9 Sleek and Tranquil Minimalist Homes | Architectural Summary

When interior designer Sebastian Zuchowicki began working with his client on his New York home, the starting point was the living room. “I feel like living room concepts are always the soul of the space, especially in a New York apartment, and then it ripples through,” he says.

Compared to his client’s conventional summer home in Rhode Island, the three-bedroom apartment in West Chelsea he currently shares with his two children (and their cat) is a modern sanctuary with a finely tuned aesthetic. Zuchowicki spent an entire year slowly transforming the 3,000-square-foot condo one room at a time, until the bedrooms, dining room, and newly fashioned private library were completely perfected.

“My favorite detail is that there’s texture everywhere you look,” says Zuchowicki. “Literally everywhere you look there is texture. You won’t see a blank wall anywhere, and that gives me a special feeling. It doesn’t feel heavy, and that was really important. I wanted it to be light but super textured. —Sydney Gore

A Boston townhouse with space to relax

“My husband loves the top floor with the pool table,” Nelson-Rice says. This house is the couple’s first designed without children in mind, and, says Hacin, “She wasn’t worried about being a mother or a wife, she wanted to do Robin.” She put all those little touches everywhere that were a function of her personality. The matriarch’s metric for buying art is, “Does she love me, do I love her back?” The trio of flags made from the backs of Walter Lobyn Hamilton albums is a personal favorite because it embodies the power of music. Also in the daylight-lit playroom is a playful Vibia chandelier and Moses Nadel beanbags.

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A client who literally refuses to take no for an answer may seem less than ideal, but for the team at Hacin + Associates of Boston, approaching such an energetic and creative collaborator led to magic and aesthetic joy. “Really, I would describe her — we all would — as a dream client,” said senior interior designer Matthew Woodward. “I’ve never had so much fun on a project in my life.”

When Robin Nelson-Rice and her husband, Derica Rice, decided to move from suburban Indiana to Boston, their realtor and general contractor both felt H+A was the perfect partner to reinvent a six-story town dating back to 1881 in Back Bay. However, founding director and creative director David Hacin was very busy at the time. “Robin looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You don’t understand. You’re going to do this project. And I absolutely loved it,'” Hacin says. we connected, and that was it for her. She wanted to continue with this process.

“We made whole-hearted decisions regarding the space as a gallery of contemporary black artists,” says Woodward. “Robin was really excited to do this. From the start, we were conscious of holding back in the material palette, so we could really let the art stand out. The dining room in particular was designed around A Russell Young portrayal of Barack Obama, a play according to Nelson-Rice, “says a lot – it’s peaceful, it’s hopeful, it’s positive.” – Kathryn Romeyn

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