We’re looking at two very different interiors in this article, with two very different approaches to what kind of design best serves a small space. Where one dwelling celebrates simplicity in all areas, the other embraces trend statements with a good dash of luxury, and both merit mutual consideration.
Our first visit is to an attic above the old fishermen’s harbour of Camogli, a village near Genova. The project, by architectural firm gosplan, aimed to incorporate a living room, a kitchen, a studio, two bedrooms and a bathroom into the flat, despite the awkward shaped gambrel roof and the tiny floor area. The outcome is described as being halfway between existenzminimum (a subsistence dwelling) and a fashionable Le-Corbusierian cabanon.
The restrictions led to personalized pieces made especially for the flat, where elements of each area could be closed away after use, such as the covered over cook top and a bed beneath a trapdoor.
The small space utilizes every available inch for neat storage solutions.
The second project, by Rad Design Inc, is a modern loft well suited to its trendy location in Toronto’s King West area. This home would make the perfect pad for an avid design lover, as each area boasts on-trend touches and oversized style declarations.
Over the small living room area, a huge white anglepoise spider light demands attention in the central ceiling space, whilst a vivid piece of artwork fights for the spotlight above the sofa. Two black Barcelona chairs make sophisticated additions to the lounge furniture.
Another bright piece of wall art decorates the space at the end of the kitchen cabinet run. All of these eye-catching elements work together within the space because the rest of the walls and furniture is kept neutral and low key.
Exposed concrete ceiling and pillars counteract the glossy look of en vogue elements.