Tiny Manhattan Studio Remodel

Designer Jarret Yoshida transforms a tiny New York City apartment into a chic living space with stylish storage solutions.
Modern Apartment Kitchen Features Streamlined Cabinetry

Modern Apartment Kitchen Features Streamlined Cabinetry

By: Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

Designer Jarret Yoshida made every square foot count — and look stylish — in this small Manhattan apartment where every area performs multiple functions. Working with less than 500 square feet, Yoshida transforms the dated space into a stylish home with modern touches.

Yoshida shares how custom-built pieces were key to the design.

What was on the homeowner's wish list?

The owner wanted to renovate the entire apartment to create more storage and update the finishes. The owner also wanted the remodel to focus on making the living space more multi-purpose, so it could be used for dining, entertaining and having guests sleep over.

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Streamlined Kitchen Design

Modern, clean lines help the tiny kitchen appear larger. The streamlined cabinets lack hardware, and the color palette is simply white and wood. Even the clear plexiglass kitchen stools help make the space appear open. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Small Appliances

Because of the tight quarters in the apartment, designer Jarret Yoshida sourced small appliances that would fit well in the studio's kitchen. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Turning Problems into Solutions

The kitchen storage tower is a design solution that does double-duty — it hides the ugly heating pipe and creates additional storage space. The self-closing drawers hold utensils for easy access while eating at the counter. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Double-Duty Sofa

This custom-built sectional provides loads of seating as well as a bed for houseguests — the sofa was designed to sleep two. Guests can also sit on the wide sofa back. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Art Treasure

The large charcoal artwork in the living space is by Josh Bricker, whose work is exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Tight Sleeping Quarters

A readymade bed was painted and built-in to look like custom cabinetry. Airy, floral curtains separate the bed from the rest of the apartment

Make the Walls Work

Mounted custom shelves create display space as well as a functional desk for the owner. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

Before the Remodel

The apartment was bland and full of dated finishes before the remodel. Photography by Anastassios Mentis

What was a design challenge?

The lack of space was the biggest issue — the apartment is about 450 square feet total. We had to cram all that function into a tiny space without making the apartment look like a built-in closet with shelves everywhere. That was a major challenge.

How did you address obstacles?

We used special smaller-sized appliances for the dishwasher, refrigerator and oven. My amazing cabinetry specialist, Thea Fresnoza, and I made sure that we eked out every single bit of space possible. We encased the heating pipe in cabinetry to transform it into a beautiful vertical element with additional storage space. We also created a built-in bed that can be closed off for privacy.

What lessons did you learn?

This project taught me to specifically ask the client, "When do you want this project done?" Then, you can tell him how long it will really take. No client ever accurately predicts how long a project will take. Great design takes time. The owner recently sold this apartment and thoughtful design helped him sell it in a day; he also broke a record per square foot for similar apartments in the building. I learned that great design can be an investment that pays off visually and financially when done with care.

What are the hidden gems in the space?

One of my favorites is the deep-and-low sofa back that can be used for additional seating during a party. The sofa back is wide enough to perch on during a party so this tiny studio actually had three seating areas: kitchen counter, sectional sofa and sofa back!

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www.jarretyoshida.com/ Manhattan, New York 10014 718-636-5321