FWD is a consulting and development firm with a mission to create unconventional real estate that builds social fabric. 

Our projects rethink physical spaces with three goals: create strong communities, enhance local economies, and transform lives.

Piano Factory Loft

Piano Factory Loft

Designing a multi-functional live/work space in a single 600 sf room.

 

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I have a particular interest in small-space-living, because I personally live in a very small space! In 2016, my husband and I decided to move from a two-bedroom triple decker apartment in Somerville into a single room, 600 sf loft space in a former piano factory building.

The major design challenge of this brick-and-beam loft studio was figuring out where we were going to put all of our stuff. We moved from a two-bedroom with lots of closets into a studio with no closets at all--not even one. We’re both trained as architects, so we were up to the challenge—but it was still quite a challenge.

The space came to life once we built a customized shelving an drawer system all around the edges, and defined the different living spaces using big rugs, carefully placed light fixtures, and a canopy bed with some real star quality.

Moving into one room also meant that we had to pare down and simplify our stuff. That meant less stuff overall, but also less color: we discarded elements until we got to a cohesive color palette of warm burgundy and pink with lots of neutrals and metallics, and a few small accents in other shades. The limited palette helps the small space feel calm instead of chaotic, even though it is chock full of art, accessories and day-to-day items.

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