“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

This kitchen manages to look playful and edgy with chalkboard paint: the matte black is crisp, but the scribbles add whimsy. Reprinted from The First Apartment Book by Kyle Schuneman. Copyright © 2012.  Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.
The master bedroom’s massive leather headboard was Thompson’s idea and design.
In Los Angeles, homeowner Bill Thompson warmed up his otherwise dark living room with a series of Douglas fir slats applied above the fireplace, as well as other wood accents throughout the room; the slats provide both texture and pattern to the fireplace, acting as a focal point and emphasizing the space's vertical height.
A trio of resin skulls works as manly wall art above a burly end table from Urban Hardwoods and on a wall painted with ICI Paint’s Noble Grey.
The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces by Kyle Schuneman and Heather Summerville (Potter Style, 2012).

This book offers tips on how to make the smallest rental space feel like a home.
Kyle Schuneman, interior and set designer of Live Well Designs in Los Angeles.
Dwell's Kyle Blue in front of the Modern World Awards exhibit at Dwell on Design.
This top floor loft space in Atlanta has uneven ceilings and no walls, so Schuneman sectioned off a nook for her bed using a tall bookcase. Photo courtesy of: Random House, Inc.
Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
This "local prefab" home on the Isle of Skye is made mostly from materials sourced in northern Scotland. The timber-framed model, meant to evoke the simple agrarian barns of the area, can be constructed on-site in as little as a day and is designed for affordability.
When Abbie and Bill Burton hired Marmol Radziner to design their prefab weekend home, their two requests were “simple-simple, replaceable materials,” says Abbie—such as concrete floors (poured offsite in Marmol Radziner's factory) and metal panel siding—and “the ability to be indoors or outdoors with ease.” Deep overhangs provide shade and protection from rain, so the Burtons can leave their doors open year-round and hang out on their 70-foot-long deck even in inclement weather. They visit the house once a month, usually for a week at a time, with Vinnie and Stella, their rescue Bernese Mountain dogs. Their two adult children occasionally join them. The couple hopes to one day retire here.
Japanese showers are usually set low down so the bather can sit on a stool and scrub, then pour cedar buckets of hot water over their heads for a refreshing rinse. This homeowner in Venice, California mounted a handheld shower head on the wall for added flexibility. The drain is under the removable cedar floor slats, keeping the room design uncluttered. Wood tubs are cleaned with a simple rinse and last for decades, as the antiseptic properties of cedar guard against mold and rot.

This ofuro was designed by Santiago Ortiz and fabricated by Bartok Design.
Tanya, Chris, Jackson, and Zeke spend much of their day outside.
Kyle intently studies the swatches.
Because the house is narrow and long (16 by 68 feet), the design team decided to create a huge open-air space to light the interior naturally. Two retractable motor-driven 

canvas canopies shelter the space during Singapore’s frequent rains.
Inventory magazine’s recently opened location showcased their Kyle Garner designed interiors. Also on display, Garner’s Sling Chair—a glimpse of what’s to come from his newly launched Sit and Read furniture line.
Kyle compares the selected shades.