A Small but Mighty Space: Grey Loft in the Czech Republic by OOOOX Architects

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This fresh design in limited-space living comes to us from OOOOX Architects, a design group in the Czech Republic; it’s a splendid example of making the most of the limited room inherent in most loft apartments. With lots of natural light, its overall neutral palette of various shades of grey, black, and white make the floor plan “hang together” in an open flow that leads smoothly from sitting area to kitchen, then down a short curved stairway to the “private” areas of the loft: sleeping area and bathroom. Modern style permeates throughout: note the scissor lamps above the bed, the industrial-themed fixtures above the kitchen island. The corner sectional unit, while invitingly covered, is streamlined as well. And yet there are surprises as well: hang your coat on a rack “guarded” by a benign horse!

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Despite its name, not everything in this loft is grey; besides the horse’s gentle brown, the bathroom boasts umber wood grain on its walls and sand-toned marble counters and backsplash. The apartment is tied together with pale beige wood grain flooring, a neutral color in its own right that at the same time helps break up unrelieved pale grey. And don’t forget the lounger in the bedroom — a neat upholstered oval of deep chocolate velvet, it’s a singularly inviting and warm “curl-up” spot. Besides the friendly equine host, there’s plenty of other fun here: truly unique white-and-chrome stools pull up to the shining stainless-steel kitchen island, and large ottoman/hassocks on the floor look like nothing as much as stylized fat “sheep.” It’s modern, it’s minimalist, but it’s a small space that’s also mighty: OOOOX’s Grey Loft.

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