From Margaret Everton on June 08, 2010 in Home Decor
Rarely is a small space so magnificent that it makes you want to actually downsize. To 185 square feet, no less. But the apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden recently featured on TreeHugger is such a place. Part of a historic 1881 building, the apartment exhibits not only how to design beautifully in general, but how to do so with little space. Of course, as you see, groundwork has been laid with the numerous windows and high ceilings and the buildings general good bones. But the design brilliance doesnt stop there. The apartment makes brilliant use of the vertical space by accessing the tall walls for bookshelves, which not only keep items from eye level, but draw attention to the higher visuals. The table is placed near the elongated window, and wine bottles are kept at the top of the narrow cabinet. Even the art is shaped vertically. A view of the other side of the room shows how well clutter is concealed. Only what is meant to be seen remains in view; everything else is hidden in streamlined cabinets. Each object has been conscientiously placed. To draw upon as much natural light as possible during the winter months, white is used copiously throughout, which not only gives the illusion of more space and keeps the aesthetic simple, but also allows for delightful splashes of color such as this loft bed and surrounding books. The bursts of black add dimension and ground the apartment. The place boasts a modest but fully functional kitchen with a quality work surface and sink, plus good storage. The same principle carries into all 185 square feet, which helps account for its success: the balance between scarcity and abundance. A dwelling can be sparse and uncomplicated without sacrificing intimacy and personality. In a country that invented IKEA, and whose design past includes egna-hem style, the streamlined beauty of this space shouldnt be surprisingand yet my mouth gapes open at every photo I see of it. And Im not the only one.