The key to good design is limited space living for 2019. Sound like a contradiction? However, in more and more big cities, tiny apartments are springing up. Compact living areas are the new normal for people who want to live in city centres.
But small spaces aren’t just for singles in big cities – along with the sharing economy, they help enable a new lifestyle to develop. And we’ve found some smart solutions to make this trend approach concept easier than ever.
Whether you call them mono-apartments, microliving opportunities or mini-lofts, many of these new homes are not bigger than a hotel room. In Germany, where single-person households are the most common type of housing, the market for these mini-flats measuring between 20 and 35 sqm is booming.
This way of living is already established in other cities across the globe. One reason is that ever-greater numbers of people are moving to cities. The increasingly digitised nature of our everyday life and the fact that people are more and more independent of their geographic location are also important factors, meaning residential requirements are changing fundamentally. If you move often, you tend to have fewer belongings and share large appliances, which saves space and money. Furniture is often modular, and kitchens and bathrooms smaller.
Take a look at some of the trending furniture items from Ambiente to accommodate smaller spaces…
The right furniture
Large furniture can fit, even into small flats – you just need to go easy on the number of items. Big bits of furniture such as sofas and shelving can help delineate different living areas when positioned square to the wall. Multifunctional and modular furniture is what’s needed in small spaces: a good sofa bed can replace a regular bed, and a desk can double as a dining table. Stools and folding chairs are more suitable than large upholstered seats. Smart storage solutions not only help create space, but also ensure you can tidy the flat quickly and efficiently.
If items are stored in drawers rather than just left lying around, small spaces suddenly seem a lot bigger. Sometimes however, seeing items can help – as with the innovative storage solution Draw a line by Japanese firm Heian Shindo. This consists of a metal tension rod which is fixed using pressure between floor and ceiling, or between two walls, and can be expanded with modular elements. This turns a storage solution into a window on your world.
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