Small-Space Design Tips From Polish Designer Jakub Szczęsny

folding table with concealed kitchen
folding table with concealed kitchen

We're suckers for modular, multipurpose furniture and interior design. When we saw architect and designer Jakub Szczęsny's take on a table for his apartment, we knew we had to speak with him. In the middle of his living room, Szczęsny built what appears to be a white-painted closet. But, when the door swings open, a bright purple kitchenette is exposed. An area of the door ingeniously swivels to become a table with seating for four.

RentedSpaces: Do you currently live in (or have once lived in) a small space or apartment? If so, how has this experience influenced your design work?
Jakub Szczęsny: Yes, most of my childhood during communist '80s in Poland was about social-standard, small apartments. Most Poles did their best to pump-up surfaces of their apartments after the fall of the Iron Curtain. I live in a 21.5-square-meter (231-square-foot) apartment 3 to 4 days a week, the apartment was designed to serve as post-divorce bachelor spot for me and my son. The rest of the week I live with my girlfriend in a 32-square-meter (344-square-foot) apartment, also designed by me, in a different part of Warsaw.