Designer Barbara Hill applies her polished take on minimalism to a traditional 1920s abode in Atlanta for a transplanted Houston family. Hill chose to use flat paint in Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White throughout the home because it emphasizes the chalkiness of the plaster walls, making them “look almost like slate.”
When architect Jaspar Jansen and his colleagues at i29 Interior Architects were commissioned to renovate a former garage in Amsterdam's de Pijp neighborhood, he sought to bring the outdoors in with natural finishes and colors. “We went for a more abstract reference to nature,” says Jansen. Stark white walls and floors create the feel of wide-open space in the single story, roughly 2,500-square-foot dwelling.
When Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt decided to move to Portland after five years in Los Angeles, a shared climate-based trepidation shaped their real estate search. Armed with abundant optimism and boundless patience, the couple turned a run-down ranch house into their modern ideal. Of the many fixes, Jennifer and Mattias had poured white concrete floors installed.
Peeling back layers of construction dating to 1880, the architecture firm L. McComber ltée tackled this renovation of a Montreal attic to create a bright and inviting master suite and artist’s studio. The renovated attic is oriented around a central volume that houses the bathroom and whose exterior is lined with wooden shelves. The shelves were fashioned from hemlock planks that were salvaged during the demolition of the roof structure. Their weathered, natural surfaces contrast with the whiteness of the rest of the space.
When interior designer Anne Sophie Goneau first entered the nearly 130-year-old flat she was hired to remodel on St-Denis Street in Montreal, she found low ceilings, dark green wallpaper, and unsightly rubber floors. But as demolition began, workers uncovered original architectural features that were definitely worth saving. An original hemlock wood wall clads the corridor leading to the bathroom. Inside, the dark gray epoxied shower area forms a solid contrast to the white walls and floors.
The 2,000-square-foot Copenhagen townhouse that Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund share with their four children is a modern haven with a distinctive design sensibility. Designed in a monochromatic palette, the home is the perfect combination of Scandinavian minimalism and homey comfort.
In Dobrodzień, Poland, Architect Bartosz Haduchfirm and his firm NArchitekTURA participated in a competition to design the “apartment of the future." The space that NArchitekTURA calls the “Apartment of the Future—R&D Laboratory” is the product of more than two years of work. The apartment, which occupies a space in the Dobrodzień Interior Design Park Dobroteka, has an open plan and a monochromatic white interior, a nod to the simple design of contemporary cellphones and other mobile devices.
When a dilapidated farmhouse went up for sale in Jacek Kolasiński’s dream neighborhood in Szczecin, Poland, he didn’t hesitate to buy it. Kolasiński brought the 1,500-square-foot structure back to life by tearing down light blocking walls and cramped ceilings and salvaging unique features like columns and old brickwork. Its reconstructed bones were then bathed in white and sparsely furnished with décor that seems transported from a Parisian loft.
In 1962, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architect Arthur Witthoefft won the AIA's highest honor for a home he built in the lush woods of Westchester County. Having fended off a developer's wrecking ball, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene went above and beyond to make this manse mint again. Despite their fidelity to the original structure, the residents made small changes; Goddard and Mandolene replaced the original tile floor with a glossy coat of resin and restored the original ceiling.
Peter Østergaard and Åsa Olofsson bought their fisherman's cottage outside of Copenhagen in 2005 and immediately enlisted Østergaard’s best friend, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, of Norm.Architects, to help renovate it. The house was originally a warren of small rooms, with an attached greenhouse and a low-ceilinged storeroom. Bjerre-Poulsen fixed it up in stages over the next four years, transforming the house to feel much more spacious than its 1,260 square feet would suggest, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling white interiors and some architectural tricks.