Speaking of clever tech, this little device called Knocki, developed by Texas based designers Jake Boshernitzan and Ohad Nezer, can help you smarten up your home in many different ways. The discreet disc, attached to any vertical or horizontal surface, turns this surface into a remote control for a wide range of tasks, from turning the lights to controlling your security alarm, tapping into your favorite tunes, setting or snoozing an alarm, even brewing your coffee right from your bed. The list goes on and on. And all this goodness can be achieved without the wiring, installation, complexity and expense of many alternative smart home control systems. Yay! Currently Kickstarting.
This 309-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong is astonishing. Designed by studio LAAB, it utilizes clever tech to maximize space and nest functionality virtually on the same spot. The tiny dwelling features such amenities as full size kitchen, bedroom, full bathtub, guest bedroom, home cinema, gym, and even catwalk and lounging areas for the three feline occupants. The place can be fully transformed based on the time of the day, thanks to clever smart home technologies. Watch the video after the break for the mind-blowing tour.
This new Kickstarter made my week. Hangbird is a hanging drying rack that frees your living space by drying your clothes beneath the ceiling. A godsend for a small apartment. The product was born out of necessity. After several dialogues with his wife, Hangbird creator Samuel Kutter found a functional solution for drying his family’s laundry: a hanging drying rack. Interest soon spread for this unusual design among friends and family. Many wanted one too. He therefore decided to develop a real product inspired by an old Victorian model and started his own venture. Practical, appealing, and sustainably produced. I especially love the fact that you can choose the piece in different sizes to fit whatever crazy space you have. Pledge here to get buy.
This beautiful hydroponic garden system, called Foop, has been developed by the Japanese company Barakan Design. I love how compact an unobtrusive the piece is, blending beautifully with any surroundings. And as someone who has a very curious cat, I appreciate the closure, allowing the greens grow undisturbed. The Foop garden communicates with an app on your device, allowing you to track the growing cycle of the plans and add more water as needed. Available for purchase here.
As surprising as it sounds, a Dutch design company Fiction Factory creates modular, compact, and lightweight prefabs from nothing other than large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard. Called Wikkelhouses, these stylish and eco-friendly dwellings, are comprised of modular elements that you can add, mix, and adopt to your unique needs and desired setting. How timely is this? Each Wikkelhouse is build in a workshop in Amsterdam, and when all the elements are ready, it can be assembled on location in only one day. Each Wikkelhouse is finished with waterproof coating and wood panelling to protect it from all weather conditions. A fantastic idea, beautifully designed.
This product will delight anyone who has ever been frustrated with the traditional thin cork bulletin boards. Designers John Harrington and Noel Batt teamed up with the well established Portugal-based cork manufacturer to create an ultimate cork bulletin board experience, called CorkFrame. Thick and well adjusted to the wall, this board allows you to pin your important items in style. It even has a small shelf for organizing your pushpins and other small items. CorkFrame comes in three sizes, all of which are currently Kickstarting. Attractive and well-made, as a cork board should be. Pledge to get yours.
In a small space we are limited to a sparse number of furniture items. Which is why each piece has to work harder to deserve its place. The Hybrid Chair by Studio Lorier is a perfect example of a hard-working furniture piece. Thanks to its adjustable height, it can perform three roles at once and serve as a desk, dining, and lounge chair. The strong textile cord allows for a change of height, and the wooden locking mechanism completes the construction of this ingenious object.
I have a soft spot for book-related furniture, and this piece definitely made me look. Created by German studio emform, it serves several purposes at once. A perfect companion to a reading chair or couch, the piece can hold your cuppa, glasses and other small things. It can also provide storage for books and magazines, and serve as a bookmark. Quite a looker too. Available in black and natural wood colors.
The thoughtful asceticism of this space simply made my day. Imagine, a young couple with two small children, residing in a 675 square-foot apartment, is able maintain a minimalist lifestyle. Gives hope to many of us, doesn’t it. A dark and outdated pre-war one bedroom apartment with an awkward nook, used as a second bedroom, was transformed by the architect David Bucovy into a serene and spacious pad. All beds here, children and adult, are murphy beds. All items have a clear purpose. Most spaces are multifunctional. Toys (including laptops) are stored away when not in use. I love how the neutral and calm tone of the apartment serves as a backdrop to the carefully curated mid-century furniture pieces (a separate swoon for the Wegner dining chairs). Check out the photos after the break for the full tour.
Photography by Matthew Williams.