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TREND : MOROCCAN WEDDING BLANKETS

Known as Moroccan Wedding Blankets in the Western World, Handira are a blanket traditionally made for a bride to be by her female relatives in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Northern Morocco. The blankets are painstakingly woven over a series of weeks leading up to 'The Big Day'. Crafted out of linens, cotton, wool and metal sequins, it is said that the metal sequins are not for glamour, but instead to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune to newly weds. The blankets patterns are often symbolic, bringing good fortune and fertility, each one personalised to the bride. Whilst the weaving takes place, the bride is taught about all the marital duties that lay ahead of her by her relatives. When the weaving has been completed, it is a gift, but also to be worn around the bride’s shoulders on the way to her husbands new home and as they cross the threshold.

A perfect display of the intricate detail put into a Moroccan Wedding Blanket.

A perfect display of the intricate detail put into a Moroccan Wedding Blanket.

Currently, we see a real demand for neutral schemes with accents of handmade textures and patterns, the Moroccan Wedding Blankets fit that description perfectly. Why do we love these blankets so much? Well, just look at them. They are visually stunning and tactile with their knotting and fringing. The neutral tones of the un-dyed wool and linen make them extremely versatile in terms of styling, but also usable pieces. As mentioned above, not all blankets are the same; they often vary in texture and size, though traditionally rectangular in shape. The blankets that have sequins are particularly desirable as they bring a touch of glitz to any space and become quite visually playful in different lighting. The only issue is they are becoming quite sort after pieces, therefore making them hard to find.

This authentic Moroccan Wedding Blanket and cushions really makes this simplistic, miniaml bedroom.

This authentic Moroccan Wedding Blanket and cushions really makes this simplistic, miniaml bedroom.

There are a few wedding blankets on the market in New Zealand, and they do come with a price tag. Am I surprised? No; When you know the history of these beautiful creations and the hours that go into them, I am not surprised in the slightest. At the end of the day they are a one off piece, no two are the same. On the bright side there is a way around the price tag, if you don’t mind not having the real deal that is. If you are on a tight budget to refresh your space, there are quite a few wedding blankets available that aren’t hand made and therefore much more affordable. These obviously wont be as elaborate as the real McCoy, but they can still give you that same textural and aesthetic effect. 

As the name suggests, Moroccan Wedding Blankets are traditionally a blanket, but there are many other ways to use them. Thrown across an armchair in a lounge can be stunning, they are a great layering piece and add some real decadence that appeals to all the senses. Or perhaps as a wall hanging, find your self a bare wall in your home and create a statement artwork that has a softness to it, which cannot be achieved by canvas or frame. Another easy option is a simple statement rug, or why not keep it traditional, folded across the foot of a bed.

Beautiful cushions also made in the Moroccan Wedding Blanket style, ideal if you want to add these to you lounge suite or bed alongside your blanket!

Beautiful cushions also made in the Moroccan Wedding Blanket style, ideal if you want to add these to you lounge suite or bed alongside your blanket!

If you need any further styling tips or would like the team at Pocketspace Interiors to take a look at your space and incorporate one of these beautiful Wedding Blankets, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Below we have left a link for a good alternative to the real thing that will still achieve a similar look and texture, just more budget friendly.

https://www.clkspace.com/collections/shop-featured-products/products/the-savannah-rug

https://www.clkspace.com/collections/shop-featured-products/products/the-tuft-rug

The Pocketspace Team.

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A basic guide to bathroom design // part one:

Renovating your bathroom can be a big investment but adds some major value to your home, so it is important to create a space that is functional and look fantastic for years to come.

I have put together some of the key factors I think are essential to consider when doing any bathroom renovation to ensure that you achieve an exceptional end result.

SIZE

My best advice would be to start with the size of your bathroom. Are we dealing with something small? An odd shape? Or a generious open space? Draw a rough plan of your bathroom with dimensions and the placement of existing fittings and windows, or where the proposed new fittings and windows will be. By doing this, you will have a clear idea of the dimentions you have to work with and you can start to look at what size tiles may be suitabe for your space.

There are thousands of tiles on the market these days, how do we know which one to choose? If you walk into a tile store without a rough idea of what you are looking for, it can be completely overwhelming. By having that drawing, you are able at least start to narrow down your size options and make the task slightly less daunting.

TILES

There are a large variety of tile sizes on the market. Your standard size currently is a 600x600(mm) tile, but with developing tile technology tiles are now going up to 1200x2400, so anything is possible! I generally find that a 600x600 is a suitable size for most bathrooms, occasionally you have a very small WC where you can get away with a 450x450 or 300x600, but it is important to remember this rule of thumb: The less grout lines you have the bigger the space will look. Therefore, the bigger the tile the bigger your space will appear! Just because you have a small room does not mean you need to choose a small tile.

A lot of people are stuck in the mindset of a 300x300 or a 450x450 tile being the standard size, but truth is, that was 10 years ago. If you go into any tile store now, those sizes are dwindling. Some exceptions are made with feature, patterns and mosaic tiles, but that’s a whole other can of worms we will delve into later…

If you are wanting to make a point of difference with your tile size, you could go for something larger like a 750x750 or a 900x450, both look fantastic and can really make your room feel particularly spacious with those fewer grout lines. However I do think it is important to consider how many repetitions of that tile will fit into your area, if it is only one full tile and then the rest have to be cut around it, perhaps you might a find a smaller tile, such as 600x600, makes more visual sense.

