Based purely on its sense of style, Michelangelo Antonioni's 1966 movie Blow-Up is one of my favorites. It's a story that involves photography, modeling, sex, and a murder mystery—all set against the backdrop of mod 60s London. I love the photographer's studio in the film, so I designed my own idea of a small dream apartment around it.
The start of this design scheme (besides the movie) is this Swedish sleeping loft. The use of space is so smart, and the orange sliding screen goes beyond just a safety precaution to become a feature of the apartment.
A dark blue bathroom from Blow-up inspired me to use different colors to further define the various "rooms" of the apartment. In the middle of the space, an oversized pendant lamp anchors the room. Using one oversized piece is an effective design trick that makes a small space feel larger.
Nearly every piece of furniture serves multiple purposes. The sofa converts into a sleeper. The ottoman can be used as a coffee table, and it folds out into a bed. The shelves double as a transparent room divider. A couple of wall-mounted pieces, including the String Pocket paperback shelf and Vitra's plastic Utensilo organizer, provide some more storage.
• Blow Up Vintage Italian Movie Poster from Posteritati, $3,000
• Vitra Self Shelves by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, starting at $685
• Powell Street Pendant from Y Lighting, $456
• Nomade Express Sofa Bed from Ligne Roset, approx. $4,000
• String Pocket Wall Shelves, $100
• Trix Transformable Furniture from Kartell, $1,175
• Vitra Utensilo Wall Organizer, $425