Before & After: This Warsaw Micro Apartment Shows That 300 Square Feet Can Feel Grand

Studio Hoka honors a historic building with a design that melds the practical and the artistic.
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Warsaw was devastated during World War II, so when designer Karolina Howorko, who flits between the Polish capital and Amsterdam, was called upon to revamp a petite studio inside a building dating from the 1930s, she was both delighted and shocked by the edifice’s resilience. "Until the facade was restored a few years ago, you could still see bullet holes from the war," says Howorko, who founded Studio Hoka. "There is also a private garden, which is a rarity for the city center."

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