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.
Copenhagen based young designer Mads Sætter-Lassen has recently won a student competition launched by studio Northern Lighting with his minimalist and multifunction lamp, Buddy. The piece is now being produced. “The name comes from the idea of creating a little helper, – designer says. – A little buddy that could literally give you a hand with carrying your essentials – whether it is your pencils on the desktop, or to store your keys and change in the entrence.” The lamp is made from powder coated steel and comes in white, black, gray, and red.
The Uzu vacuum cleaner by Japanese studio Metaphys is a thing of aesthetic beauty. It is also functionally intuitive. To start the piece, simply pull the hose away from the body. The rechargeable battery eliminates annoying cordage, and all the elements seamlessly interlock for compactness. In fact, Uzu is so inconspicuous and easy on the eye, you don’t have to hide it in a cabinet. That’s one way to approach the storage problem. A very, very clever way.
This tiny 30 square meter (approx. 323 square feet) apartment in Budapest has been designed by Position Collective specifically to accommodate people traveling to the area. The biggest highlight (and a functional cornerstone) of the space is an elevated platform that supports the bed and provides storage at the same time. I also love the peg wall, which houses bookshelves on one side of a divider, and kitchen storage on another. Very clever use of space. See more photos after the break.