Breathtakingly beautiful tiny home is surprisingly luxurious inside

October 6, 2017 by  
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Meet “The Escher”—a stunning tiny home that’ll steal your breath away. Designed and built by New Frontier Tiny Homes , this gorgeous mobile home uses clever space-saving design, high-end materials, and craftsmanship to prove that living large is possible in small spaces. The Escher combines rustic appeal with contemporary design into a surprisingly luxurious and dreamy abode. The Escher model was designed and built as a full-time family home for a couple with a child. Although the clients originally wanted the firm’s flagship model, The Alpha, they later decided on a more spacious custom-build, The Escher, which was named after their child. Shou Sugi Ban cedar siding, Red Western Cedar siding, and Federal Blue Custom Metal Siding clad the 28-foot-long Escher, while mechanical seam metal tops the roof. The home achieves its spacious feel thanks largely to tall ceilings, ample insulated glazing (in particular the 8-foot-by-8-foot glass garage door), and recessed LEDs. Solid poplar shiplap is used for the interior siding and ceiling. Ebony-stained solid walnut hardwood lines the floors. Two bedrooms are placed on either end of the home—the master bedroom with a king-size bed located in the 7.5-foot-long gooseneck, while the child’s bedroom is placed in a spacious loft accessible via a custom solid oak ladder (made with only wooden joinery). In total, the home offers seven distinct spaces: two bedrooms, kitchen, office, bathroom, walk-in closet with storage, and a dining area. The dining/living area is located in a spacious area behind the giant glass garage door that opens up the home to the outdoors. Moveable and transformable furniture make up a custom dining table, two benches, four stools, and two coffee tables that can be stored beneath the kitchen floor and provide extra hidden storage. The gorgeous kitchen features a 33-inch porcelain farmhouse apron sink with a fridge, 36-inch gas cooktop with hood, dishwasher drawer, custom cabinetry and shelving, porcelain countertops, as well as a custom copper backsplash and accents. Custom shoji paper sliding doors separate the kitchen from the master bedroom that houses a king-sized bed on a hydraulic lift that allows for full floor storage underneath. Below the loft bedroom on the opposite side of the home is the office, walk-in closet, and bathroom. The office consists of a bifold walnut standing desk and windows that open up to an outdoor bar area. The bathroom includes a composting toilet , floating sink, washer/dryer, custom tiling, herringbone pattern flooring made of ebony stained walnut, and a beautiful shower that easily fits two people. Related: Tiny home clad in burnt wood packs a ton of luxury into just 240 square feet The stunning home’s space-saving design is impressive but we think it’s the craftsmanship and detailing that elevates The Escher high above the typical tiny home. In addition to high-end appliances, the home features custom stone and timber furnishings and detailing, as well as a one-of-a-kind mural wall by 1767 Designs. Pricing for The Escher starts at $139,000. The tiny home was recently unveiled on HGTV and DIY’s “Tiny House, Big Living” television series. + New Frontier Tiny Homes

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Space-saving furniture transforms to make the most of a Hong Kong micro-apartment

January 31, 2017 by  
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Hong Kong’s astronomical housing prices and tiny living spaces have made multifunctional furniture a necessity for many of the city’s homes. Local firm Design Eight Five Two maximizes the footprint of one such micro-apartment with the addition of space-saving furniture. The Kowloon Bay apartment, called Flat 27A, was completely redesigned and customized for the owner, a photographer, and his cat. Flat 27A was formerly subdivided into five rooms, two of which were used as bedrooms. Design Eight Five Two knocked down most of the internal walls to create a single bedroom and a large open-plan living area with sliding doors to delineate the private quarters from the communal area. Custom-made hidden storage minimizes clutter and conceals the owner’s extensive library as well as a variety of objects, from camera equipment to a coffee machine. The cat’s bed is even hidden away behind a hole carved in a cabinet of a storage unit. Related: Tiny transforming home in Hong Kong makes 309 square feet feel huge “Flat 27A was an opportunity to bring a kind of subtle magic to our client’s home,” write the architects. “A powerful sense of pleasure and comfort that would set it apart – for its simplicity, ease, and efficiency.” With the removal of the internal walls, the apartment has a more spacious feel and has greater access to natural light . In addition to hidden storage and sliding partitions , the architects added a custom-built dining table that folds out to accommodate ten people. + Design Eight Five Two Via Dezeen Images by Hazel Yuen Fun

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Burnt wood-clad tiny home manages to pack a ton of luxury into just 240 square feet

September 8, 2016 by  
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New Frontier Tiny Homes is owned and operated by David Latimer, Zac Thomas, and Eddie Latimer, who seek to develop tiny houses on wheels for people to live in a more sensible way. They hope to show people that they can live economically, socially and environmentally-friendly without compromising on aesthetics. Their latest creation, the Alpha Tiny House, combines their expert construction skills with a Japanese technique for keeping fire, bacteria and fungi naturally at bay called Shou Sugi Ban.  This wood burning technique was applied to leftover cedar wood from a barn, while its cozy interiors make for a lovely contrast inside. Related: Towable Riverside tiny house packs every conventional amenity into 246 square feet   The interiors are where this home shines: filled with storage, transformable furniture, vintage and classic design pieces, as well as an eight-person dining table, it is surpisingly large. A hidden  loft bedroom also fits in the space, and a complete kitchen with the latest appliances shows living outdoors doesn’t always mean roughing it. The pop-up home is completed by a Jacuzzi tub, a modern shower, and composting toilet for a touch of modern-rustic. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via My Modern Met

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Shape-shifting "apartment in a box" by MIT and Yves Bhar hits stores next year

July 12, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/173697166 Particularly useful in very small spaces , Ori is comprised of oh-so-many moving parts. In a unit roughly the footprint of a twin-size bed, Ori contains a sleeping surface, closet, drawers, workstation, and lots of additional storage. After the prototype was created in 2014, the Ori team set about field testing the unit by installing a few in Boston apartments and then renting them out via Airbnb. About 30 guests were able to test out the Ori unit, play with its controls and features, and report back about what they loved and what they didn’t. Related: Watch this MIT researcher triple the size of a 200-square-foot apartment using Minority Report-like gestures The study helped inform the final commercial design for Ori, which will go into mass production this year and most likely hit the market in 2017. (A queen bed model of the transforming unit will also be available.) Some of the functionality has been tweaked for universal appeal. For instance, the original robotic prototype could be controlled with the wave of a hand or a simple voice command, not unlike what we see in science fiction movies. The final product excludes that feature and will instead be controlled from a button panel located on one side of the unit. However, the makers recognize that some users are more advanced than others, so each unit will have smartphone capabilities that allow development of custom apps in the future. The team called on San Francisco-based designer to create a more aesthetic appeal for the robotic fixture. Béhar said in a statement that the Ori unit will be available in a variety of customized finishes, materials, and colors, and will make “studio city living a practical, comfortable, and beautiful experience.” Perhaps the best part? Never having to make the bed since, as the designer points out, it will be “automatically made by having it glide away and disappear.” + Ori Systems + Yves Béhar Via Fast Company Images via Ori

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Luxurious tiny home lets owner live off-grid and rent-free

July 4, 2016 by  
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Created for client Marjolein Jonker, Walden Studio’s abode is the first tiny house to be legally placed with a temporary permit by a municipality in the Netherlands . Despite its small 17-square-meter footprint, the compact house creates the illusion of spaciousness with an open-plan layout and large glazed windows, two of which form the front door and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Natural daylight spills into the home and reflects off the white-finished walls, cork floors, and birch plywood paneling. The largest area of the tiny home is the multifunctional seating area, just beyond the front doors, that includes a multipurpose, transforming piece of furniture that morphs from a couch with hidden storage space to a dining table that can seat four. The kitchen, desk, and stairs with storage are located in the center of the home, while the bathroom with a composting toilet and shower are tucked away in the rear. The bedroom and a closet are on the loft level. Related: Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining “The house is inspired by the tiny house movement,” said the architects. “Living small generates more freedom; there is less junk in your house, you have to clean less and you don’t have to worry about a high mortgage since the average price is a fifth of a ‘normal’ house.” Thermally modified pine wood, spruce wood studs, and Ecoboard clad the tiny house and are bolstered by sheep wool insulation so that only a small wood stove is needed to heat the entire building. Rooftop solar panels power the off-grid home, while rainwater is harvested and wastewater is treated using a natural system. + Walden Studio Images via Walden Studio

