Lower Manhattan Modern Residence

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Midtown views abound in this minimalist residence in lower Manhattan.

Minimalist design. Maximized views. Those are the forces at work in the new 215 Chrystie, a Herzog & de Meuron hotel and residence in lower Manhattan featuring 11 custom residences by interior designer John Pawson.

Of course, we're just looking at renderings at this point, but it's very clear Pawson wishes to take advantage of the views, first and foremost, by keeping furnishings away from the floor to ceiling windows.

Modern Loft Bedroom

Furniture is kept to a minimum to capitalize on the surrounding views.

Lighting fixtures are omitted to keep sight lines utterly clear. Remember our talk of LED tape lights and backlit mirrors awhile back? That same design trick is used throughout this space to keep it clutter-free and aglow:

Best Bathroom Views

Clean and simple lines keep the bathroom functionally fabulous.

Where the backlighting doesn't suffice, simple, almost architectural, modern floor lamps can be used to augment the minimalist theme.

Living Room With A View

Modern Floor Lamps

Spiga Brushed Steel 59-Inch-High Floor Lamp, Echo Patina Bronze 63 3/4-Inch-High Robert Abbey Floor Lamp, Holtkoetter Adjustable Brushed Brass Floor Lamp

Simplicity reigns supreme throughout these spaces, and yet one can't help but wonder if such simplicity would be so compelling without the beautiful city view outside?

It is possible that a single, breathtaking piece of art could also do the trick? Or even a simple tree or garden? Beauty is, after-all, in the eyes of the beholder.