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 A dark and outdated pre-war one bedroom apartment with an awkward nook, used as a second bedroom, was transformed by the architect David Bucovy into a serene and spacious pad.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.
Here is a clever and simple recycling solution for eco- and design conscious – RE.BIN. If you use paper bags for recycling and want to make this habit a little more aesthetically pleasing, this might be a good idea for you. Made in the US from 100% recycled plastic, RE.BIN is designed to be used with standard paper grocery bags for an easy, clean, sustainable recycling experience. Currently Kickstarting.
The Cabinet Plus kitchen drawers from Magnet made my wishlist instantaneously. How cool are they? Hiding behind upper cabinets, these drawers give an easy access to the items we need and use the most in the kitchen. Storage inside storage. Hell, yes.
This tiny 140 square-foot studio is a prototype of student housing, offered by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Thanks to the inventive use of space, the Nano Stuite includes all the essentials, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and sleep/study space. The main space-saver here is the bed, transforming into a desk. Very clever. Check out the video after the break to see a virtual tour of this apartment.
These magnetic hooks and holders by Danish brand Reenbergs made me look. So simple and so useful. I especially like the bendable inside the sink cloth holder. It is easy to install, requires zero drilling, and you can move it around as you perform different tasks around the sink. Perfect for rental apartments. Available for purchase here.
Here is a notable Kickstarted that is already a go. The Edge kneeling desk is a portable workspace that you can store anywhere and pull up in seconds. A major win for small spaces! The piece can be used as a regular desk or an easel for artwork, and can accommodate most body sizes. The kneeling seat has been designed to improve posture and reduce neck, back and shoulder pain. Watch the video to see it in action. Pledge to get yours here.
Famed Japanese studio Nendo made a minimalist take on dog products, by creating an elegant, toned down, and yet very pet-friendly collection. Cubic Pet Goods line consists of a dog house, soft toy, a line of ceramic bowls, and a ball. Each piece corresponds to both the dog’s needs and the human’s aesthetic desires. “The majority of pet products for dogs are roundish and cute, – designers say. – However, they aren’t often suited to interior spaces with walls, floors, ceilings, windows and furniture designed mostly in a linear manner. With this issue in mind, pet products are designed with a variety of functions, emphasizing compatibility with interior elements.” These pieces are also great gifts to a design-conscious dog owner.
IKEA introduces its own take on the hydroponic indoor gardening idea. The KRYDDA/VÄXER series can let you grow herbs and veggies on your windowsill, with the help of a few simple tools. The process has four steps: first get the seeds started in the absorbent natural sponges, then transfer the young plants into the containers with water-resistant pumice stones, set them up under a bright light in the gardening station, and add water until your garden has grown enough for harvest. Done. I can’t wait for the product to hit the shelves. Watch the video after the break to see it in action.