Long time coming

…and still working…Obviously I still have a long way to go but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about how I want the finished room to function…

The Living Room ...still in process

I’m thinking about seating :

Here is my present thinking regarding how to make this small space work well and feel open. Also see below there are some references to illustrate my thinking.

it should be modular to accommodate different settings

  • seating should be able to create a corner lounge area
  • seating should separate into individual seats for a small group setting
  • seating should be low and “loungy” to keep the room visually open
  • seating may be able to function as a table surface

Some references I’ve been looking at:

This is a product that Patricia Urquiola developed for Gan. I like the way that it blurs the line between the seating and the floor. It’s very low and really invites lounging and offers many different positions including using the floor as a seat with the cushions being a back.

gan rugs / sofa patricia urquiola

gan rugs / sofa patricia urquiola

gan rugs / sofa patricia urquiola

I know those images show huge spaces…

…but the concept is what I’m looking at and I would probably only need maybe 3 modules.

Gandia Blasco

Here is an earlier version that I’ve seen but I don’t think this has any connection to Patricia Urquiola. Maybe this was an earlier version of the idea. This is an older image I have but I believe it was credited to Ganda Blasco

 

 

 

 

A sofa I recently saw by Minotti

Menotti Sofa "White"

Menotti Sofa "White"

 

Yes, these are big…

but these are examples of another part of the concept that I’m working with. I like the way a longer lounge, a normal depth seat and a table surface are all integrated together. Also note that these are very low.

I also like the low back using pillows to adjust your back rest. That seems very flexible to me but something I will need to experiment with.

I’m thinking low equals lounge and when all the pieces are squeezed together they’re a guest bed.

More visuals to come as the concept gets more developed…    oh…and I also have a lot of plaster and electrical and plumbing work to do but that’s a whole other story.

-dirk

 

 

 

 

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I'm living in a very small house and documenting my processes and discoveries in the hope that it may be useful to someone else.
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4 Responses to Long time coming

  1. Robin says:

    I love the Minotti style sofas. Very clean, and classy. Hopefully comfy too!

    • dirk says:

      very true! Comfort is the most important thing of all. At this time I’m just exploring the way the furniture functions. I will most likely end up creating my own mix of off-the-shelf items or actually having to design my own version sized for my tiny living room. But, Yes! you can’t pick furniture by looking at pictures!

  2. Joyce Gorham says:

    I posted a video on your FB page that shows how many seating/sleeping variations you can have with one modular system. IKEA has great products for small spaces too.
    Enjoying your project.

    • dirk says:

      Thanks Joyce,
      I got it thanks. If you have any particular item to point me to at IKEA please do.
      I’m a big fan of IKEA and IKEA hacks!

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