This small apartment in San Francisco has been designed by studio ICOSA, who created a custom space-saving loft to accommodate many functions inside a limited space. Custom designed and pre-fabricated, this project combines a guest bed, dining room, full-size closet, spacious bedroom, and dynamic workspace in a single compact unit. There is even some storage incorporated underneath the ladder leading to the elevated bed. And of course, most pieces are pulling a double shift – dining table works as a desk, murphy bed doubles as a whiteboard, loft bed’s base provides a surface for lighting. Beautiful idea and execution. See more photos after the break for details.
Photography by Brian Flaherty
This inventive little apartment has been designed by Bucharest based architects Bogdan Ciocodeica and Diana Rosu. The place consists of a living/dining room, bedroom, bathroom, and an office. All these rooms are very compact. But instead of breaking the walls to create a more spacious layout, the architects created multifunctional furniture to salvage more room. My favorite piece is a murphy dining table, which can fit into the wall like a puzzle, when not in use. The custom built shelving unit next to the dining area expands beyond the wall, visually lengthening the view of the room. Another beautiful idea is the built-in storage boxes inside the elevated floor panels in the office. See more photos of this creative apartment after the break.
This small eclectic apartment has been designed by Taiwan based collective KC Design Studio. The owners are a couple of creatives, who work for graphic design and fashion business and collect toys as a hobby. This explains the multitude of open shelves and lighted displays throughout the place. Designers made a successful attempt to combine two different aesthetics: classic paneled closet and minimalist staircase, antique furniture and modern materials and fixtures, warm animalistic textures and concrete walls. I also love the clever use of levels: the railing becomes a desk, the space under the staircase creates privacy for the bathroom. See more photos after the break.
This small apartment, designed by Spanish architect studio PKMN architectures, is all about space and movement. Here the occupants can create their own ideal interior, as open or private as they like, just by moving the walls and partitions. Clever mechanics and unified color scheme make these transitions look and feel seamless, as if the space takes different shapes on its own, morphing along with the movement of the people in it. Watch the video after the break to see the process in action.
This tiny studio apartment in Darlinghurst, Australia was selected and designed by architect Brad Schwartz for himself. It was a compromise in space for the sake of location, a perfect example of an inventive use of space. The entire structure revolves around a multifunctional wall unit, which shows and conceals different elements via its sliding doors. Thanks to this feature, the same room can be used as a wine cellar, entertainment area, or home office. I love the clean minimalist look of the apartment and clever space-expanding visual tricks, such as mirrors, narrow floor boards, unified color scheme. See more photos after the break.
Architectural studio +R Piuerre has recently completed this project, a transformation of a dental office into a compact 60 square meter dwelling. Designed for a young professional, this apartment features many space-saving ideas and visual tricks to maximize the space. The first floor houses a lounging area, kitchen, and a bathroom in between, and the mezzanine level includes bedroom and home office. Although the overall color scheme of the place is white, there are blocks of refreshing color that brighten the mood. The narrow corridor, leading to the living area, is visually expanded by a long mirror strip across the wall. Clever. Check out more images after the break.
Designer Simon Woodroffe, creator of YO! Sushi and YOTEL, has recently unveiled an exciting new concept – YO! Home. A technologically advanced take on compact living, YO! Home introduces many unexpected space-saving ideas. “Homes are our refuge, our rock. – designer says. – Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it. YO! Home is that new invention.” The space-saving ideas and techniques for this new home were borrowed from yacht and automotive design, stage production, and other diverse fields. Check out the photos after the break to see all of them.
Polish designer Szymon Hanczar managed to squeeze all basics of a proper living space, such as bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, office, longing area, storage, all in this small, unadorned 140 sq ft apartment. And the place looks quite airy too. Pretty amazing. The apartment even includes a washing machine, skillfully hidden inside the built-in closet. I also like the idea of a hammock as a couch substitute. Practically, the same level of lounging, achieved without blocking the view and cutting the floor space in half. See more photos after the break.
Architecture firm Elii introduces this project as “refurbishment of a minimal space in the centre of Madrid”. Susaloon (the name is drawn from the owner’s name, Susanna) combines kitchen, hall, bathroom, storage room, lounge, drawing room, bedroom, all within the 252 sq ft footprint. The secret is in the fold-down furniture, which can be stored away completely for the moments when Susanna entertains or practices yoga. Check out the video after the break to see multiple uses of this fun space.
Photography by Miguel de Guzmán
This clever micro loft is a prototype for a hotel room, created by Amsterdam based studio Concrete for the hotel brand Zocu, who will unveil it to their customers this fall. Zoku, which is Japanese for family, tribe, or clan, will disrupt and create a new category in the hotel industry. The place will have the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighborhood, envisioned as a relaxed place to live, work and socialize with like-minded people while getting wired into the city. I love the flexibility of the space, and inventiveness of the hidden elements (with the retractable staircase as my absolute favorite). Check out the photos after the break for a complete tour.