Family of 5 optimizes space with ‘1950s transformer furniture

September 5, 2022 john 20 25680 18:26

When Heidi Waterfall and her family of 5 moved into a 79 square meter (850 square feet) apartment in Paris they needed to fit 3 boys in one bedroom and renovate a tiny kitchen on a small budget. As renters they didn’t want to invest in anything permanent so Heidi scouted for transforming antiques like…

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

March 17, 2019 john 20 30485525 09:38

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it. Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Designed by architect Barbara Appolloni, Christian says the…

NYC’s micro-modular, Minecraft-era building rises in 1 month

July 19, 2016 john 0 13753 13:18

Single people now make up a third of New York City’s households and with the average rent for a studio at $2,600, the city responded in 2012 by announcing a competition to design units smaller than the minimum size of 400 square feet. Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of nArchitects won with their ‘My Micro…

Adaptive space-saving bed snaps into ceiling when not needed

May 1, 2016 john 0 29465 10:49

At the beginning of the 20th century William Murphy patented an idea of a “disappearing bed” (among others) and the wall bed, pull down bed or fold-down bed was popularized in America. In Europe, the 21st century equivalent is the ceiling bed. In 2004, Parisian designers Décadrages released their version of the hovering bed with…