Tag "compact"

WalkCar transports passengers on a laptop-sized board

A Japanese inventor has developed the “world’s smallest electric car” – an aluminium board with wheels that carries a passenger like a Segway and fits into a backpack (+ movie). Kuniaki Sato’s company Cocoa Motors is set to launch the new personal transportation device this autumn. The lightweight aluminium board is approximately the size of a laptop and can carry loads of up to 120 kilograms. Available as an indoor and outdoor

HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens

Let’s play a game: Guess whether the appliance in the photo above is a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink, or oven. Would you believe me if I told you it was each and every one of those? Well, meet GE’s micro-kitchen, an innovative appliance designed to house all of your kitchen needs in a compact stylish unit. At first glance, the micro-kitchen looks like it came straight out of a

10 Extreme Tiny Homes

Discovering a Simpler Approach “We’ve all been sold on the idea that what we want is a big house,” says Joan Grimm, co-owner/operator of Portland Alternative Designs (PAD). “But more and more people are realizing that they don’t want to work 12-hour days to be able to afford a home they never get to enjoy because they’re so busy working.”   Better Sense of Self and Community International relief worker

9 Small-Space Solutions From Ingenious Tiny Parisian Pads

Like New York City, where teeny-tiny apartments are all too common, Paris is also filled with small residences waiting to be transformed into livable homes. In these half-a-dozen recently completed micro Parisian dwellings, ranging from 86 to 377 square feet, designers employed all kinds of small-space solutions, leaving no corner unused. We won’t be so bold as to say these abodes will appeal to everyone, but they sure all have

GE’s new Micro-Kitchen packs in everything plus the kitchen sink (hands-on)

By the end of this year, GE’s small-batch manufacturing site, FirstBuild, plans to meet its first challenge. The newly opened arm of GE Appliances and Local Motors on the University of Louisville campus hopes to foster innovation in a creative community of makers. FirstBuild provides resources and knowledge to ambitious inventors, both in person and online, allowing them to create prototypes of interesting products that might not otherwise have seen

Reinventing the Cooking Space with Micro Kitchens

Any chef would vouch that the size of the kitchen has no bearing on the quality of the cooking done inside it. Usually American kitchens are huge and swanky with multiple appliances dotted across, which modern people use rarely. Even the city apartments, smaller in size, waste a lot of space in huge stove-tops, dishwashers and other large equipment meant for larger kitchens. Here are some amazing micro kitchen designs

Size matters: Gizmag’s Top 10 tiny homes

Big may be beautiful to some, but in a world of dwindling space and resources, it makes far more sense to downsize one’s home whenever possible. Gizmag doffs its cap to 10 recent architectural examples of utilizing space to its utmost potential, from tiny micro-homes on wheels that resemble large sheds, to slightly larger brick-and-mortar houses sporting ingeniously flexible interior layouts. One thing they all have in common though, is

Luxury in a Tomb-Size Hotel Room

For many years the standard complaint about hotel rooms in New York was, “They’re expensive but they’re small,” often uttered with a “What are you going to do about it?” shrug. But hoteliers recently have been making a virtue of that small size, offering tiny yet thoughtfully designed accommodations for around $200 a night, and in some cases well below that. The new rooms are in the “affordable luxury” segment,

Design for downtown living

Smart Storage Design Small-spaced downtown living is nothing new, but there’s a recent craze that’s taking the design world by storm. It’s all about maximizing tiny spaces by using built-in-storage- even for your bed. They’re called micro-condos, so micro that some measure just 288 square feet. With limited space, the idea is to design a home that looks sleek and clutter free by combining multiple rooms into one in a

Complete Mini Kitchens

Building a tiny house kitchen can be time consuming depending on your carpentry skills and what you choose to put into it. Costs can skyrocket if you have expensive tastes and hire professionals to help. One option is to get a complete prebuilt kitchen unit – although even these range in price from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. For example the Kitchen Armoire pictured here costs about $8,000,