This unusual project was a remodel of a 75-square-meter apartment in the center of Melbourne. The goal was to maximize sleeping areas for the occupants without giving up too much of the living space. Designers, studio Clare Cousins Architects, managed to do so while increasing sitting areas and storage. Here is how they describe the project:
“The clients, who were expecting a baby at the time, wanted to convert the only bedroom into two small bedrooms. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The child’s bedroom was sized to just fit a single bed between walls. The adults bedroom utilizes 3 colourful sliding screens which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.”
I love the little podium on which the adult bedroom resides. The steps also double as seating for the living room. The multiple plywood panels, while dividing the space into zones, also hide storage, which is never a bad idea in a modestly sized space. See more photos after the break for the full tour.
Eva Solo To Go Grill is a solid contender for the grilling season. The piece is compact, you can set it up on your balcony, in the woods, even on the beach. It has a handy strap that holds parts together for easy transportation. It even has handles that always stay cool, so you can move it around while cooking. The To Go Grill is made of enamelled steel with silicone handles. The grid is made of chromium-plated iron, while the strap is made of nylon. The coal bucket and grid are dishwasher-safe.
I am rarely this excited about a product. Fläpps shelving system from Ambivalenz is everything I have ever loved about space-saving furniture. Each module is a stand-alone shelf that can be combined with other Fläpps modules to become a wall shelving system. A unique wall mounting mechanism effortlessly permits up to 5 shelves to be stacked vertically. When unfolded, the Fläpps shelving system offers endless applications in the office, living room, kitchen, dressing room or entrance hall. And if you need to display a tall item or simply don’t need all this surface space (like that’ll ever happen), simply fold the shelves up. The piece comes in black and white and in various sizes.
This is one of those things that taunt you with the “why haven’t I thought of it” question. A stunning beautiful power cord, called oon, has been created by Los Angeles based studio Okum. Three electrical sockets designed to flex and rotate conform to different situations, allowing for all connections to be utilized and organized. Deliberately crafted, details in wood, metal, plastic and fiber compliment and complete one another. Available for purchase from designers’ website.
Living in constrained urban conditions is often a call for creativity. Take this beautiful minimalist house, for example. Located in Okazaki, Japan, the building is quite literally squeezed between two other dwellings. The initial footprint of the house is only 10ft wide and 69ft wide. But the owners, with the help of architect Katsutoshi Sasaki, managed to turn it into a serene oasis. And the airiness you see on the photos is not the result of sacrificing function. The house has all the necessities, like the kitchen, bath, toilet, living room, study space and bedroom. It also has a few luxuries, such as the terrace and indoor garden. Check out more images after the break. (more…)
If you can’t spear any space for sound equipment, consider this – Playbulb, a light bulb and a bluetooth speaker in one. It’s an LED lamp in a shape of a traditional Edison’s bulb paired with a sound device. It can be controlled by an iPhone app, playing music as well as illuminating the room. It can even go on and off automatically, which makes Playbulb a great sound sleep system and an alarm clock as well. I think I need one for every room. Available for purchase here.
We all know how difficult it is to find tranquility in the overpopulated city. Having a cup of coffee or a drink on your balcony (or your fire escape, if you live in NY), could be that moment of zen we so desperately need. That is why I was absolutely delighted to hear from Madrid based studio Nimio, who showed me their latest design – a Manuela balcony table. Elegant and compact, the piece can be attached to a rail without any tools. And, thanks to its modest size, it can be easily stored all year round without cluttering your space. The frame is made of folded steel, and the tabletop can be wood or tile. The table comes in two sizes and three colors. Available for purchase here.
This quirky key holder is a collaborative project of Luz Cabrera and Malorie Pangilinan, designed for Fab’s “First Things First” competition/showcase for NYCxDesign 2014. Inspired by the 50s iconic phrase “Honey, I’m Home”, the piece resembles a honeycomb with pockets for key chains. Designers elaborate: “Home is the place you return to, and that home becomes yours when you receive that shiny new set of keys. But even keys need a place to return to. The bees will come buzzing home to this retro chic key holder that also doubles as an elegant wall piece.” The key chains come in different colors to differentiate each household member’s set of keys. Lovely. Wishlisted.