How to Live in Small Spaces

Author(s): Terence Conran

Interior Design

This inspirational yet practical book proves that small spaces can be both inclusive and flexible, which is perfectly in tune with the relaxed and informal way we want to live now. Part One, Making the Most of Small Spaces, discusses how design and spatial planning are the key to maximizing space as every square metre counts. Decoration and Furnishing discusses how to adopt various strategies to make your space look and feel larger, from creative use of colours and textures to lighting and furniture. The ultimate way to enhance a small space is to physically make it bigger; Branching Out discusses the ways in which this can be done, from conversions to extensions. Part Two, Area by Area Solutions presents a room by room breakdown, demonstrating space-saving ideas, storage solutions and strategies for compact layouts specific to each room. From kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms to small gardens and second homes, each chapter is full of intelligent, functional and sometimes quirky ways in which to make the most of living space. Finally, international case studies demonstrate how good design principles have been applied in real terms.


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Revised and updated edition with brand-new material; Terence Conran is the undisputed authority on design and his books, notably The Essential House Book and The Ultimate House Book, are international bestsellers; This invaluable book tells you how to make the most of your living area and shows room by room how to transform minimal spaces to look appealing, feel larger and be totally functional; More than 270 inspirational photographs, illustrations, practical floorplans and detailed case studies that demonstrate a variety of original solutions bring to life this essential guide to small space living.

Terence Conran is one of the world's leading designers, furniture-makers, restaurateurs, retailers and founder of the Habitat group of stores, which revolutionized home furnishings in the 1960s. He is Chairman of Conran Holdings, the parent company of his retail and restaurant businesses, and Chairman of Conran & Partners, his architecture and design practice. Conran & Partners is responsible for a wide range of residential and commercial buildings around the world and has Conran Shops in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Marunouchi, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Terence Conran also designs furniture for Content and Benchmark and recently launched a major product range for Marks & Spencer. In 1989 he founded the Design Museum, the first of its kind in the world.

INTRODUCTION PART 1 MAKING THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES DESIGN & PLANNING Living in small spaces; Levels of change; Looking for potential; Storage; How to get rid of things; Planning fitted storage; Customizing fitted storage; Scale & proportion; Architectural detail; Minimizing architectural detail; Fireplaces and stoves; Openings; Screens and partitions; Open-plan layouts; Volume; Top lighting; Stairs, halls & landings; Simplifying routes; Space-saving stairs; Making use of circulation space. DECORATION & FURNISHING Colour, texture & pattern; Creating a decorative scheme; Using colour; Space-enhancing colour; Textural contrast; Bold statements; Decorating practicalities; Lighting; Assessing your needs; Types of lighting; Lighting schemes for small spaces; Choosing light fittings; Choosing light sources; Natural light; Furnishing small spaces; Fold-down furniture and equipment; Space-saving beds; Minimizing the impact of furniture; Basic kit; Details. BRANCHING OUT Getting the work done; Planning permission and legalities; Hiring professionals; Managing the work sequence; Converting lofts; Permissions and regulations; Structural issues; Access; Fitting out; Converting basements; Extending downwards; Structural issues and building work; Natural light; Potential uses; Cost-effectiveness; Extensions; Assessing your needs; Siting; Permissions; Building work; Style and character; Sheds & outbuildings; Working retreats; Converting an existing shed; Prefab solutions; Converted outbuildings. PART 2 SMALL SPACE SPECIFICS AREA BY AREA Multipurpose spaces & studios; Basic strategies; Designing the layout; Mezzanines; Living areas; Home media solutions; Concealed storage; Dividers and partitions; Surfaces and finishes; Kitchens & eating areas; Keep it simple; Designing the layout; Space-saving and space-enhancing ideas; Eating areas; Bedrooms; Creating a tranquil retreat; Sleeping platforms; Sleeping pods; Clothes storage; Dressing areas; Children's rooms; Flexible storage; Bathrooms; Designing the layout; Wet rooms; Space-enhancing ideas; Home office; Siting; Live-work; Small gardens; Assessing your outdoor space; Planning and layout; Design principles; Views, vistas and focal points; Connecting home and garden; Front gardens; Container gardening; Roof gardens; Second homes & weekend retreats; Choosing a location; Expressing a sense of place; Practicalities. CASE STUDIES Case study 1 - 3773 studio project, Los Angeles, CA, USA: Home studio; Case study 2 - Live-work maisonette, London, UK: Working from home; Case study 3 - Split-level apartment, Paris, France: White light; Case study 4 - One-bed apartment, New York, NY, USA:A place for everything; Case study 5 - Family house, London, UK: Drawing down the light; Case study 6 - Engawa House, Tokyo, Japan: Bringing the outside in. SUPPLIERS INDEX ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

General Fields

  • : 9781840916140
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Conran Octopus Ltd
  • : September 2012
  • : 279mm X 240mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : October 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Terence Conran
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 747
  • : 224
  • : 270 colour photographs