Almost every piece of furniture in this tiny flat has been designed to have more than one function to maximise the limited space available, yet the owners wanted to ensure that the character wasn’t lost and plenty of daylight still came into the apartment.
The main piece of functional joinery is the ‘bed box’, which has become not only sleeping quarters, but also a major storage element to the apartment. The extra-deep steps up to the sleeping platform are also pull-out drawers for storage, plus they can be turned upside down and used as additional seats when guests come over.
The box also includes a deep wardrobe for hanging clothes, 11 drawers, two nightstands with electricity points and, probably most impressively, this is also where the washing machine is hidden away. Almost all the units can be moved around in some way, allowing for ultimate flexibility as the apartment evolves over time.
Recessed storage is another trick that’s been used to make the most of the space and keep it as light and airy as possible. In the wall on one side of the apartment is a bookshelf-cum-wine-rack, plus a media unit that can be cleverly concealed by the characterful reclaimed wooden shutters.
To maintain a sense of character and interest the unusual scalloped ceiling was exposed and painted white for a clean look and to create a play of shadows. In addition, one wall of red brick was left bare to add texture and warmth to the apartment.
The owners now have a light and airy home that is packed with charming features, with the focus being the connection with the nearby trees that practically touch the balcony beyond.
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