Perfect Petite Spaces

You can live on a postage stamp without scaling back on style. Redefining small, homeowners find they have perfect petite spaces.

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Manhattan Brown-Tone
Kips Bay Towers is one of the first residential buildings designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei. It is distinguished as the first "exposed concrete" residence in Manhattan and is famous for its large picture windows and landscaped gardens. So when a condo became available, how could a pair of young architects resist? James and Margaret Vira's goal was restoration that reflects the studio's history.

Because the studio houses two people with very different schedules, the homeowners wanted to create distinct private and shared spaces. The main addition to the studio was the striking, multi-purpose, walnut wood wall. On one side, it defines a formal dining area next to the kitchen, creates seating at its base and provides a canopy for light fixtures over the dining table. On the opposite side, it creates a warm, secluded area for the couple's bed.