In recent years, micro apartments have taken the world by storm. From Amsterdam to Paris, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle, it seems that living in extra small, but extremely efficient and well-designed spaces is the trend of the future. The Zoku apartments, long-stay apartments in Amsterdam, caught our eye, as they embody excellent design, managing to squeeze out of only 25 square meters (or 270 square feet) a functional live/work space that also manages to be beautiful. Although these apartments were designed for temporary long stays, they are well-designed enough for year-long living. Take a look:
Above, you get an idea of the entrance, kitchen and sleeping loft. As you can see, there is storage underneath the stairs and in the entrance hall, a little niche that serves as a study area.
Above, another view of the kitchen, dining room, living room and stairs up to the sleeping loft. The apartment, while compact, still manages to feel spacious, thanks to very high ceilings. And below, another close-up of the kitchen:
And here, a view of the living room windows. Large windows help to keep the space feeling very open, bright and larger than its actual square footage:
And finally, a comfy corner for sleeping:
What makes this space so great?
1) Excellent planning for all activities. For every activity, there is a space. A small desk serves as a study area. Closets in the entrance hall provide ample storage. The efficiency kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, dishwasher, induction cooker, microwave with grill and coffee maker. The living area incorporates a full-size couch and a television for relaxing, and the dining area seats four.
2) The designers chose not to make the bed the focal point of the apartment. By shifting all the attention to the dining space, the designers created a space that feels less like a glorified bedroom, and more like an actual living space that can adapt to entertaining, work meetings, and meals.
3) The elevated sleeping area, with a king-size bed, can be screened off for visitors. This is something unusual in many micro apartments where the bed is always in plain sight.
4) The designers went vertical, exploiting high ceilings for extra storage. The high ceilings also work to increase the spacious feel of the apartment.
5) The designers kept the windows large to allow for brightness and a feeling of openness. And light makes all the difference!
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As we move into the darkest period of the year, we’re craving a little brightness at home. And what could be brighter than neon?
Used to its best effect, neon can make a home feel modern, funky, glam or just fun. And there are all sorts of ways to bring little bits of neon into your home. Shall we explore?
Below, neon street numbers on this Portland, OR home are a cool, funky and slightly more subtle way to incorporate neon into your home. It’s one little hint that what you find inside is going to be artistic and unique.
Neon wall art can add spark and verve and even a little irony to a space:
And here, a neon sign spelling out the word “love” adds a bit of tongue in cheek Las Vegas chic to a dining room.
A family room feels fresh with the addition of neon:
But neon art doesn’t necessarily have to hang:
Sometimes, just a photo of neon can do the trick:
And what about a neon border (most likely LED neon-like light) running around the perimeter of a room, like this?
And in this home, lights around the baseboards add the pop and sizzle:
Neon light in this kitchen feels extremely modern, polished and restrained.
In this study, a blue LED light lets the desk appear to float.
Nothing could be cooler than these LED lights with a neon effect used in a hallway.
And in a bathroom: