Micro Apartment is a 340 square foot studio apartment that has been designed by Allen+Killcoyne Architects, located in Manhattan, New York. The client is a Dallas-based retiree who wanted something close to his daughter and grandchildren, this studio is located in their building. He wanted a home that looked “clean, simple, elegant and timeless,” states the architect. Instead of creating one open room to make the space feel bigger, the architect established separate interconnected zones for living, eating, working and sleeping. The space also has large storage requirements with cabinetry that wraps throughout the space. All of this is accomplished in a tiny space without the need for multi-functional pieces. “The place feels bigger,” the architect says, “because you get three major rooms out of it. You don’t feel like you’re trapped in one box.”
“I really wanted to create rooms that flowed together, but at the same time, you had separate areas that defined different living spaces,” says the architect. It’s not the space that proves limiting, Killcoyne concludes. It’s the stuff you’re trying to cram into it. “If you can control the amount of things you own,” he says, “you can live in small spaces very nicely.” This is speaking from experience, as the architect has raised two children in a 650 square foot apartment.
To maximize storage in the kitchen, Killcoyne set the counters at 41 inches (instead of the normal 36), allowing him to tuck an additional row of drawers under the top. A row of open shelves makes access to everyday items easy and keeps the cabinet faces from looking too closed off.
A discreet shadow line divides the cabinets from the ceiling, in lieu of space-hogging moldings.
The bed is tucked behind a custom louvered partition, which shields the sleeping area from view unless you’re seated at the desk. The storage wall includes ample space for hiding clutter and holding electronics, while still offering room for displaying art and collectibles — the personal touches that keep the apartment’s precision from feeling too antiseptic.
The sleeping area accommodates a queen-size bed, several storage closets and 10 linear feet of hanging space.
When the owner said he wanted to include a large flat-panel TV here, too, Killcoyne realized the only place to put it was in the ceiling. If you look up, you’ll notice the outline of a trap door that flips down to reveal the screen.
The louvered wall makes the bedroom feel less claustrophobic, Killcoyne explains, while screening it from most angles of the apartment. The painting above the bed is by Thomas Hubben.
To ensure that spaces flowed smoothly, Killcoyne limited the palette to rift-cut oak floors, quartersawn maple cabinets and Benjamin Moore’s aptly named White paint. He lowered the ceiling around the perimeter to accommodate recessed LED fixtures, but left the center full height to help define the living area and maximize the vertical space.
While the kitchen is open to the rest of the space, it’s tucked away in the corner, “so you don’t feel like you’re cooking in your living space,” Killcoyne says. The homeowner doesn’t do a lot of cooking when he’s in residence, so appliances were limited to a microwave oven with a dishwasher drawer below, and a two-burner induction cooktop with a vent concealed in the bottom of the cabinet above.
This space also doubles as the entry hall; the front door is to the left of the oven.
The refrigerator and ice maker are hidden behind the wood doors underneath the counter, which is fashioned from a 1¼-inch slab of commercial white glass called Glassos. “Glass is fabulous, because it doesn’t stain,” says Killcoyne, who also used the material to cover the walls in the bathroom.
Thinner (¾-inch) sheets of Glassos cover the walls of the bathroom, reflecting light and making the space feel bigger. There’s an integrated Corian sink and a fully enclosed shower. (While it’s not a steam shower, it comes close when the transom windows are closed.) The floors are flame-finished granite.
The far-left mirror panel swings open to reveal a medicine cabinet. Even the toilet paper is tucked out of the way to preserve the room’s clean lines.
Photos: Courtesy of Allen+Killcoyne Architects
Discovered on Alvhem, this stunning brand new duplex apartment in Vasastaden, Sweden, presents fresh design inspiration, with plenty of hard to find features. This unique 592 square foot (55 square meters) home is dispersed over two levels, with high ceilings, arched windows and open and social spaces. The duplex boasts a lovely terrace with views over the rooftops, a lavish, open plan kitchen with living room, a stylish bathroom with laundry and bedroom with walk-in closet. Light filters into the home through two large skylights, fully glazed patio doors, as well as the beautiful arched windows on the ground floor.
The apartment exudes luxury and you are greeted by a subtle mix of solid materials. The dark floors form a warm contrast to the white-painted walls and the noble parquet runs like a thread through all the rooms-very clean and very tasteful. The kitchen and living room are open to each other, which is perfect for entertaining. A staircase leads you up, designed in a contemporary style with glass railing, giving the apartment a sense of space. Here you are going directly to the apartment’s bedroom which is furnished with simplicity. Glass doors takes you out to the apartment’s terrace, where you are greeted by a view of Vasastaden’s rooftops.
