Squeezing It In : Designing for compact spaces book cover
1st Edition

Squeezing It In
Designing for compact spaces

ISBN 9781859469132
Published April 14, 2022 by RIBA Publishing
176 Pages

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Book Description

Our living spaces are getting smaller but, as we spend more time at home, they must now work harder than ever to provide us with room to relax, work and entertain. Interior designers need to understand how to build accessibility, circulation, storage and lighting into the most restricted areas, without compromising on style.

In this jargon-free guide, Mary Leslie demonstrates how to design for compact living, proposing creative solutions that can be applied to a variety of settings. A versatile designer may be addressing a cramped studio flat one day and a dressing room for an international business traveller the next; this book provides inspiration and advice for every kind of small space, and every budget.

Organised around the different areas of the home, Squeezing It In examines familiar problems and offers clever, immediately applicable ideas for making the best of pocket-sized spaces. The entire design process is considered alongside complete examples, from the UK and internationally, which are generously illustrated with full-colour photographs, plans and sketches. Featuring case studies from:

  • Archio Ltd
  • Armstrong Keyworth
  • Benjamin Tindall Architects
  • Darren Oldfield Architects
  • Jeffreys Interiors
  • Papa Architects
  • Peden & Pringle
  • Plankbridge Ltd.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Nina Campbell


1. The living space

Case study 1.1: Archio Ltd

Case study 1.2: Spencer Wedekind Ltd

2. The cooking space

Case study 2.1: Benjamin Tindall Architects

Case study 2.2: Mary Leslie Interior Design

Case study 2.3: Jeffreys Interiors & Peden & Pringle

3. The sleeping space

Case study 3.1: Mary Leslie Interior Design

Case study 3.2: Spencer Wedekind Ltd

4. The work space

Case study 4.1: Armstrong Keyworth

Case study 4.2: Plankbridge Ltd

5. The wet space

Case study 5.1: Darren Oldfield Architects & Imperfect Interiors

Case study 5.2: Atelier Favorit Tokyo

Case study 5.3: Matthew Woods Architects

6. The rest of it

Case study 6.1: Darren Oldfield Architects

Case study 6.2: Mary Leslie Interior Design

Case study 6.3: Papa Architects & Cellar Maison

7. The all in one

Case study 7.1: Studio Ett-hem

Case study 7.2: Atelier Favorit Tokyo

Case study 7.3: Thorp Design

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Mary Leslie is an interior designer with over 40 years of experience working primarily on domestic projects. For many years she was the Head of Interior Design at internationally-renowned designer Nina Campbell Ltd and now runs her own practice. She is a former Vice Chairman of the BIDA and a former Chairman of the BIID Charitable Foundation.