With the help of the New Design Project, a 400-square-foot Upper East Side apartment got a new look, which is especially evident in the bedroom.
This pair of handy Portlanders doesn't crave any more of Oregon’s territory than what’s taken up by their 704-square-foot home, hard-working garden, and smartly designed outdoor spaces. A pair of windows shed a bit of light in the bedroom, which boasts a lofted bed and workspace with a sink and closet beneath.
Numerous renovations left this apartment dark, cramped, and confused, a space searching for a strong personality. Now restored, the 1930s apartment in Barcelona is a minimal masterpiece.
"I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York-based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. Goolrick's 560-square-foot pied-à-terre functions much like the interior of a small yacht: efficient, adaptable, highly functional, and glossily good-looking. Goolrick designed sliding partitions that when closed still allow light to flow through her space, and when opened reveal cocoon-like sleeping quarters.
“Every inch was critical,” Maayan Zusman says, explaining why she and her collaborators didn’t put up a single interior wall in the Tel Aviv flat they renovated last year. Within its paltry 592 square feet, they fit two bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest toilet, and an open balcony by smartly partitioning space with custom cabinets and glass dividers that lend the apartment an airy, open feel.
In a 495-square-foot attic in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, interior designer Jimmy Schönning carved out a sweet and stylish home. His diminutive studio is chockablock with creative storage solutions (built-in closets; a washer and drier hidden under a workbench in the bathroom) and loads of personality. In the tiny sleeping loft is a platform bed with two drawers beneath it.
When an elderly couple residing in Tokyo asked Go Hasegawa to design a weekend retreat in the dense forest of Agatsuma-gun, Hasegawa mimicked the surrounding tall, slender trees. The main living space floats 21 feet in midair and is supported by thin stilts, creating an outdoor patio beneath it.
Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse. At just 485 square feet, Tolstrup and Mama have marshaled enough room for a pair of bed pods, two large common areas, a bathroom, and plenty of space to sit and relax.
The Karst region in Slovenia is known for its limestone plateau, filled with picturesque caves and sinkholes. Riffing on the local vernacular—lots of small, stone houses—architect Dekleva Gregoric developed this modern interpretation for a family, complete with a bold, rope-lined sleeping loft.
Playfully flouting convention, an American-born architect created a deceptively spacious home for herself in a tiny London apartment. The Washington, D.C.–born architect’s 678-square-foot central London apartment is a testament to how bending, breaking, and even burning the rule book is sometimes the best way to create a remarkable home.