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November 2, 2015
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Our November issue, titled Smaller is Smarter, explored the best in modern homes less than 1,000 square feet in size. Here, we introduce you to the photographers and writers who made it happen. In the spirit of downsizing, we asked each a simple question about small spaces, such as "What could you never live without?"
Portrait of Anna Moller

A fine art and commercial photographer living in New York, Anna Moller has been featured ina range of publications, from Real Simple to T Magazine. She captured a tiny artist’s cottagein Foster, Rhode Island, for this issue. “It felt very dreamlike,” she says of the 530-square-foot space. “I could imagine lying in the bed and feeling very peaceful.”

If you were trying to downsize, what would you get rid of first? “We have a really big couch—all three members of my family can recline on it at the same time. That thing might have to be the first to go.”

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Portrait of Mary Ore

Los Angeles–based writer and editor Mary Ore wrote about a small, 17th-century Alpine house in Switzerland renovated by architect Jonathan Tuckey. “It was interesting how Jonathan preserved the original flow of his house, where some rooms open straight onto one another, doubling as hallways,” she says. “He has thought deeply about how privacy may be overrated in our time, but he has also made sure to have doors to close or curtains to pull across when privacy is craved.”

Describe the tiniest space you ever inhabited. “When I was an au pair in Paris, I lived in atiny maid’s room on the top floor of a 19th-century building. There was only room for a bed,a desk, and a sink.”

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Portrait of Lucas Allen

Photographer Lucas Allen, who splits his time between New York and Melbourne, started shooting professionally at the age of 21. His work includes interiors, still life, travel, food, and portraiture. For this issue, he shot the Premaydena House in a remote area of Tasmania. “The most memorable part of visiting was the drive to get there from the airport,” he says. “Tasmania is such a stunning place and the landscape is so beautiful.”

What’s the most-used storage item in your house? “A huge set of wardrobes that were builtby my brother, a cabinetmaker.”

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Portrait of Lisa Skolnik

Chicago-based writer Lisa Skolnik has authored books, articles, and blog posts, for dozens of major outlets, about sustainability, education, food, architecture, and design. She penned “The Hand Made’s Tale,” about an off-the-grid cabin in Bayfield, Wisconsin. “Architect Bill Yudchitz told me anyone can build his Nest house from his plans if they can use a table saw,” she says. “Now I know what I’ll do when I retire, someday in the distant future.”

What could you never live without? “Our communal tables.”

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Portrait of Guillermo Cano

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, 29-year-old photographer Guillermo Cano regularly shoots architecture, interiors, landscapes, and still life. He took the photographs for “In the Balance,” a story about a couple’s elegant cabin in the Berkshires. “Framework Architecture seamlessly integrated the cabin into the surrounding forest, and being inside gave me an incredible feeling of being suspended in the treetops—like a kid in a tree house.”

Describe the tiniest space you ever inhabited. “A 180-square-foot apartment in the middleof Tokyo. The kitchen and the bed faced each other, and it had only one small window.”  

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Portrait of Anna Moller

A fine art and commercial photographer living in New York, Anna Moller has been featured ina range of publications, from Real Simple to T Magazine. She captured a tiny artist’s cottagein Foster, Rhode Island, for this issue. “It felt very dreamlike,” she says of the 530-square-foot space. “I could imagine lying in the bed and feeling very peaceful.”

If you were trying to downsize, what would you get rid of first? “We have a really big couch—all three members of my family can recline on it at the same time. That thing might have to be the first to go.”

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