7 Minimalist Living Rooms

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December 18, 2013
Uncluttered and pared back to the fewest of items, these seven living rooms make minimalism shine.
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  By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights. In this living room, designer Barbara Hill opted for vintage furniture like a turquoise sofa and pair of mid-century side tables from Houston’s Reeves Antiques. Photo by Jack Thompson.  Photo by: Jack Thompson

    By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights. In this living room, designer Barbara Hill opted for vintage furniture like a turquoise sofa and pair of mid-century side tables from Houston’s Reeves Antiques. Photo by Jack Thompson.

    Photo by: Jack Thompson

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  An apartment overlooking the High Line in New York City captures views of a constantly changing urban landscape. In a corner of the living room, a large work by Martin Mull and a pair of paintings by John Meyer join Moroso furnishings: a Misfits sofa by Ron Arad, a pair of white Nanook tables by Philippe Bestenheider, and Fjord tables by Patricia Urquiola covered in antique kimono fabric. Photo by Christopher Wahl.  Photo by: Christopher Wahl

    An apartment overlooking the High Line in New York City captures views of a constantly changing urban landscape. In a corner of the living room, a large work by Martin Mull and a pair of paintings by John Meyer join Moroso furnishings: a Misfits sofa by Ron Arad, a pair of white Nanook tables by Philippe Bestenheider, and Fjord tables by Patricia Urquiola covered in antique kimono fabric. Photo by Christopher Wahl.

    Photo by: Christopher Wahl

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  A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek. The living room sports a trio of Shell chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son and an Extrasoft sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. Photo by Andrea Wyner.  Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek. The living room sports a trio of Shell chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son and an Extrasoft sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. Photo by Andrea Wyner.

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

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  In Vancouver, British Columbia, architect Oliver Lang and his partner, Cindy Wilson, created Monad, a multiunit prefab prototype. The living and dining room is decorated with vintage furnishings like a George Nelson Bird chair and Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chairs. See more of this residence in our Prefab Now issue on newsstands. Photo by Kamil Bialous.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    In Vancouver, British Columbia, architect Oliver Lang and his partner, Cindy Wilson, created Monad, a multiunit prefab prototype. The living and dining room is decorated with vintage furnishings like a George Nelson Bird chair and Arne Jacobsen Series 7 side chairs. See more of this residence in our Prefab Now issue on newsstands. Photo by Kamil Bialous.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. In the main living area, designer Delta Wright of Curated paired vintage finds with the owners’ existing furniture. The lighting, including the Ukiyo G ceiling light by Manuel Vivian for Axo Light, is from Lumens. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.  Courtesy of: Coral von Zumwalt

    A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. In the main living area, designer Delta Wright of Curated paired vintage finds with the owners’ existing furniture. The lighting, including the Ukiyo G ceiling light by Manuel Vivian for Axo Light, is from Lumens. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.

    Courtesy of: Coral von Zumwalt

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  The living room of a modern Puerto Rico house features dramatic skylights and clean-lined furniture. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    The living room of a modern Puerto Rico house features dramatic skylights and clean-lined furniture. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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  When they want to escape the mayhem of city life in Chicago, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie retreat to their low-profile getaway in Hennepin, Illinois, a town where agriculture and ecology are still a part of the locals’ common knowledge. The rear of the main room features floor-to-ceiling glass panels that frame a view of a shortgrass prairie and the woods behind the house. A suspended Fireorb echoes the vertical line of the trees and Ligne Roset sofas offer a place to recline and soak up the landscape.

    When they want to escape the mayhem of city life in Chicago, Diane Pascal and Thomas Richie retreat to their low-profile getaway in Hennepin, Illinois, a town where agriculture and ecology are still a part of the locals’ common knowledge. The rear of the main room features floor-to-ceiling glass panels that frame a view of a shortgrass prairie and the woods behind the house. A suspended Fireorb echoes the vertical line of the trees and Ligne Roset sofas offer a place to recline and soak up the landscape.

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