Ori by Fuseproject
It's a problem common in all big cities: as property prices skyrocket and living spaces shrink, how should furniture manufacturers fit the same amount of stuff into broom-cupboard sized apartments?
For US startup Ori (as in origami) the solution lies with "robotic furniture systems" where components such as beds and cupboards, usually part of a large integrated structure, can move and transform to accommodate different needs. Thus at the touch of a button (or a holler at Alexa via Amazon Echo) the entire unit slides up against the wall to create a large living space, ready for dinner or perhaps a party. Come bed time a full size bed slides out from the base of the unit, transforming the space into a bedroom.
A great way to make use of limited space, and to scare the cat at the same time too.
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Clever storage is essential for micro-living. Try the super modular Stick shelving system from Menu, which can be built into endless shapes and configurations. The Assemblage bookshelf from Seletti is equally flexible. For something unusually lightweight and stackable check out the Opus Incertum bookshelf from Casamania.
Sleek, minimalist lights work well in small spaces as they minimise distraction. The Skylight Tower suspension light from Frederik Roije, for example, looks great over a desk or kitchen counter. The iClub wall light from LZF is unobtrusive and gives off a lovely diffused light too. For a similarly subtle table light try the JWDA concrete lamp from Menu.
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