Versatile and Affordable Living Solutions Aimed at Youth Returning to the Nest

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A growing number of 18-34 year olds are nowadays more likely to live at home with their parents than on their own with a partner. The recent global economic crisis and the resulting lessening of job security are the main culprits for this, and design firm Enorme Studio of Spain has come up with a number of ingenious designs aimed at this segment of the population.

The designs support independence even as these people are giving it up by returning home. The project was sponsored by furniture giant IKEA, so the firm was able to include some hacked IKEA pieces into their designs.

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The project is aptly called Home Back Home, and it is composed of versatile designs, which can be used to turn rooms in the parent’s home into bedrooms, workspaces or living areas for the children returning home. For example, one of the designs features a set of stools, which serve as a storage platform. There is also a hidden desk and bed installed in the living room and used by a PhD graduate living with her younger brother in a shared apartment.

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For a fashion designer client, Enorme Studio created a multipurpose sewing workspace using an old table and shelf. This set up is also easy to dismantle when not in use. Over this space they installed a series of small cabinet boxes attached to rails, so all the materials stored in them are easily accessible while visual clutter is minimized.

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For a young architect living at her grandmother’s house, they designed a custom made shelving wall, where she can store all the materials she needs for work, as well as all her personal belongings.

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This project is a great example of just how much can be done with less, if we are willing to think outside the box.

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