FAB FIVE RULES FOR FINDING SPACE
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