How To Do Dark Minimalism Like David Mann


Black is never just an accent color in the hands of architect and designer David Mann. From velvety bedrooms to cavernous foyers, we’re finding dark inspiration from his new monograph, MR Architecture + Decor (Abrams).

Less gloomy gothic and more Gotham sophisticate, the inky hues and minimalist interiors of these homes are filled with surprising intimacy and depth. For your own guide into the dark side, consider these key insights from Mann’s book debut.

Build A Better Space

How To Do Dark Minimalism Like David Mann

Black is a neutral, too — perfect for re-sculpting your space with optical tricks of the eye. For this boxy living room, deep black walls are juxtaposed against bright white surfaces. The final effect makes the walls appear to recede or even disappear, adding much-welcomed atmosphere.

When In Doubt, Opt For Leather

How To Do Dark Minimalism Like David Mann

Dark walls take on new depth when done in luxurious textures like leather. Consider the stand-out wall treatment for smaller, more understated spaces — like this vestibule — for that jewel box effect.

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

How To Do Dark Minimalism Like David Mann

Striking an instant silhouette, luxe black textiles can conjure allure for the simplest forms. On the designer’s own streamlined bed, a Mongolian lamb bedspread is generously draped, trailing onto the ebonized wood floor for a dose of casual elegance.

Go Against The Grain

How To Do Dark Minimalism Like David Mann

Dark materials provide a refreshing departure from the light-and-bright standard for kitchens. A natural complement to stainless steel hardware, a shadowy hue is layered throughout this chef’s kitchen, from the oiled soapstone counters, to the charcoal gray cabinets and flooring.

MR Architecture + Decor (Photo: Anthony Cotsifas/Art Partner)