Simple, Sparse Apartment

Type: Apartment // Location: Chicago, Illinois  // Source: malelivingspace


About this Place

This minimalist high-rise apartment in Chicago is a study in restrained style. By selecting streamlined furniture and a few pieces of expressionist art, he’s created a space we’d be happy to live in.


sofacoffee table

We’ve mentioned it before, but if you find a place with a good view, floor to ceiling windows, and hardwood floors, your decorating battle is basically already won.

He’s added a tufted sofa and a sleek metal and wood coffee table. A small desk and a bookcase anchor the large expressionist print.


desk | office chair

The art is the main source of color in the room and we like how he kept everything else white. This allows the grain and color of the wood furnishings to really stand out.

That mesh back desk chair is unique and has a sculptural quality to it. We’re officially fans.

entertainment center | TVliving-2

The other side of the room houses the generously sized television and media credenza. He’s done a great job of balancing out the large television by choosing a tall bookcase.

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the stellar view from the couch? That’s the Sears Tower out there. We’d love to see the view at night.


entertainment center | TV | bookcase

Books on a simple wall shelf provide the other source of color in the space. The media credenza is one of the nicest we’ve seen and features wood doors in a chevron pattern.

The white bookcase doesn’t compete with the wood on the credenza. Using contrasting materials is an easy way to make your space look more interesting and stylish.


table | chairsshoe rack

He’s clearly committed to the minimalist lifestyle. The dining area houses a small table and chairs with another piece of expressionist art hung above.

We’re betting these are his only shoes, and he’s got them tucked away in a storage container that’s also a bench.