We just received picture of the project Casa K, the transformation of a museum to a house, completed in 2013 by PEÑA Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Here is a description of the project from the architects, “The former Kralings Museum at the Hoflaan has been transformed starting in 2010 into a luxury apartment building. The building contains three apartments with a communal entrance and an elevator that offers access to the upper floors. The Casa K project involves the street level apartment which consists of two layers: a ground floor of 195 square meters and a basement of 90 square meters. The apartment has a garden of over 600 square meters.
A new design for the project Casa K has been developed for the two levels using and adapting the existing installation structure in the building. The design challenge was to turn the windowless basement and the ground floor into one unified space while still adhering to the city’s preservation requirements pertaining to the Hoflaan area. In addition, the architect had to design the interior including all the closets in the office, bedroom and storage room. The kitchen is fully customized based upon collaboration between the architect and the client. A lighting plan has been designed, and materials and colors for the whole house have been chosen.
The key element of the design is a walnut cube which begins on the ground floor and protrudes through the first floor living room where the cube forms a raised platform. In the living room, the cube is surrounded by walkable glass. The cube determines by its size and position the division of the space and therefore provides a clear distinction between the front and rear parts of the living room.
The raised platform in the living room is suitable for various applications such as seating or lounging. The stairs to the cube give access to the basement where a small bathroom is built into the cube. The glass around the cube in the living room allows daylight to penetrate the basement. Three small windows in the street facade provide additional natural light.
Walnut is employed for the cube as well as for the cooking island and the office. The combination of walnut with the color black is an integral element in the apartment. Thus, the handrail is made out of black painted steel, like the kitchen door. In the kitchen and the hallway, black fittings are used.
The closets in the house are of different colors. In the kitchen, the cabinets are finished in an aluminium color. The bookshelves in the reading area are in dark grey stained wood.
Photos: Cornelie de Jong
TLV Get Away is a stunning one off design apartment situated just behind Rabin Square in a quiet tree lined street in central Tel Aviv, Israel. This is a fabulous location for a cultured and convenienced lifestyle offering 24 hour restaurants, bars and supermarkets nearby. The apartment is situated on the second floor and enjoys a quiet outlook over the rear courtyard. Constructed in 2013, the 968 square foot (90 square meters) home features two bedrooms and one bathroom, lounge and balcony.
This sensational urban apartment is listed for sale at $1.95 million, from here.
Photos: Itay Sikolski
This stunning apartment is owned by a couple who discovered their home on the outskirts of Santander, Cantabria, on the north coast of Spain. It’s a bottom level home with a garden and, although it is has had some recent construction, the owners decided to reform it with the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design (Consultores de Proyectos y Diseño), to achieve a more creative environment. The owners, two young cosmopolitans, love to travel and have a weakness for good food, that is why they wanted a space that would reflect their passions and where they could enjoy comfortable entertaining. Distributed on one floor, the cozy apartment features an open plan area to enjoy daily activities and a more private area with a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
The living room and the kitchen are open to each other, although they are separated by an island located in the center of the room, which serves as a dining table while providing an extra work surface. Discrete touches of modern industrial style, inspired by New York lofts, fit into a coherent atmosphere, full of nuances. The elongated, original windows of the house, were perfect to create charming spaces connected with the garden.
The decoration is predominately neutral. The decorative accessories, acquired by the owners in their extensive travels, define the lines of a cosmopolitan style, a very experienced but welcoming style. A space without complications, a comfortable distribution with tailor-made solutions.
The bedroom en-suite, is decorated in hues of gray and white. There are two elements: the gas fireplace recessed in the wall — a double-sided model that has been installed between the living room and the bedroom — and the mini desk in the corner.
Through the dressing room, with two areas that are open and organized, gives access to the bathroom, a space that flirts with the rustic tendencies. In short, this apartment boasts of an exquisite look, built through small delicious details.
Photos: Mi Casa
Casa F/H is a stunning apartment designed by Studiomobile, situated on the upper floor of a construction built in the 60s in San Donà di Piave, near Venice, Italy. The penthouse flat faces a huge south oriented terrace which offers a beautiful view of the river Piave beyond the tree-tops. The refurbishment completely upgraded the technological systems in terms of energy efficiency and thermal comfort, as well as completely redesigned the spaces.
The living was designed as an open space facing directly the outside terrace, which in summer becomes an extension of the sitting room. Here the different environments are marked by the furniture dividing functional areas without creating any boundaries. The huge wardrobe encloses the living room and it is both a closet, a technical piece of furniture, a fireplace and a bookshelf, also embracing the large sliding door.
