There is something wonderful about well-designed small spaces...maybe it's because I grew up in New York City where space is at a premium. Regardless, A well-designed small space is like a jewel box of sorts and it takes an extremely talented designer or architect to make it work. Space-planning and programming on a project with limited/fixed square footage is like a puzzle and is far more challenging and demands a lot more creativity than just adding square footage to meet the client's needs.
Before I launch into a diatribe against the bloated size of American homes, I'll get to the point. I was flipping through my tear sheets today, waiting for a spark of inspiration to hit for a blog post today I ran across this gem of an apartment in the March 2008 issue of Metropolitan Home. Ironically, the apartment is in Paris, which is where I am heading for 2+ glorious weeks on Sunday. The apartment belongs to chef and cookbook author Patricia Wells and her husband Walter.
Below is a floor plan on the apartment, which will give you a good idea for the economical use of space in the following images:
In the Living Room, gym equipment, books, and home office equipment are hidden behind beautifully detailed traditional paneled doors that, when closed, give no hint as to the clutter that may lay behind.
All photos courtesy of Metropolitan Home March 2008