7 Modern Classics that are Great for Small Spaces

7 Modern Classics that are Great for Small Spaces

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 8, 2015
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So it might be a bit of a stretch to fit an Eames lounge chair into your 200 square foot studio apartment, but that doesn't mean you have to save the beautiful, iconic pieces for that time in the distant future when you can afford a mansion. There are quite a few modern designs that are a great fit for small spaces — and the good news is that some of these apartment-friendly pieces come with renter-friendly pricetags, too.

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1. The Eames Hang It All
Sometimes I feel like every blogger on the whole internet has one of these in their homes. But then I got one too, and I can hardly blame them. The Eames hang it all is a fantastic little workhorse: holds all your stuff, looks great doing it. Ideal for creating a place to stash things like hats and coats in an apartment with no entryway to speak of.

Eames Hang It All, $199 from Herman Miller

2. The Eero Saarinen Tulip Table
No, not the dining table, although those are gorgeous. You'll have to wait until you have a country estate to fit in one of those. The side tables, on the other hand, are nice and small and super versatile — put one by your bed or by the couch or wherever you need a spot to stash things. The smaller size (16.5" in diameter) will fit practically anywhere, and the pedestal, in lieu of legs, reduces visual clutter.

Saarinen Round Side Table, starting at $597 from 2Modern

3. String shelves
The String shelving system, designed by Nils Strinning in 1949, has become something of a staple in Scandinavian interiors, and for good reason — the system is beautiful, minimal, can be mounted on the wall, and lends itself to almost infinite variations, with desktops, cabinets, and drawers as well as shelves.

Design and price your own String system on the String website.

4. The Eames LTR
The Eames LTR, or Low Table Rod, is a stylish side table whose diminutive size (15 x 13 x 10 inches high) makes it perfect for small spaces. Move it around the room to hold drinks or books when you need it, and tuck it under a coffee table (or even stack multiples!) when you don't. Also makes a good stepstool in a pinch.

Eames Wire Base Table, $205 from Y Living

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5. The Bertoia Wire Side Chair
The modest proportions of Harry Bertoia's iconic side chair make it a great fit for small space seating, and its airy design gives it a pleasing visual lightness. “If you look at the chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture," the designer said about his creation. ”Space passes through them.”

Bertoia side chair, $578 from DWR

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6. The Uten.silo
Anyone obsessed with order will love this wall-mounted organizer, with pockets in varying sizes to hold all sort of odds and ends.

Uten.silo wall organizer, starting at $405 from Hive Modern

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7. The Componibili
This little round (or square) side table/storage box can fit into all kinds of tight spots and odd corners, and is great for hiding away clutter while still keeping things easy to access.

Componibili storage module, starting at $140 from Smart Furniture

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