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11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces

May 21, 2016 by  
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Image via Exocet Exocet Chair by Stéphane Leathead at Design Arium Exocet is “a new kind of chair for all kinds of moments” — built for the natural curvatures of the human body, this ergonomically designed lounge chair can be transformed into a multitude of positions depending on your mood or activity. The patent pending design is available in several wood stains. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat The Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal This luxurious modular shelving system is ideal for the smallest of spaces. The series of customizable shelves can be configured in a myriad of ways in a variety of wood stains or glass. Anchored by a solid brass machined hardware, the mechanical connections can be simply adjusted for any desired shelf spacing. We caught this chic display at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Gali kitchenette by Ana Arana A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:21am PDT Ana Arana’s Gali kitchenette is like the Swiss Army Knife of culinary pursuits. Perfect for a kitchen-less studio apartment or tiny home, this all-in-one design is armed with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Urbano Loft Bed by Roberto Gil Roberto Gil’s new Casa Collection includes this instant bedroom and storage system. The 6-in-1 Urbano Loft Bed is a customizable system that includes closets, dressers, a desk, a fold-out guest bed, and storage stairs, all topped off with a king sized bed and nightstand. Made with an eco-conscious birch plywood, this ultra-efficient, space saving design is handcrafted in Brooklyn. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Expanding Dining Table by Sifas This expanding outdoor glass dining table from Sifas seamlessly transforms to provide more seating in a snap. Its weather-proof swiveling center instantly creates more seating only when you need it. The elegant design is suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, and is a definite improvement from the antiquated design of traditional expanding dining tables. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Balad h25 Lamps by Fermob French company Fermob recently released these handy wireless LED lanterns  that travel with you as you need them. The clever light can be hung from a lamp stand or detached and placed wherever you need extra lighting, whether it be indoor or outdoor. The best part is that they are completely wireless — after being charged on a USB cable, each light stays illuminated for 7-12 hours. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:03am PDT Murphy Bed by Michelangelo Designs Michelangelo Designs demonstrated the hidden design of this Murphy bed at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The graphic backdrop completely masks the fact that this couch and shelving unit hides a bed. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat 12-foot Tango Sectional Sofa Bed by Resource Furniture Here’s another fold out bed that instantly creates a comfortable night’s rest for guests. The 12-foot Tango sectional sofa by Resource Furniture easily unfolds into a spacious bed. It even includes a stylish headboard and the sofa’s arms double as nightstands. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Expandable Goliath table by Resource Furniture Another micro-loft product by Resource Furniture is this expandable metal Goliath table , which hides neatly away as a compact desk and seats up to 10 when expanded to full length. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Flip Tables by Mio Mio’s spunky Flip Tables can be configured in a myriad of ways. Comprised of four smart components, each layered side table can be flipped and combined in different heights, forms and colors, allowing the user to change up their environment depending on the situation. And you can rest easy knowing that all of the finishes are low-VOC , the wood is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), and the rest of the materials (including the steel bases) are both recycled and recyclable. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Slide Shelf System by Mio The makers from Mio also designed this eco-modular shelving system that shape-shifts depending on your needs. The collection of sturdy brackets, shelves and bins allows you to add extra storage at a moments notice. Want to see more trending designs from New York Design Week ? Check out our full coverage right here .

