13 Enchanting Photos Of Minimalist Modern Homes
These condo units and houses are so soothing, you'll be inspired to de-clutter!
There is something beautiful about homes with almost nothing in it—the absence of clutter, the bare white walls, and the well-chosen pieces with absolutely no ornamentation.
You can say that the growing trend of minimalism is a reaction to consumerism (like, how many pillows do we really need?), or a natural progression after doing KonMari-like purging. But regardless of how you see it, a modern minimalist home is an exercise in restraint, and a sanctuary to come home to after a frenetic day.
This Quezon City loft designed by Hong Kong-based group APD Interiors utilizes a clever layout to create multiple spaces in a 70sqm unit.
The loft has oodles of hidden storage features, a “secret” bathroom, and even space for an ensuite bathtub (top), all while appearing light, uncluttered, and airy.
Raw and monochrome
Bryant Cuison created the ultimate bachelor pad with raw concrete, a lot of smooth, black surfaces, and touches of wood. In spite of the dark tones, the unit appears quite roomy.
Says Bryant about the dark color scheme: “Modern pa rin ang dating niya, but it wouldn’t be romantic and sexy [if it were white]. Black and gray are sexier.”
Singaporean design firm Distinct Identity went for a coffee shop-inspired concept for this three-bedroom flat, and this is evident in the subtle use of wood and metal. The designers opted to keep the walls artwork-free, and created this soothing bedroom with wire hanging lamps and exposed metal pipes.
Colorful and playful
Designers Ivan Enteria and Angelo Aguilar decided to keep this one-bedroom (now transformed into a two-bedroom) unit spare with basic, Scandinavian-style furniture, but added a playful punch by using a color scheme of soft peach, butter yellow, and teal blue.
Sleek but spacious
The appeal of this Singaporean home designed by Filipino architect Michael Cu Fua lies in its double-volume ceiling by the entrance. “At first, they couldn’t get the idea, but when it was built, the ‘drama’ of the entrance is priceless.”
In spite of the modest footprint of the lot, Michael was able to squeeze in a lap pool just outside the dining area. “Proper structural design was needed, to carry the boundary wall and the foundation of the house,” he says.
Glamorous, with midcentury vibes
Leave it to modernist architect Ed Calma to update a dated townhouse into a minimalist, midcentury wonder. In spite of the small space, the living area was furnished with iconic modern furniture, such as Le Corbusier LC2 sofas and a cowhide chaise, and La Fonda dining chairs.
Warm and elegant space
Ming Architects designed this house to maximize its long but narrow lot. The designers emphasized the spaces by using luxurious Burmese teak wood for the ceiling, and stunning white Carrara marble for the floors.
Light-filled and airy
Designed by architect Michael Cu Fua, his sprawling home in the South is called the “Light House,” and with good reason, as the floor-to-ceiling windows fill each open-plan space with natural light. And when all the lamps are turned on, the house glows like a beacon at night.
Some of the best features are its staircases, which cut into the middle of an expansive living area, and are “floating” with frameless glass panels in lieu of balustrades.
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