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Urban cabin Shared and small space living in Beijing with MINI Living’s latest Urban Cabin.

I may have missed London Design Festival this year, but I saw plenty of amazing design in Beijing, China.

After seeing the MINI LIVING Urban Cabins in London and LA, I was so excited to see their new concept for a habitable space in Beijing.

The image above is the MINI Urban cabin from London Design Festival. You can see more images here. LA Design festival This is the beautiful MINI Living Cabin showcased at L.A Design week. small space living urbanisation Here’s MINI Living’s Urban Cabin in Beijing, a collaboration with local architect Sun Dayong from Penda.

Urbanisation and the lack of housing space is becoming a huge issue. As you can imagine with China’s fast growing population, this issue is ever more pressing.

The aim of the MINI LIVING Urban Cabin projects were to address this problem by developing concepts for small space living.

According to Sun Dayong, Beijing’s population had grown to 18,777 million in 2017. The theme for this Urban Cabin was “Reflect”, a  design inspired by China’s ‘Hutong’ courtyard living format.

A Hutong combines private and public living spaces.  The MINI LIVING Urban Cabin can connect with the outside world in its open format and close off when privacy is needed.  The bed can also be pushed out as an inviting day bed. A table can rotate outwards for a shared meal. I love how the space further plays on the word “reflect” in its design. One of my favourite features was the mirrored surfaces used in both its exterior and interior. Sun Dayong used the principle of a periscope to design the “courtyard like experience” room at the centre of the Urban Cabin.

Whilst sitting on a swing, you get to experience the perspectives of people who once lived in the Hutong, seeing the public go about their daily activities from their private residences.  Looking up at the mirrors you see the changing patterns of the outdoors being reflected back. small space living kitchen ideas Small space living can’t be easy, but MINI LIVING seem to have perfected the art of doing so.

Using the concepts of ‘Pull, Fold, Rotate and Stick’, they seem to have been able to create multi-purpose use furniture and fittings for flexible living in a space just 15 square meters in size.  An example here is the wall peg board and shelving that allow adaptation and storage in a space. Walking around the inhabitable space has made me reflect on how I see myself living in the next 10 years.

Would space be still an important issue for me or would I embrace social mobility and shared space living?

What sort of accommodation do you think you’ll be living in, in 10 years’ time? Is small space living for you? Finally, I have some exciting news. MINI LIVING will be revealing the first MINI LIVING building in Shanghai early next year. I can’t wait to see it and hopefully get to show you.

( All photography are by Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with MINI Living but all opinions are my own. AD ).

Small space living with MINI Living’s Urban Cabin at LA Design festival.

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to sunny Los Angeles with MINI LIVING, to see their latest  Urban Cabin.

The last MINI LIVING Urban Cabin I saw was in London, and you can read all about it here.

MINI LIVING is a long term project by MINI that explores the different concepts of shared and small space living.

In an era of increased urbanisation and housing shortage, small space living solutions like these are becoming important.

The project explores a ‘conscious’ way of living, by reducing our carbon footprint whilst staying true to design. LA Design festival This time round, MINI LIVING worked with local LA based architect firm Freeland Buck, to showcase their Urban Cabin at LA Design Festival. The Urban Cabin is a mere 15 square metres and was constructed on top of the roof of an industrial building in ROW DTLA, the hub for LA design festival. I couldn’t get over this stunning far reaching view of Down Town LA, from the Cabin. MINI Urban Cabin LA Design festival There were 3 sections to the Urban Cabin.

Corrina Natter of MINI Living, designed the end sections of the cabin with a kitchen, shower room and bedroom. The frames were Aluminium with a plywood inner.

The cabin sat on a turquoise panel, reminiscent of a pool, with a ladder that led to a roof terrace. Here is the central section of the Urban Cabin, made of colourful graphic panels, and designed by Freeland Buck. I was in awe at how the panels filtered light, creating kaleidoscopic colours and patterns that looked different throughout the day. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this bright and happy orange kitchen inside the Cabin. The rooms are multifunctional with perforated plywood walls that act like a pegboard with pegs holding up shelves.  I love how you can move the shelves around to customise your space. The light coming through the wall create such a lovely dappled effect on the furniture.

You can sleep under the stars by rolling the bed out. Doesn’t that sound so wonderful? It’s so cool that the Urban Cabin connects with its environment.The wall panels can open out like windows. Here it opens up to become a dining table. How wonderful it must be to see the sky when you shower. I was amazed how much could be packed into what seemed like a very small area. I’ve enjoyed following all of MINI LIVING’s innovative concepts so far.

Finally, the first inhabitable co-living space will open in Shanghai next year and I can’t wait to see it.

( All photography are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership with MINI Living but all views are my own).

Urban cabin The MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN for London Design Festival 2017.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the MINI LIVING Eco concept home called the URBAN CABIN, at the OXO Tower Wharf’s courtyard, in London’s Southbank.

Following my previous trip to Milan, to see MINI Living’s ‘Breathe’ installation, another small space living concept , I was excited to see their new project this year, being unveiled at the London Design festival. Urban Cabin MINI LIVING is a long term project by MINI that explores the different concepts of shared living, in an era of ever increasing urbanisation and housing space shortage.

The project aimed to explore a more ‘conscious’ way of living, by reducing our personal carbon footprint, but staying true to design. MINI Living Urban Cabin This year MINI had designed a 15 square metre URBAN CABIN in a fine Copper casing. They have partnered with local architect Sam Jacob studio for a touch of London character to the space.

Sam Jacob studio had added two modules to the cabin, the first of which, is a shared kitchen to symbolise the importance of food markets in a modern culture.

You can see the dining table that extends outwards from the internal kitchen in the photo above. Here’s a view from outside in. The table is multi functional and will easily accommodate a gathering of people for a shared meal. I got to enjoy a cold coffee press workshop by Sandows at the Cabin’s kitchen table last weekend. I’ve never considered drinking cold brew coffee, and now I’m a convert. Around the kitchen space is a shelving unit with a little display of small space living essentials. Here it is again, captured in a mirror on the opposite wall. The second add on by Sam Jacobs studio to the URBAN CABIN, is this structure called the Stack, which internally houses a micro library. The design was a response to the closure of many of England’s public libraries in an era of digitalisation. The Stack resembled a pile of books, and was made of many different materials, ranging from Terazzo, foam and acrylic. This is the internal micro library, filled with books of a London theme.

For the duration of the London Design festival, you can bring a book to swop for another at the shelf.

I have added my all time favourite romantic novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into the mix. I love this large louvre window of the URBAN CABIN, as it gave that feeling of continuity from inside to the external world. So how do you feel? Is this concept of small space living for you? I think it’s a brilliant, with lots of elements that can be extracted for future homes.

The URBAN CABIN will be up until Sunday 24/09/17, so catch it whilst you can. The installation will be travelling next to New York, where a new local add on design will transform the space.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with MINI. All views and opinions are my own.)

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