When the client first reached out to Seggerman for his architectural expertise, Seggerman described it to Dwell saying, “you couldn’t imagine a place that was more messed up.” The client’s original apartment felt cramped and tiny even though the studio took advantage of a loft-style layout, with the bed located above the kitchen area. To create the illusion of space within the same 240-square-foot footprint, Seggerman created a new living environment surrounded by high quality woodworking, joinery, and space-saving techniques. So as not to detract from the beautiful wood paneling, the lighting is mostly recessed behind papyrus panels.
Since the client is a college professor and an anthropologist, Seggerman created two libraries to store her books, one on the first floor and the other on the second. The second library, located next to her bed, is designed like a cubby with a banded maple ceiling. Built to match the client’s measurements, the library is perfect for crawling into, and wraps around the back end of the apartment. The rest of the space shows off Seggerman’s fine attention to detail and a variety of wood materials, from the chamfered ash-and-beech staircase to the slide-out desk made from red birch slats.
Images via Tim Seggerman