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Ar­chi­tect Ni­cholas Gur­ney has quickly made a name for him­self as a small space de­sign spe­cial­ist.

He re­mod­elled this 24sq m apart­ment for a newly mar­ried cou­ple in Syd­ney based on a Ja­panese style of or­gan­i­sa­tion called 5S.

Named for five words, Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shit­suke, it roughly trans­lates to Sort, Set in or­der, Shine, Stan­dard­ise and Sus­tain.

The first stage was to ask the cou­ple to sort through their pos­ses­sions, which then in­formed the stor­age de­sign so­lu­tions Ni­cholas came up with.

Liv­ing with less and mind­ful shop­ping is key to this ap­proach.

The re­sult is an apart­ment packed with cus­tom-made join­ery so seam­less you would hardly know it is there.

The kitchen (above) is di­vided into “wet” and “dry” sec­tions, with the dry prepa­ra­tion area closer to the liv­ing area and the wet area hid­den from pub­lic view. Be­ing able to en­ter­tain was a key part of the own­ers’ brief.

Even the walls in this apart­ment do dou­ble duty, with a per­fo­rated slid­ing door be­tween the bed­room and liv­ing area al­low­ing light to move through with­out breach­ing pri­vacy.

That wall also has a TV screen fit­ted to it that can turn 180 de­grees so that it can be viewed from ei­ther room. When every square me­tre counts, there’s not a cen­time­tre that goes un­used.

Ni­cholas Gur­ney, nicholas­gur­ney.com.au

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