Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Or comfort. This is the 350 sq ft Upper West Side apartment of Natasha Nyanin, designed by her friend, interior designer Nina Blair (NinaBDesign). (Photos: Nathaniel Johnston). Tons of personality, a dining table that seats 6 (the bench is brilliant as it easily acts as extra living room seating), a kitchen with dreamy open shelving, and a sexy bathroom complete this awesome tiny space.
Another designer who can do no wrong and whom I have admired for years is Hubert Zandberg and this is his fabulously curated London apartment. Speckled with afternoon sun welcomed in through oversized, west-facing windows, Hubert Zandberg’s new White City apartment is testimony to his design approach: that a space can be infused with character through seemingly disparate items collected over time and place. The 100 square metre apartment is situated in Television Centre in White City. The new-built provided Hubert with the perfect blank slate against which to display some of his collected pieces, antiques and art in a new, dynamic composition. He furnished the ‘developer’s white box’ using key items from the HZ permanent collection, including vintage Modernist objet and works of art, as well as prototype furniture from the By HZI line, such as a sofa, several cabinets, sideboards, a custom bed and shelving. The end result is a bespoke, greatly personal space that underscores the designer’s belief that smart styling can transform a space with very limited architectural intervention.
“An existing single level studio space was replaced with a small self-contained dwelling comprising a ground floor living space, kitchenette and bathroom with a bedroom on a mezzanine level. The form was generated from the complexities of the available space between large existing trees, privacy and set-back requirements. A material palette was generated from a desire to reference the existing house while timber, steel and brickwork are used in a compositional form to introduce a previously lacking street presence. A plywood lined interior gives a sense of calm and cohesion to the multi-faceted form. “
We often tuck the granny flat out the back but look at the magic you can create when available space and its constraints force you to think outside the box. Love this little annex by Sydney-based Watershed Design.
Photography by Simon Whitbread
This home is small space living at its finest! Lovingly coined the “Venice Beach Shack”, this small house was originally a crumbling shack reimagined into a modern beach pad. These photos capture Phase 1 of construction that encompasses the interior reconfiguration and remodel of the kitchen, master bedroom, and bathroom in 550 SF. Phase 2 occured after additional permits to add 100 SF expansion connecting the house to the garage, along with the exterior upgrades and landscaping. This little minimal beach house is the ultimate in small space living. By Veneer Designs. Photos: Jessica Alexander
WOW! This 400 sq ft cabin in Swannanoa, North Carolina is a simple blend of Scandinavian and Japanese sensibilities and is so brilliantly laid out to maximize the small footprint. While being essentially one open space, it has a living room, breakfast nook, a bathroom, a kitchen, a media loft, a tea loft, and a bedroom. Designed by Shelter Collective – an interior design + architecture + custom furnishings studio whose attention to detail is impeccable. (You can rent this via Airbnb!)