Under 500 Square Feet: Inside 7 Tiny But Chic Spaces | Architectural Summary

“Since my childhood, I have been passionate about textures and colors,” explains interior designer Hugo Toro. “My dual culture with a French father and a Mexican mother, and my studies between Europe and the United States, are my main sources of inspiration. I like cozy places. I don’t want to live or create spaces that look like museums.

The young designer reflects these references and this philosophy in his apartment located in the lively and booming 10th arrondissement in the east of Paris. “It’s a neighborhood in transformation, full of life, with cafes and young people everywhere,” says Hugo.

Located on the second floor of a three-story building from the 1930s, the 334 square foot apartment has been completely transformed. “I wanted to create an atypical and eclectic place, as if it were a travel diary,” explains the designer. —Karine Monie

Decorating the space was not a solitary effort. Renowned Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino hung all of the artwork in the apartment, including his design, which is the original design for the permanent sculpture in Bryant Park called Hero. Michael Arguello was the interior designer for this project as well as Erica’s previous residences. He helped her conceptualize the gallery wall for all the pieces she chose to exhibit, something that has and will likely transform over time with the addition of new works.

Photo: Max Burkhalter

Stepping into Erica Boginsky’s 394 square foot studio in Chelsea is as emotional as stepping into an art gallery. Which makes sense; Erica is the Sales Director of Chelsea’s prestigious contemporary design gallery, Friedman Benda. And his house is a gallery you can live in: at the entrance you’ll see a painting by Daniel Aron (“It’s actually his own language that he represented”), a bright blue bag from the Eyes collection from Fendi and a wooden Kaws. sculpture.

Erica found the place by chance, or perhaps by fate; a few years ago, she had already posted the deposit for another apartment when she passed by the pre-war building in which she now lives. “I thought it was a bit quaint and cute,” she says. “It didn’t seem too big. And I walked in and asked them, which isn’t usually how it goes. —Katja Vujic

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