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January 16, 2014
From London to Los Angeles, we've gathered seven of our favorite petite residences for a healthy does of small-space inspiration!

Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around the pair’s possessions and utilizing every available void for storage. Photo by Peter Marlow.

Originally appeared in Six Stairs to Savor
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The reflectivity of the brass kitchen island makes it seem to dematerialize.

In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and build their perfectly proportioned family home. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

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Originally appeared in The Great Compression
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Modern living room of with maple bookshelves

Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired interior. Photo by David Engelhardt.

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Originally appeared in Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
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Minimalist home with wood paneled walls in Southern California

Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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Originally appeared in Basic Instincts
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compact three story home in san francisco interior bedroom

Making the most of vertical space unleashes the potential of a petite San Francisco project. The three levels of the house transition from public to private: The ground floor is composed of the kitchen and living-dining area; the bathroom and closet occupy the mezzanine, accessed by a ship’s ladder; and the sleeping loft hovers a couple steps above. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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Originally appeared in A Compact Three-Story Brick Loft in San Francisco
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compact prefab new zealand interior indoor outdoor kitchen

A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality. A dishwasher by Miele, refrigerator by Mitsubishi, and Baumatic cooktop are nestled into the custom kitchen, which features laminate-covered cabinets and a stainless steel countertop. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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oak boards in tiny tokyo home

A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.

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Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape Architects remodeled inside and out to maximize both space and light, redesigning the property around the pair’s possessions and utilizing every available void for storage. Photo by Peter Marlow.

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