The uniformity of the element, in hardwood lacquered white, is interrupted by the free form doors, by the colored niches and by the natural iron inserts creating graphic details. The huge wardrobe, as well as the couch and the kitchen, were custom designed and produced by local handcrafts. This allows the furniture to merge with architecture and to become one. The coach is enclosed by two columns of raw concrete producing two different ways of living the space. The kitchen furniture acts as a screen concealing the cooking area through two glass houses, filtering out the light and the gaze with flowers and aromatic plants.
The penthouse flat was entirely cobbled with oak wood boards which acts as a trait d’union, linking the living with the sleeping area. The same cladding was used in the main bathroom where wood boards face the tub, and in the master bedroom where it becomes the structure of the bad, of the night table and of the walk-in closet.
Photos: Giulio Boem
This beautiful modern apartment is situated in the coastal town of San Sebastián in northern Spain, owned and designed by Mikel Irastorza Interiors. The area is extremely close to the French border, so many of the houses in this part of the country have a profound French, turn-of-the-century influence. When the designer spotted the space he wanted, he gutted it. The most important thing for the renovation was to stay true to the early 20th century structure of the surrounding area, while still incorporating his signature style and furnishings. There are only two people living in the small apartment, so the designer decided to indulge in high-end modern goods, while still creating a livable and functional space. The pieces he selected are warm and welcoming, “I don’t think I have a particular style, to be honest,” says Irastorza. “I always try to adapt my work to the places, houses, and clients I work with. This house was my own, so it’s a bit of everything. I just knew that I wanted it to be clean and open, but also very warm.” The finished result is a home that feels harmonious and balanced — a fusion of a structure inspired by the past, and design that lives in the present.
Although the floor plan of his home is fairly open, Irastorza was able to divide the living space into multiple seating areas that serve different functions. This lengthy living area is divided into a TV viewing space at one end with a couch, and a reading space at the other end with two chaises. The couch was made in Irastorza’s workshop, while the coffee and side tables are from FLEXFORM. Both consoles are mid-century Danish pieces.
A variety of mid-century German pottery sits on top of the Danish console, accented by a vintage lamp. The primary light fixtures are Pipe, by Tom Dixon. The chaise lounges are from FLEXFORM.
“White, white, and white! I really only added pale colors — a very light mint and peach — in the bedrooms to add to the fabrics,” said Irastorza. The white pottery still manages to stand out against the home’s molded white walls, as do the vintage white wall lights from Holland. The hanging pendant is another vintage find of Irastorza’s.
The furniture and accessories Irastorza opted to use in his home are a unique mix of products that he loves, and products that he has bought all over the world. “I look mostly for things with a past —things that tell a story — and also for items from my favorite designers.”
The living room, dining room, and kitchen all remain relatively open to each other — the iron bookcase is really the only thing dividing this common living space. A clean and open space was particularly important to Irastorza, who wanted to incorporate this contemporary update into the structure of this turn-of-the-century apartment.
The combination of the bold artwork and classic furniture made the dining room Irastorza’s favorite room in his home. He found an antique French country table, which melds beautifully with the home’s golden wood floors. Chinese wooden side chairs accent the table, along with six classic Bertoia white chairs.
The amazing artwork on the wall was was a light fixture Irastorza had reworked into a sculpture to hang on the wall. The piece, found in a villa in Berlin, is covered in gold leaf. The hanging fixtures above the table are from FLOS.
A great example of Irastorza’s design style, the kitchen is extremely functional. All of the appliances are very high-end, but the space is nothing extravagant — just what is needed. All of the kitchen tiles are from the Italian tile experts at Bisazza.
Irastorza chose sink fixtures from Grohe for the kitchen, and a durable countertop material from Silestone for his sleek, white counters. The unique photograph is called “1592-4,” and is by the Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun. (How fantastic is the staging in these shots by the way? It looks like the leftovers from a late night binge.)
The open hallway lends to the light, airy, and clean feeling of the entire home. Light from a beautifully made stained-glass window fills the space. A vintage leather German chair from the ’50s and a quirky floor lamp from Spanish company Santa & Cole adds warmth.
Irastorza had a iron bookshelf installed to work as a innovative and multi-functional room divider. The different sized nooks and crannies are perfect for his wide collection of knick-knacks.
The architectural details in the main bedroom are great examples of Irastorza’s attempts to maintain 20th-century elements in the home’s structure. A understated and delicate molding at the ceiling accents the über light peach walls. Although the color is subtle, it significantly warms up what might otherwise feel like a stark room. A luxurious fur throw adds to this feel, and a chic Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chair in the corner pulls the look and color scheme together.
