Best interior design articles of 2021


10. Falken Reynolds designs a home with a Nordic Canadian aesthetic
Falken Reynolds designed Westside House in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a family seeking unity. When the family has company, the light furniture can be reconfigured to comfortably accommodate additional guests. The color scheme is kept in black and white with undertones of gray, resulting in a Canadian Nordic aesthetic.

9. “A Kitchen of Love” showcases the beauty of wood in this Copenhagen apartment
Garde Hvalsøe creates kitchen and interior solutions, designing spaces for world-renowned chefs like René Redzepi of Noma. Designer Thomas Lykke, who runs OEO Studio with Anne-Marie Buemann, needed a new kitchen in his apartment in Copenhagen. Like pieces of a puzzle, the two came together to collaborate on the Lykke model, a custom modular kitchen furniture solution that showcases the beauty of wood and classic craftsmanship.

colorful and bright apartment living room

8. A psychedelic Edinburgh apartment that’s a dreamy kaleidoscope of color
Designer Sam Buckley is clearly a color enthusiast. This apartment, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, may seem overwhelming to some, but when you see the pictures it works. The apartment has Victorian bones and through the use of a rich color palette, bold furnishings, and a bit of nature, it comes together to form a kaleidoscope of dreams.

7. An old shed in Brooklyn becomes a minimalist family home
Verandah Place Townhouse is a minimal residence located in Brooklyn, New York, designed by Space4Architecture. The building’s origin, a carriage shed, dates back to the late 1800s, and over time many of its original details have been removed, leaving only the frame. This allowed the architects to create a new setting with a feeling of openness throughout the space while maintaining a feeling of privacy.

6. Lee Broom turns New York’s penthouse into a lasting masterpiece
British designer Lee Broom spends a lot of time in New York for business and pleasure. Wanting a place to return to after long, hectic days, Broom acquired a two-story duplex apartment in Tribeca. The space evokes a sense of welcoming calm while perfectly exhibiting its impeccable aesthetic seen through beautifully curated vignettes.

living room with curved sofa and bold print chairs

5. Chet Callahan + Ghislaine Viñas reinvent an 1895 Los Feliz estate into a vibrant home
After teaming up on Chet Callahan’s last home in Los Angeles, interior designer Ghislaine Viñas has been invited back for another collaboration. This project involved a historic property built in 1895 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, known as the Cummings Estate. After architect Callahan and her husband, Jacinto Hernandez purchased the Spanish quasi-artisan / colonial style residence, it was time to plan for a thorough restoration, addition and modernization, while respecting the original features.

4. Villa Kuro: a house in the desert in California inspired by Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophies
In the remote desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California, sits a vacation home that appears to have been transplanted from Japan. Designed by Elaine Chao and Stanley Yang of MINI INNO, Villa Kuro is inspired by nature and the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi which seeks to find beauty in imperfection. Filled with natural textures, warm and minimalist interiors and contemporary furnishings, Villa Kuro is the perfect escape away from the city.

3. A weekend in Mexico that is both rustic and modern
Located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, Casa Rancho Avándaro is a weekend retreat designed by Chain + Siman to blend in with the surrounding natural landscape. The house comprises three structures each with a gable roof and stone walls that strike a balance between rustic and modern.

Interior of Cabane Piaule with Piaule bed frame

2. Piaule Catskill is a cabin “landscaped hotel” in upstate New York
Piaule Catskill, located in Catskills, New York, designed by Garrison Architects, is a boutique hotel created by Nolan McHugh and Trevor Briggs, founders of the housewares brand of the same name. The property offers an escape to city dwellers thanks to its 24 cabins, a main common area and a luxurious spa.

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1. A concrete facade hides the colorful and futuristic interior of a house in Tokyo
Mentioning “Memories of the Future”, TERADA HIRATE SEKKEI took inspiration from the curves and silhouettes of the plastic space age and bright colors giving a taste of the bright future to come when designing the TERADA home . The design looks to the futuristic past and the future to come with its minimalist, monolithic facade and contrasting interior inspired by the 50s and 60s.

Caroline Williamson is the editorial director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in Photography from SCAD and can usually be found researching vintage articles, doing New York Times crosswords in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.


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