by Lucy Korn
The Tiniest Of Spaces
We are currently in the age of the $1 million room. Scan any property listing for New York, London, San Fran, Paris inner city apartments and you’ll see it. Apartments barely pushing 200 square feet. Basically, single rooms with a cupboard for a bathroom (if you’re lucky) are going for upwards of $1 million NZ. It’s the norm, the terrifying norm. Things are just as frightening for inner city renters with the average rent for a ‘Studio’ pushing $2500 NZ per month ($625pw). There is a bright side to all of this, however. Savvy interior designers and architects are finding unique and innovative ways to transform the tiniest of spaces into actual real, liveable areas. Search small spaces in Pinterest and you will find thousands of pins of these meticulously designed, perfectly functioning apartments. Apartment Therapy, home of the best real estate porn, is championing the tiny space movement with an entire section dedicated to the world’s coolest, smallest homes. Some are so beautiful they will make you forget the depressing reality that your whole home is now essentially the same size as your childhood bedroom.
A favourite example of tiny living I found while down the Apartment Therapy rabbit hole is this 11.3 square meter apartment under the eaves in Paris.
image via Marianne Evennou
The owner, Catherine, who works in fashion (duh) hired the obviously genius designer Marianne Evennou to transform her microscopic apartment into a place where she would actually enjoy hanging out. It worked, I am in awe of it.
There is also this one, affectionately named London’s teeny-tiniest house measuring at whopping 188 square feet. The house, located near Kings Cross, was on the market about 9 months ago for a bargain $640,000 NZ and could probably be rented for about $700 NZ a week but fuck it, it’s awesome, I’d live here.
images via Zoopla
The thing is though, not all tiny spaces are created equal. It’s easy to think, after hours bathing in the beautiful light of professionally designed and staged tiny spaces, that they are easy to come by, they aren’t. Most things on the rental market have had no love injected into them but you know, that’s what IKEA is for.