by Michael Freeman (Universe, 2004)
Combating the idea that small spaces impose limitations and curb possibilities for interior design, Space presents a compelling argument that, in fact, tiny living quarters invite tremendous creativity, largely through the use of flexible and multifunctional parts such as sliding doors and foldaway furniture. Through short profiles and mesmerizing photographs, Michael Freeman leads us through the various elements that comprise a well-conceived compact space.
├»┬┐┼ôMaterial success allows bigger homes, and this expansion of personal, proprietary space is rarely questioned as a good thing,├»┬┐┼ô Freeman points out. However, with increasing urban density and rapidly depleting resources, massive, energy-intensive homes are not only becoming an unquestionably bad idea, but they are in many places simply not possible. These Japanese urban minihomes are a testament to ├»┬┐┼ôless is more├»┬┐┼ô├»┬┐┼ôevidence that compact houses can feel airy and spacious with the right planning.