more small apartments and the dreaded Bed
apartmenttherapy.com’s Smallest, Coolest, Apartments contest is still running, so here are some recent entries that I think are particularly interesting.
Jawrite’s “Light Box” is a 440 sq. foot studio in Gramercy Park. Most people who live in small apartments or one-room studios (here here!) have a difficult time managing The Bed. What do I do with The Bed? Where do I put The Bed so when people come over they won’t feel like it’s an over-share? Does The Bed mean I can’t have casual friends over for drinks lest they get the wrong idea?
Jawrite dispenses with Bed anxiety by just putting it out in the open. It’s hiding in plain sight. The Bed is hardly concealed, but by creating a nook for it in the wall and making other elements the focal point, the provocative nature of The Bed is tamed.
Look to the left. See the nook? See The Bed? Yah, but it’s not grotesque or seductive. It’s just a bed. It almost passes for a daybed with proximity to the books, and everyone knows daybeds are as asexual as an amoeba.
Floorplan. Look how smart!
Now talk about small! Jack’s “Think Big” was previously profiled on apartmenttherapy. Jack’s Times Square apartment is 140 sq. feet. Some people’s closets are larger than that. Jack uses color and inventive storage to help with the size issue. It doesn’t hurt that he gets lots of nice sunlight from the window by The Bed.
Here The Bed is just obvious. There’s nothing you can do about it, so why not drape it in red and make the most of it? The Bed here becomes part of the red color palette. It’s not The Bed, it’s part of the decorating scheme.
Notice how in the next shot, his kitchen is also his eating nook. Vertical storage over the sink for spices, dry goods, and plates keeps everything in easy reach (even books share space here, making for a nice homey feel). See the white storage unit under the sink to the right? That was my nightstand as a kid.
Here’s a nice entry from San Francisco, and another one that addresses The Bed.
The Bed has been turned to face away from the living area. The headboard creates a small wall, obscuring the more personal parts of The Bed. If you’re sitting on the couch, you don’t even notice The Bed. This SanFran abode has a vaguely hippiesh vibe, with old theater seats, that tall spindly palm-like plant, and the ubiquitous spider plant, but that doesn’t mean that The Bed needs to be front and center.
Look at the light in the kitchen and the happy fat cat. The open plan from the living room to the kitchen makes this place feel very warm and cozy. I can just imagine someone sitting on the couch while someone else is talking to them from the kitchen while pouring wine or making canapes. If you live here with your lover, you could even talk to him/her from the kitchen while s/he lies in Bed.
Here’s another one that manages The Bed in a very attractive and effective way. A 293 sq. foot studio seperates The Bed from the living area with different colored walls and light, sheer drapery. In this example, The Bed moves up several notches and becomes the bedroom (well, ok, almost). At least it loses its capital emphasis and melds into the rest of the apartment instead of being Something To Deal With.