At this office conversion in Chicago, saturation demarcates the line between the primary living space and kitchen in the existing open-plan structure. Were it not for tonal contrasts, aided also by a ground and polished concrete floor, the kitchen would be a virtual whiteout.
Located on the second floor of a 1952 building in central Warsaw, a 500-square-foot apartment occupied by Bogusz Parzyszek and his six-year-old son Bartek was gutted and renovated by architect Jolanta Janiszewska. Custom pieces that perform double duty define the streamlined interior, as well as kid-friendly details like swing seats.
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.
In Poznań, Poland, mode:lina designers Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, and Kinga Kin opened up a compact apartment. The renovation, which focused on the living-dining-kitchen area, strikes a balance between intimate and inviting, hence its name: the Open/Private apartment.
Sheridan Coakley, owner of the London-based furnishings purveyor SCP, uses his circa-1970s home as a testing ground for the furnishings he carries in his company’s inventory. In the foreground, a Balzac lounge chair by Matthew Hilton is draped with a Donna Wilson blanket. In the open-plan living and dining room, a dramatically sloped roofline allows for generous clerestory windows.