Small Cool 2009: Dahlush's Textured Home

Tiny Division #35

Who Lives Here: Dahlush
Location: Kips Bay, New York City
Size: 415 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Most elements in my home are multi-functional. The doors can be set to reveal various scenes, plus from either side I love to see the light come through. The chairs in the living room swivel and as with all the furniture, are light enough to be moved around for other configurations; the table opens to seat up to 8. Even the back splash has other abilities — the copper works as a mirror, so when cooking I can see people, or watch the TV.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Originally there was a bathtub in the kitchen and a "water closet", so rethinking the space was my biggest challenge. Wanting to wake up with sun meant moving the bedroom by the windows. The doors allow the sun to fill the rest of the apartment, something solid walls would have prevented. To give some cohesion to the space I then repeated the use of translucent panes in the kitchen doors and even in the upholstery on the couch, (well just the pane motif). Balancing the dark aspects — the brick, the mahogany and wood floors — with the right colors became the biggest challenge. Having an architect as a friend whom I could bounce ideas off was crucial and a tai chi teacher who is an amazing carpenter was the key.

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