Tiny Spaces

Organization and creativity are key to living in tiny spaces.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionPica designed a cover for the stove to expand the food prep surface, but you can also buy a cutting board that fits over a cook top.
Penthouse Piccolo
Giuseppe Pica grew up on a farm outside Alcamo, Sicily, so it's not in his makeup to think small. When he moved into this 300-square-foot space, he was determined to create separate dining, living and bedroom areas and make a bold statement. His apartment is in the historic Highlands complex on East 91st — the same street as the original Carnegie and Vanderbilt mansions. Pica loves the building's unusual undulating bowed shape and was particularly drawn to this top-floor studio with its huge west window. Inspired by a 6,400-square-foot Sutton Place penthouse that he helped design for a client, Pica turned his own place into a pop extravaganza of lacquer, neon, and playful pop art (for a thousandth of the price.)

A dining table separates the tiny white kitchen from the living area. A pull-down screen above the table can hide the kitchen, for instance while entertaining.