They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In these small apartments, each of which measures under 50 square meters (538 square feet), the necessity of creating a livable space has led to the invention of style, the creative use of color, and resulted in four gorgeous homes for daring and discerning residents.
The first apartment was designed for a young and stylish woman pursuing fashion. In the small studio space the designer has not only made an area for creation – with a folding sewing table and mannequin – but also taken inspiration from the timeless style icon that is Audrey Hepburn. Starting with an irreverent image of the beauty chewing gum, the entire story of the space was written. From Tiffany blue walls in honor of her classic role to bright pops of yellow and hints of black, it’s an ideal space for a young woman striking out on her own and belonging to no one.
The next apartment measures just 40 square meters (430 square feet) and is a tribute to industrial simplicity. Materials used include concrete, plywood, brick, and metal all of which keep to a neutral tone without getting too dark. A seating area, small office space, breakfast bar and bed nestled up against a wall offer everything you would need, and nothing you don’t.
The third space from designer Karolina Krac was designed for a couple and is also 40 square meters. When two people are living in the home, there needs to be some degree of separation and this has been done by creating two working areas. Of course, the couple still must share their cozy bed, dining area and one modern egg chair.
The final apartment is from Poland and measures just 41 square meters (441 square feet). The space was also designed for a couple with their busy and mobile lifestyle in mind. Unlike many homes, it was not actually built “to last.” Instead, the permanent elements like the kitchen and bath were kept within a small budget so that money could be spent on high quality furniture. This means that when the couple eventually moves – as they are apt to do – they can take these investment pieces with them and leave the kitchen for someone else to sort out.