Our kind of efficiency apartment: a 451-square-foot one-bedroom flat in London designed with plenty of built-in storage and hidden utility closets. The tiny open kitchen is constructed of sustainable cross-laminated timber, concealed Smeg appliances, and Corian countertops. (Bonus points: The apartment is part of the Spruce Apartments in Barret’s Grove by architect Amin Taha and is listed for sale on The Modern House.) Here it is, along with some ideas for re-creating the look.
Above: A Corian-lined cubby set into the raw timber cabinetry.
Above: A detail of the sleek cooking area.
Above: A wider view of the kitchen shows how the space opens into the living room.
Faucets & Fixtures
Above: The Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet in white is $401.76 at eFaucets. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Pull-Down Sprayer Faucets.
Above: The Blanco Precis Super Single Bowl Sink in white granite is $342.74 at Amazon.
Above: The BlueStar London Flat Series 24-Inch Under Cabinet Wall Hood is $3,138 at AJ Madison.
Above: The Smeg 4-Zone White Induction Cooktop measures about 23.6 inches wide; $2,518 at Whitfords.
Above: The Smeg Electric Tea Kettle in Red is $129.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Another option is the KitchenAid 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle in Empire Red for $99.13 at Amazon. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Electric Kettles.
Above: The Smeg Retro 2-Slice Toaster in Red (shown) is $149.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The KitchenAid 2-Slice All-Metal Toaster in Empire Red is $49.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Above: The Magis Tavolo XZ3 Round Table is $1,029 at Hive Modern.
Above: Ikea’s Råskog Blue Bar Stool is $34.99.
Above: The triptych Ribba Frame in white is $9.99 at Ikea.
Above: The Illusion Tea Towel, shown in green, by Normann Copenhagen and Anne Lehmann is $18 at A+R Store.
Above: The Bittergurka Plant Pot is a compact, powder-coated steel planter for the countertop; $9.99 at Ikea.
Source ideas from more small kitchens: