Patch is a clever self-watering herb planter, created for people with questionable gardening abilities. Instead of trying to figure out how much water the plant needs and how often it needs it, this piece allows you to fill the reservoir and go by your business. It will deliver water to the roots itself. The principle is simple – assemble your planter, fill it with soil, plant seeds and starter plants, fill the reservoir with water through a specially provided tube and walk away. The soil will take enough water through the wicking leg, located in the middle. Beautiful and simple idea. I also like the low tech casual look of the piece.
This exquisite design belongs to Paris based studio BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY. They took a tiny, elongated studio and turned it into a beautiful minimalist loft, serene and streamlined. The uniformity of color creates an illusion of a bigger space. It also serves as a backdrop for an unusual and clever lighting effect. The kitchen and living room features color distinguishing illumination, while the bed and shower merely uses monochromatic light. This contrast defines and visually zones the place. Check out more images after the break to see the effect in more detail.
This delightful small apartment is located in Barcelona in a 17th century building. Several years ago a family of architects bought the place and transformed into an ultra-modern dwelling. The interior consists of a series of cubes, or boxes. The most impressive one is the glass bathroom cube that can be closed with blinds for privacy. Each of the other areas of the apartment – master bedtoom, kitchen, second bedroom and a living room – can also be isolated into a closed cube. There is even a garden cube that communicates the two bedrooms. Watch the fascinating tour shot by Fair Companies for more details.
Here is a very unusual social experiment conducted by Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica Doveri) – the Freedom Room. This low-cost micro housing councept was developed with the help of inmates from the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy. The prison has a carpentry shop that was used to implement the ideas. This unorthodox collaboration resulted in a beautiful 116 sq ft model, filled with many space-saving details. The room features two beds with storage underneath and above, a double desk that can easily double as a dining space. The sink room serves multiple purposes too – it is used for personal hygiene and cooking as well as laundry. The Fredom Room is a model-proposal to be implemented in hostels, dorms or apartment buildings. It was exhibited at the 2013 Triennale di Milano. See more photos after the break.
I’m quite fond of this space-saving idea from Swedish designer Jonas Forsman. The Clip folding table is a lightweight piece made in three sizes. Simple and clean design paired with an innovative folding principle can make this table a great solution for a small apartment. Unlike many other folding tables, no clasps or screws are needed to fold up Clip. The technique used is as ingenious as it is simple: a collapsible tension leg in a self-locking plastic snap. So when the formal dining experience is over, the piece can be stored away in seconds.
The Litho desk has been created by French designer Thibault Desombre for the furniture brand Ligne Roset. The piece features a natural oak veneer top with drawer on the left-hand side, plus a satin-lacquered desk top at an angle on the right-hand side. ”Litho is a poetic approach to the workspace,” – designer note. But in addition to the inspired look, it is also quite practical. The clever asymmetrical shape of the desktop creates more space while remaining compact. The desk comes in white, mustard, caramel or deep khaki.
Assemblage is a set of 10 modules that fit snugly inside each other, and then slide out so they can be stacked for use as customizable shelving. The piece is held together by twelve metal clamps with a striking red tightener. You can arrange the unit into various configurations, so there is never a dull moment with Assemblage. And if moving or storage is in order – the piece is disassembled and nested, thus turning into a compact and manageable item. The shelving is made of lacquered MDF and comes in black and white. Available for purchase here.
The Bike All shelf by Colorado based studio Board by Design is an interesting transition between a bike hanger and a bike stand. The piece doesn’t keep your bike fully suspended in the air – one wheel still touches the ground. But with the saddle firmly parked under the shelf, it is a sturdy solution. And, because the saddle part is common for all bikes, the shelf is compatible with all bike models. Available in two natural woods, the Bike All comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. Available for purchase here.