“Every inch was critical,” Maayan Zusman says, explaining why she and collaborators Amir Navon of 6b Studio and Moran Ben Ami didn’t put up a single interior wall in the Tel Aviv flat they renovated last year. Within its paltry 592 square feet, they hoped to fit two bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest toilet and an open balcony—a seemingly impossible feat. They accomplished it by smartly partitioning space with custom cabinets and glass dividers that lend the apartment an airy, open feel.
Playfully flouting convention, Johanna Molineus, an American-born architect, created a deceptively spacious home for herself in this tiny, 678-square-foot London apartment. The living area is furnished with a marble table that Molineus designed, ringed with Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen and bookended by a Mezzaluna Terra floor lamp by Bruno Gecchelin and a Spun chair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis.
In Madrid, a couple renovated a 753-square-foot penthouse apartment, which suffered from a typical midcentury layout, with spaces for cooking, sleeping, and bathing strictly segregated into cell-like rooms linked by a dark hallway. The most radical decision was making the main bathroom and dressing room the apartment’s “core”; its central placement and two entrances would dictate a new circular flow. The hallway closet, shown here, opens on either end for easy access.
"I'm used to spending time on boats," says New York–based architect and interior designer Page Goolrick, who has been sailing competitively for 15 years. It's a fitting analogy to her 560-square-foot Manhattan pied-à-terre, which functions much like the interior of a small yacht: efficient, adaptable, highly functional, and glossily good-looking. With a place for every little thing, and lacking fatuous details, she has created a decadent minimalism on a budget of only $70,000. She reoriented the kitchen, for example, and chose sleek stainless steel countertops and bright white walls and cupboards to create the illusion of space.
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. Smart solutions, including this Brick screen by Eileen Gray for Aram Designs, blocks off a small office from the dining room to maximize space while keeping an open plan.
In San Francisco, homeowner Susanna Dulkinys overcame mansion-sized hurdles for a tiny home in a quest to make it a wee bit more commodious (97 square feet were added to the existing 806) and a lot more hospitable. "Because it’s a small space, it was possible to make everything pristine,” says Dulkinys, standing in her dream bathroom, outfitted with full-slab Carrara marble, a Duravit sink, and fixtures by Dornbracht.