Small Space Solutions From an Architect's Tiny Loft

Marie Claire Maison

Architect Philippe Harden's loft is 13 meters (about 42 feet) from end to end, with a total area of 57 square meters (around 613 sq. feet). Not big, in fact, it could easily fit within the dimensions of our Small Cool contest rules. In addition to looking great, it is filled with good ideas for maximizing space. Jump below for photos and tips:

Above: Harden removed the interior doors and walls in the unit to maximize the flow of the space and to allow him to redefine the "rooms". An oversized framed mirror helps to visually extend the main living space.

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The kitchen is near the entryway, and is painted a very dark color to help separate it from the rest of the living space. The dark shelves blend in with the dark wall, allowing only the white lower cabinets to come forward visually which allows the cooking workspace to remain more of a backdrop to the table. The table itself is a much lighter alternative to a traditional kitchen island, but provides a large workspace.

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A tiny niche next to the kitchen area is the dining area. A small metal garden table is surrounded by a collection of chairs, including an Eames, a Saarinen and a black chair from Habitat.

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The bedroom is located at the far end of the living room, separated only by a partition, which can be seen in the topmost photo, with the large mirror hanging on it . The bathroom is open to the bedroom area, and an orange Philippe Starck chair can be seen through the entryway.

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The home office with a simple desk and Eames task chair, can be closed off after work hours with a simple white curtain.

Part of the always inspiring Petits Espaces Gallery from Marie Claire Maison.

Photos: Marie Claire Maison