Francisco Costa’s Chic Minimalist Apartment

Fashion designer, Francisco Costa, formerly of Calvin Klein has impeccable style. His former Manhattan apartment appeared in ELLE DECOR and the New York Times and is still among my favorite interiors for its beautiful layers and chic gray color palette. A couple of years ago, Francisco and his partner put that apartment on the market, so I was delighted to see where they had landed on Architectural Digest over the weekend. Their new Park Avenue apartment is a minimalist’s dream. Dressed in shades of crisp white and camel, it manages to exude warmth thanks to a variety of textures and a great collection of art and antiquities. The architecture is as clean and crisp as possible thanks to the collaboration between Francisco and architect Alexander Poma of Pomasteven.

The intersection between fashion and design is truly a seamless one. In this case, Francisco had the apartment’s twenty three doors hung on Harmon hinges on deep set frames, rendering them nearly invisible. As I mentioned earlier this month, as much as I love layers of beautiful textiles, color, and a traditional sensibility, sometimes, I find the pure simplicity of a space like this to be equally or even more inspiring. Achieving a minimalist interior that manages to feel warm, layered, and inviting is no small feat and requires a deft hand. After all, a room’s success is measured as much by what you put in as what you leave out.

For photos of Francisco’s previous apartment, check out this feature on 1stDibs.

{Photography by Collin Hughes for Architectural Digest}

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