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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.
The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

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

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Door entrance with hanging images by Raw Color

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

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A view of the bathroom and kitchen from the main living area; the front door is at left. At right is the bench of fabricated steel, from Master Kitchen Supplies (212-533-2356). Set into a recess (with <a href="http://www.hafele.com/us">Häfele</a> hardware

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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writer's cabin oregon

“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

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modern design fringe wallpaper paper pierre pozzi dining room

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

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Geometric bright blue clothes rack bench

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

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A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

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

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The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

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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