Now that you’ve made peace with your neighbours, find some tranquility in your own space. Before you crack open that IKEA catalogue, consider these innovative items to add form and function when every square foot counts.
All the productivity of a corner office is tucked into the minimalist design of the DeskBox desk-shelf hybrid. The shelf expands using a mechanism similar to a jewellery box and slides shut to hide your laptop when not in use – cords and all.
Get your flora fix without sacrificing an inch of floor space. Hanging shrubs and windowsill flowerbeds wilt in comparison to your literal Plant Wall. A hinged panel hides an 84-oz. water reservoir as well as planting grids for soil and roots.
So, you’ve got your place set up just the way you like it. Keyword “you.” Then someone comes over. Extra seating can be tricky to accommodate when space is limited. The solution is actually quite simple: store chairs in your bookshelf.
Berlin-based Danish architect Sigurd Larsen understands the necessity of compact living. In a world where most of us impact a far greater footprint than is sustainable, Larsen employs the logic of density in his design. The Shrine embraces closeness while at the same time acknowledging the need for privacy and a place of one’s own. You may say it’s just a box, but damned if it’s not the coolest box we’ve ever seen.
65-Sq. Ft. House
300 square-foot condo just feeling too empty? Downsize to the model of efficiency with one of Jay Shafer’s tiny “Tumbleweed” houses. It may seem a bit crazy, but look at it this way: it’s probably the only way you’ll be able to tell anyone you own a “fully detached with loft space” anytime soon. Plus, they come on wheels so if you don’t like your neighbours, you can just hitch it up and drive away.