Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser decided to go small, buying and moving into a 580-square-foot cabin. Here, a curtain slides across for privacy, but the home’s masterstroke is a bed that descends from the ceiling. The pulley system that controls the hanging bed needed some serious hardware, including a 300-pound steel counterweight that’s hidden in a corner of Kartheiser’s closet.
In Texas, where bigger is supposedly better, there’s a budding demand for very small homes. If the new White Buffalo micro-unit complex designed by JHP Architecture / Urban Design is any indication, the urge to live small is a nationwide trend.
This San Francisco house was typical of its period: a postwar shoe box with lots of tiny rooms and very few windows to take advantage of the great location. The small size of the home inspired the owner to incorporate the closet into the design the master bedroom.
An open-plan helps this 250-square-foot studio apartment in Copenhagen feel larger. Translucent curtains act as room dividers, allowing a measure of privacy while still letting light pass through. They also hide the double-stacked Maytag washer and dryer from view.
This 560-square-foot pied-à-terre functions much like the interior of a small yacht: efficient, adaptable, highly functional, and glossily good-looking. With a place for every little thing, and lacking fatuous details, this decadent minimalistic space feature a table that acts as both dining and work space; the cabinets to the side store all of the requisite office supplies tucked away neatly in custom drawers.
Within its paltry 592 square feet, the owners of this Tel Aviv apartment hoped to fit two bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest toilet, and an open balcony. For this master bedroom, every inch in this room was critical, and the glass was choosen to segment the space because it takes up fewer centimeters than constructed walls, thus helping the room feel larger. Curtains can be drawn closed for privacy.