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Brief Published: 25 Sep 2012

YO! Home: Ultra Compact Living


This year’s London Design Festival (LDF) has been a rich hunting ground for inspirational projects, few more so than the prototype for an ultra versatile compact apartment that was showcased as part of the event’s 100% design exhibition.

English entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe, best known for creating fast-food sushi chain Yo Sushi! (1997) and also the compact hotel concept Yotel (2008) is the man behind the new living space, unsurprisingly known as YO! Home.

The 9m x 9m space has been conceived so that it can reconfigured at will (via fixtures that pop in or out of the main cube) into an apartment incorporating as many of the spaces usually found in a standard two-bedroom apartment as the occupant desires.

The bulk of its versatility hinges on compartments secreted behind the walls. A fully functioning kitchen is revealed when sliding partitions are pulled back from the perimeters of the cube while storage is also concealed within the walls and flooring. There is even a dining room table hidden within the floor.

The design also incorporates a false ceiling, which can be lowered as a single platform, to deliver a full bedroom area.

What the exciting new space doesn’t provide in terms of privacy it more than makes up for with flexibility – providing an interesting proposition for future accommodation in cramped environments.

Woodroffe has not revealed any plans for the prototype to be put into production, as yet.

For full coverage of this year’s London Design Festival, look out for our report publishing on October 2nd.

For more information on the art of living in compact spaces see reports Going Micro: The Art and Science of Designing Small Spaces and Filling the Voids: Architecture Between the Gaps.

YO! Company