Best Interior Design Articles of 2021

Falken Reynolds designed the Westside House in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a family looking for togetherness. When the family has company, the lightweight furniture can be reconfigured to comfortably accommodate the extra people. The color palette is kept black and white with gray undertones, which gives a Nordic Canadian aesthetic.

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 have come together to collaborate on the Lykke model, a bespoke modular kitchen furniture solution that showcases the beauty of wood and classic craftsmanship.

colorful and bright apartment living room

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.

Verandah Place Townhouse is a minimalist residence located in Brooklyn, New York, designed by Space4Architecture. The origin of the building, a carriage house, dates back to the late 1800s and over time many of the original details have been removed leaving only the framework. This allowed the architects to create a new setting with a sense of openness throughout the space while maintaining a sense of privacy.

British designer Lee Broom spends a lot of time in New York for work 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 exposing its impeccable aesthetic seen through beautifully curated vignettes.

living room with curved sofa and bold printed chairs

After teaming up on Chet Callahan’s latest home in Los Angeles, interior designer Ghislaine Viñas was 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 quasi-craftsman/Spanish Colonial style residence, it was time to plan a thorough restoration, addition and modernization, while still respecting the original features.

In the remote desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California, lies a vacation home that looks like it was 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 from the city.

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

Interior of the Piaule cabin with Piaule bed frame

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 for city dwellers with its 24 cabins, a main common area and a luxurious spa.

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Mentioning “Memories of the Future,” TERADA HIRATE SEKKEI was inspired by space-age curves and silhouettes in plastic and vibrant colors giving a taste of the bright future 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 Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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