Never Too Small

Never Too Small

Never Too Small is a video channel dedicated to small footprint design and living; featuring award-winning designers and their tiny / micro apartments, studios and self-contained projects.

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  • The Brook

    Designed to feel like a New York style apartment yet appropriate for a regional setting, The Brook is a fully off-grid, transportable small house design that explores the use of recycled and restored materials. The double-height created by the expandable roof not only creates an additional sense ...

  • Il Cubotto

    In an inventive redesign of her 19th century Italian apartment into a multifunctional home and office, Architect Catarina Pilar Palumbo transformed the formerly gloomy space into a bright and colourful home. With the addition of a blue steel loft, she was able to elevate the bedroom and divide th...

  • Small Grand Apartment

    Set inside the heritage-listed Grand Hotel building in the Melbourne CBD, the aptly named Small Grand Apartment has been meticulously transformed by the team at tsai Design into an open plan, minimalist space by the use of clever, multi-functional design. The picturesque kitchen blends seamlessly...

  • City Veil

    Set on the 31st floor of a modern high rise, Desmond Wong meticulously designed his apartment to feel like a sanctuary amidst the bustling sounds of Hong Kong. A neutral palette, sheer curtains and raised furniture create a sense of lightness; along with arched doorways that soften the edges and ...

  • Urban Cabin

    Once an underutilised narrow porch situated between two overlapping villas, Urban Cabin, designed by Italian architect Francesa Perani, is now a multi purpose space that acts as studio, retreat and guest house. The living area includes a 7m long bench for seating and storage, while also unfolding...

  • Seaside Attic

    Determined not to let the limited square meterage and awkwardness of two pitched roofs affect the functional potential of this 1940’s studio apartment, Architect Pierluigi Colombo cleverly designed a few pieces of multifunctional furniture. Introducing a central divider that splits the apartment ...

  • Del Signo

    Once a cramped, dark and fragmented space, this tiny 42sqm apartment in Buenos Aires was extensively re-designed by the talented team at Fallone. Unifying the separate kitchen, laundry and living room into one larger space and enlarging the only existing window to its maximum extent, creating a b...

  • Abruzzi

    In order to maximise space in this small 44sqm apartment ATOMAA had to completely reimagine it’s floor plan, moving a troubling central bathroom that awkwardly split the home in two. This in turn allowed ATOMAA to expand the living and dining spaces, and introduce more natural light throughout th...

  • Riviera Cabin

    Inspired by the tightly designed interiors of sailing boats, llabb architecture converted this 70’s open plan studio apartment into a two bedroom home without expanding its 35sqm footprint. By creating a multi-functional storage unit on the rear wall, llabb was able to compartmentalise the apartm...

  • Rattan In Concrete Jungle

    Within Hong Kong's typically cramped living spaces, Absence from Island has designed a transforming 40sqm home for a young family of three. Rattan in Concrete Jungle was converted from an aging 90’s apartment, to a neat, airy home. By moving doorways, as well as creating full height storage and f...

  • Basement Apartment

    Located below street level but with a Sydney skyline view, Brad Swartz found a uniquely challenging project in this 49sqm Basement Apartment. Limited by its heritage status he approached the project with a light touch, favouring freestanding furniture over built-in storage, elevating the kitchen,...

  • TAAC

    Once a cramped apartment with an irregular form, the 30sqm TAAAC! was completely transformed by ATOMAA into an adaptable, spacious and playful space. By shifting the kitchen and bathroom to the perimeter and introducing a movable wall, they allow the user to adapt and open up the space depending ...

  • Chamber De Bonne

    Hidden on the top floor attic space of a historic 1800’s building is the aptly named, Chambre de Bonne (maid’s room in French) designed by nonestudio. Inspired by yacht design, nonestudio redesigned this tiny 10sqm (+ 4sqm loft) home in eastern Milan as a seamless and versatile space; using a con...

  • Tansu

    Inspired by and named after traditional Japanese Tansu cabinetry, this 24sqm small apartment ws completely rearranged by Nicholas Gurney. The space was opened up to fit a cleverly designed central pod, by removing a wall and relocating the kitchen rather than shifting the small apartments utilit...

  • Brera

    Inspired by modern European architecture and Japanese design. ATOMAA brought new life to a 34sqm 18th century apartment in the heart of Milan’s medieval Brera district. The addition of a modular system of folding panels allowed them to remove the apartments dividing walls, flooding it with light,...

  • Chippendale Home

    In redesigning this Chippendale warehouse apartment Folk Studio, and interior designer Mariah Burton, stripped the space bare and started from scratch. With the aim of giving the owners a first home they could grow into, she draw inspiration from the things they loved. Extending the kitchen out i...

  • Compartment 3

    Among a collection of 8 heritage listed art deco apartments, Sophie Bowers of Strutt Studios, meticulously crafted a unique, compact home. By cleverly altering the layout Strutt Studios redesigned the space to maximize both function and comfort whilst retaining it’s heritage character. Removing a...

  • The Bae

    Architect team Alex Nielsen and Liz Walsh repurposed and upgraded an existing 1970s bed-sit apartment into a sleek yet functional micro-home. With the wall and ceiling wrapped in plywood, insertion of 2 skylights and variation in ceiling height creating a unique vaulted volume.

  • Studio 74

    Cushla and Richard Thurston, utilised the extra space in their backyard to build a 36sqm studio with a unique view over Wellington. Studio 74 is oriented to efficiently collect heat from the sun during winter, with a steeply pitched roof designed to resist the ever changing elements of New Zeala...

  • Man Cave

    Just outside of Auckland, interior designer Karin Montgomery has transformed an above garage storage space into a bright home for a two. Maintaining the original 36sqm footprint, and still allowing full use of the double garage beneath it, Karin recessed the homes storage into the edge of the pit...

  • Nightingale 2

    Nightingale 2 is a continuation of the revolutionary sustainable and low footprint apartment project, designed by Six Degrees as an affordable, vertical community; connected to the streets around it. The 51m2 apartment removes less frequently used parts of the home to communal spaces, creating hu...

  • Karoot

    While we're still social distancing, we were able to capture another episode of Never Too Small in Melbourne. We'll be sharing more of our usual episodes as restrictions lift.

    Lauren and Nicholas Russo found Karoot while searching for a home for their growing family, together they lovingly conv...

  • Barbican Studio

    Built in the 1960's, Barbican Estate is a brutilist utopia for inner city living. The estate is a massive complex of 2000 apartments, surrounded by gardens, lakes and arts spaces, known as one of Londons ugliest buildings.

    Architect Melanie Schubert from SAM Architects http://samarchitects.co.uk...

  • Nightingale 1

    Nightingale 1 is a revolutionary low footprint and sustainable small apartment building, designed by Breathe Architecture to encourage connection and the use of communal spaces. The 50m2 space has a limited palette, using linear joinery to unite the living spaces, but allow for separation through...