Living in small or even tiny apartments is the reality for many urban dwellers these days, and while such living arrangements can be ideal for singles and couples, having kids does pose a problem. But the Polish design firm Mode:lina Studio came up with a very clever solution to this conundrum in the case of artist and designer Maciej Kawecki.
Maciej is a work from home dad who lives in a 398-square-foot apartment with his six-year-old son. The design firm he hired to renovate his apartment installed a transformer unit, which can be used as a workspace for Maciej but also hides a playroom for his son. The multifunctional unit can be used as a desk, but also to hold business meetings as well as to cook and sleep.
The sleeping part is located in a loft above the work desk. The shelving unit part of the transformer piece of furniture is on wheels and can be moved as needed. When pulled out it opens up the son’s playroom, which is located just behind the working desk. It’s also a great place to keep all of the child’s toys, so they’re not cluttering up the rest of the small apartment. The conference desk Maciej uses to meet with clients is also on wheels, and can be pushed aside and moved out of the way when not needed. The transformer unit itself is made of oriented strand board (OSB). It was mostly left natural, though they painted a few sections black to offer some contrast.
This is certainly another great example of how transformer, multi-purpose furniture pieces can make even small apartments more functional. This version of it will certainly appeal to all those with small children, while I’m pretty sure most kids love to have a secret playroom!
As all parents know, children grow out of things fast and furniture is no exception. When it comes to the latter, it’s best to purchase pieces that can be reused down the line, even after the child grows out of their primary function. And the Danish company Leander has recently unveiled one such piece of furniture: a baby crib, which grows with the child.
The Linea Cot, as it is called, is first and foremost a baby crib. It is made of solid oak and has cleverly designed sloping sides, which prevent the child from climbing out. It also has a base that is height-adjustable, meaning it can be moved up and down to accommodate the growing child.
As the baby becomes a toddler, the Linea Cot can be turned into a bed by simply removing one of the sides. And then, as the child outgrows it, the bed can be turned into a sofa or daybed, which can be used up until the teenage years and even beyond. Not to mention that it can also be turned back into a crib should the need arise.
Leander also offers a whole range of furniture for children, including a changing table and dresser, and the Linea Cot blends seamlessly with those pieces. The Linea Cot is available in many different colors, and can be fitted with different cushions so that it fits well in most any home. And all the different cushions can keep it looking fresh for many years.
The baby’s crib is certainly one of the least re-usable pieces of furniture people will need to purchase in their lifetime, so it’s great to see companies coming up with solutions to making them more flexible. There is no word on price yet, but you can visit the Leander website for more info.
Having adequate storage space is certainly one of the biggest challenges when living small. There have been a number of very ingenious solutions to this problem in the past, from hiding storage into the stairs, or installing large pieces of transformer furniture which house everything from the closet to the bathroom. But one of the more ingenious solutions is certainly the transformer bed, which opens up into a walk in closet. These are nothing new I grant you, but here are two which look very easy and comfortable to use, and would make a nice addition to any small modern home.
The first is the recently unveiled storage bed by the French firm Parisot. This bed features a sleeping space, shelves and a closet. The shelves act as stairs to get to the bed, while lifting the mattress opens up a walk-in closet, which is rather low by the looks of it. But how much space for clothes do you really need? And this closet looks like it would allow for a very neat and precise organization of clothes.
There is also a very similar Italian version from Dielle, which looks a little more refined. This closet/bed features two actual stairways, which are also the bedside tables. This bed is also higher, which yields more closet space. The stairways also act as sort of barriers or fences, preventing the sleeper from falling off the bed in the middle of the night.
These types of beds are definitely a neat way to save some space in a small home, especially if you do not want a loft. They would work especially well in small urban apartments or studios, as the space saving is huge. The only real problem is that you and your significant other would probably have to get up at the same time to use the closet comfortably. Though you could always just lay out your clothes for the next day before you go to bed.