| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

NEVER TOO SMALL ep.23 49sqm Art Studio + Small Apartment

this apartment is located in the inner
west of Sydney in a suburb called Marrickville known by locals as the
Warren because it’s a sort of rabbit warren of an area the apartment is in a
three-story walk-up built in 1960 and the unit is one of 18 in the building this apartment is 49 square meters the
client had a very clear understanding of what they wanted they wanted to carry
the same ambience that was in this place already over to the renovation however
he needed vast improvements to functionality the client is certainly
not interested in reductivism and he will continue to accumulate things so
ample storage was very very important we removed a series of walls that divided
the master bedroom from the rest of the apartment and we shifted the sleeping
space into what was the old bathroom the old bathroom went into what was the old
laundry and what was the master bedroom became an art studio and a sleeping
space for guests by removing the walls we decided to insert a really large
storage pod into the center of the unit the new insertions were realized in mirror
gold the reflective gold is really quite dynamic and that it reflects the light
and it amplifies the effect of all of the trees and the plants that the client
has dotted around the apartment inserting the pod enabled us to demarcate spaces and distribute zones and that pod contains all of his clothing
general dump storage the laundry art supplies and also a niche where he can
create art we used black in the art space niche it’s quite reductive it
doesn’t detract from the effect of the mirror gold it’s much easier to keep
clean with all of the mess related to the art and there’s some continuity
because the front of the pod is Imagine Italian black the sleeping nook is
where the original bathroom was were conducive to fit in a queen bed the gold
panels make the sleeping nook feel like a much larger space than it otherwise
would the sleeping nook is elevated by two steps so that we can store a pullout
bed underneath so that on the other side of the pod a bed can be pulled out for
guests and the room can be shut off with the use of a curtain that retracts from
the pod the soft light that emanates from the
junction of storage pod in the wall draws the eye through to the rear of the
space the client has a desire to have plants in every space within the
apartment and that included in the bathroom so we created a small soaker
tub cum shower and then a secondary tub if you like to house a garden we use the
reflective white tile and a white shower curtain to create a very light airy and
bright space which is offset with the polished gold tap where the kitchen has
all of the functionality and amenity of a regular kitchen however is completely
concealed all of the appliances are hidden because it was important that the
kitchen be probably the most recessive component within the design there’s an
under bench integrated fridge oven dishwasher cooktop there are no overhead
storage instead that space has been reserved for heart to again help the
kitchen blend into its environment we decided to paint the walls in a
semi-gloss rather than a flat paint and the paint continues from the walls up to
the ceiling even with all of the decoration there’s
a calmness and a continuity to the space because the tile pervades every space this sort of building stock has great
access to light and Tabriz and by removing all of the partitioning in the
apartment and starting the layout again the spatial organization again we’ve
unlocked a whole heap of new potential


Alvin Vivian

Aug 8, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

The sleeping nook is the most brilliant part of the apartment. Saves space and looks so sleek.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:36 am Reply

This is one of my favorite ones yet!! The layout was made to be so spacious and holds a lot of fun character. And I love how unapologetic the client is in wanting to keep collecting things that they love. I'm a bit tired of seeing empty tiny spaces, so it's a relief to find a small space & someone who occupies it who finds joy in collecting and decorating.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:02 am Reply

These are them apartments from Pulp Fiction.

Ethan Tinklenberg

Aug 8, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

I want

miss lady

Aug 8, 2019, 3:53 am Reply

Just get a regular ass house like why would you wanna live so compacted …it maybe cheaper but it's not as functional as it should be if anything this would be good for a freshmen in college not a grown adult with a career.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

I loved the light and the plants in this apartment – it really feels like a home

Christina Mock

Aug 8, 2019, 3:57 am Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

POMO V2.0 is so cozy and warm. Keep it up Aus!

danica evani

Aug 8, 2019, 4:20 am Reply

my favorite so far! and i thought that was a Protomartyr (Robs Webstek – Maude on The Cover) print haha

Matthew Reis

Aug 8, 2019, 4:22 am Reply

Correct me if I'm wrong, but by removing the bedroom, the space was effectively downgraded to a studio apartment. The value of the property could have actually dropped down even after the reno.

Weberman Elisheva

Aug 8, 2019, 4:35 am Reply

Wow ,love it

Jamie McCracken

Aug 8, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Tearing up. Live in NYC. Would murder someone for 500 sqft to myself. Gorgeous apt!

Girish Joshi

Aug 8, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Beautiful design! Great job at making it look big and with the colors! I love the curtain & pull bed idea. Brilliant!

Manju Singh

Aug 8, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Beautifully well planned !!

Darin Roberts

Aug 8, 2019, 5:11 am Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 5:44 am Reply

Looks like Cabramatta lol.

Anne Michelle

Aug 8, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

Wow!! So much space!


