“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

Jamie Gray owns New York design shop Matter, which he founded in 2003. The store has its own in-house design line called MatterMade.
Alan Koch and Rebecca Rudolph contemplating how to design the workspace.
Wenes and Lens conceptualized a gradation of white to gray hues for the walls of the 1,500-square-foot gallery into the 4,000-square-foot home, culminating in a deep gray for the master bedroom. The room is reserved for meaningful pieces from the couple’s collection, such as a figure they found at a market in Beijing and lamps by artists Wenes represents.
A kitchen design by Mark Singer, who will be talking about how the kitchen is the heart of the home at the Pacific Design Center on June 22nd.
The master bath is clad in Area tiles from Mirage.
The kitchen was the only room to get a full renovation, so Dine invested in a sleek Bulthaup b3 kitchen system designed by Chris Tosdevin of Bulthaup’s Santa Monica, California, showroom. The stainless-steel workspace and slate-gray laminate countertop and cabinets jibe with the house’s minimalist aesthetic while affording a nice contrast with the overriding whiteness. Perhaps more importantly, though, the hardworking dark surfaces hide dirt and wear far better than lighter hues.
For this kitchen, the architects paired slate-gray HPL (high-pressure laminate) cabinets by Henrybuilt, cool Basaltina countertops, with custom shelving and a white Corian backsplash.
In the kitchen, the cabinetry is walnut veneer with a weathered finish applied by cabinetmaker David Rogers. “The process involved sanding and rubbing in stain as well as adding a clear finish,” project architect Eero Puurunen says.
Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
The bathroom, located just adjacent to the kitchen, features a pattern of gray and turquoise tiles that climbs from the floors up the walls. They serve as a burst of color among the predominately white walls elsewhere, transforming the bathroom into one of the apartment’s most striking spaces.
The careful coordination of color continues in the kitchen, where the gray and white marble backsplash, lit with faint orange lights, mediates between the ashen column and ochre cabinets.
The master bedroom; the painting is by Radcliffe Bailey.
This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.
Dwell broke the news about the first-ever Virgin Hotel opening January 15, 2015. The hotel was designed by Rockwell Group Europe and each guest room includes a Smeg mini-fridge, Maya Romanoff felt wallcovering, and custom wood sliding doors.
What is your go-to kitchen appliance?

Definitely my Vitamix blender. Professional Series 705 Blender by Vitamix, $639.
What is your everyday bedding? 

I seem to have a lot of Matteo in my linen closet at the moment.
The architects and homeowners were able to preserve and accentuate the house's modern design features while transforming how it performs as a home.
What’s your favorite brand of towel? 

As it happens, that’s also Matteo. Riviera bath towels by Matteo, $70–$78.
The built-in storage bench under the stairs is clad in wood paneling painted with Companion by Dulux. Photo by Phu Tang.
What is the best design book to give as a gift?

How to See: A Guide to Reading Our Man-Made Environment, by George Nelson (Little, Brown and Co., 1979), $30.