No, this is not self-referencing.
It’s not a secret that suburban living isn’t something in which I take an interest. I leave that to people eminently more qualified (and who like it a LOT more than me.) People start talking about housing developments and McMansions and whatever and my eyes glaze over. It’s like that bit in the Simpsons where you see into Homer’s head and there’s that little monkey toy playing the cymbals.
But me? I’m a city kid. Born in Manhattan, and raised in the Bronx. Gimme concrete and glass and the smell of rain on asphalt.
One thing urban environments have in common (and by this I mean real ones- not places like Los Angeles which are a whole bunch of suburbs strung together.) are that they have a shortage of space. People have to economize on room, because square footage is expensive. Fortunately for me, this restriction on room brings out one of my favorite qualities of design- economy, or tightness. It brings out the pragmatist in designers and I am at the very head of the pragmatist line.
Yesterday, I got treated to three fantastic examples of this kind of thing in my rss reader.
From 2modern, there’s this:
How. Cool. Is. This. It’s a portable office. Hell, it’s a portable craft station. Think about taking this with you to a show! You just open, set up a work environment, and you work from wherever you are. As much as people might bitch about the $1900 price tag, this is actually pretty reasonable. Think about students who are moving into an apartment with housemates. Just close it up, lock it and walk away. It’s portable, if you have to move. It’s FANTASTIC.
Look! It even has the little hole in the tabletop for cables already cut out. AWESOMESAUCE.
But wait! There’s more!
I know, I know. So what. It’s a box. But what’s IN the box, boys and girls?
It’s a whole room. There’s a video that goes along with this, that shows you can set the thing up in seven minutes if you know what you’re doing. How’s THAT for tight? and when you need to move? Just back it all up back in the box. I’m not saying this is perfect for everyone, but if you’re short on space, or are only going to be somewhere temporarily, so far it seems you’ve got both a completely portable bedroom and an office set up right here, for less than the cost (by a lot) of furnishing a whole apartment, for sure.
Think about what you could do with all three. How much living you could do in such a small space (granted, the bed is probably not great for more than a temporary situation, or as a guest bed/couch) but you have most of an entire studio apartment here. Tight, multifunctional, pragmatic, clean design.
See? Good things. Small packages. Wow, this is great stuff.