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.

Keep it Simple Schuybroek

Least our readers think the only way to make a small space amazing is through hiding beds, moving walls and high tech gimmicks, let us point your attention toward Nicolas Schuybroek. The Belgian architect proves that style and interior design restraint go a long way in making a small space both gorgeous and livable.

His DT Appartment (translation: DT Apartment) is a small space that reeks of style and comfort. Rather than trying to do too much, it has a handful of meticulously chosen furnishings that fit just right into the space. For the two room apartment, there is little more than a comfy looking L-sofa, some side tables, a round dining table, some chairs, a desk and a bed. The space uses accents such as wide plank wood flooring and lots of marble to give it an opulent feel. (We’ll leave out our thoughts about the sink that floats separately from the rest of the kitchen).

Surely, none of this is cheap–especially the floor to ceiling marble shower stall and what is probably custom furniture. That said, one of the great things about a small space (we don’t have exact square footage, but would guess around 550 sq ft), is that the amount of materials is never that great, making high end finishes easier to justify.

images via NS Architects

  • Gorgeous!!

  • Maggie

    You can feel the quiet. Lovely.

  • glen

    Looks great but where do you put anything. I like this minimal look but it also has to be functional. The bathroom counter has no space. These photos look great but I would like to see what it looks like when you move in.

  • Christopher Tilley

    Gorgeous but impractical.

    There doesn’t appear to be any storage. The floor plan appears to indicate that there’s some storage in the bedroom but that isn’t likely to be enough for 1 person, let alone 2.

    The kitchen sink in the middle of the room is just stupid.

    I think that this could work as an upmarket hotel room sans kitchen but not as a living space. Even the most minimalist person is likely to have more stuff than this place can hold.

    • kris

      Yes, Christopher, this apartment wouldn’t have enough storage space for me, but I do think that a many a minimalist would find the storage space to be adequate.

      Based on the floor plan, the bedroom seems to have a closet that appears to be 6 or 8 feet long. And the entrance area seems to have a closet that appears to be 2 or 3 feet long.

      As to the bathroom, I’m withholding judgement.


  • david moore

    completely freaking brilliant and beautifull………. what else do u need , certainly not accumulating more things ,….. kitchen + bathroom , gor.jusssssss………. as with the sink , maybe they got creative , does everything have to be conventional ……. comfortable welcoming and austere all at the same time ……….. he’s up there with these 3 guys:

  • clarkbennett

    There’s plenty of storage for me, but I don’t own much. I don’t like where the sink is placed. Other than that I like it alot.