The redesign of a 27sqm studio apartment in Sydney’s, Woolloomooloo. The project is an exercise in modest, low cost, good quality design that can be afforded. The one-room apartment offers a proposal for future high-density urban living for one person families; the fastest growing demographic.
Nicholas Gurney is an exciting young Australian designer on the rise. He studied Bachelor of Design (industrial) at Western Sydney University. Afterwards he spent some time working in commercial furniture manufacturing. Nicholas established his design studio in 2012 focusing on small-scale, modest projects. Since then, he has developed an impressive body of work, particularly for someone so young who also works solo. The hallmark of Nicholas’ work is good quality design at low cost.
"I prefer to design small, modest spaces. My work is highly functional and considered. I produce dynamic and clever solutions with a focus on the organisation of space. I employ a strong conceptual focus and the needs of my clients are heavily embedded in the outcomes."
A slide-out bed on a lightweight perspex sled lives beneath the platform during the day. Modular storage seating and a flip-down table locked in place and supported by the bookends from the wall shelves above provide added flexibility in the use of space.
The apartment is designed to facilitate union with the Japanese 5S methodology. It was intended the design deliberately place importance on selecting, organising and caring for the belongings of the occupants.