London’s ‘smallest house’ uses flexible plywood furniture to maximize space

February 23, 2017 by  
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Danish design firm Studiomama is known for their talent of creating comfy living space out of virtually nothing. However, designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama recently put their skills to the test by buying a vacant 140-square-foot structure in Northern London just to convert the tiny space into “London’s smallest house”. Taking a cue from space-efficient interiors of caravans and boats, the designers focused on making use out of every corner of the compact space by creating flexible furniture . “A tiny space like this has to be designed like one would design the interior of a caravan or boat,” Studiomama co-founder Nina Tolstrup explained, “Everything has to be custom designed as there is not room for any off the shelf furniture, which was a great challenge.” Related: Space-saving furniture transforms to make the most of a Hong Kong micro-apartment https://youtu.be/gIfNhakS_PY Using plywood as the main material, they equipped the home with custom-made, adjustable furniture to divide it into distinct functions. The foldout bed , standing desk, and extendable dining benches add utility without occupying permanent space. Mirrors placed on either side of the home were create a feeling of amplitude, and two large windows allow for optimal natural light . To create a nice lounge area, a medium-size bench and a foldout footrest were installed into the main wall, which is covered in sliding pastel-hued panels. These panels cover use-specific storage cabinets such as a designated office space with a foldout desk, a sewing machine table, shelving for books, and even a wine rack. The designers used plywood for the furniture, as well as the ceilings and flooring, because of its versatility. “The use of one dominant material has made the space seamless – where floor, walls and ceiling comes together as one,” they said. “It is also a very warm material that makes the space feel cosy and cabin like.” The design layout for the tiny home was originally an installation for the 2016 London Design festival. The designers wanted to show how compact living can be comfortable. “We see the issues of how to live in a compact living space to be of growing importance, especially given the trends towards urbanisation and rise of megacities,” they said. “We wanted to use the project to pose a question about what are the things that we really need to live comfortably.” + Studiomama Via Dezeen Photography by Rei Moon, Director/Photographer MOON RAY Studio. Video by Suzie Joyce.

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Counterpoise is an elegantly balanced plywood chair

March 7, 2016 by  
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Counterpoise is a plywood chair whose shape embodies the idea of interplay: it is comprised of two wooden parts that balance each other. Taken separately, each part would be unsteady, but taken together they function as a steady-state system. Counterpoise is reduced to two fundamental elements for a chair: the seat and the backrest. The design process started on the base of fluid form language and developed an intuitive final shape that dialogues with the human body. The lines of the wooden parts were dictated by the human proportions and ergonomics principles. The results is a chair that is both sumptuously tactile and elegantly technical. + Counterpoise

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

December 17, 2014 by  
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Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home’s furniture and a distinguishing dividing feature within the compact layout. The finished Plywood Trio apartment offers residents an elegant, efficient living space. Read the rest of Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , building materials , BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos , madrid apartments , plywood apartment madrid , plywood furniture , plywood trio apartment , spanish architecture , Urban design

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IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom

December 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , affordable design , affordable furniture , cinema , cinema bedroom , cinema transformation , ikea furniture , IKEA movie theater , Moscow , Moscow cinemas , movie theater , swedish furniture

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Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

December 17, 2014 by  
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Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average East Asian rider. Designed to help convince Taipei locals to swap their cars for two wheels, the Espresso Urban Bike is equipped with smaller 20-inch-rim wheels, making it easier to tout around in the cramped living spaces characteristic of high-density Asian cities. The majority of the bike is hand-assembled in Gearlab’s Taipei studio and comes with a front basket, chain guard, kickstand, fenders, and a built-in locking solution. Espresso was awarded with the 2014 Best Design award in the Golden Pin Design Awards . + Gearlab The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bicycles , espresso , espresso urban bike , gearlab , golden pin design award , reader submitted content , taipei , Taiwan

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This flat-pack, laser-cut furniture assembles without glue or bolts

December 12, 2014 by  
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Freedom furniture is revolutionizing the way we make furniture. The company starts with computerized modeling to create shapes that work seamlessly with the human body. The flat-pack furniture  is made by laser cutting sheets of plywood which are then assembled like a 3D puzzle that fits so precisely there is no need to glue or bolt the joints. The result is a piece of furniture that is extraordinarily comfortable and gorgeous to look at. + Freeform Furniture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , 3D puzzle furniture , bolt-less furniture , flat pack furniture , Freeform , Freeform Buildings , Freeform furniture , glue-less furniture , laser cut furniture , plywood furniture , reader submission

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