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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. BUILT BY ALL 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).

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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