7 Dramatic Small Spaces

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June 4, 2014
Disregard advice for using clean lines and minimal furnishing with limited square footage, these small spaces go bold and big, despite their diminutive sizes.
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  Tucked in the back of a Berkeley co-op, a swooping lime ceiling and industrial built-ins make a 1959 Airstream feel airy, despite its 150-square-feet. Photo by Mark Compton  Photo by: Mark Compton

    Tucked in the back of a Berkeley co-op, a swooping lime ceiling and industrial built-ins make a 1959 Airstream feel airy, despite its 150-square-feet. Photo by Mark Compton

    Photo by: Mark Compton

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  A gallery-residence in Antwerp slashes white walls with a surrealist streak of orange, tan storage space, and art by Raw Color. Photo by Tim Van de Velde  Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

    A gallery-residence in Antwerp slashes white walls with a surrealist streak of orange, tan storage space, and art by Raw Color. Photo by Tim Van de Velde

    Photo by: Tim Van de Velde

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  The design concept at hand is a concrete “ribbon” that runs through the bathroom and kitchen (shown). “It not only unifies the space, it elevates, descends, contracts and expands to accommodate specific needs throughout,” says designer and resident Alan Y. L. Chan. 

    The design concept at hand is a concrete “ribbon” that runs through the bathroom and kitchen (shown). “It not only unifies the space, it elevates, descends, contracts and expands to accommodate specific needs throughout,” says designer and resident Alan Y. L. Chan. 

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  “A lot of times the work of an architect civilizes a place,” says Erin Moore of Tucson, Arizona–based FLOAT Architectural Research and Design. “In this case, the attempt was to have the building amplify its wildness.” The case she refers to is the Watershed, a 70-square-foot writer’s retreat in Wren, Oregon, that is completely off-the-grid and a short hike from the main residence. Photo by Gary Tarleton  Photo by: Gary Tarleton

    “A lot of times the work of an architect civilizes a place,” says Erin Moore of Tucson, Arizona–based FLOAT Architectural Research and Design. “In this case, the attempt was to have the building amplify its wildness.” The case she refers to is the Watershed, a 70-square-foot writer’s retreat in Wren, Oregon, that is completely off-the-grid and a short hike from the main residence. Photo by Gary Tarleton

    Photo by: Gary Tarleton

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  Paper artist Pierre Pozzi cut eight-inch-tall, two-millimeter-wide lightweight paper stock into fringe by hand to wrap the dining room walls of his home in Valencia, Spain. Photo by Beth Evans  Photo by: Beth Evans

    Paper artist Pierre Pozzi cut eight-inch-tall, two-millimeter-wide lightweight paper stock into fringe by hand to wrap the dining room walls of his home in Valencia, Spain. Photo by Beth Evans

    Photo by: Beth Evans

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  In designer Nina Tolstrup's guesthouse, bright custom furniture elevates an otherwise wasted under-stair space. Photo by Ben Anders  Photo by: Ben Anders

    In designer Nina Tolstrup's guesthouse, bright custom furniture elevates an otherwise wasted under-stair space. Photo by Ben Anders

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Architect Christi Azevedo deployed Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen (left), which spans almost the entirety of the renovated 93-square-foot building. Photo by Cesar Rubio  Photo by: Cesar Rubio

    Architect Christi Azevedo deployed Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen (left), which spans almost the entirety of the renovated 93-square-foot building. Photo by Cesar Rubio

    Photo by: Cesar Rubio

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