Less may be more, but it can also be more of a challenge. These pared-down rooms illustrate the power of subtraction.
Architect Sean McEvoy created an open floor plan for his rooftop apartment overlooking Paris's Right Bank. A cube structure, which houses the bathroom and closets, separates the bedroom from the main living area. The custom-made bed is dressed with a throw by Hermès.
One wall of architect Felix Claus's Amsterdam study is lined with glass-fronted bookcases. A cabinet by USM faces a table surrounded by 1950s Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs; the floor is Jura stone.
In a Thomas Phifer-designed glass-and-steel weekend home in New York's Hudson Valley, Muriel Brandolini emphasized the verdant surroundings by keeping the breakfast-room furniture streamlined. The Martin Szekely birch-plywood table with attached benches is from Galerie Kreo.
White furnishings and an open layout enhance the views of Central Park in the living room of Ralph and Ricky Lauren's Manhattan apartment. Originally designed by Angelo Donghia, the apartment now features a custom-made sectional and cocktail table by Ralph Lauren Home. The side table is by Juan and Paloma Garrido, and the rug is by Stark Carpet.
For Eugenie Voorhees's 1840s Nantucket, Massachusetts barn, architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen devised floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that inject color into the white dining room. The Corian-topped table is a custom design, and the chairs are by Philippe Starck. The floors are painted a glossy white.
The double-height living area of Brazilian architect Arthur Casas's weekend getaway outside of São Paulo was designed to maximize views of the surrounding jungle landscape. Low-slung sofas covered in canvas and a large cinnamon-wood cocktail table sit atop a handmade rug by local designer Nani Chinellato. The vintage chair and footrest are by Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner for Forma, and the pendant hearth is by Dominique Imbert for Focus.
Architect Lee Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates was inspired by the simplicity, light, and color palette of a Scandinavian schoolroom for the Tribeca loft that Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels share with their daughters. In the living area, a pair of Pierre Guariche armchairs flanks a cocktail table by Poul Kjaerholm. The sofas, upholstered in a Kvadrat wool, and felt ottomans are by Paola Lenti. The rug is Irish, and the green throw is by Tomas Maier.
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