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Recently, my colleague Matthew Hague got me thinking about effective live-work spaces. How do you fit your desk into your living room? Or, more importantly for me, how do I distance myself from the refrigerator or television? This is especially problematic in my family's open-concept home. That's why I love this interior by Australian firm Nexus Designs. The team rejigged the layout of an ordinary Melbourne apartment into one that offers a secluded workspace when needed:

The firm aims for "design longevity, not disposability" and this project exemplifies that stance. A large sliding wall separates the home office from the rest of the contemporary apartment. Guests can also use the enclosed space as a private bedroom. I love the colour of the moving wall as well, as builder-basic white usually prevails when it comes to sliding panels. Simple, but effective!

For more on small space design ideas, browse our guide. Plus, check out more projects by Nexus at

Photo credits:
1-3. Nexus Designs, photography by Earl Carter


Seema Persaud

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