Aug 8, 2019, 5:53 am Reply

Loved this place, even though it includes a lot of elements I would never have thought of using myself.

JingJing Zhao

Aug 8, 2019, 5:58 am Reply

so bright and warm house

Cai Fei

Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

Your channel is the best!


Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

Wow! This is my dream-house!

Sneaky Weasel

Aug 8, 2019, 6:29 am Reply

This apartment is pretty gay.

sah bear

Aug 8, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

This is amazing!

sah bear

Aug 8, 2019, 6:45 am Reply

How much was this build?

Narelle Ravesi

Aug 8, 2019, 6:49 am Reply

What a fantastic use of space,congratulations ??

Edric Hsu

Aug 8, 2019, 6:49 am Reply

Looks super cool, airy, and classy, and a great place to live in! Love the art and the plants too!


Aug 8, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

The building permitting process would never allow such changes in USA. You’d need planning department permits as well as homeowners’ association approval. Not something that can be done economically in such a condo.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:08 am Reply

Australia has imaginative designers like him!! Goodness amazing beautiful design. BUT I've noticed builders(in Australia) are still building cooking design boring matchbox houses..would not allow them selves to move from away their comfort zone. Desire to be little different is out the window when they are building..Of course upper class is more lenient to change and take risks. You don't need to be super rich to be quirky, cosy and leave some authentic stamp on the build.

Ernesto Mendez

Aug 8, 2019, 7:19 am Reply



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Hikari Varg

Aug 8, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

This is super cool. I don't see as much clutter as most people commented here. Sure, there are things like books and some decorations but it's definitely tidy and clean. Actually looks like someone lives there. Love it!

Keong Chow

Aug 8, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

Well designed space planning. Love the articulation of open n privacy of space coexist. Bravo to the designer n the owner good taste!

Joanne Oloughlin

Aug 8, 2019, 7:43 am Reply

Just stunning

Mark Simons

Aug 8, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

Those plants are great. Mine haven't grown that big yet.

Stefan Brandt

Aug 8, 2019, 8:08 am Reply

Thank you so much for keeping the videos so short. I'm just here for the interior design, not the life story of the occupants. ?

Ashly Elizabeth

Aug 8, 2019, 8:21 am Reply

absolutely gorgeous, one of my favorites so far

Natan The 6th

Aug 8, 2019, 8:30 am Reply

Ehm, nope. I'd trash everything and rebuild.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:34 am Reply

I love this! Great design!


Aug 8, 2019, 8:50 am Reply

not enough naked asses

Ann-Marie King

Aug 8, 2019, 8:53 am Reply

Usually modern renos tend to be just completed and so have an autere, experimental feel but this fully lived-in space really shows off the functionality of the space. I really like how the central storage pod performs and the kitchen is an aesthetic triumph. Good to see modern architecture serve a maximalist.

Manjari Gupta

Aug 8, 2019, 8:56 am Reply

I loved the kitchen and how it blends in with the rest of the apartment.

Annika Wheble

Aug 8, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

I loved the reflective adhesive, you e done in the kitchen. Will do this in mine, as my kitchen is in my livingroom

Thomas Mead

Aug 8, 2019, 9:34 am Reply

extremely well done! the gold and creme also colors popular during the period that these buildings were originally built. the division of function while maintaining an expansion of psychological space is marvelous.

Travis Travis

Aug 8, 2019, 9:39 am Reply

really smart layout, I like it. Would really be great to get an idea of what the design cost and how much it cost all up. Anyone have any ideas how much this remodel may have cost?

Liliane Beeckman

Aug 8, 2019, 9:45 am Reply

Gedurfd en knap.


Aug 8, 2019, 9:46 am Reply

Looks good… sans gold walls!!

Steve R

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Wow, he has some interesting reading on the bookshelf, he must be a well-informed Proctologist!


Aug 8, 2019, 9:57 am Reply

If the intent is a space that does not look designed, then this space is it. It looks like something out of the 70s.

Mel.M. Leolahi

Aug 8, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

What a gorgeous, well planned space. The gold reflective surfaces make such a difference. #wow

Laurence von Winkenburger

Aug 8, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

This is not a small apartment. It would be considered quite large for a one bed in New York , London and definitely in Paris and most European capitals.

Michal Viktorin

Aug 8, 2019, 10:28 am Reply

So much plants, and yet not you can actually eat, smoke, or use as medicine… You also did not shown balcony.

Eli Lian

Aug 8, 2019, 11:07 am Reply

So clever and beautiful use of space.


Aug 8, 2019, 11:14 am Reply


mary o’hagan

Aug 8, 2019, 11:14 am Reply

Stunning!!!! A work of art in itself.

Birginialee Cuellar

Aug 8, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

Bad ass place! Would love to live there.


