Small Cool 2009: Jorge & Craig's Collection

Tiny Division #10

Who Lives Here: Jorge & Craig
Location: Upper East Side, New York City
Size: 447 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Craig and I love collecting art and vintage furniture. We like hunting for fun and quirky pieces, and have filled our space with some great finds. The vintage art academy "Botero" (ie. faux-tero) painting above the 1970's lime green sideboard; the Jessica Craig-Martin photograph above the bed; the antique zebra-print Louis XVI chair in the living space- these are some of the first things we put in our space, and definetely reflect our not-too-serious personalities. Of course, living in a small space often means that any time you want to add something new, you have to sacrifice something old. We've found this mandatory process of constant curating has forced us to invest in only those things that we really love.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? While Craig and I like the intimacy of our small apartment, we also love entertaining and sharing our place with friends. It was a challenge outfitting a space that was practical for two people, but could also serve a party of twelve. For example, we knew we wanted to fit in a dining table for four, and have a lot of comfortable seating for visiting friends. We definitely needed to fit a lot in, while keeping the space feeling open, not claustrophobic. We found our solution in light furniture (chairs instead of a big sectional sofa, for example) that can easily be moved around for different occasions.

As artists, Craig and I also needed lots of storage space for canvases, sculpture materials, etc. However, we didn't want any of these things to be seen. Our solution: "hiding" our things in every available nook and cranny. We have supplies everywhere — in closets, under the bed, behind the mirrored folding screen and window curtains, even in our kitchen cabinets. We've found that sometimes, those creative little "tricks" you learn as a kid cleaning your room are the best and simplest solutions.

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