| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

NEVER TOO SMALL ep.3 Micro apartment design Cairo Studio

I live here with my partner and my
medium-sized dog it’s a 24 square meter apartment and we seem to get along fine Cairo apartments it’s an art deco building
completed in 1936 and designed by Best Overend with details of ocean liners and ships I was interested in creating a suite of different spaces rather than completely clearing out walls and doors and turning it into one big space and to draw focus on the existing details of the building which I didn’t want my design to compete or overtake with those more I wanted it to complement them The kitchens are sort of merging between the toolbox and the cabinetry bench and then it sort of unfolds and opens up and everything has its place The aesthetic and the way the kitchen is put together is to have a very simple farm like structural system that runs through it The materials of the kitchen driven by wanting things to be able to age and patina and develop a characteristic through use When the kitchen is closed the space out here completely transforms into a nice quiet space Things in an apartment tend to be a bit more hybridized the door is also a bookshelf and a pantry and that allowed me to close the bedroom off and have a separate space These apartments have quite generous ceiling height so there’s a crawl space underneath the bed there’s room for a washing machine and there’s a little ladder which stores our shoes The apartment faces north so I get
a lot of fantastic light without having to rely on too much artificial lighting during the day All of my light fittings they’re hidden away in the joinery and they up light the roof so the light gets really beautiful wash The original design of the bathroom also included a dressing room It’s sort of a 19th century detail where there’s a dressing room with a wash basin in there I try to keep a continuity of materials throughout the whole apartment The floor is the same in the bathroom as it is in the kitchen and the bedroom And limiting those materials means they are less clutter in terms of transitions in between different rooms



May 5, 2019, 7:52 am Reply

Really nice


May 5, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

Cute kitchen for small space

Madd Scientist

May 5, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

great space

Willi Kampmann

May 5, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

All nice ideas and all, but he had already won me over with the Totoro at 0:34


May 5, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

It's beautiful, love to incorporate some of these ideas. Though the apartment is still too small for me.

Spooky M

May 5, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

That kitchen is incredible, never seen anything like it in all the small space videos I've watched

Leyte rider arancina

May 5, 2019, 1:46 am Reply

Wow nice house sir new friend from philippines

Kiều Trinh

May 5, 2019, 2:13 am Reply

I have watched this video again and again

Diane Kerrison

Jun 6, 2019, 9:17 am Reply

great for one person, but two would feel cramped


Jun 6, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

The yellow is emitting good energy

LD Lee

Jun 6, 2019, 5:05 pm Reply

Love your kitchen built-ins! Build-ins, though, can be so costly to design and build but it sounds like you did it all.


Jun 6, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Pretty cool that the architect learned how to fold space to build his house inside a tesseract. Maybe some pan shots to give some context? Cause I thought I was watching Doctor Strange when you cut to the bed

Mien Murad

Jun 6, 2019, 1:58 am Reply



Jun 6, 2019, 5:01 am Reply

Really cute. The view is gorgeous. Ok, you build a lot of storage but I need space.

Sea G

Jun 6, 2019, 5:13 am Reply

Thank you for providing captions

Rick Funes

Jun 6, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

This feels like one of those Chinese puzzle boxes, where you can only open a drawer by opening another.

Alex Erz-Gehölz

Jun 6, 2019, 7:59 pm Reply

This is a clever architect! The lines, the painted wood… everything's warm and honestly designed and built.

Marie Castillo

Jun 6, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

i want this..definitely would love to love this design…so functional


Jun 6, 2019, 1:59 pm Reply

Fantastic ???

DoseOfHumor – Official

Jun 6, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

The floor is sick.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

I love the kitchen-closet/cabinet, especially with the sliding bookcase door feature that does double duty as a door with space for a mini pantry inside the door. Everything looks close at hand and tailored to suit someone specifically. I personally would prefer a taller fridge/freezer unit in mine, but the set up itself looks very open to customization. The little window into the bednook is a nice touch too, but I think I'd put a Plexiglas panel in there to help block a lot of the powerful cooking odors you could end up with.
Solidly intuitive design in my opinion, and does anyone know who is the composer for this soundtrack? It's a really lovely piece.

