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A Hard-Working House in the City

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A Hard-Working House in the City

Meredith Swinehart July 10, 2012

To keep a tiny modern home looking minimal, storage is a must.

Melissa Baker and Jon Handley of Pulltab Design (members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) took delight in their clients' unique "program." A young couple had just purchased their first home, a 650-square-foot apartment in a NYC high rise. The couple bought small but dreamed big, requesting dining for four, a full kitchen, a dedicated breakfast space, a workspace, and a living room with a home entertainment system. Knowing that the main living space had to meet all of its owners' demands, Baker and Handley created one very multifunctional room. Among their solutions: dual uses for most of the furniture, including a five-foot-long fold-down table. Read below to explore the apartment's modern nooks and crannies.

Photography by Mikiko Kikuyama.

Above: The homeowners both work long hours in the city and wanted their home to be a calm and quiet sanctuary. For the color palette, they took their architects' recommendation of a white background with splashes of color throughout and an oil-finished walnut floor.

Above: Almost all of the storage is built in, and freestanding pieces (like the television cabinet above) are substantial and multifunctional. To the right, the dedicated breakfast bar.

Above: The cabinet contains the couple's TV as well as the home computer CPU, printer, keyboard, and modem.

Above: The breakfast bar doubles as a home office; wires connecting the monitor and the CPU run behind removable baseboards.

Above: The tiny kitchen is airy and functional.

Above: A George Nelson Platform Bench serves as the living room coffee table.

Above: A pull-down dining table for small dinner parties (when the table is in use, the couple stores the Nelson bench under the breakfast bar).

Above: A five-foot dining table folds from the wall, counterbalanced by a hidden stack of weights making it easy to maneuver. Lining the cabinet is a fabric panel by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

Above: The owners' midcentury chairs were refinished and reupholstered in Maharam merino wool.

Above: The architects designed the Corian-surfaced floating vanity and topped it with a Catalano sink. A small shelf folds flush to the cabinet when not in use, concealing an electrical outlet.

Above: The floor plan makes clever use of all 650 square feet.

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