Tiny Transformning Apartment

Small Spaces

I have written wbout my love of smaller spaces here and here. I have also talked about how I have been working on editing my life. Cutting down on junk in favor of a few quality pieces, selling or donating objects that I no longer use in favor of space and less clutter.

I dont think these things fall into the tradiotnal minimalist style but more of an altered set of items that I love and make me happy.

Shawn Blanc linked to this video from Gizmodo on The Tiny Transforming Apartment.

My fasicnation with these spaces is twofold. The actual square footage of these places and the creative engineering used to transform these spaces into multiple settings. The sliding walls, the hidden cabinents, the folding beds. I have built several custom rooms and houses in my youth and considering their size they were relatively quick. Looking at these spaces, even though they are tiny by most standards, I am sure took an increbibly long time to actually design, coordinate the specialized parts and furntiure elements and then fabricate the apartment.

Ben Brooks commented on the video as well:

As I look at that small living space I notice the thought behind the design: Yes, everything has a place, but what makes the space functional — and not annoying — is that everything has been specifically designed, or chosen, for that space.

As I look for a small 1 space to create a home office or work space for myself, planning out how it will be used and the objects that will be used in it are increasingly more important.

  1. Something like this would be a dream. 

Books I read in 2012

I love to read but almost all of is non-fiction -much like Justin Blanton. I am fascinated with books that offer examples. case studies and practical elements. Most of my reading is around business and marketing books. I get a lot of flack for this.

This year I read 29 books – all of them on an iPhone or iPad. One of the reasons for using an “i”Device is I can have several with me all the time. If I hit a lull in a book I can stop and start another and go back to the prior one later. It cuts down on weight in my bag and it makes me feel like I am doing something better for the environment by not cutting down trees (this may or may not be true).

There were a few other books I started but was not able to get through because they jsut did not capture me enough to get through. The books are in no particular order but first four were by far my favorites.

Clean Bathrooms

Today’s post from Seth Godin is so simple and yet so true. Seth describes the cleanliness of the bathrooms at Disney World. The people at Disney know that by keeping the bathrooms cleanand making the surroundings a better place they inherently earn trust.

My favorite line in the post:

If you take a lot of time to ask, “how will this pay off,” you’re probably asking the wrong question.