Architects Braden Caldwell and Michael Chen of MKCA studio (the creative force behind such brilliant project as Partywall and Unfolding Apartment), unveiled a new inventive New York micro dwelling. Five to One apartment contains the necessary functional and spatial elements for living, working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing spaces, all within 390 square feet. This was made possible thanks to a motorized sliding storage element, that glides from one end of the room to the other, revealing and exchanging spaces between daytime and nighttime zones. As the moving volume pulls away from the wall, it opens a dressing room zone with built-in dresser drawers and clothing storage. Fully extended, the space for a queen-sized fold-down bed is created. The TV set rotates 180 degrees for viewing from the seating area, or the bed and dressing rooms. When the bed is closed the bedroom space is returned to the living and working spaces of the apartment. A pair of white sliding doors open up either the desk or the entertainment area. A dedicated dining area, large enough for four people, was created adjacent to the living room. In spite of the modest size of the place, the kitchen is quite spacious and contains generous storage. The crisp whiteness of the walls and other structural elements of the apartment contributes to the illusion of a much bigger space.
Photography by Alan Tansey
Kitchen that is the size of a luggage? Yes, please. Perfect for studio apartments, this creation from Ana Arana provides an island for cooking and eating anywhere in your home. All essential components of a traditional kitchen are stacked in one small and versatile piece. Here is how designer describes it: “As a response to this growing trend of compact changeable lifestyles Gali is a revision of the kitchen. It is an essential part in the house but sometimes it occupies a space that not everyone would use in the same way. Gali is the intention of letting each individual distribute their space as wanted, having everything necessary to cook when needed but allowing the living space to embrace new possibilities.”
This studio in Manhattan, NY, is only 340 square feet. Designed by Allen + Killcoyne Architects, it is an epitome of pragmatic approach to space. In spite of its modest size, the place looks airy, all thanks to the clever color scheme and thoughtful space-saving accents. The kitchen is angled around the bathroom unit, and it actually boasts some counter space – a true luxury in shoebox living. And so is storage, which is also plentiful here. Floor-to-ceiling closets and multiple built-ins take full advantage of the ceiling height. See more photos and a floor plan after the break.
Land Peel is a space-saving concept furniture piece, developed by the Japanese industrial design student Shin Yamashita from the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Based on the traditional tatami design, the piece provides a platform surface that can be easily changed by “peeling off” the elements as you need them. The versatile mat can be easily turned into a desk, lounging or dining area, couch and more. I love this idea.
I know that kitchen gadgets are an obsession of mine, but only because of awesome inventions like this one. How can I possibly stay indifferent. Spredo, a cool little tool, designed by Avichai Tadmor, turns an ordinary corn eating moment into a delightful experience. The piece is comprised of two sections, one for butter, the other for salt. Spredo’s curved edge fits the shape of a cob beautifully. And, above all, it is made to look like a yellow submarine. Nice touch. Available for purchase here.
Pivot table by Amsterdam based designer Lex Pott is all kinds of cute. It makes a lot of sense for a small dwelling too. The piece is tiny and comes in four geometric variations, made to fit in any spot or corner. It looks great on its own or in groupings. Available for purchase here.
This elegant design was created by French studio Alki. A wall mounted modular system, called Zutik, allows you to incorporate multiple storage and display items on one solid wooden beam. The piece includes a mirror, some hooks, a ladder that doubles as a bookcase, and a variety of pin boards and shelves. You can reconfigure the elements with ease to achieve the desirable option. A perfect idea for a typical little studio, where the entryway blends with the rest of the apartment.
The Poster lamp from the Japanese studio YOY is an example of minimalism at its finest. The lamp is comprised of a small LED and a single sheet of paper, curved in a shape of a lampshade. The LED peeks through the curve and illuminates the wall around it. You can easily mount the Poster lamp with pins or tape, like you would a piece of paper. You can even decorate it with various printed designs. But I like it most in pure white. Just a simple, beautiful object, seamlessly melting into its function.