Sculpting a Small Space

A great find in a desirable urban neighborhood often requires the sculpting of a small space into a home. Join the growing number of urban pioneers who find that creative persistence pays off.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionArchitect Joel Sanders designed the apartment to allow occupants to freely shift roles and activities within a finite space and limited budget.
Innovative Studio
At first glance, Milan Hughston's West Village studio seems to be one small room. But the west wall contains the apartment's functional core: shelving, a Murphy bed, a tabletop that slides on tracks to serve as desk, dining room table and kitchen island.

Hughston wanted to create a home that has a minimal aesthetic but a lot of impact. He chose all of his furniture for its relationship to the size of his apartment. Scale is everything in a small space. Two of his favorite features are the glossy black floor that creates a reflective pool that makes the furniture appear to float in the space, and the silvery curtain against the far wall that adds shimmering sheer sexiness to the studio.