paris apartment is the first residential project by the emerging design studio After Bach. Set up by Jessica Berguig, owner of the JAG gallery, and Francesco Balzano, designer of high-quality, limited-edition objects and furniture, the young practice focuses on bespoke, boutique creations that make a mark through their elegance and contemporary feel. The interior at Avenue Montaigne represents this well. Clad in warm materials and neutral colours, the space is inviting - but full of character. '[We] drew inspiration from David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive. The space has been designed like a 1950s American house, with walls panelled in French oak and natural plant fibre textiles,' the designers explain.
WKA Penthouse by Bruno Spaas
Belgian architect Bruno Spaas is behind this sculptural apartment interior design in one of Antwerp's newly built high rise residential developments. The unit belongs to the dynamic architect, who founded his emerging studio in Antwerp in 2018. Crafted with a tactile quality and using chunks of local light brown stone for cladding and texture, the penthouse was bought by the architect as a blank canvas (it is situated in a new scheme in the city's northern harbour, designed by Swiss architects Diener & Diener). It is now full of personality and 21st century appeal. Opening up the interiors to create flowing spaces, while adding mirrored elements, and a minimalist architecture throughout, perfect for framing the long penthouse views, Spaas conceived a space that is appropriate for everyday use, while offering spatial richness and drama at the same time.
Maher Gray by Tang Kawasaki
Architecture studio Tang Kawasaki was commissioned to modernise this Tribeca loft, belonging to an Australian-American couple. The design solution? The team recommended that the owners dig back into the past, and strip away the series of existing DIY installations by artists and artisans, created there over the past forty-odd years. This way, they would reveal and celebrate the bones of the 1882 prewar building, reframing it for the 21st century. 'We were most interested in echoing this thread between ornamental and primitive architectural languages within the loft and focused our initial agenda around deeper investigations of the materiality of the building's structural systems. After uncovering the heavy timber superstructure which had been concealed since the 1980's, layers of plaster, burlap cloth, and creosote which had impregnated the wood joists, girders and columns, were carefully removed to expose the soft heart pine. Restoration of the natural wood finishes were then completed with plant-based hardwax-oils,' say the architects.
Mexico City apartment by Archetonic Architects
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
This entirely custom made interior was created by designer Dari Shechter for husband-and-wife team Liraz Charhi and Tom Avni using Persian influences - a nod to Gharhi's 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
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, created in the 1930s by Burnet, Tait & Lornein, 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
An existing apartment within a 1882 red-brick Domestic Revival style mansion in West London, Philbeach Gardens, has been completely transformed into a haven of minimalist calm by Roz Barr Architects. The space, belonging to a family of three, was conceived to maintain the overall identity of the original piano nobile apartment interior design while introducing further natural light, flexibility and interconnectedness that is needed 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 reconfigured. Using natural materials, we configured a series of furniture that became a family of elements within the space.'
RA apartment by Maya Sheinberger
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
Architects Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger of studio OPA were asked 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
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
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 called 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 introduced 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
This apartment in Beijing, designed by XIGO Studio for a family of three, is conceived 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 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
This expansive, two-storey penthouse in Mexico City was created 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
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
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 treated 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
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
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 revamped 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
This generous Chengdu apartment is designed 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 matched with simple and advanced soft furnishings, 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
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)
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.