Please excuse my silence on here lately, I have been taking some necessary time out to recover from bad health. I am feeling loads better now and really excited about all that is going on right now, our new print launch with Not on the High Street and we also have two features out just now, One in House Beautiful and One Christmas feature in Your Home magazine. Christmas has crept up on me a little and now feels literally round the corner. How did that happen?? I have started work on this years gift list and it’s a beauty! so check back here over the next few weeks to see this years amazing selection of design goodies.
This post is one I have been thinking about for a long time – The small housing movement. It is big news right now. I was surprised and amazed at the amount of incredible forward thinking architects I came across while researching this post. At first small living seemed to be contained to secluded woodland cabins as a way to pare down to the bare living essentials and switch off from the rest of the modern world. But now it is being taken up by city dwellers too and said to be a possible solution for our property crisis and also a way of creating affordable living.
Small space living has really interested me for a long time now, gone are my desires to have a giant 5 bedroom Georgian home. It simply does not interest me. What does interest me are well thought-out loft spaces, compact and functional kitchens maximizing space as every square metre counts. You can adopt strategies to make spaces feel and look larger with colours, textures, lighting and furniture. Pocket sized spaces can be both inclusive and flexible, which is perfectly in tune with the relaxed and informal way we want to live now. It can also enhance our lives in surprising ways as ‘Professor Dumpster’ found out while conducting a social experiment living in a 33-square-foot dumpster on his university Campus in Austin for 1 year. As well as spending lot less money spent on rent and unnecessary possessions he discovered that reducing noise – not the audible kind but the kind of noise that arrives in the form of endless e-mails, tasks and responsibilities resulted in a digital detox massively reducing stress.
But it certainly doesn’t need to be a dumpster or any old home, you can create an amazing home carefully decked out and beautifully designed. The Ecocapsule is designed as a self-contained system which is able to sustain long periods of time without external resources. Something in terms of a Swiss-army knife –It packs in everything you need. Designed by the Slovakian architectural studio Nice Architects. The possibilities for the Ecocapsule are almost endless. It can be used as an urban dwelling for singles in high-rent, high-income areas like London or NYC where it can be put on the rooftop or in a vacant car park. The capsule can also quickly be shipped. The round shape makes it easier to collect rain water and series of membrane filters makes it possible to use water from any natural water source. Bio waste is collected in the composting toilet. The produced energy is stored in the batteries to power all onboard systems.
On looking a little further in to these types of build everyone seems to be getting in on the act. Muji have unveiled a trio of really cool affordable tiny houses and also Kasita homes have been created off the back of the dumpster project. They have been designed from the inside out. Kasita have created the ideal compact urban home through a completely new approach anchored in industrial design. The 208 square ft (19.3m2) space has been carefully crafted down to the last cubic inch with a focus on elegance, comfort and function – from the smart home technology embedded in its walls to the intelligent mattress to the cantilevered glass cube. I have to say these designs blew me away – That fire place?!! [image3]
Give me a tiny cleverly thought through, cantilevered glass cube, bright, uncluttered design in Scandinavian style any day. Yes please! I may even go as far as surrendering my worldly possessions.
[Images from Kasita, Muji and ecocapsule]