I live in Los Angeles and share a 550 square foot home with a roommate. Needless to say, I’m very interested in how to use small spaces efficiently and effectively. Recently I’ve come across an interesting design concept that does just that. Swiss company Micasa Lab and French architect Matthieu de Marien have combined several life activities–eating, sleeping, cooking, working, bathing, lounging and storing things–in one piece of furniture. Rather than having many rooms in a house with separate functions, these designers have created one piece of furniture that serves multiple functions.
Micasa Lab designed Cocoon 1 as a place to “sleep, cook, relax, play or just shelter”.
De Marien created a “house within a house” in this small garage turned apartment in Bordeaux, France.
I’m not sure how practical Cocoon 1 is, but I sure like what de Marien did with the lovely Bordeaux apartment. Both are interesting examples of how furniture can become more than just furniture.