We all know how difficult it is to find tranquility in the overpopulated city. Having a cup of coffee or a drink on your balcony (or your fire escape, if you live in NY), could be that moment of zen we so desperately need. That is why I was absolutely delighted to hear from Madrid based studio Nimio, who showed me their latest design – a Manuela balcony table. Elegant and compact, the piece can be attached to a rail without any tools. And, thanks to its modest size, it can be easily stored all year round without cluttering your space. The frame is made of folded steel, and the tabletop can be wood or tile. The table comes in two sizes and three colors. Available for purchase here.
This quirky key holder is a collaborative project of Luz Cabrera and Malorie Pangilinan, designed for Fab’s “First Things First” competition/showcase for NYCxDesign 2014. Inspired by the 50s iconic phrase “Honey, I’m Home”, the piece resembles a honeycomb with pockets for key chains. Designers elaborate: “Home is the place you return to, and that home becomes yours when you receive that shiny new set of keys. But even keys need a place to return to. The bees will come buzzing home to this retro chic key holder that also doubles as an elegant wall piece.” The key chains come in different colors to differentiate each household member’s set of keys. Lovely. Wishlisted.
If you read this blog, you probably already know that I am an avid fan of the Tiny House movement. This next example of a tiny mortgage free dwelling is a beauty, filled with many elegant and clever space-saving details. The house, called ‘hOMe’, incorporates all traditional conveniences, such as two sitting areas, a bedroom, a kitchen, a dining table, a bathroom and lots of storage. All this goodness cost the owners only 33K to create. And thanks to solar panels and wooden stove, the utility bills are reduced to nearly nothing. What a way to break from the mortgage slavery… Check out more photos after the break.
This beautiful minimal design has been envisioned by US based studio Assembly. 10×10 shelves come in pairs and create a variety of arrangements throughout different areas of your home. They can be used together or separately, allowing you to fulfill the storage needs you have. The shelves are made from natural pine. Different wood finishes, as well as custom sizes are available. Sold here.
This small 36 sqm (a little less than 400 sqf) Stockholm studio has been designed by Karin Matz for a client who wanted to have a walking closet, all appliances for everyday life, a large shower/bath, and the sense of airiness in the room. Quite a tall order, considering the initial limitations of the space. Here is how designer explains the result:
“The result is an apartment divided in two parts. One where everything is part of one structure, which is based on the Ikea kitchen units. Everything in this part is completely redone with electricity inside the walls and with all surfaces painted white in order to bring in and reflect light. Here all the functions are squeezed in on top of, in-between, under and inside each other. Bedroom, kitchen, wardrobe and storage are all one. The second part is left with things free-standing with all surfaces more or less as they have been for the last 20 years. The holes in the the walls have been filled in, loose wallpaper and paint taken down and electrical cables and outlets have been added running on the outside of the walls. The bathroom becomes the connection between the two parts.”
My favorite part of the project is the elevated bed sharing a glass wall with the kitchen. And the clever storage solution underneath it. Check out more images after the break to see this unusual built in more detail.
Inspired by vintage kitchen step stools of the 1950s, this piece is a stunner. And a functional one as well. While sturdy enough to be used as a step stool in the kitchen or playroom, it also makes an attractive and practical side table for the living room or bedroom. Slotted panels in the stool’s two rungs can be slid up to display books, or pulled down to store tools and keep other objects discreetly out of sight. And even though the stool is made of wood, there is no eco guilt involved. The piece has been handcrafted from 300-year-old Nanciton trees that were felled during the destruction of Hurricane Felix in 2007. Designed by Aaron Poritz, sold here.
K desk by Rafa Kids is a beautiful and smart piece that can be used in two modes: open and closed. When closed, it is minimal and elegant. When open, it reveals an organizer, storage and a display/bulletin board. Perfect for efficient work and easy cleanup. K desk is aesthetically pleasing enough to grow with the child and find its place in a grownup home just as well. Made from Finnish birch wood and plywood and available in natural finish. Sold here.
Quirky came up with yet another clever idea – Branch shower curtain rings. Aside from serving their main purpose, these rings hold your towels, loofahs and other bathroom essentials. I especially like that they can add storage on both sides of the shower curtain. Watch the video after the break so see the product in action.