MINI Living BUILT BY ALL, Salone del Mobile MILAN 2018
It was an honour to be invited back to Milan, to experience MINI LIVING’s new concept for urban living.
I’ve been following MINI LIVING since their Breathe project in Milan and MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN at London Design festival.
Urbanisation and shortage of housing space is a true global issue, and I salute MINI LIVING for attempting to tackle this face on.
In all their projects, they have tried to address a more ‘conscious ‘ way of living, whilst still embracing design.This year’s “BUILT BY ALL” installation was a visual feast of colours.
MINI LIVING collaborated with London architects Studiomama, to bring to live the concept of collaborative living within personalised spaces.The shared spaces comprise of an open gym dining area,kitchen,and sitting area.There were 4 individualised living units with different colour schemes called Totems.Within very limited square footage, it was amazing to see how each individual living unit was brought to life. I love how each BUILT BY ALL living unit had a special personalised room in line with the individual’s interest, a quiet sitting area and stairs that led up to a double bed.I absolutely adore this botanical lover’s yellow space, complete with a plant display booth, desk, and shelves.The yellow really evokes the warmth and happiness of a Summer’s day, whilst the greenery provided a contrasting calm.I found it really inspiring to see how small space living can be realised with well thought out design. This blue Totem, a space for a music lover was one of my favourites. It’s wonderful to see how storage can be customised to an individual’s needs. I was also impressed with this cool soundproof room. It truly reflects current Millennials within a digital age of You Tube and recording.This salmon pink living unit is for someone who loves sewing.here’s another view.This minty green living unit is for a ceramics lover.See how his / her beautiful vases and pots are displayed on custom built shelves.Adjacent to the installation was the FACTORY OF IDEAS by MINI LIVING, where visitors become an architect for the day, creating their own urban living space in the form of a personalised living unit.Here’s my colourful creation for BUILT BY ALL.
My important spaces are a workspace for blogging and prop storage, an area for product photography and my bedroom.After following MINI LIVING, I’m excited to hear that it may soon turn to a habitable reality in Shanghai.
I’m excited to see if there will also be new surprises.
I think the the future of homes may become ownerless, in a mobile population that value experiences over possessions.
Finally, I’m hoping that I’ll get to see and experience the new space in Shanghai soon.
( All photography and text are by Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with MINI Living).