Tuesday, May 12, 2009

luxury pod in london

Most of you know that I love small-ish spaces, and that I myself live in a tiny, efficient condo (322 sq feet). It's tight but it feels much more spacious because there's a lot of light in the AM and because the appliances are compact. Also, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in touches of luxury -- Egyptian cotton, hotel-grade sofas, engineered efficiency. Still a work in progress, but getting there :)

Well, they now have a term for small spaces like mine: "
luxe pods." Apparently, this small-space trend has been quite popular in London for some time. Here's a London luxury pod - just ONE THIRD of the size of mine! Amazing!

I dont know about sleeping in a tiny "loft" (her bed is right on top of her door). I value my big bed. But still, given the square footage, this space is very cool.

Apartment Therapy interviewed the owner. Here are excerpts:

Name: Judith
Location: London, UK
Size: 101 sf
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? Small gives one the chance to use truly luxurious items. One can experiment with a range of innovative materials, such as leather floor tiles, highly reflective surfaces, painted glass, combinations of lighting effects and to source specialists to create bespoke pieces. If all goes wrong it is only 101sq feet to remedy (9.5 sq metres)! The challenge is to indulge the individual so much, that the size of the space becomes immaterial. It is the form and function of the space that outweighs the size.

Judith's kitchen (pictures below) looks a lot like mine.

My refrigerator and freezer are also tucked under the counter. I have a bar sink and induction stove, too.

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