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Graham Hill began experimenting with small space living in 2010 when he bought two units in a pre-war coop in New York City’s Soho. He ran a competition to redesign the first rundown flat, and the winners, Romanian architecture students Catalin Sandu and Andrei Butusina, created a moving wall and transformable furniture so the one room could function as three or four. He sold LifeEdited1, or LE1, a few years ago and began work on his second experiment in living with less, LE2, which he hoped would be more affordable and less of a white box. This time he and his team created sliding couch-cubes that can be pushed from room to room to add seating to a couch/dining room or to configure into a queen-sized bed. There’s also lots of felt to absorb sound (both on walls and as a dividing curtain). Ditching LE1’s movable wall - it didn’t block sound and was too expensive - the LifeEdited crew settled for an accordion door (it shrinks to one-tenth it’s expanded size and can fit into tiny closet in the wall). More often found in conference halls or schools, here the expando-wall divides the guest bedroom/office from the rest of the space. “When it's out it has the acoustic properties of a 2-by-4 insulated stud wall with drywall so it's very effective at sound insulation.” LE1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYV0qATsyts More info on LE2: http://lifeedited.com/lifeedited-2/ LE2 is for sale: https://www.corcoran.com/nyc-real-estate/for-sale/soho-nolita/150-sullivan-street-apt-33/5521991 Original story: https://faircompanies.com/videos/graham-hills-nyc-tiny-flat-2-attunes-l-space-to-the-moment/
John MacPeek has fond memories of living out of a suitcase when he first moved to Europe over 2 decades ago. "There's a real advantage to having everything you own that you can carry on your back at one point". So when he was looking to buy an apartment in Barcelona, he was ready to live in something compact where everything he owned was accounted for. When he first saw his new home, its size didn't bother him (about 25 square meters or 270 square feet) as much as its condition. It was an old storage room for the building's water tanks and it looked more like a storage room than anything habitable. MacPeek enlisted the help of architect Lola Domenech who insisted she'd take on the project if she could open up the apartment to the sea. He bought the "over-sized closet" and Domenech began plans to take down the main wall and replace it with a 6 meter long (20 foot long) folding glass door that allows in light and air to provide passive solar heating and cooling (the shutters can close it off completely in summer to prevent overheating). She also implemented space-saving ideas like a walk-through shower, a bedroom that becomes a lounge and a refrigerator in a drawer. Lola Domènech architect http://www.loladomenech.com/en/index.php More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/space-saving-apartment-walk-thru-shower-fridge-in-drawer/
A half century ago the Colombo family took the ugly wall bed and remade it into something stylish, easy-to-use and a lot more than just a moving bed. In the 1970s they added a table to the pull-down bed, then a sofa and eventually began to remake all furniture in the home. Today Clei creates morphing bunk beds, pop-up desks, slide-out tables, "bookish" open-out kitchens and even entire walls that open up to create pop-out, fully-furnished rooms. We stopped for a visit with the family at their offices and showroom in the Brianza region of Northern Italy where "every corner" is a furniture company according to architect and designer Pierluigi Colombo who took us for a tour. Clei: http://www.clei.it/index_en.php https://pierluigicolombo.net/ On faircompanies: https://faircompanies.com/videos/a-peek-into-the-family-that-shaped-space-adapting-furniture/
Small apartments, dorm rooms, and studios all seem to have one problem. How do you fit everything you need into such a small space? Luckily people are working on new ways to do just that. Here is our list of 15 space-saving beds and multi-functional furniture creations that make life easier. *Playlists!* 👈 https://goo.gl/KdumQF *Connect* 💡 https://goo.gl/fqrncD *Subscribe!* 🔔 https://goo.gl/S8IpFj *Explore* 🌎 https://goo.gl/UXobsF 📢 YO! SUBSCRIBE BELOW! 