Tiny minimalist apartment has a bike on the wall

tiny apartment
© Jędrzej Stelmaszek via Contemporist

Polish designer Szymon Hanczar can spot a trend; three years ago, he designed a sled with wheels in anticipation of the end of snow; Now we find he is hot on the trend of living with less in smaller spaces, living in all of 13m2 (140 SF).

Szymon is an an urban type, and used his little apartment in Wroclaw, Poland as primarily a place to crash. He is quoted in the Contemporist:

For me, primarily it was a bedroom. Plus, let’s say, a storage space. I didn’t want a spacious apartment which would involve plenty of time to take care of. On the other hand – despite the small space – it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality. So it was really a unique challenge.

For me, that always raises the question of whether one then should be sleeping in a loft with what looks to me to be about two and a half feet high, which you get to by a moving library ladder. If sleeping is the main function, why relegate it to such second rate space?

hanczar apartment plan and section© Szymon Hanczar

Of course, I am a fan of hanging a bike on the wall. There is no explanation of how he gets it there, perhaps that ladder moves.

David Friedlander at LifeEdited had an interesting take on it:

So far as I can tell, almost all the furniture was purchased at IKEA. The chair is the TERJE. That’s a MALM dresser. I suspect the innards of the cabinets are from the PAX system. Not sure if the table is IKEA. This is cool in my opinion. It shows that you can make a beautiful, livable space with limited funds and very limited space.

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