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.

Tiny Flat Celebrates Less

Magical things can happen when people see small as a choice rather than an unfortunate situation. The latter person will be unlikely commit to her life. Her home, stuff and attitude will reflect a resentment that she can’t afford a bigger place. But one who chooses ‘less’ will commit. She will make things work to their utmost extent. She will use her limited resources as a crowbar for opening creative potential. I can say with some confidence that Polish designer Szymon Hanczar is someone who chooses small. His 140 sq ft flat is a celebration to commiting to living small and light.

There’s not much to be said of the apartment that can’t be seen in the photos. There’s one closet that could fit a very pared down wardrobe and, amazingly, a tiny washing machine to clean that wardrobe. There’s a super tiny kitchen that looks useable, though not necessarily ideal for preparing large dinner parties. There’s a white tiled “wet” bathroom that is next to the kitchen. And there’s a sleeping loft.

So far as I can tell, almost all the furniture was purchased at IKEA. The chair is the TERJE. That’s a MALM dresser. I suspect the innards of the cabinets are from the PAX system. Not sure if the table is IKEA. This is cool in my opinion. It shows that you can make a beautiful, livable space with limited funds and very limited space.

Via Design Milk

Photo credit: Jędrzej Stelmaszek /

  • Maggie

    A lovely calming space, although I’m pretty sure I’d fall out of that bed. We really don’t need much more than this; we only think we do.

    BTW, the table is IKEA – BJURSTA, with small pull-outs on either side. A space saver.

    • lifeedited

      you could get one of the child bed railings 😉
      and thanks for cracking the table mystery. it seemed weird that he’d use something not IKEA.

  • Slackerjo

    What’s with the bike on the wall? I can barely roll my bike six feet into my apartment to the storage closet without scratching the door, the walls, and my shins.

    • lifeedited

      You make a solid point. I frequently ride in the rain and I wouldn’t want my bike hung over anything I intended to keep clean.

      • Melbournite

        Also, Wroclaw in the rain… it’s misery. I’m also curious how he gets the bike up there- like does he do a run-up on the dresser, lol?

        Really like it though.