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The minimalist design of this interior is enhanced by the owner's collection of classic modern furniture

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It is well known that tones and surface finishes can do much to alter the atmosphere of a room. Tones of red and yellow may be used to generate psychological warmth, while blues and greens appear visually cooler. When a single color is used throughout a home, the result can be striking.

The owner of this top-floor high-rise apartment decided to follow a minimalist design philosophy, dominated by the color white, with extensive windows and polished concrete floors.

"Because of the owner's classic white leather furniture, it was a logical step to follow through with that color theme. However, there are so many shades of white available that matching can be difficult," says the interior designer, Kirk Robinson.

The open-plan main living area of the apartment includes the stark, white kitchen, while internal glazing separates the dining area from this space.

Living room furniture includes Barcelona chairs and bed set, designed by Mies van der Rohe, and a Grand Confort Sofa by Le Corbusier.

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The apartment walls were painted with the purest white paint available, matched in the kitchen by an Arctic White hard-acrylic countertop.

Maximizing the city views was a priority of the owner, as was maintaining a clean, pared-back look throughout the apartment.

Blinds, a necessity with so many windows, were recessed into bulkheads, so when drawn up, they maintain the lines of the different rooms.

Another interior element that was added to enhance the minimalist ethos was a polished concrete floor.

"One thing I didn't want to do was opt for soft flooring. Wood is a popular flooring choice, but it doesn't have the cooling properties of tile, granite or concrete," Robinson says.

However, even when polished and coated with sealant, the floor lacked the desired sheen. Applying a patina of wax proved a successful pull up remedy.

The spacious apartment has two bedrooms and an office that can also double as a third bedroom, if required.

Cube-shaped, the office has a distinctive facade of ceiling-to-floor glass, joined above door level by an aluminum strip. Storage cabinets are built into the walls, with 130 hinges enabling easy access tointerior items.

A recessed counter, made of a hard acrylic similar to that used in the bathrooms and kitchen, provides another work or storage space. The office desk is wood, painted white, lacquered and connected through underfloor wiring to phone and electricity cabling.

This modern aesthetic is maintained in the masterbedroom. Large, sliding mirrored closet doors and extensive storage with negative detailing feature in this room.

The entrance to the master bathroom is doorless; however, the ensuite toilet is contained in a separate room. A trough-like rectangular sink in the master bathroom is a recurrence of the hard acrylic surfaces found elsewhere in the apartment.

First published date: 26 May 2006

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Interior designer Kirk Robinson
Audiovisual Bose; Bang & Olufsen
Plasma Hitachi
Furniture Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs and bed; Le Corbusier Grand Confort Sofa