All posts tagged: Compact living

DFS Capsule Collection for small space living - compact sofa

DFS Capsule Collection – compact sofas for small space living

Homes across the country are undergoing a squeeze – the UK has some of the smallest properties in Europe; a shortage of new homes and soaring property prices means we’re living in increasingly smaller spaces, from city flat shares to multi-functional studios. But when it comes to furniture, we can all dream about those great, big, L-shaped sofas to relax and recline on, yet there’s not a great many options for compact living that’s also low in price. DFS has just launched Capsule Collection, a new range of contemporary and customisable sofas, armchairs, and foot-stools that’s space-saving and stylish. I went to the press launch the other week to check out the designs myself and was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The dimensions have been shrunk down to create compact sofas and armchairs that are clean and simple in style, from the mid-century style Laze to the Scandi-inspired Lull. The range comes in 55 fabric options, with feet in chrome, copper, light or dark wood, meaning there are hundreds of options to create a sofa that suits …

I wish I lived here: a compact home with a chequered floor

I first spotted this home back at the beginning of October when it appeared all over the web, from ArchDaily to Houzz. Since then the owners, Pereen d’Avoine, of architecture practice Russian for Fish (great name), and her partner, Mat have put it on the market with The Modern House. Located in a converted industrial bakery in Bethnal Green, the former studio has been reconfigured to create a large and open living space, a separate double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a private work station on the mezzanine level. The architects have rewired and replumbed the flat, and added a new window to the front to maximise the natural light. The timber floor has been painted in a bold black and white chequerboard pattern, partly to draw the eye along the length of the room. It runs seamlessly through to the bedroom, giving the appearance of a much larger space. The light wood of the kitchen units and the floating shelves also give the impression of airiness. All in all, a very clever use of a compact space. Folding doors are used to divide …