Name: David + Im Schafer
Home then: onespace - 426 SF, San Diego, CA
Home now: Hotel Pontiac - 550SF, Pontiac Michigan
David and Im conclude our Southwest series of updates and sneak peaks of AT homes featured in our newest book: Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions. The book showcases 40 homes of AT readers including interviews, photos and resources. There's also some great commentary by Maxwell!
David and Im's "onespace" was amongst our own personal favourites from the 2006 Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest entries, a most memorable example of modern space efficiency that deservedly shared 1st place that year. The couple has moved to a most unexpected of locales and dwelling since...check out their new home all under the jump.
We moved out of onespace in August of 2007 and ended up (of all places) in Pontiac, Michigan. We are here to persue MFA degrees at Cranbrook Academy of Art, or rather, we are here on this sabbatical to tune our relationship with objects; Im is in the Ceramics Department and David is in the Metals Department. Leaving onespace was bittersweet-- we had a wave of good press (which couldn't have happened without Apartment Therapy!), and we felt the space fit us and our lifestyle like a glove. But we were excited by the prospect of a new space and a new channel for our creative energies.
We moved into 'Hotel Pontiac' in September of 2007. It's a turn-of-the-century mansion that in many ways couldn't possibly be more different than our previous place, but the ceilings are high and the light is great. Our improvement efforts on this space were comparatively minimal but seem to be effective.
Overall our strategy was to stay low, which is partly a reaction to the soaring storage of onespace, but is mostly a way to save money! In the living space our 'big' move was to strike a datum line (at precisely Im's eye level) around the room using equally spaced rubber stoppers. They serve as a coat rack at the entry, object display near the couch, a ledge for important bills near the table, and towel/tool rack in the kitchen. In the sleeping space (which is elevated above and open to the living space) our 'big' move was to use our surplus of chairs as a low 'credenza'. The niche in the brick wall was painted an agreeable color by the previous tenant.
Thanks to David and Im for the update!
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