I am not the sort of person who can pass by versatile storage design. Aitio storage boxes, by Finnish brand iittala, definitely caught my attention. Sturdy and beautiful, the pieces are made from powder coated steel and work equally well in any room. Aitio boxes come in a variety or shapes and colors. Available for purchase here.
This hidden kitchen made me look. Even though it is a small part of an otherwise spacious apartment, designed by DontDIY, it is such a cool idea in itself. Every tiny studio out there simply begs for it.
Architecture firm Elii introduces this project as “refurbishment of a minimal space in the centre of Madrid”. Susaloon (the name is drawn from the owner’s name, Susanna) combines kitchen, hall, bathroom, storage room, lounge, drawing room, bedroom, all within the 252 sq ft footprint. The secret is in the fold-down furniture, which can be stored away completely for the moments when Susanna entertains or practices yoga. Check out the video after the break to see multiple uses of this fun space.
Photography by Miguel de Guzmán
I love this fun video of a tiny guest house, capable to accommodate three (!) people. The garage sliding bed is my favorite feature. The bathtub in the basement is another one. Available for rent here.
(Thank you, Kelly)
Cologne based design studio Kaschkasch created this space-saving beauty, called Fju. When folded down it serves as a small workspace. Folded up Fju changes it‘s appearance and transforms into a slim storage shelf. Fantastic.
This clever micro loft is a prototype for a hotel room, created by Amsterdam based studio Concrete for the hotel brand Zocu, who will unveil it to their customers this fall. Zoku, which is Japanese for family, tribe, or clan, will disrupt and create a new category in the hotel industry. The place will have the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighborhood, envisioned as a relaxed place to live, work and socialize with like-minded people while getting wired into the city. I love the flexibility of the space, and inventiveness of the hidden elements (with the retractable staircase as my absolute favorite). Check out the photos after the break for a complete tour.
Here is another exciting launching campaign – Tableau, an automatic self-watering system that includes a tray, inverted water reservoir and three elegant planters. The principle is simple and ingenious: the water reservoir supplies moisture to the tray, and the tray delivers it to the plants through holes in the pots. No fuss, no guess work, and no electricity. Perfect for forgetful home gardeners or people who travel a lot. Currently Kickstarting.
Bruno is probably the smartest trash can in existence. Sleek and minimalist, it is filled with amazing tech: it has built-in charging and filter, hands free sensor, it even alerts you when it is time to take out the garbage or buy garbage bags. But the beast feature of all is the integrated vacuum, allowing you to sweep the floor and automatically deposit debris directly into the trash bag. Neat! See the piece in action after the break. Available for purchase here.
Here is a new exciting Kickstarter campaign that has arrived just in time for warm weather and outdoor fun. Leano, half picnic mat, half lounging chair, all awesome. This instant portable seat is cleverly designed from waterproof fabric and wooden frame. The backrest is created via two wooden pegs, and your own bum acts as a counterweight. Brilliant and simple. The piece is lightweight enough to carry around, so, whenever you find yourself in a picturesque outdoor location, you can roll Leano out, pull the backrest up, and start lounging. Like a boss. Available for purchase through Kickstarter.