Whole apartment’s worth of stuff in 86sqft


#1

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#2

I’m thinking that once the servant moves into her quarters, the doors will never all be closed at once again. Neat design, though!


#3

Among the clever space-saving strategies: no capital letters.


#4

How miserable.


#5

(Been) Here 5 minutes, and I already feel sorry for myself.
-Halle Berry Swordfish


#6

If you are going to do this kind of minimalist design, it should be very clean, white, pristine feeling. I felt like the concept was good but the execution was low-rent, too ornamental, shabby and miserable. The concept of the wall with various sliders was clever.


#7

The real “trick” to making these maids’ rooms “livable” is the addition of a toilet and shower. They don’t normally have more than a sink (there’s a shared “turkish toilet” in the hallway). In that regard, this reno seems to have done a great job.

Once you carved out a space for the bathroom, however, I personally would prefer to have a single bed that was out in the open, to serve as a sofa, with drawers to store clothes underneath and shelves on the walls to store books and stuff. The table seems miserable, and certainly no better than a folding one that could hang on the wall when not in use…

The design is clever, but I can’t think it would be at all pleasant to live in.


#8

I actually think they did a great job with it - the staircase is the most clever bit. I can see using a similar design for my kid’s room when he gets big enough for a loft bed. It would really allow for full use of a very small room to have all that built-in storage and a desk. The one thing that’s missing from the design is a nice lounge chair or nook - it would be nice to have someplace cozy to read a book or watch TV without having to lay down in the bed.

Anyway, for what it is, I think it’s pretty amazing. A real pied-a-terre that probably cost almost nothing to buy and renovate. And all that savings on a mortgage or rent can be spent on enjoying Paris.


#9

It’s servant’s quarters. Literally.


#10

Ah yes, I see now it’s intended for the “help” - still, I think it’s really nicely done and obviously it’s a perk for the au pair to live rent-free.*

*I’m sure someone will chastise me for calling it a perk when she’s probably working for peanuts and forced to live in a tiny apartment. But we’re talking Paris, not Hong Kong here, and this is far from the least pleasant live-in situation possible.


#11

The staircase design wastes potential storage space as-is. It would be better if each step was a separate “drawer”. Pull the bottom drawer, and a stop on each would catch the next one up at the right place and pull it along so that you had a staircase when it was fully extended. Release the stops and each drawer could be pulled out fully to access the back compartments on the higher “steps”. Just my two cents.


#12

Interesting idea! You wanna come design my son’s bedroom? :slight_smile:


#13

How’s the window takeout?


#14

Where do the arcade cabinets go?

What? What do you guys keep in your apartments?


#15

The ability to completely isolate yourself from fresh air will come in handy.
In this living space it is incumbent upon the occupant to PUT THINGS AWAY.
I do not PUT THINGS AWAY.


#16

leeloodallasmultipass

-cutest line in a movie, ever.


#17

She knows it’s a Multipass!


#18

They’ve achieved the dream of storing servants in a closet when they’re not in use.


#19

All those moving parts? Mechanisms will inevitably wear out and/or break. I’ll give it five years.

Sometimes I can be a miserable old git.


#20

All these one-off designs for livable apartments in very small spaces are lovely from a design perspective, but it would be nice if someone was actually making them available to more of the people who have to live in tiny apartments.