Space-efficient living is a must in New York City, where savvy residents build shelves into every nook and cranny of their tiny apartments. While the ad-lib additions often get the job done, they don’t always work with a home’s aesthetic. With some help from Design42 Architecture, the owners of this industrial loft were able to sidestep that problem and make the most of their space without sacrificing style.
A shared hardwood floor and matching black accents in both the living room and kitchen automatically make the first level feel larger, but an exposed brick wall unique to the cooking space also helps set the two areas apart. There isn’t enough space to add in a full dining room, but a slim butcher-block counter gives the family a place to congregate and eat, while also doubling as a practical prep table.
Instead of building a solid wall to partition out the upper-level bedroom, Design42 installed a window that makes the apartment feel more open and has the added benefit of letting light into the sleeping area. All along the staircase wall, you’ll find layers of built-in shelves. The shelf interiors are painted with a lovely shade of lilac—others in the apartment boast a bright pop of orange—which add a dash of coziness to the otherwise industrial loft.
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