Kee Marina

Jun 6, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

My apartment still the smallest

ian Lee

Jun 6, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

Video’s too short. Seems like a trailer .


Jul 7, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

So lovely….and I can see Totoro there! ?


Jul 7, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

Please include floor plan in the video

Andreea Dumitru

Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

the architect can like…get it


Jul 7, 2019, 2:49 pm Reply

So cute

Sharona Padalecki

Jul 7, 2019, 8:45 am Reply

I wanted to look at the dog 🙁


Jul 7, 2019, 7:38 am Reply

Impressively innovative. But in day to day use, wouldn't it work better if the kitchen was open full-time, and all the same white colour for visual flow? Thenyou could have a large round or square high top table for dining and projects; thus making way for a real living toom. Cheers!


Jul 7, 2019, 10:54 am Reply

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Ido Genesio

Jul 7, 2019, 10:25 am Reply

what kind of floor do u use?

Ngoh Kristen

Jul 7, 2019, 11:45 am Reply

Oh.i love the kitchen by space.?☺


Jul 7, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

Lovely! Great taste.

Damian Pos

Jul 7, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

very nice concrete cube


Jul 7, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

I love this little apartment.

Terry Howard

Jul 7, 2019, 8:52 am Reply

Wow amazing…it will be nice to have many of those tiny studio at reasonable price around ugly london as people can have a better dignity in life…

bru Bna

Jul 7, 2019, 8:25 pm Reply

When you are living in a small apartment, you do a lot of works of moving parts and stuff. And if you are living in a small apartment, you will be living with nothing only clothes


Jul 7, 2019, 3:31 am Reply

I bet someone could build a small apartment that folds out into a mansion.?

Chris Mullan

Jul 7, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

God if you where on a visit to this micro apartment and had a wee drink or two, wake up in the middle of the night, what the hell i saw a kitchen on the way in where the hell did it go, my god what did i drink?

andrea salazar

Jul 7, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

Son hermosos éstos departamentos como lo diseñan, pero yo veo que cerca del horno ya sea de gas o eléctrico y si lo usan seguido siempre se va a quemar la madera que lo rodea. Al menos que le pongan un aislante que proteja la madera y así el diseño le dure muchos años.


Jul 7, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

Love everything in the apartment, especially the kitchen, except the bed.


Jul 7, 2019, 8:56 am Reply

Just a way to charge more for less


Jul 7, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

I am still not sure where he sleeps

Meekey Kamira

Jul 7, 2019, 7:15 pm Reply


Phyllis Marony

Jul 7, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

What an awesome apartment. Love the yellow.

Liza Zatravkina

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Where is the enter to the bedroom?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:08 pm Reply

I have a hard time cooking dinner as it is, would never cook if I had to unfold my kitchen for every meal ?

Queen Ditty

Jul 7, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

I just wish he'd trim that poor Fern.

Tina Khunmom

Jul 7, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

I love the kitchen design!


Jul 7, 2019, 12:11 am Reply

I just want to live in an apartment without roaches. Thats asking for a miracle in new york

Andy’s Shanghai Life

Jul 7, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

Where did he hide the dog and boyfriend? ?

Ive Perez

Jul 7, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

Only thing I liked about this apartment was the bathtub


Jul 7, 2019, 12:03 pm Reply

My only complain is the bathroom door. I think it should be a sliding door instead of a normal one, to save space when opening it

Mara Ram

Jul 7, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

24 metres sure is small but not tiny.

Hema Sawant

Jul 7, 2019, 4:13 pm Reply

This is beautiful

Joseph Atnip

Jul 7, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

Me and my late girlfriend lived in a apartment that was 11'6" x 26 for four years from 2013-2017 it's possible you can see a tour of it on my youtube

Noel Erdine

Jul 7, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

Il n a pas de frigo

Nabeela Wisal

Jul 7, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

That kitchen color tho .?

sapana singh

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

Wow very nice

Esra Ekşi

Jul 7, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Oya incredible

Salome Peretz

Jul 7, 2019, 11:51 am Reply

Wonderful….which country is??? I would like to sale those units!!!

