Small...The New Big
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Manhattan Design Project Loft
New York homeowners Susie Mendive and Mikon Van Gastel strike a balance between work and play. Their 1,000-square-foot loft apartment doubles as a design studio business during the day and a home during the evenings and weekends. The office desk closes horizontally to store work away and visually signal the end of working hours. The bedroom walls are a laboratory for testing Mendive's design projects: she lives with them to be sure that others can, too. A refrigerator scrapbook brings a little personality to the otherwise spare space of the kitchen. Elements of space-savvy function and small-scale amusement define the space as a workable home.
Moveable, multipurpose furniture lives along the perimeter of the apartment, keeping an open corridor down the middle for a spacious feel. Progressive paint along the long wall visually separates the space.
The coffee table top slides open from the center, revealing a sizeable drawer. The homeowners' CDs and photo albums are stored out of the way, yet in an accessible place for frequent use.
A big table takes up space but serves many functions, so it's worth every inch. The homeowner uses it as a work surface for design projects, to meet with clients and to serve dinner for up to 10 people.
The area adjacent to the kitchen is not furnished as a dining room. Instead, it's used for storage and entertaining. It's left open for guests to mill around in on their way through the apartment.
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