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With only 1,000 square feet to work with, Josh Young took on the challenge of transforming his 1929 pre-war apartment into a neutral oasis. The Chicago-based artist and founder of Josh Yöung Design House told MyDomaine, "For me, it was important that the apartment's aesthetic remained true to who I was as an artist and designer but was also inviting to guests and friends that visit". Tour the talented designer's home to discover how he incorporated our lighting to create a charming, collected home with a spacious feel. Photography by Aimee Mazzenga.

Young's responses are immediate during his design process – saying, "It either feels right, or it doesn't."  His secret for mastering neutrals? Subtle layering and variation. To give his favorite space an updated traditional vibe, Young paired neutral tones in an array of textures and sprinkled in a bit of color. The Brooks Table Lamp by J. Randall Powers appears to be floating in thin air atop its crystal clear base – a piece that perfectly captures Young's brilliant understanding of form, proportion and scale.

 

Terri Large Round Table Lamp by Thomas O'Brien Teri Cube Accent Lamp by Thomas O'Brien

Left: Young sourced a vintage marble mantel to revive the apartment's classical feel. "I think there's an art to successfully mixing vintage with modern and traditional with contemporary so that the overall look and aesthetic comes across as authentic, intentional and curated," he told MyDomaine. The Crystal finish of the Terri Large Round Table Lamp by Thomas O'Brien carries a sense of polished luxury to the layered vignette.

Right: The Alabaster finish of the tiny but impactful Terri Cube Accent Lamp by Thomas O'Brien adds visual interest to the living room's tone-on-tone palette.

 

Vivien Table Lamp by Alexa Hampton Vivien Table Lamp by Alexa Hampton

Always on the hunt for home décor finds, collecting is a passion for Young. Having lived in Milan, Santiago, New York, and now Chicago, he has gathered many pieces along the way -  including a chest he has owned since he was 2 years old.  Atop the chest sits the Vivien Table Lamp by Alexa Hampton as well as treasured antique pieces, including a Chopin portrait from a market in Santiago.

 

Young set out to create a serene bedroom where he could unwind in peace. Minimal elements, including the sleek silhouette of the Hackney Table Lamp by J. Randall Powers, capture his less-is-more pursuit.

 

Captivated by creation, Young is not only a successful interior designer, but a talented artist as well. His playful prints bridge the gap between the past and present - absorbing today's contemporary culture, while also making a connection to our cultural history. Old or new, he only allows objects he loves into a space!

 

 

Follow @jyoungdesignhouse on Instagram to see more of his inspiring work!

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