Tag "portable"

Designers Reinvent the Micro-Kitchen

The C=1m2 micro kitchen by French carpenter/designer Jean-Luc Sifferlin packs a full kitchen into a rolling 10-square-foot armoire. Any chef worth his or her salt knows that the size of one’s kitchen has nothing to do with the quality of one’s cooking. But American kitchens are generally bloated with oversize appliances and real estate-hogging layouts, more theater than laboratory, status symbols even for those who never cook. Even apartments in

We Quit Our Jobs, Built a Tiny Home on Wheels, and Hit the Road

In the past few years, tiny homes have proved they can be just as stylish and functional as regular-size homes. Jenna and Guillaume of Tiny House Giant Journey explain their decision to drop everything, build a tiny home on wheels, and travel across the country. Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt, and careers that allowed us

Living Small

Later this winter, a truck will pick up this prefabricated apartment from a former naval foundry in Brooklyn, carry it over the Manhattan Bridge, and deliver it to a construction site on Manhattan’s East Side. A crane will hoist the unit—and 54 others like it, along with segments of stairways and elevator shafts—into the air and stack them together, creating a nine-story building. In a city that’s seen just about

Best Mini Kitchens & Kitchenettes 2011

  There’s something so appealing about the “all in one” kitchen unit — it’s like a well-oiled engine on which the whole home runs. While not always practical (high-end kitchenettes can end up costing as much or more than their full-sized counterparts) mini kitchens are at the very least inspiring in their space saving ingenuity. Here are 10 of our favorites. Dwyer This Illinois-based company makes all-in-one compact kitchens. TheTemp

The Opera Trailer by Axel Enthoven is a Stylish Way to Travel

  The Opera trailer will change the way you look at folding campers. Designed by Axel Enthoven, it looks like an overlapping domed tent—an opera house actually, and the Sydney Opera House to be exact. Not only is the exterior aesthetically pleasing, the interior is as well, with sleek finishes, a wine cabinet, an espresso bar, two luxury beds, and an enclosed teak veranda. You don’t normally see fashionable folding

Ultra-Compact Cooking: Modular Kitchen for Nomadic Singles

The average single person living alone doesn’t need an elaborate setup in the kitchen, requiring little more than a mini fridge, sink, a couple burners and some storage. So why not save some space with an ultra-compact kitchen module that contains all of the basics with the smallest footprint possible? This design is smaller than a typical kitchen island, and even features a fold-down dining surface. ‘Gali’ by designer Ana

Five Ingenious Homes at the Forefront of Small-Space Design

The shingled Ufogel House has porthole windows and a “beak” that makes it look a lot like a bird. Built on stilts in Lienz, Austria byArchitekterbüro Jungmann and Aberjung Design Agency, the home has a sleeping loft under a curving ceiling, a dining nook, and a kitchen all clad in the same blond timber. Glass partitions separate the bedroom and bathroom, which doesn’t allow for much privacy, but does make

Tiny modern house squeezes a lot of living into 136 square feet

  © Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses Many of the tiny houses we show on TreeHugger have a decidedly traditional look, with gabled roofs and cutesy details. For some people, that’s the definition of “home.” But it never made a lot of sense; most tiny homes have lofts and gable lofts make lousy sleeping areas, your head is rarely at the highest part. They have lousy aerodynamics when you are taking

The world’s most futuristic caravans

A new breed of stylish portable homes have gone on sale. From compact campers to tiny homes, these unique caravans and campers will make you want to hit the road. Opera This luxury, yet small, camper has warm-air heating, an espresso bar, a boiler supplying hot water to the shower and kitchen, its own gas supply and a ceramic toilet. On top of all of this, it even has a