Imagine living in an apartment the size of a typical living room. Could two people really cook, wash, sleep and do everything they normally do at home in a space that’s so much smaller than the houses New Zealanders are used to?
The answer is “yes” — but only if it’s superlatively well designed.
To test this hypothesis, Blum built the ultimate ‘tiny home’ at a secret site in Europe. Top experts ensured the apartment was equipped with everything necessary for modern life, from living herbs to the latest appliances. Then they put it to the test by inviting a couple to move in.
Marie and Oliver were taken to the apartment and filmed while they explored its functionality. They discovered the hidden clotheshorse, the cunningly concealed shoe closet for Oliver’s shoe collection, the u-shaped storage drawer under the kitchen sink, and a host of other clever features. There’s even a pop-out mini-bar beside the foldout double bed, in case the residents feel like a nightcap.
The conclusion? “It’s amazing how so little space can be used so well…I think it’s great!” said Marie.
While the tiny house movement is gathering momentum in New Zealand, it's doubtful many people will be downsizing to 22m² apartments. However, the storage technologies showcased in this test apartment can also be integrated into much larger living spaces.
See how Marie and Oliver made the most of their tiny apartment experience, and check out the Blum storage technologies involved in the video below. As a point of interest to local viewers, all but one of the products featured are available in New Zealand.