Top 10 Skim Milk Posts of 2023

Whether it’s minimalist inspired architecture, furniture, interior design, or product design, Skim Milk has always been a reader favorite. This year’s 10 top posts by our resident editor representative of this less is more ethos, Leo Lei, reflects a wide spectrum of the minimalism mindset – one characterized by a welcoming warmth emphasizing serenity through subtraction.

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Top 10 Skim Milk Posts of 2023

10. A Key Biscayne Condo Building With a Lobby That Evokes Tranquility

A palette of serene surfaces and earthy hues all add up to evoke a sense of tranquility and calmness throughout the Grand Bay Residences’ lobby, a residential development located in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Talon Chair featured in the center of the studio space with elevated platform showcases for each major furniture piece.

9. Coil + Drift Open New Studio in the Catskills

Just two hours north of New York City a 3,000-square-foot studio within the Catskill Mountains showcases Coil + Drift’s catalog of work across a series of elevated displays that literally put the studio’s work on a platform – an office, showroom, and state-of-the-art production facility all-in-one.

Large open air residential kitchen with four metal wire feet stool chairs surrounding a kitchen island with floating shelf above.

8. A Montauk Bungalow With a Palette That Mirrors the Beachfront

Drawing inspiration from Montauk’s natural beauty, this beachfront bungalow exudes a welcoming warmth through its palette of whites, creams, and earthy tones that mirror its picturesque coastal surroundings. A blend of vintage and contemporary, the residence is an example of minimalism taken to a calm and inviting conclusion.

Traditionally decorated interior living room with sofa, upholstered rocking chair, coffee table and two floor lamps with large gilded mirror and windows in background.

7. A Boerum Hill Residence With a New Romantic Aesthetic

Designers Melissa Lee and Erika Chou revel in a New Romantic aesthetic inspired by the Norwegian and English countryside, giving this Federal-style townhouse a gently applied layer of quiet simplicity and mellow minimalism embracing the architecture’s historical context.

Organic decorated interior with large wood floor to ceiling shelves, small narrow ottoman daybed and a trio of nesting circular tables in the center. Four cone pendant lamps overhead.

6. A Catskills Luxury Retreat That’s Connected to the Natural Surroundings

Emphasizing a connection to its picture perfect natural surroundings, this environmentally conscious luxury retreat on 140 acres in the Catskill Mountains, designed by architects Electric Bowery and interior specialists Ward and Gray, is furnished with inviting warm woods, handblown glass fixtures, and limewash painted walls.

Nobu Los Cabos spa bathing room with elevated lounging soak pools bathed in warm lights.

5. Nobu Residences Los Cabos Blends Japanese Minimalism With Modern Design

Baja California Sur as interpreted by WATG and Studio PCH across 60 residence-style accommodations leans in Nobu’s identifiably Japanese tinged minimalist aesthetic, while also incorporating locally-sourced materials specific to Cabo San Lucas – a stunning fusion of Asian and Mexican cultures that may inspire your next vacation.

Wood walls with two large black and white photographic framed prints behind upholstered arm chair and clean side cylindrical side table with minimalist floor lamp behind the chair.

4. A Toronto Home That Epitomizes the Philosophy of Minimalism

Designed by Burdifilek, the Forest Hill Residence in Toronto, Canada establishes a quiet dialogue through its commitment to the minimalist ethos, furnishing each space with built-in furniture accentuated with bronze cladding, Canadian black granite, and European white oak elements, alongside subtracting elements such as baseboards, moldings, and door handles to keep things on this side of the serene.

Warm modern kitchen with dark burgundy tiled kitchen island and wood overhead shelving. Dining table with 6 midcentury seats in the foreground.

3. An East Village Apartment Is Reimagined to Honor Its Character

What to do when working with rooms defined by the irregular and asymmetrical? GRT Architects leaned into them within this minimal New York City apartment’s quirky layout. Establishing the foundation of a semi-open kitchen with a low cabinet on brass legs and a suspended storage system, the kitchen and the dining room have been demarcated all without the heavy weight of walls separating the spaces, a minimalist approach echoed throughout the apartment’s living room, bedroom, halls, and bathroom.

Organic warm wood modern sun room with midcentury arm chair in the corner looking out into a garden yard through floor to ceiling sliding glass windows.

2. This Bed-Stuy Townhouse Merges Historical Charm + Modern Design

Two of three floors are harmoniously interconnected by a swirling exterior circular staircase within a minimalist townhouse located in Brooklyn, New York. Designed by architecture firm Also Office in collaboration with Colony to respect the building’s history while updating it to where the contemporary and vintage can naturally co-exist.

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Bright red and link graphic banner with "The Minimalist" title across it diagonally with two circular cutouts showing a stone bookend and white LED table lamp grow light.

1. 2023 Best Modern Gifts for the Minimalists

Even those who identify as minimalist aspire to invite beautiful and meaningful objects into their lives, something our 2023 holiday gift guide was specifically curated to deliver across a wide variety of categories including products for reading, listening, growing, organizing, and even hammering away.

Check out the rest of Design Milk’s end of the year coverage here!

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