Sure, a fireplace and balcony don't hurt, but Schönning's real genius for space can be seen in the unifying black and white color palette and in his decision to demolish most of the original interior walls to achieve a more open floor plan. In doing so, he has created a series of stand-alone spaces that easily flow from one to the other.
Functionality is the key to this apartment's success:
Entry - A small coat closet made of MDF was added to the hallway. Oversized knobs act as a handle and a place to store bags at the entry. The decision to hang on old wooden box on the wall for storage rather than resting it on the floor meant that valuable floor space could be used to store Schönning's bike - an urban imperative.
Living room - An Ikea chaise has been transformed with cover made of worn old sailor hammocks, rough linen and grommets, resulting in a contemporary piece that feels lovely, old and worn.
Bedroom - Storage flanks both sides of a large bed, while a dividing wall at the foot separates the bedroom area from the dining area. The reverse side features a metal clock face that acts as a memo board, and a curtain hung to the side of the bed provides the ability to completely close off the area for privacy.
Office - A compact workspace is tucked in between the bed and the fireplace, topped with dramatic artwork and surrounded by open storage.
Kitchen - Counters and appliances were pushed against the walls to create a large dining area that's perfect for entertaining Jimmy's many friends and family.
Bathroom - The bathroom has been made into a combination washroom/laundry room with the addition of a stackable washer and dryer. Black and white tile has been used to create a graphic, yet unifying statement. An Ikea sink sits atop a sideboard designed by Schönning that features a granite top made by his grandfather.