Minimalism at its best, this slick apartment manages to keep it modern without going overboard on the stainless steel and chrome:

Like most city apartments, space is a premium. But this one seems to have a little extra room judging by the ultra compact spiral staircase which rises up through to the next floor. Sparse shelving and simple cube seating set against a backdrop of whitewashed brickwork and grey carpeting can easily transform this home into a casual work setting. Images via Mires Paris