NEVER TOO SMALL: Mid-Century Retro Studio Apartment Sydney 26sqm/280sqft

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Set inside a 1970’s building and untouched for 50 years, Nicholas Gurney and his clients wanted to create something open, light and airy whilst retaining the 1960’s and early 1970’s retro sensibility.
The only change to the floorplan was removing the walls encapsulating the kitchen, making one large open space, and adding a breakfast bar come dining area which separates the kitchen from the living space. A function wall in the living room contains a built-in sofa with mirrored covered drawers underneath, which disappear and make the sofa appear lighter. A queen size murphy bed hidden above the sofa rests on the ottoman when down. In the kitchen, wrapped in Australian Blackwood, the closest local equivalent to teak, the clever use of a tambour door means the pantry can be concealed when not in use. The timber surfaces wrap around from the kitchen to the bathroom, where custom terrazzo tiles cover the floor and small mosaic tiles on the walls directly reference the original kitchen tiles found in the apartment.

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Music: Polarity – Kyle Preston

Produced by New Mac Video Agency
Creator: Colin Chee
Director/Cinematographer: Colin Chee
Producer: Lindsay Barnard
Editor: Jess Ruasol

27 Replies to “NEVER TOO SMALL: Mid-Century Retro Studio Apartment Sydney 26sqm/280sqft”

  1. This is beautiful and I'd love to do something like this – I imagine all the custom joinery would likely be quite expensive but it is really stunning.

  2. I could definitely live here but why am I seemingly the only person triggered by that hanging cord on the pendant lamp? 🙂

  3. I’m glad to see a small space that doesn’t compromise on the kitchen. I love to cook and most of the kitchens on this channel would be hard to use for more than a quick occasional meal and would force you to eat out most of the time. I appreciate that they were able to fit plenty of counter space, a full size fridge and storage in such a small space.

  4. A young couple in their first home? 🤔They definitely need some blackout curtains or they don't care what their 9 neighbours across the living room can see.

  5. Beautiful, thoughtful design. If I were to live there with a spouse I'd add a comfy (retractable-Ikea-size/style) lounge chair (to sometimes relax alone) and a larger piece of artwork.

  6. Love the attention to detail. The space for a finger to open the mirrored cabinet is excellent. I’m a new fan of this architect

  7. Very minimalist until… you see they have a total of 5 containers of toothpaste. Why?!

  8. Looks great! Very practical and creative. Although I have mixed feelings about that deep closet wardrobe piece.

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