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Brief Published: 11 Aug 2014

Living Cube for Small Spaces

Living Cube by Till Konneker

Originally created for his own compact one-bed apartment, German designer Till Könneker's Living Cube combines several pieces of furniture into a freestanding unit that creates two rooms out of one.

The top of the modular cube holds a double bed, while the sides provide ample storage dependent on the user's needs – options include shelving, wardrobe space or a fold-down desk. The hidden space inside the cube can then be used as an additional room for storage or as a workspace.

Along with being a solution for compact living, Könneker is also exploring the suitability of the design for boarding schools, hotels and military use.

As the population continues to rise, space is at a premium – particularly in cities, where 17% of people live in spaces of less than 30 sq m, according to Swedish furniture brand Ikea. In response, designers are creating alternative options to squeeze maximum functionality out of even the tiniest of spaces.

For further examples, look to Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape and Design Democracy: Shift. Also look out for the second of our Spring/Summer 2016 Design Directions, Extend. Publishing later this week, it addresses the need for flexible and practical design solutions for changing lifestyles.