I would get a bit claustrophobic, but tremendous ingenuity to fit so much form, function and ecological thinking into a tiny space.
Moving shelves have long been the solution for archive storage, but this application to warehouse living is rather ingenious.
You only need the space when you use it, so why waste space in between your storage at other times?
It reminds me of the Mickey Mouse camper trailer that shifted from bedroom, to bathroom, to kitchen/dining room.
I guess if you are contemplating an indoor swimming pool it is no longer about compact living per say, but rather ingenious use of space. I find the concept and design fascinating. But probably very expensive.
This may be the best room-changing design idea since interior house paint: forget your white living room walls, green bedroom or brown kitchen and bring your favorite rooms to life with these incredible, changeable and colorful do-it-yourself pixelated wall displays.
Feeling dark? Switch from colorful rainbow patterns to a pitch black surface in seconds. Want a bit of a flavorful accent? Spin the wheels again to display words or patterns of your choice. This ingenious pixel-perfect wall design renders paint redundant.
I like this and though it probably fits best in alarge open space modern loft conversions, it could be used as a room divider in a small apartment.
Daniel P Simmons, one of the staff writers at This Old House online, has done a photostory featuring his own small studio apartment in New York (450 sq feet).
The writer really draws you in with the photos and stories behind the decorating/DIY choices.
It is an eclectic mix of DIY, IKEA, bargain/street finds and antique family heirlooms.
Functionality clearly as the main driving force and focus on building a home – not a showroom.
I especially like the dining table.
“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
I also like the home-made combined coffee table/winerack and the loftbed/storage solution.
Also pay attention to the lighting fixtures and solutions throughout the apartment.
I can relate to the challenges he faced because I also live in a small studio apartment, where storage solutions were key for all my clothes, books and magazines. As a professional in your 30s & 40s you have amassed a surprising amount of stuff that you have an emotional attachment to (in my case books, favorite sweaters and sentimental jewelry from my high school days and after).
We are not all minimalists and while decluttering can improve your life, not many of us would be happy with 100 personal items or less – even if we are not exactly consumerists. But even the “100 things” originator himself “cheats” and counts his “Library” as one item…
I would feel right at home in this apartment! From the design choices, books, the Schweitzer quote and the mention of cats I know we would get along. I would love to come to dinner, Daniel!
You know those Russian dolls that fit one inside the other – the last little one the size of a pea?
They have given name and inspiration to a student design project in Sweden.
I first became aware of this project two years ago and had hoped they would be able to commercialize the idea. The Matroshka packs a whole lot into a small space. In fact, you can fit an L-shaped sofa, double bed, dinner table, four stools, total seating for 12, a home office workspace, wardrobe and storage in only a 43 square foot area.
Another interesting student design project is Casulo– an “apartment in a box”.