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January 4, 2016
These urban abodes maximize their square footage by keeping it simple.
Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

This unconventional 2,000-square-foot space in Istanbul has no full walls, and just one room. The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and a hearth on a concrete platform. 

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Originally appeared in A Single-Room Loft with Impressive Wall-to-Wall Storage
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Onsdorp schoolhouse renovation living room

This historic Dutch schoolhouse got a residential redesign by Standard Studio. The old classroom space is now an open-concept living and family room. With a family of five and limited interior space, creative storage solutions were essential to the functionality of the home. Simple birch plywood built-in storage under the stairs provides a place to stash kids’ toys, as well as a platform for playing and sitting. Concrete floors flow through the entire home.

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Standard Studio
Originally appeared in A Cute, Open-Plan Renovation in a 100-Year-Old Amsterdam Schoolhouse
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75-foot wall of windows in a Brooklyn home

Designing for a couple and their two teenage girls, architect Ed Kopel transformed three individual apartments into an expansive, 3,200-square-foot flat in Brooklyn. Light is invited into the home through the 75-foot wall of windows in the main living area.

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Francis Dzikowski
Originally appeared in A Bright Brooklyn Loft with an Envy-Inducing Walk-In Closet
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Lastly, check out the Wardell-Sagan apartment from our December/January Prefab issue in 2011. Jeff Wardell collects a lot of large-scale street art and wanted to renovate his loft to preserve as much display space for art as possible.

Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a 3,200-square-foot loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions.

Originally appeared in Coolest Homes for Artists & Art Collectors
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Open-plan Denver loft

A historic building in Denver houses this modern loft, which was given a complete remodel by architect Robb Studio and interior design firm Studio Gild.

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Originally appeared in Industrial Loft in a Former Flour Mill
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Modern living area with planters and gray furniture

Morten Bo Jensen, of Danish industrial design company Vipp, and his partner, graphic designer Kristina May Olsen, have mixed repurposed vintage items with their own creations inside their spacious Copenhagen apartment.

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Flatiron loft with walnut drop ceiling

Designed by Foz Design for a couple, this luminous Manhattan loft features a professional-grade kitchen done up in warm walnut.

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Daniel Witterman
Originally appeared in NYC Loft with a Spacious, Party-Ready Kitchen
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Living area and hearth in an Istanbul loft

This unconventional 2,000-square-foot space in Istanbul has no full walls, and just one room. The team’s design philosophy was “not to have too many ideas,” and instead focus on a few key aesthetic moves that would be carried through the entire space. The lower living level features a full-wall storage system and a hearth on a concrete platform. 

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