Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Très Petite Maison Parisienne

The stereotypical profile of someone living in a 129 sq ft apartment is a person who might have trouble putting together enough scratch to afford ramen noodles. Therefore the idea that he or she could pull off a tasteful and smart renovation is nearly unthinkable. We talk here a lot about this phenomenon: how small spaces tend to get marginalized because many of the people who live in them might not have the resources to give their spaces the design love they deserve. So we are quick to point out exceptions like this tiny (12 sq m/129 sq ft) Parisian flat designed by Julie Nabucet Architecture.

The main feature of the space is a raised platform that holds a trundle bed. When extended halfway, the bed also acts as a sofa. There is a clever drawer built into the platform stair that holds pillows (an oft-overlooked detail with many hiding beds).

Stacked wooden boxes separate the kitchen from the living room and act as storage–these make a lot of sense, though we suspect they’re not stable enough to use as a counter. There is a bunch of built-in storage along the room’s main wall.

The small kitchen has a two burner cooktop and a small convection/microwave oven (everything is kinda small actually). The bathroom sink is separated by a lattice plywood divider that creates some separation without closing off the space; the proximity of the bathroom sink to the kitchen keeps the two sinks on the same plumbing line.

Like many tiny spaces, this apartment’s main feature is its central location in the Montorgueil quarter. In her interview with Fair Companies, Nabucet talks about how Parisians tend to live outside, which makes big private spaces unnecessary. With a little bit of design, this apartment is a nice demonstration that your urban launchpad can be as attractive as it is functional.

  • David, there are a lot of details in this space efficient living space that jump out at me… The bathroom vanity mirror that folds out when needed and recesses back against the wall. I too like the stair drawer features, that utilizes otherwise wasted space. The stacked boxes makes for an interesting architectural element for a visual separation as well as much needed storage. The wall of storage is similar in nature to the LifeEdited 1 Apartment. It appears that the open cabinet over the kitchen sink is open and drains down into the sink, eliminating clean dishes from the countertop.

  • theFERway

    Loved it, but I couldn’t help but wonder where she stores her clothes? In a Hermione purse? In any case, it’s incredible to see what they did with the space and still make it feel light. The bathroom sink is beautiful!

    • Liz Stern

      The did say there was a bunch of built in storage along the main wall.

  • éa

    Wow my parisian is considered small and it’s double this size ! Very bright solution for student living or a pied à terre, although costly. I suppose living in Montorgueil can be worth it !

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