The secret to this petite Manhattan apartment? Its inventive hidden storage—so well-hidden, in fact, that I didn’t notice it at first glance.
When two Israeli-born architects, Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger of BoND, acquired the circa-1910, 520-square-foot apartment in the city’s West Chelsea neighborhood, it was laid out like a typical, cramped New York flat, with a railroad layout and a walled-off kitchen and bathroom in the center of the space that didn’t get any light. The duo transformed the apartment by realigning the kitchen and bathroom along one wall, then added high/low design elements: custom marble, tall glass partition walls, a sheet of stainless steel made at a workshop in Chinatown, and a hacked Ikea kitchen.
Then, when I emailed the architects, they pulled back the curtain—or rather opened the cabinets—and revealed just how much storage they’d fit in, seamlessly, behind panels and doors. Turns out, the apartment is an example of the best kind of order: interiors so simple, quiet, and artful that you don’t know how much ingenious storage is just beneath the quiet surface. Take a look.
Photography by Eric Petschek.
The Plans, Before
The Plans, After
More inventive small apartments that make use of every inch:
- Danish Heritage: A Copenhagen Townhouse Renovated by Hand
- The Modern Garret: An Inventive Remodel in Paris, Tiny Ikea Hack Kitchen Included
- The New Yorker: A 400-Square-Foot West Village Apartment, Thoughtfully Redone by a Young Architect
N.B.: A version of this post first appeared on The Organized Home; head here to see the story.