Мисс Дрес

Jul 7, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

Very cool

The Sunlight Caller

Jul 7, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

I heard his voice and thought It must be Australia. Lol.

jigyanshu shrivastava

Jul 7, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

India need these types of homes…

Silver Girl

Jul 7, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

I’ve nerved seen anything like this one. Cool.

The firstfruits열매

Jul 7, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

너무 맘에 들어요 ㅠ

Haneen Imran

Jul 7, 2019, 7:04 pm Reply

Where is the refrigerator?

Hanna H

Jul 7, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply


Лунный Свет

Jul 7, 2019, 8:26 pm Reply

ничего не понятно

Teresa Tradewell

Jul 7, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

I would love to be able to tuck my kitchen away.

jimmy Adams

Jul 7, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

for fuck sake get this man some water

blotchi lim

Jul 7, 2019, 4:44 am Reply

This is an amazing use of space! The bed behind the kitchen is rather scary, but it makes a lot of sense.

Joslynn Sage

Jul 7, 2019, 5:21 am Reply

Very Bad…people should have space!

Vlogger From The South

Jul 7, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

Wow such breathing colours

Or Levene

Jul 7, 2019, 5:22 pm Reply

I love the use of yellow in the design!!

lui lang

Jul 7, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Love this place!

guerrier weg

Jul 7, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply



Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

It's not a huge space but it's not tiny either. This is considered a regular size if not a larger size one bedroom apartment in big cities

H Daniel Noble

Jul 7, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

Quit trying to force us unto smaller and smaller spaces. We are free man and women. NOT RATS! ?

Jim Readdyke

Jul 7, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

Does anyone know the name of the couch? Is it from Ikea?

Robin D S

Jul 7, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

Great lil space ???

Ram Rattan

Jul 7, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

Love this instead of bungalow

Reenki Naik

Jul 7, 2019, 9:05 am Reply

I want this how can i get this in india and what will be its cost??


Jul 7, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

Clean space!

Raven T

Jul 7, 2019, 8:24 pm Reply

Oh, love the tub! Don't care for the clothes closet being so close to the sink, but the use of space everywhere else is fantastic.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

Looks great but how do 2 people fit in that bed!

Житель Юга Сибири

Jul 7, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Праправнук Ленина?? )))

Carlos Villavicencio

Jul 7, 2019, 12:58 pm Reply

Cannot spot the fridge… you have one, don't you?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:19 am Reply

Its baffling to me how people can like being wharehoused in shoe boxes and think its quaint. Im on 16 acres and looking to add 42 more. I dont own much but i love being not in a box and sit on my porch and see and hear nothing but birds and wind.

Alan Morgan

Jul 7, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

Storing your clean clothes out in the open in your bathroom is pretty unsanitary.

noneya bizness

Jul 7, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

I love the built in wall rack! So smart.


Jul 7, 2019, 9:12 pm Reply

I won’t be able to afford this kind of interior reno if I am poor, I will go for a bigger apartment instead of this interior reno if I have money. So what is this for?


Jul 7, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

Closet in the bathroom next to the sink does not work. Water and tooth paste splash everywhere. But otherwise that bathroom is bigger than mine and disproportionately large for the tiny space

Felice Graziano

Aug 8, 2019, 4:48 pm Reply

lmao this isn't even that small

Naomi Jainona

Aug 8, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

Just wow I love this!


Aug 8, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

I'm single with no pets and I think my 29 square meters apartment (rent) is quite small ? but it accommodate a single person. If I had a partner, I would def leave in a bigger apartament…


Aug 8, 2019, 8:59 am Reply

I wish you had a Pinterest.

Tank Evans

Aug 8, 2019, 8:18 am Reply

in my mind and according to my taste one of the most beautiful and brilliant appartments you have shown us so far, thank you!


Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

I see osyter sauce!!! ??


Aug 8, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

I can't stop watching these videos

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