The idea of minimalism can get a bit of a bad rap. Often associated with elitist design snobbery, the term brings to mind cold, calculated spaces—barren concrete fortresses where concept takes precedence over comfort. This oft-parodied notion, however, fails to encapsulate the true ethos of minimalism: the idea of getting more from less; applying consideration rather than overconsumption. We’ve been enamored with the idea of minimalism and all of its facets in recent months (from the Minimalists’ Minimalism Game to trying to make more mindful purchases) and have noticed a similar current in the design world. More and more it seems, homeowners and designers alike are taking steps to reduce visual and emotional baggage—by choosing quality over quantity, focus over cacophony. This new minimalism is a far cry from the aforementioned unattainable Modernism. It is accessible to most budgets and attainable with practically any style, with simplicity being the guiding principle. From modern apartments where statement pieces come to the fore to elegant prewar homes where architectural details get their due, these stunning spaces prove that sometimes less really is more. —Max
1. Andreas Uebele. Stuttgart, Germany.
2. Amanda Bupp. Phoenicia, New York.
3. Rob Brinson & Jill Sharp. Atlanta, Georgia.
4. Lotta Nieminen. New York, New York.
5. Philip Newton. Seattle, Washington.
6. Han Starnes. Nashville, Tennessee.
7. Nina Gotlieb. Clinton Corners, New York.
8. Robert Kristiansen. Nesodden, Norway.
9. Yves of I Love Deer. Belgium.
10. Yumiko Sekine. Tokyo, Japan.
11. Tara Mangini & Percy Bright. Brooklyn, New York.
12. Alice Flynn, Avalon NSW, Australia.
13. Travis & Maike McNeill. Cape Town, South Africa.
14. Rigetta Klint. Sweden.
15. Mary Jo & Steve Hoffman. Minnesota.
16. Josh Vogel. Hudson Valley, New York.
17. Joel Holland. Brooklyn, New York.
18. Laura Aviva. New York, New York.
19. Jill Malek. Brooklyn, New York.
20. Jess Loraas. Calgary, Canada.
21. Tara Mangini & Percy Bright. Hudson Valley, New York.
22. Jennifer Hagler. Boise, Idaho.
23. Jason Roskey & Maggie Goudsmit. Brooklyn, New York.
24. Jason Gnewikow & Jeff Madalena. Phoenicia, New York.
25. Jane Cumberbatch. London, England.
26. Nikole Herriott. Toronto, Canada.
27. Jane Cameron. Adelaide, South Australia.
28. Greg & Grey of Antler & Co. Portland, Oregon.
29. Glen Garriock. Uetze, Germany.
30. Emma Reddington. Toronto, Canada.
31. Drift Hotel, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
32. Jag Nagra & Agata Matyszczuk. Vancouver, Canada.
33. Claire Ferrante. Boston, Massachusetts.
34. Claire Cottrell. Los Angeles, California.
35. Camilla Engman. Gothenburg, Sweden.
36. Belinda Love Lee. Cardiff, Wales.
37. Asia Gwis. Warsaw, Poland.
38. Ashley Helvey & Miles Pederson. Seattle, Washington.
39. Annie Coggan. Starksville, Mississippi.
40. Amanda Happé. Toronto, Canada.
41. Robert Kristiansen. Oslo, Norway.
42. Vessa & Riikka Sammalisto. Helsinki, Finland.
43. Shaun Moore & Todd Caldwell. Toronto, Canada.
44. Tara Mangini & Percy Bright. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
45. Sarah Hicks Malone. Nashville, Tennessee.