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Skyward House: Small Dynamic Spaces

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At just over 700 sq. ft., this cottage, designed by Kazuhiko Kishimoto of acaa, for one person belies its size through the genius use of smart spaces, vistas and materials. The completely white interior, walls, floors, ceilings, is open in plan and to the hip roof and central sky light above. Dining takes place in the center of the house and the crisp white kitchen is comprised of a gleaming island with only a cooking surface and sink. Continue reading

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Napa Valley Redux: ranch house transformation

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Oh, how I love a well-executed remodel. I live in the next valley over from Napa, the lesser-known Sonoma Valley. What our valleys have in common are multitudes of wineries that peacefully co-exist with dairy farms, vineyards and boutique restaurants.

One of the interesting things about the Northern California wine country is the mix of “old school” inhabitants and the hipper and more modern demographic finding these valleys a great place to settle and raise a family or San Francisco hipsters looking for a weekend pied-a-terre. Continue reading

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The Unfolding Apartment in NYC

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Good – no, great interior design comes in all shapes and sizes. Two enterprising architects, Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Michael Chen Architecture PLLC, have created this small New York City apartment, a lively twist on the old saying “great things come in small packages”…

The team’s goal was to design a space for a single man living in Manhattan who loves to entertain and occasionally works at home. The challenge was to make this possible in a tiny 400 square foot studio, without feeling cramped or claustrophobic. Continue reading

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The Podpad: a piece of art for storage

You’d think the Podpad were some piece of art suspended on your wall. A 4.5 inch thick installment made of four differently-sized, modernist-looking rectangles highlight an iPhone dock recessed in the construction. Continue reading

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Modern Apartment: Small, Colorful & Iconic

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This white-washed open plan apartment acts as a living gallery for some of the world’s mid-century modern design icons. Yet the compact space is bright with day light and a hands-on warmth and comfort. All pretension has been left outside the frosted glass-paned front door. You’re greeted by the orange Kangaroo coat hook and a bright lemon yellow molded plywood chair to assist you in removing your shoes. Continue reading

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Tiny Loft with Big Storage

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I’m always impressed by the clever use of a compact space. And I’m even more impressed when providing all the creature comforts you’re left with the luxury of volume and room to breathe. In this gabled space bathed in white and light from sky lights above and windows on both sides you’ll never feel crowded. Continue reading

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Tiny Apartment Steps Up in Madrid

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A tiny apartment can lead to immense ideas and that’s exactly what MYCC Architects developed for this narrow white home in Madrid. Just over 200 square feet in plan and 16 feet in height, the entirely white washed home is divided in to a magical mix of compact levels that defy the apartment’s true size. Continue reading

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Small Holiday Home in the Normandy countryside

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I can truly imagine myself loving life in this petite and pure country home. The geometry grows from every child’s image of what a home should be – a rectangular form topped by a gable. In plan as well it’s a simple straight forward arrangement of living, kitchen, bed, and bath. However, well executed simplicity hides the intense attention to detail that gave it life. Continue reading

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Tiny apartment in Hong Kong: Space Invaders

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We’re all aware that space is at a premium in Hong Kong, and this tiny 35sqm apartment shows how clever design can maximize space and banish excess. This apartment, designed by OneByNine, also brings in an unexpected and playful spatial element, Space Invaders. Let’s look at the sleek design first! Continue reading

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Stylist Daniella Witte shows how small can be big

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Do you sometimes wonder what quality of life stands for? Is it correlated with money, large spaces for living or perhaps adequate amounts of free time and the ability to choose for ourselves? Does it have to do with living in the country or living in the city enjoying the opportunities offered? The space shared today measures but 37sq m and it certainly is a great example of how small can be big and how country and city life can be combined. Continue reading