👇 *Instagram* https://instagram.com/design.mindseye *Twitter* https://twitter.com/mindseyevideo *Tumblr* https://tumblr.com/blog/mindseyedesign *Pinterest* https://pinterest.com/mindseyevideo *Facebook* https://facebook.com/mindseyedesignmedia *Reddit* https://reddit.com/user/mindseyedesignmedia *Google+* https://google.com/+mindseyedesign Featured Beds & Furniture⭐ #15 DOC sofa/bunk-bed and Doc sofa XL /bunk bed https://www.clei.co.uk/ #14 Flop Arm Chair/Bed http://konstr.co.uk/research/ #13 Ultimate Bed https://amzn.to/2OoWLPQ https://www.chinahao.com #12 (Ultimate Bed 2.0) https://www.chinahao.com #11 Slide Aways Beds https://www.espace-loggia.com #10 Poppi Board Desk & Bed https://clei.co.uk/clei/poppi_board.htm #9 Lift Storage Beds https://amzn.to/2Qi4Asx https://expandfurniture.com #8 SlumberUp Ceiling Beds https://www.spaceman.com/ #7 BedUP https://www.bedup.fr/ #6 Slumbershelves https://www.spaceman.com.hk/ #5 PodTime http://www.podtime.co.uk/ #4 MetroNaps - Nap Pod homepage http://www.metronaps.com/ https://amzn.to/2DjKUS9 #3 Red Nest By Paul Coudamay #2 multi-functional cube by Till Konneker #1 LifeEdited by IKEA http://mkca.com/ Licensed Music 🎧 Broken Radios by Binary Love (Voice-over) by Glenn Nobel 🗣 https://www.glennn.com/ 15 INNOVATIVE BEDS & SPACE-SAVING FURNITURE (MULTI-FUNCTIONAL) #design #mindseyevideo #beds #furniture #space-saving
Architect Jérôme Vinçon believes that with architecture, like clothing, made-to-measure buys a lot more than ready-to-wear. When his friends Michel Craca and Gaelle Potel bought a tiny apartment (next door to the restaurant in Paris’ Montparnasse where he’s head chef and she’s maitre d’) and asked for his help, he delivered a piece of personal architecture where every centimeter was scrutinized. In what was once a doorman’s room and cellar, Vinçon took advantage of the 17 feet of height and crafted four floors of personal architecture in just 25 square meters. Instead of creating the smallest staircase possible, Vinçon turned the entire apartment into an open staircase. On the top floor a mostly open bathroom dangles above the living room. Its semi-transparent shower (the “peep show”) is suspended directly above the kitchen. Down a tiny boat-style staircase, the bedroom is the final subterranean floor. Cut off from all light, it feels like a cozy captain’s cabin with lots of sliding storage. To extend the natural daylight from the apartment’s sole window (in the living room), Vinçon left the bathroom open with its semi-opaque shower. By making the kitchen just a half-floor below the living room, it also benefits from the window. Given Craca’s profession as a chef, Vinçon worked to create the most professional kitchen possible in 32-square-feet of space. Vinçon has spent years studying small spaces. His research has focused on boats, dorms, space station and a convent. He once lived in a tiny room (1.8 by 6 meters) in Le Corbusier’s modernist convent near Lyon (“Couvent Saint-Marie de la Tourette”) and was inspired by all of Le Corbusier’s “theory of the dimension of the body of man”. “We often say that architecture is a matter of 10 centimeters. Ten centimeters less here (he says pointing out the bedroom stairs) and my shoulders don’t fit anymore. Ten centimeters are fundamental here. SO I’m not working within 10 centimeters here, but one centimeter. So here I had to work more with the human body. So it required a lot of thought to find the best solution each time.” Atelier d'architecture Jerome Vinçon: http://www.aajv.fr/ Original story: https://faircompanies.com/videos/cubic-mentality-4-story-paris-flat-fits-comfort-in-25-sq-mt/
In 2010, we met Graham Hill- the founder of treehugger.com and a serial entrepreneur. He had just bought two tiny apartments in a century-old tenement building in Soho and he had plans to turn them into laboratories, and showcases, for tiny living. He'd spent most of the past year living in tiny spaces- "a tiny trailer, a tent, and then a boat" and he was convinced others would love it as much if small spaces could be designed right.
He wanted a tiny space that didn't sacrifice function, but instead that would expand to provide a wish list including dinner parties for 12, accommodations for 2 overnight guests, a home office and a home theater with digital projector. Not wanting to limit himself to local architects, he crowdsourced the design as a competition and received 300 entries from all over the world. Two Romanian architecture students won with their design "One Size Fits All".
Completed in 2012, his LifeEdited apartment doesn't resemble the cramped space we saw in 2010. Today the 420-square-foot space can be expanded to include the functionality of 1,100 square feet: walls, drawers and beds move and unfold to create 6 rooms: living room, dining room, office, guest office, master bedroom and guest bedroom. If you include the kitchen and the bathroom which morphs into a phone booth or meditation room, the apartment includes 10 total rooms.
More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/6-rooms-into-1-morphing-apartment-packs-1100-sq-ft-into-420/