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When people use the phrase "small space," they're usually talking about the spaces where we live. But what about the rest of our lives? The places where we shop, relax and even spiritualize?
For that, we imagined spending the day as a small space tourist. We begin at the Das Park Hotel in Austria (pictured above), a sewage pipe turned pay-as-you-can hotel room. Yes, a sewage pipe.
After waking up, let's head to the cafe...or in this case, a pocket park in New York.
A collaboration between the NYC Department of Transportation and the businesses that front it, this space is nothing more than some seating and landscaping squeezed onto the sidewalk. We think the bright red chairs look great in the city, but to blend into more natural surroundings, one might want to consider using unique chairs that are transparent.
After morning coffee, we head out to the Uniqlo store, designed by shipping container pioneer architects Lot-ek.
In our new clothes from Uniqlo, we now head for church...well, the chapel at least. The Mobile Chaplet below was designed to service rural communities in North Dakota, but it can be used just about anywhere a flat bed truck will take it.
Finally, we return to New York's Pod Hotel for the evening.
The Pod offers affordable small rooms, furnished in a way that should appeal to any fan of modern design.
Set of 2 Zuo Mesh Chrome Dining Chairs
Besa Divi Satin Nickel European Swing Arm Wall Light
At less than 100 square feet per room, the Pod offers just enough space for the things that really matter--you and your modern chairs. Isn't that the essence of small spaces?
Images: Sprkling, Transportation Nation, Noticias Aquitectura, Dwell, The Pod Hotel
Brent Turner is an architecture, design and art writer who adores elegantly simple distillations of complex design problems. You'll often catch him waxing poetic about how such creative problem solving is not only the essence of a successful art and design practice, but of science, engineering, and well, life in general. A California native, Brent was educated at U.C. San Diego where he was first exposed to clumsy yet endearingly avant-garde institutional art and architecture. In the years since, he has expanded his interest base to include all types of interior, graphic and industrial design. His best personal designs are made with Legos, and it's for this reason that Brent confines his own public creative work to wordsmithing. When he isn't writing, he hosts an art and design podcast called Beer & Tall Buildings.
Brent lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his cat Buster. If you can't reach him by phone or email, he's most likely on a mountaintop somewhere and promises to call you back as soon as he descends.
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