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Mio’s clever modular furniture line brings function and vibrance to small spaces

May 20, 2016 by  
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Made from a recycled steel alloy and FSC-certified wood, Mio’s Flip Tables and Stools are interchangeable designs that can be assembled in hundreds of ways. Adding or flipping the steel base creates tables and seating of varying heights and styles that are easily adjustable for any situation. Having a chair that can double as coffee table or bar stool cuts down on the number of pieces needed in any sized space. Their Slide Shelf System also offers customizable, modular storage mounted on the wall. The clever system consists of brackets, shelves and bins that can be instantly configured to organize items by sliding them into place. And just like the tables and stools, these vibrant, modern materials offer a bright pop of color while providing plenty of functionality. Founded by brothers Isaac and Jamie Salm in the city of brotherly love, Mio’s guiding principle is ‘Responsible Desire,’ based on the belief that consumers “should crave sustainable products out of genuine desire rather than fear, guilt or altruism.” All of their products contain a recycled component and sustainably-sourced wood, are coated with a durable low-VOC finish, and are manufactured locally within 100 miles from the area of distribution. We spotted Mio’s spunky line of furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) as part of New York Design Week. Check out all of the latest trending designs from the shows  right here . + MIO

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Shape-shifting Exocet Chair conforms to the body in dozens of ways

May 19, 2016 by  
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Handcrafted from birch wood, the transforming lounger is available in several veneers including White Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Mozambique. Spinning the Exocet ‘s rotating steel axis instantly adjusts the seat depending on your personal activity or comfort level. Whether lounging, reading, napping, or entertaining, this patent-pending design is fashioned for a myriad of situations. RELATED: 11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces When asked how the design came to be, Exocet’s designer Stéphane Leathead told Inhabitat: “I was looking for a way to design a chair that would allow you to adjust it for your own comfort, based on our own specific different proportions. I couldn’t find anything on the market, and I said there must be a way to design a chair that would allow this…so I said there’s no choice but to have a rotating axis to allow you to angle to the proper [position]…Egonomically nature is good for that, that kind of drop shape guided me. It’s very organic, it looks nicer, and it’s more pleasant. There’s not one straight line on our body — how come we design straight line chairs?”   Leathead explains that the elegant, ergonomic Exocet Chair lets everyone become a designer. He says, “You design the chair you like — you become the designer.” While this version is better for indoor use (because the wood would warp in rain), Leathead is also looking into an outdoor version, as well as custom cushions to enhance the comfort level. The limited edition design was recently on display at NYCxDesign  and has received multiple awards, including the 2015 Gold A’Design Award in Milan, the 2015 Coup de Coeur Sidim Award in Montreal, and the 2015 K-Design Award in Seoul. + Exocet Chair

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This modular cardboard cat house is the ultimate play space for kitty

April 12, 2016 by  
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Looking for a way to keep your cat occupied (a.k.a away from your couch arms)? Behold, the BOX KITTY , a modular transforming cat house that lets you design a castle for your cat. Made with a strong, chemical-free and recyclable cardboard , each segment attaches with removable tabs allowing for endless designs in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Great for crawling, hopping, and napping, this easy-to-construct play space gives kitty (or multiple kitties) a much needed place to exercise and call their own. We could see something like this being especially ‘purrrfect’ for anyone without access to outdoor space. The BOX KITTY is now crowd-funding on Indiegogo . + BOX KITTY

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Jaswig’s standing desk adjusts to any height and helps prolong your life

September 10, 2015 by  
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As a person who writes for a living, I can tell you that people are really not meant to sit around all day writing. My back, neck, and shoulders have been increasingly complaining, and I’ve detected an insidious creeping girth. I finally decided to change my work habits. I recently came across this item: a beautiful wooden standing desk on Kickstarter , made by a company called JASWIG (“jigsaw” rearranged), which adjusts to any height and is suitable for anyone, anywhere. I backed JASWIG’s campaign , of course, and now I’m hoping they make their goal so I can make mine! Meanwhile, I’ve rigged up a temporary desk in my bedroom. The results have been quite extraordinary. Read the rest of Jaswig’s standing desk adjusts to any height and helps prolong your life

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