world's greatest lobbies

Let's face it...the mere act of walking through a grand space makes us feel, well, grand. A night at the opera, a wait in the airport or train station, an overnight stay in a hotel--in each of the world's greatest lobbies, we experience a connection to something bigger than ourselves. 

There's just something to big-ticket public spaces that thrills and inspires. And there's a lesson to be learned too.

saarinen jfk terminal

Within even the grandest lobby, there is an undeniable intentionality to the usage of space. Whether it's the Calatrava-designed Liege train station at the top of this post, or the Saarinen-designed TWA terminal in New York, floorplans are laid out to effect the logical movement of people. Spaces are sub-divided creatively to address a variety of tasks: encouraging relaxation, facilitating administration, inducing awe. Lighting is designed (and often adjusted throughout the day) to increase safety and add atmosphere.

The best thing about this? These same considerations can be applied to the home, no matter how small it is.

contemporary studio apartment

Do you eat, sleep and live in a single room? Create sub-spaces. Make sure the sofa or entertaining areas are easily accessible by guests. Keep a table and chairs close to the kitchen for an impromptu dinner party. For living room furniture, choose low-profile designs to "raise" the ceiling in small spaces.

stackable kids chairs

Baby Anime Stackable Kids Armchairs

Does your bedroom double as an office? Use a swing arm wall light or adjustable floor lamp to shine light where and when you need it.

modern chrome wall lamp

Bernie Turbo Series Chrome Swing Arm Holtkoetter Wall Lamp

Do you have Michelin star ambition but a small kitchen? Make it a castle by hanging pots and pans rather than stowing them. Choose open-face cabinets or shelving to cut down on the confined feel. Use colors that increase the illusion of space. White can open a room up and charcoal can recede into the background, 

small space kitchen

Yes, large hotels do have the large square footage to impress. But just because you might not have it too, doesn't mean you can't still flaunt it. At home, a little space planning can go a long way.

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