While the stark result might be a little jarring to some, it's partially inspired by a very popular Japanese design concept: wabi sabi. Based on Buddhist teachings of impermanence, imperfection, and the state of being incomplete or empty, wabi sabi is more of a world view than it is a visual aesthetic, but it has translated quite strongly into the world of design.
A classical wabi sabi space often features elements like organic materials and textures, neutral or earthy palettes, a focus on asymmetry, and an overall sense of austerity — which is exactly what you'll find in the Kardashian-West home.
But despite their home's severe appearance, the Kardashian-West family says it's quite lively inside. "The kids ride their scooters down the hallways and jump around on top of the low Axel tables, which they use as a kind of stage," Kanye told _Architectural Digest. "_This house may be a case study, but our vision for it was built around our family."