Monochromatic and austere, this apartment looks open and spacious, in spite of its small footprint. Designed by French studio Nicolas Schuybroek Architects, the apartment utilizes clever combinations of marble, stone and timber to create visual layers and sense of warmth. Carefully selected and strategically placed art opens up the rooms even further. A beautiful example of minimalism in a tiny space.
This ingenious little light, called Skipper, has been created by German company Toshi. The beauty of this piece lies in its simplicity. A single piece of metal is shaped in such a way that it holds a book and a light bulb at the same time. Just stick it on a shelf, turn on the power switch, and you’re done. Skipper comes in white, copper, steel and black. There is a shelf and a bookend variety to choose from. Great idea!
LiliLite is a combination of a lighting fixture, shelf and bookmark, created by Amsterdam based studio Smeets Design. This witty object can blend seamlessly with any style, and it’s perfect for any corner. The operation of the light is intuitive and fun. Pull your book from the wooden peak to turn the lamp on. Set your tome down to turn it off. Brilliant. Watch the video after the break to see how LiliLite functions in an interior. The piece is available for purchase here.
This hybrid between a chair and stepladder is so simple and clever – I wish I had thought of it. Designed by Maarten Olden for Altrex, it is perfect for a small space. It’s attractive, utilitarian and it folds flat. Here is how designer describes it: “Usit originated in the desire to create a stepladder that fits into a contemporary interior. Today’s stepladders often look too utilitarian, and they are quickly returned to storage after being used. Although it is collapsible, the Usit doesn’t have to be packed away.” The two-step version of Usit can be used as a seat, the three-step version as a high stool. Watch the video after the break to see the piece in action.
Podpad is a thin portable desk by Portland based designer Matt Raphael. Aside from being a space-saving gem, the piece is a great hub for all your tech. Podpad’s 4.5-inch profile belies its multiple functions. Its shadowbox highlights your iPhone or iPod dock and connects it to an integrated audio system. It offers laptop storage, space for mail and files, and a charging station for all your electronic gear. Wishlisted.
If you like to read at the dinner table (I do!) – you will love this little stool from Montreal based designer Loïc Bard. Slick and minimal, the piece features a discreet storage compartment, suitable for a mag, a newspaper or various kindles and pads. Lovely. Made from maple. Available for purchase through designer’s website.
SIXtematic standing desk is a beautifully crafted space-saving piece, created by Hungarian brand Sixay. The piece is perfect for a small apartment, for it lets you to create a functional workspace in any unused corner. SIXtematic has ample storage, smart compartment for a power strip (to connect all your gizmos), it is ergonomic and compact. Sixay landed the Interior Innovation Award 2014 for this desk, which is not at all surprising.