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.
Manolo is a multi-functional storage frame, created by Italian designer Ilario Branca. It features a simple grid of 64 knobs, that hold various accessories. You can turn this piece into a shelf, bookcase, coat hanger, bedside table and more. Manolo comes in two orientations, square and rectangular, and in four colors, green, yellow, brown, and white. The product includes two shelves and a hanger. Additional accessories are also available. Check out the video after the break to see more uses of this clever storage. Available for purchase here.
French design studio Fabbricabois is the creator of this inventive coffee table that doubles as a pet bed. Comprised of seven pieces of wood, the table is held together via rubber bands, without any glue or fasteners. It ships flat, assembles in minutes and provides a cosy sleeping space for a cat or small dog. What a fun idea! The pet area is lined with the soft washable cushion, and two angled spaces on the side could be used as additional storage.
Here is another tiny house story that made me feel warm and fuzzy. Jenna and Guillaume managed to escape the rat race by building a tiny cabin on wheels, in which they travel and reflect on their adventures creatively, Guillaume as a photographer, and Jenna as a writer. Here’s how she describes the beginning of their tiny house story: “Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers that allowed us to maintain that lifestyle. I was beginning to believe I’d never be able to pursue my passion for writing and Guillaume felt the same way about his photography. Then we came across tiny houses. These artistically designed tiny dwellings inspired us to upend our lives and pursue our dreams. We came up with a game plan: 1) Build a tiny home, 2) Travel around North America for one year, and 3) Create a travel journalism portfolio about alternative lifestyles. He’d photograph. I’d write.” You can see and read more about Jenna and Guillaume’s travels on their blog, which I find truly fascinating. Check out more photos after the break.