Small Cool 2010: Benigna's East Meets West

International Division #6


Who Lives Here: Benigna + 1
Location: Setagaya — Tokyo, Japan
Size: 667 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? I love the fact that it has got 3 exterior walls which bring through the windows a lot of light and natural ventilation and make it feel, together with the long corridor, bigger than it is. The Japanese room gives the more or less Western co-ordinated flat the Asian touch and is great because it can be easily changed into a guest room.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Due to the fact that there is not so much built-in closet space my biggest challenge was and is to find functional as well as good looking solutions for additional storage space. I work mostly with drawer elements because it is a rented flat and we are very much restricted when it comes to changes. Drawer elements have been used as the podest for our bed and you can find them nearly in every room and built-in closet to make the most out of the given space. Beside that we try to keep our furniture to a minimum, go for minimalistic decoration and use limited colors to make it feel light and calm with some eye catcher.

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