The words “luxury” and “tiny” rarely go together, but this house in Aurora, Oregon, amazingly combines the two notions in one clever package. The creator of a house, Chris Heininge, was inspired by his travel to the East, especially to Japan. He tried to implement the same principles of beautiful and simplified living, the Japanese are so good at. The result is an American take on an Eastern idea. The house features everything one needs for comfortable existence: fully equipped kitchen, queen size bedroom, lots of hidden storage, and even spoils like fireplace and jacuzzi tub. Oversized windows provide enough light for it to feel cozy but not claustrophobic. The asking price is 70K. See more photos after the break.
Cats love boxes, that is the universal truth. Amsterdam based company Poopy Cat embraced the idea, initially by creating their hit cardboard litter box, and now with the new line of cat playware. BLOCKS is a successfully funded Kickstarter project that goes into production in March. The principle is simple and brilliant: the BLOCKS package consists of two beams, two cubes, tunnel, bridge, slide and two types of connectors. It is light yet sturdy and can withstand any cat. The modularity of the design allows you to adjust it to your space constraints and your cat’s preferences. The boxes are made from recycled and biodegradable cardboard, easy on the wallet and the environment alike.
Shoebox kitchens require hardworking tools and aesthetic vision to be livable, and this item from Makoto Koizumi has both. This porcelain stacking set of tools includes a mortar with pestle, a ginger/garlic/zest grater, a citrus juicer, and a storage canister (that also acts as a ladle holder). It could also be used as an elegant prep tool at a dinner table. All pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe. Available for purchase here.
Here is a cool idea – a line of furniture that is assembled by way of powerful magnets instead of adhesive or metal fasteners. Dock 312, a young design firm from Chicago, introduced a series of goodlooking side tables, all featuring flat-pack principle and intuitive, tactile assembly without the use of tools. Each design is also reversible – just turn it upside down, replace the glass top and the piece instantly turns into a whole new table. Powerful magnets add sturdiness to the structure. A great concept.
This bookish planter by Yuki Yamamoto of Japanese design duo YOY is not only a thing of beauty, but a thing of utility as well. Disguised as a tome, it sits on a shelf or a table next to your actual books, bringing a touch of greenery to your room. The piece is made of PMMA and PVC for waterprooﬁng. If you open the cover page, the planter stands on it’s own, and you can see the soil inside. The title of the book is “The Life of Plants.” Clever.
The Brooks series of wooden furniture by the Greycork company makes a lot of sense. The line consists of three items – a dining table/desk, coffee table and a bench. All pieces feature solid wooden tops, supported by the collapsible legs. The folding mechanism is intuitive enough to make storing and moving this furniture a breeze. I love the grey legs, in particular.
The Leaning Loop is a multi-purpose upright organizer made of solid hardwood. It is a handcrafted modular clothing hanger, bag holder, gadget shelf, mirror, magnet board, key holder, and shoe shelf all in one slender package. Born out of necessity, the piece was envisioned by Jason van der Burg of Urbanworm Design, while designer lived in a tiny room of a shared apartment. He needed something compact, functional and elegant to hold his entryway items (as, indeed, many of us do). The Leaning Loop comes in ash, cherry, walnut, rift white oak, or maple. You can choose between a magnetic blackboard or magnetic mirror and customize your hardware. And the best part for renters (and/or gals) – no drilling of the wall is required.
I am a kitchen gadgeteer, and this item by studio Caveman Factory, made me reach for my wallet like nothing else. Anton Strainer Bowl is a very cool idea. It sits on your counter without mixing with dirty dishes and sink bacteria. The specific shape of the piece allows you to submerge your veg in water (a trick to removing pesticides) without using another dish. The strainer is quite a looker, so you can even serve your food in it. A great hardworking item for a small kitchen. Sold here.
This minimalist apartment, designed by Antwerpen based studio Van Staeyen Interieur, features two small bedrooms, divided by a bathroom. In order to maximize the space, designers covered an entire wall with built-ins for sleeping and storage. The discreet nook provides privacy along with additional shelving, placed around a queen bed. A step pulls out of a drawer to provide easy access. I love the simplicity of this solution. Also, the use of primary colors in the interior is beautiful.