Saturday, January 26, 2013

Own Less:Live More - Any Ikea Fans Out There?

If you're like me, when you're walking through those tiny model apartments at Ikea you think, "I could actually DO this!"  Well, Graham Hill at Life Edited takes it to another level with this 420 square foot apartment in Soho. One fascinating thing about this place is that the design was "crowd sourced" through over 300 entries, a growing trend in the design world today.

Graham says, "I think that simplifying your life... might actually make you a little happier." I couldn't agree more. He expands on this idea at
Since 1950, the average American consumes 6 times more energy and carries 24 times more personal debt. He uses 3 times more living space, but still doesn’t have enough room to store his stuff, a fact made clear by a $22B personal storage industry. Despite this excess (or perhaps because of it), we find ourselves no happier than we were 60 years ago. Most of us realize it’s relationships and experiences–not possessions–that make us happy. Why don’t we design our homes, products and lifestyles accordingly?
Ready for the amazing 420 square foot apartment?

This 20 minute video shows the entire building process from demo to completion, and a more in depth look at the space.

Life Edited's motto is "Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy".  I'm in, who's with me?

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