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Tour a 240-Square-Foot Studio with a Crawl-In Library

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Architect Tim Seggerman's main sources of inspiration for the renovation of this 240-square-foot Upper West Side apartment were about as eclectic as they come. His client, an anthropology professor, wanted to apply lessons about small, functional spaces gathered from the one-room West African hut she had lived in since 1980, while aesthetically, his ideas were drawn from the work of legendary furniture designer George Nakashima. But both client and designer shared a love for what Dwell called Nakashima's "precision joinery," and Seggerman handcrafted the pieces of the wood-paneled cabinets and loft area in the same style as Nakashima, to the point where, we're told, being inside the "apartment is like sitting inside one of Nakashima's cabinets." Surely this is especially true with the "glorified cubby" that serves as the micro-dwelling's "library"; what it lacks in room to stretch out, it makes up for in coziness, as well as with the clean-lined, handsome look of its banded maple ceiling. Head to Dwell for horror stories from the early state of what was once a "moldering brownstone studio," and more on how the renovation makes minimal square footage seem downright roomy.

· Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan [Dwell via Inhabitat]
· All micro homes coverage [Curbed National]