Tiny House: The Cube

June 15, 2011

I would get a bit claustrophobic, but tremendous ingenuity to fit so much form, function and ecological thinking into a tiny space.


Inspiration archives

September 7, 2010

It's a kitchen, no it's a study, no it's a dressing room, no it's the bathroom...

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.

Walk on water

September 7, 2010

The floor that sinks

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.

If you want to walk on water in your living room

Make Room! Cool Color-Changing Walls for Your Home | Designs & Ideas on Dornob

February 14, 2010

Allows for creative expression

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.

The design

via Make Room! Cool Color-Changing Walls for Your Home | Designs & Ideas on Dornob.

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.

Living large in a small space

February 13, 2010

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.

Dining table

The quote:

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

Albert Schweitzer

I also like the home-made combined coffee table/winerack and the loftbed/storage solution.

Coffee table

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!

Matroshka furniture

February 13, 2010

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.

Everything in its place

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”.

Living with books…

March 6, 2008

Bookshelves and stairs

Bookshelves and staircase combined…

Apartment Therapy house tours are usually good for tips for compact living combining function and style.

stairs and bookshelves

Also from Apartment Therapy, another cool idea – the ceiling bookshelf.

Ceiling bookshelves

The original Circle (R) Kitchen

March 1, 2008

I like to cook but unfortunately many studio apartments only have a kitchenette – more often than not very poorly planned and minimal storage!

This German innovation won the reddot design award in 2006. The unit provides loads of storage and countertop workspace, microwave/oven, electric hob + hood, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and coffeemaker! Plus it looks really cool!

Circle Kitchen

From the website:

“The original Circle ® kitchen is an innovative high-tech compact kitchen concept for commercial and residential use. This 180° revolving kitchen design features all the characteristics of a traditional kitchen with an incredibly low demand on overall space, less than 1.8 sqm.

Whether you are an architect, developer, interior designer, or property owner, you will be surprised at the diversity of new planning perspectives in the city and in the building construction as well as in the resort, hotel and urban development. ”

If I ever do a loft conversion, this is the kitchen for me!

Compact Living

March 1, 2008

In this blog I will share my own ideas as well as design ideas and products to make compact living more functional and enjoyable. I know from experience that good planning and innovative design can help you cram the same functionality and stuff in 1/3 of the space and still look good! With property prices at the level they are in most metropolitan areas around the world those of us who do not earn sixfigures (in USD) must struggle to afford even a studio apartment in a nice area (and not have to commute for 2 hours a day). I look forward to your comments and ideas/tips of your own!