Small Cool 2007: The Winners!

Small Cool 2007: The Winners!

Janel Laban
May 18, 2007

Congratulations to all the winners! AT:Chicago would like to thank everyone who entered for sharing their homes with the world and showing that small really is cool. Thank you to the readers for choosing our sixteen finalists and to our fabulous judges for selecting the four winners.* Finally, a big big thanks to our contest sponsor Design Within Reach.

Quotes from the Judges on London Urchin's entry:

Kara:"I love this apartment because of its simple elegance. Its clean design works well with the small size, but the warmth makes it a comfortable home."

Brad:"The custom cabinetry is brilliant and a clever way of making the most of a small space. Congratulations on scoring the Hans Wegner dining set on Ebay."

The rest of the winning lineup is below the jump...

Quotes from the judges on Laura's entry:

Brad:"For under 300 square feet this place really delivers. Nice decor with a beautiful choice of colors."

Michael:"It's the first place I saw on the site and by far my favorite. She did a great job making the apartment feel bigger than it is and managed to create nice individual spaces. It's extremely "tight" and well thought out. I'd like to spend a long weekend here."

Quotes from the judges on Victor & Soeun's entry:

Kara : "This space might seem very simple because of the use of negative space and dominating white palette, but was very clearly designed with lots of thought. Everything in the room has a function so there is an overall calm to the space."

Michael: "You can't go wrong with white! I like the way they embraced the use of a single color this way and it's one of the few loft entries that still feels like a "loft". You can collect quite the array of fun items when they are all in the same color. I could have easily moved this one up on my list."

Fourth Place: Ron's Hotel "Sweet"

Quotes from the judges on Ron's entry:

Brad:"I like the 'hotel suite' concept making this a gorgeous space. Great use of mirrors and lamps to make the apartment seem larger."

Kara: "The mix of neo-traditional and modern lines in this apartment gives it a mature, but funky vibe. The wall paneling and accessories add a refined layer to the space. "

* A note on the judges decisions:

1. Each of our judges was instructed to choose their top four places in order. Each finalist was given points based on their choosing, with four for first place on down to one for fourth place. The finalists points were then totaled up to get the overall winner.

2. London Urchin was a breakaway favorite with the judges, whereas the next three places were all separated by one point. It was very close.

3. Jamie Gray sent in his votes, but - with regrets - was not able to send in comments due to his intense schedule with his shop in SoHo opening today.

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