An authentic Moroccan rug contributes to the sense of texture in this neutrally-toned room. The chic side table is a vintage French design from the ’50s, and is highlighted by Basque, German, and Peruvian pottery. The pendant lamps — which are great alternatives to more traditional bedside lamps — are vintage German.
Irastorza chose a pale mint to highlight the walls and molding in the second bedroom of the home. A custom blue headboard complements the Ralph Lauren Home bedspread. Vintage jade-colored pendant lights, which hang daintily over a set of Danish side tables. The mirror on the wall, which is from Maxalto, is a clever way to give the illusion of a larger space.
A vintage Danish brown leather chair sits next to a French side table and old Phillips floor lamp to create a cozy window-side reading corner. The teak desk — another Danish design from the ’60s — sits away from the Moroccan rug, creating a tidy little desk area. The mint walls coincide with the green marble fireplace, adding to the room’s faint yet distinct green hue — a far cry from the stark white walls of the home’s common space.
Photos: Courtesy of Mikel Irastorza
This renovated and spacious apartment, spotted on Alvhem, is located in a quite courtyard on the popular Kastell Street in Linnéstaden, a busy city center of Gothenburg, Sweden. The stylish 1,119 square foot (104 square meters) home features charming details from the early 1900s, with a newly renovated open plan living and kitchen area, perfect for entertaining. This home, demonstrates a perfect subtle mix between new and old. The living room offers a rounded wall with a tall window that looks out into the inner courtyard, offering abundant natural light and bestowing charm to the apartment. It’s nice to sit on the couch and be able to communicate with the guests that can be both in the kitchen and the living room. The walls are smooth and painted in a white color that harmonizes with the furnishings and decor. From the living room, are the private spaces of the home, offering two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The Brick Loft House was once a dingy looking office unit that received a complete overhaul by architecture firm FARM, situated in Joo Chiat Ln, Singapore. The new owners saw the potential of this apartment and so did the architects. Situated on the second storey of a shophouse unit in the charming JooChiat area, the architects wanted to reinvent, with a localized design language, the concept of a chic industrial loft.
From the onset, we knew the importance of bringing light and the sense of lightness to the space within. The apartment has to feel as if it’s suffused with light. To do that, walls were knocked down to create an outdoor verandah area upon entry. Huge timber framed glass sliding doors are used to further increase light porosity. Generous amount of louvres are used at the rooftop to bring in more light to the mezzanine bedroom.
The feel of the industrial is brought out through the sensitive use of building materials and the reinvention of their vocabulary and usage. Taking a cue from concrete ventilation blocks found in old houses, we updated the look with a new custom-made pattern. This pattern is then abstracted and transformed again and brought into the living area via a laser-cut metal screen folding door.
The old plaster of the house was also peeled off to reveal bricks in their original gritty but charming condition. What are ‘industrial lofts’ without some bricks eh? Then using the idea of these bricks as basic building blocks, we created continuous wall shelving with a similar structure and framing. The key unmissable feature in the apartment is the spiral staircase constructed entirely out of metal, spray-painted all glossy white, and with its balustrade in the dangerously-sexy form of a curving brick wall.
Photos: Jeremy San TzerNing
Four Floors consists of four couture apartments dispersed over four floors of an historic 19th century stone Galata building that was immaculately restored in Istanbul, Turkey. The contemporary renovation was carried out by it’s owner and designer Sema Topaloğlu, one of Istanbul’s most original designers, and her team of furniture designers and craftsmen. Inspiration for this small and sleek boutique hotel came from the historic culture of Istanbul and the deep-rooted Istanbul traditions of handcraft. The spacious interiors of the 4 Floors contains furniture from Topaloğlu’s own unique collections and other leading contemporary designers such as Marc Newson, Ingo Maurer and Marcel Wanders. These stylish interiors feature sweeping views of Istanbul, combining the new and old to dramatic affect that represents the new contemporary culture of Istanbul.
Features includes a peaceful environment within the busy city is created by the personalized service of Murat Topaloğlu. Spacious rooms with high ceilings and panoramic views of the famous skyline and Bosphorus, unique design and furniture by Sema Topaloğlu Studio, contemporary amenities including fully outfitted kitchens, music players, high-speed internet, in-room coffee makers and selected international and Istanbul magazines. The top floor Penthouse features executive accommodation provides striking views across the Sea of Marmara framing the old Istanbul from atop the living loft and terrace.
Photos: Courtesy of Four Floors Istanbul