studio apartment

House Wellington 7B & 7C

another thing i have been doing a lot of in anticipation of moving soon, apart from browsing etsy, is actually looking for a new place to stay.* which is a frustrating process, at best. so when i get sick of looking at dingy, overpriced flats i start looking for things that actually inspire me – like these two flats in Cape Town’s CBD designed by architects Wolf & Wolf.

We designed a new penthouse loft apartment in the historic Fruit Growers Building in Cape Town. We explored the concept of re-fabrication, using as much of the existing timber on site and re-working it. The result is our take on what a “Cape Town” style loft apartment is. House Wellington 7C is a compact version of 7B. Here we explore the idea of compact Urban Living. The total area is 50m²

* may as well take this opportunity to appeal to people in the cape town area who are reading this – if you have a flat or know of a flat in cape town that is becoming available next year please email me! that’s the smell of desperation, friends.

House Wellington 7B:

House Wellington 7c:

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small is cool

if you choose to live on your own as a young person (and i say this assuming that you don’t earn major bucks or perhaps you live in an expensive city – or both) you will probably be faced with the reality of renting a studio apartment. unless you’re an investment banker, or you won the lotto, or your granddad left you a sweet inner city pad the size of an ark that he bought back in 1950 for R500, or you’ve found some 3 bedroom palace with wooden floors and a working fireplace that’s being rented out for tuppence. if you’re one of those people, please don’t pity me. for i might be jumping on the studio flat bandwagon one of these days, and of course in lieu of that, the first thing i consider is HOW TO DECORATE.

zach motl lives in a 178 ft² studio apartment in brooklyn. that’s 16m² folks… he’s an interior decorator, which explains why his flat looks the way it does. “the more stuff you put in a room, the bigger it seems”

http://i.imgur.com/Ez1gu.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EpYaj.jpg

probably one of the cutest apartments i’ve seen is this one that won the second prize in apartment therapy’s small cool contest in 2007. more for the use of space than the actual decor (though i so love the chaise). in actual fact it’s bigger than the one above – at 293.5 ft² (27.27m²), yet it actually looks kind of smaller:

another apartment that abides buy the “more is more” rule and pulls it off, is this one (also a 2007 small & cool winner) – it is roughly the same size as the one above (300 ft²):

i think what the americans have going for them in terms of apartments (large & small) is that they usually have built in cupboards (sorry, closets) and i don’t mean the ugly ones we have here that are just plonked in the corner of the room, but actual cupboards that are recessed into a wall. sometimes with a light! oh how i wish to step into my tiny built in closet and tug on the dangling light switch to reveal all my stuff crammed up sardine style. like so:

oh, anything for a royal tenenbaums reference. anyway don’t distract me…

this couple has a really inspiring little studio in NYC (400 ft² = 37 m²), and they did all the DIY themselves:

http://i.imgur.com/HemBB.jpg

this NYC couple‘s apartment is only 200 ft² (18 m²!!!)

http://i.imgur.com/a0lNl.jpg

delving into the archives, i once posted about this studio apartment from light locations, which is lovely:

and, further into the archives, these wee houses – i wouldn’t mind a tiny pre-fab studio sized house that is placed slap bang in the middle of a forest or somewhere else awesome.

http://i.imgur.com/zaatV.jpg

or perhaps a tiny beach chalet

http://i.imgur.com/T8Mag.jpg

sigh. either way, small can be cool.

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love the light

i’m nowhere near buying a house (or even a cupboard somewhere) – but if i was on the market for a wee bit of real estate, i would probably start off with something teeny like a studio flat.  this is a pretty great example of a studio that doesn’t feel like a studio.

i love the galley ‘kitchen’ behind the couch, genius. and there are two living areas – impressive! i’d probably replace the 2nd living room with a dining / work area. the decor itself is bordering on gaudy, but the use of space is just awesome. via luphia loves from light locations

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