Smallest, coolest apartments
Apartment Therapy, an amazing resource for interior design and decorating ideas (not to mention design and furniture porn, 24/7), is hosting its third annual “Smallest, Coolest Apartment Contest.” As someone who lives in a very small apartment, things like this are of great interest to me.
Apartments submitted to the contest must be 650 sq. feet or under (60 meters square for those of you living metric).
For instance, look at the gorgeous job Chin-Hua Huang does with 550 sq. feet in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
He says “We opened up the bathroom and placed the bathtub in the bedroom. Bathing can now happen in a room with a view rather than a tight closet and it suggests a resort lifestyle.” I think it’s gorgeous.
Here’s a guy named Gregg who submitted his entry as “White Wonder.” I like the proportions of the bedroom (shown below), which reminds me of a few small condos I’ve had the pleasure of visiting in South Beach, Miami. The Hoover as a piece of art, however, I’m undecided on. It’s a great way to manage a storage space issue, but with its placement in the bedroom, is Gregg trying to tell us something?
Most people imagine “loft” means at least 1,000 square feet, but here’s a guy that made one in 550 sq. feet. The living room is a little drab (some art on the walls might help) but the windows are great and the spaciousness of this place makes it feel much larger than its modest size. I dig the hanging cube lights as well. Their length plays on the height of the ceilings (how high do you suppose they are?).
Adding a sleeping loft was a stroke of genius here, and gave Joe so much more room, as well as an opportunity to create some cool interior lighting effects that also work as a privacy screen! Smrt! The low ceiling in the kitchen makes it feel cozy (and set off from the living room) by having different headroom. Nice way to break up space!
The bathroom is awesome, and even more impressive is that he did everything in the place with his own two hands! Too bad it’s in Des Moine, Iowa.
Related link: Tiny Living NYC