Little things, if they are designed right, can make big impact. The Exclamation cup holder by CKIE is a soaring example. It is good for your home, office, desk, or even a baby high chair. It fits various-sized containers such as a standard cup with handle, juice boxes and cans, coffee cups, etc. Just clip it on, and the function is achieved. Great for holding small planters too. Or keys. You get the point. See the video after the break. Available for purchase here.
It’s easy to think that if we live in a tiny space, everything in it should be tiny as well. Not necessarily true. Take this planter, for example. Bigger than an average windowsill option, it stands on the floor and does require a bit of square footage (although, if you have room for a floor plant, you’ll have enough space for this planter). Think how much you can grow in it! Designed for a wide variety of herbs, fruits, and veggies, the Glowpear planter actually makes a lot of sense for the urban gardener. And, the best part, it waters itself. Just fill the reservoir, and you’re done. Watch the videos after the break, to see the piece in action.
This beautiful and eco-friendly concept from EBS Block made me look. Based on a lowly shipping container, these houses expand to accommodate comfortable and, I must say, quite stylish living. The principle is as simple as a murphy bad, only it contains an entire home. The building is folded inside a shipping container, which can be easily transported. It is opened via remote control using the integrated mechanical and electrical systems. It takes approximately 5 minutes to complete the process of opening or folding up your EBS Block home. As the opening process is fully automated, the assembling becomes extremely simple without the need for construction, thus reducing the cost of building a house of similar size by a faction of the cost compared to traditional methods. Very impressive idea. Watch the video to see it in action.
This tiny studio apartment in Shanghai has been transformed by designers at MoreDesignOffice. What was previously one boxy space, became a beautiful pad with great flow and light. My favorite feature of the place is an elevated sleeping area. It creates an effect of another room, the steps leading to the bed work as seating during parties, and the room below the bed serves as much needed storage. Instead of a coffee table, designers opted for a proper dining table and utilized the large couch as dining seating. The small corridor leading to the kitchen features flow-to-ceiling built-in storage. The opposite wall of the corridor is clad with a full height mirror, which reflect the light and makes the space look even more spacious.
This is another painful “why haven’t I thought of this” item, Instant Dry Umbrella. Made from water-repellant material, it allows you to easily shake off the water and move on with your day. Watch the video to marvel at this fit of convenience. Available for purchase here.
This closet, created by Studiomama, can transform to a flexible room divider. A great news for open layout studio apartments. The piece includes a central hanging rail, as well as ten drawers in different sizes. The doors expand to create a lightweight screen. “Instead of building walls and dividing the space up permanently, – designers say, – we found that this solution with a flexible and non-permanent screen to divide the space into two when needed – gave us the opportunity to use our space in an optimal way.”
Photography by Dennis Pedersen and Elsa Young
Hub27 is a compact wall-mounted workspace from ErgotronHome, and it gets my thumbs up for being totally shoebox friendly. The piece has many functions, it can work as storage, charging station for your devices, or a mini standing desk for some light computing. Thanks to the multitude of pockets and compartments, it can hold and protect your tech and tech-related paraphernalia in a small and unobtrusive unit. The surface can be adjusted to your desired height, and the glass cover can double as a dry erase board. Solid thinking. Available for purchase here.
As the Tiny House movement evolves, so do the ways to deal with common cramped living problems. This particular one addresses the inability to invite people over without feeling claustrophobic. Atlas, the compact 196-square-foot dwelling, has been designed by Blake Dinkins, Lance Cayko, Alex Gore, and Sarah Schulz, who all met at North Dakota State University in Fargo. They came up with a great idea to turn one of the walls into a fold-down patio deck. This elegant solution increases seating space around a cool and convenient bar, it also brings in light from the great outdoors. See more photos and a floor plan after the break.