Aug 8, 2019, 11:51 am Reply

I love how uniquely Australian it is. There were so many design elements that a lot of us grew up with and thought of as kitsch and tacky, but now we're embracing them. Those mid-century apartment blocks always looked so horrible to me, but they're actually pretty well built with good light and proportions. And it's great seeing how he's used greenery throughout the apartment – it adds so much character and charm.

Eve Neve

Aug 8, 2019, 11:57 am Reply

Wow, great job!

Euan Maclean

Aug 8, 2019, 11:58 am Reply

The use of light and colour!

Tania Jeliazkova

Aug 8, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

My favorite <3

Марина Жукова

Aug 8, 2019, 12:15 pm Reply

Amazing apartment???


Aug 8, 2019, 12:18 pm Reply

Don't like the colour scheme. And too many Mirrors.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:51 pm Reply

how can the plants be maintained. we all knew that it is really the leaves that needs to be watered and not the base…..

Truth Eternal

Aug 8, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 12:58 pm Reply

0:20 … I… the shorts, sandals and down jacket combo just blew me away. Is it hot or is it cold? You will never know.

Phoenix Cherry

Aug 8, 2019, 1:07 pm Reply

I love ir

carrot soup

Aug 8, 2019, 1:07 pm Reply

It feels like home.

Wish Perera

Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 pm Reply

Lovely! May I please know the name of the designer? Thanks!

geetanjalee saikia

Aug 8, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

Such a beautiful livable house. It's not written "interior decorated" anywhere. Simple and homely space . Very good designing.

George Gibson

Aug 8, 2019, 1:43 pm Reply

Paying a designer and doing major renovations to a tiny apartment in Marrickville seems like over capitalizing and you would be better off financially to just spend that money upgrading to a better place.


Aug 8, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

This is nice but all I can see is "Butt Book" and "Forever Butt" and now I'm just looking for more butt books.

James Flynn

Aug 8, 2019, 2:14 pm Reply

Probably my favorite one yet at first i wasn't digg'n by the end i was very impressed

별보는바다 The star bada

Aug 8, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Good idea and beautiful interior.
I'll be back next time.

Lyric Blue

Aug 8, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

Incredible! Amazing!

Clery Guibert

Aug 8, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

This is huge

Sunshine Living

Aug 8, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

Absolutely awesome! I’d live here. ??

DinoMight Studios

Aug 8, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

Is it safe to surround an over like that?? Seems like a hazard waiting to happen. O_O

Ashwati Khanduri

Aug 8, 2019, 3:07 pm Reply

How is there never any proper credit for these people? Starting to get frustrated i want to see more of their works, and how i can find such designers

Lori Dahmen

Aug 8, 2019, 3:13 pm Reply

Beautiful. I love the combination of colours & plants and the idea of dividing the spaces with curtains

Pearl Nthiyane

Aug 8, 2019, 3:30 pm Reply

Very nice ?


Aug 8, 2019, 3:36 pm Reply

My dream house ?????? Excellent job!

Skwrl Fuzz

Aug 8, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

Great. But is he asking or telling? That intonation is driving me nuts.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:50 pm Reply

49 square meter = 527 square feet. This is not small lol.

Jakob Wilmer

Aug 8, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

This is my favourite redesign on this channel ever!

Qwerty Ytrewq

Aug 8, 2019, 4:12 pm Reply

49 is small? Jesus, what would you say about my 37 sqm apartment ?


Aug 8, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

Woaaaah!! x

maría prado manzi

Aug 8, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

I feel like the designer was a minimalist or something they way he talked lol. This apartment is really beautiful and calm.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

tats an amazing apartment!!!

Michii Concepcion

Aug 8, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

So prettyyyy ?

Svetlana Pavlova

Aug 8, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

Nice place, thanks

Any Prek

Aug 8, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

The curtain hidden in the closet is very smart. Love this place.

Tiffy Tattoo

Aug 8, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

I love it! The gold is a real eyecatcher!


Aug 8, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

my style to a t, love it


Aug 8, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

Super cool! I love this space.


Aug 8, 2019, 6:04 pm Reply

Masterfully done! 
Creativity can come at a cost— definitely wanted to know how much in this case.

salma korchi

Aug 8, 2019, 6:06 pm Reply

This apartment looks amazing!

b mil

Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 pm Reply

HOly crap This place is sick! Amazing job. The gold mirrors are spectacular and I have suggested it to one of my clients. 🙂 Thanks for the Idea.

Rg Jhn

Aug 8, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

Just wow!

Lyon Still

Aug 8, 2019, 6:23 pm Reply

One of the best

João Vieira

Aug 8, 2019, 6:51 pm Reply

I can’t figure out why someone would make such a tiny, uncomfortable bedroom, leaving such a big space for a “guest room”. Bad use of space in my opinion, bad still pretty bald. Besides that, love the design, love the gold mirror.

Madison Deitch

Aug 8, 2019, 6:53 pm Reply

This is one of the coolest, smartest projects I've seen in this series

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