Another popular option is the plank format tiles; these can look amazing when laid and really enhance the length or height of a room depending on whether they are laid horizontally or vertically. Be cautious if you have an older home though, as sometimes the walls can be slightly bowed, so it can make laying the tiles slightly more difficult, but there are plenty of levelling systems on the market to help work around this factor.

The last thing I want to talk about with tiles is cost. A common and very fair question is why are some tiles more expensive than others? They may not look particularly different, but it is all about what’s happening in the makeup of the tile - your money is going towards a better quality tile. Some major manufacturers of tiles include Italy, Turkey, Brazil, China, United Arab Emirates the list goes on! Chinese tiles tend to be the lower price point, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are a bad quality tiles, they can just be produced at a much faster rate as they are pushed through the kiln quicker and at a lower temperature; versus an Italian tile which would be in the kiln for a longer period of time and at a much higher temperature, producing a much denser tile. A denser tile equals a harder wearing tile and one that will last.

GROUT AND SILICONE

Grout and silicone might seem like a bit of an after thought but these two elements can make or break a bathroom, in my eyes anyway.

Once again there is a large range of grout colours on the market, so choosing the right one is important. Do you want your grout to blend in with your tiles and vanish to create that seamless feeling? Or do you want a charcoal grey to contrast with those white subway tiles to create some visual impact? Seamless equals spacious, high contrast will draw attention to the grout grid and visually will make things appear smaller.

The colour of the grout largely depends on the tiles that have been selected, so when you are in store, have a look at some grout charts and start to think about what colour is going to be the best match, or a complete contrast, don’t forget, you need not use the same grout colour everywhere! You can do different colours on different walls/floor if need be.

A great product to consider is Epoxy grout. Epoxy grout can be used anywhere that has direct water contact. That may be in your shower base and walls, or around the bathtub. It’s a product that is non porous, so it wont absorb any water or grow bacteria, which also means it will not discolour like a standard grout tends to do over time. Like your standard grout epoxy is available in a range of colours, but does tend to be slightly more expensive, but I think it is money well spent when you think about how much longer it will maintain its colour and have no mould to deal with.

Silicone is not as major a factor, but is still important. If you have a grey floor tile and a white wall tile, the last thing you want is a grey silicone line bleeding up into your wall tile. It can really draw attention to itself, and if it is not done cleanly it can look rough and messy. You would be much better off with a white silicone in that circumstance, one that sits in place discretely.  It’s just something to be aware of and perhaps have the discussion with a tiler about what will visually look best.

WHATS ON TREND

Neutrals, Neutrals, and Neutrals. The thing with bathrooms is that they are an attached piece of your home, so if/when you move they cannot go with you. The reason I think neutral and monochrome bathrooms are great is because they cater to such a large variety of people, so if it ever comes the day where you want to sell your home, the next buyer wont be put off by that bright red bathroom. I think its worth considering how personal colours are, something you love, someone else may hate and having to replace that bright red bathroom can be seen as an expensive factor when searching for a new home.

Don’t panic, going neutral doesn’t mean a dull bathroom. You can get a range of textured tiles, vanities and counter tops that will add in that point of interest - and if you did want to add in some colour, there are some incredible bathroom accessories and towels on the market! Some of my favourite are Citta, Kip & Co (who also have fantastic bed linen might I add), Let Liv, Indie Home Collective and you may also occasionally score some awesome pieces at Briscoe’s and Farmers! The best part is when you tire of that colour scheme, it is easily replaceable, or you could have a couple of differing seasonal schemes you can swap out so you never get bored.

If you’re feeling brave, why not try a pattern? You can find some incredible patterned tiles out there. Moroccan inspired or a strong geometric, you can still get these in neutral tones but if you are going to put in some colour, here is the place to do it.

Pocketspace Pattern tiles

Mosaics are another wonderful thing. Sometimes I think people hear the work mosaic and think a mix’n’match of broken up tiles in the shape of a lizard, but alas that is not the case. Mosaics provide a smaller detail and pattern. If the rest of the room is relatively plain, mosaics are ideal - they can be introduced on a singular wall, a shower base, behind the vanity as a splashback, in the recess of a shower or even as the flooring. If you do choose a mosaic, it is quite nice to have the tiles in two different spots at least, just so the two relate and do not look out of place, or seen as a last minute solution.

Pocketspace Mosaics

Another trend I personally love at the moment is the green house bathroom. Add in some real life with some hardwearing plants that don’t mind a bit of humidity. If the bathroom is feeling a wee bit clinical this could be the perfect solution to soften it up and add in some organic shapes to contrast those strong lines.

Pocketspace Bathroom

Lastly, the mirror. Mirrors can be relatively expensive when buying from your normal retail store. The circular mirror has been around for a little while now and is sold in many home stores, so rather than paying for a store brought mirror, try going to a local glasscutter. They can cut you that perfect circle, square or rectangle at a custom size and often at a fraction of the price!

Well that wraps up my bathroom tips. Hopefully there were some useful pieces of useful information in there to help you out on your bathroom endeavours. But if you do need some design assistance, please feel free to get in contact with us at Pocketspace Interiors - we are here to make your spaces the best they can be!

Pocketspace Team 

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5 small space design tips

Designing a small space has its challenges. It can also be very rewarding once you get it right. When we talk with clients, its about looking at how they can live with less but gain more. The following five tips will help you achieve just that.

 

1. RESEARCH: You are probably already going down this route if you are reading this. Research is your biggest aid in providing you with inspiration and core solutions. Now some of the solutions that you may have come across might not be available in New Zealand yet, but we can find ways around most of them. Also do research into your suppliers of big ticket items. This could be for a Murphy bed, a tiny house trailer or a joiner that you are about to invest in for custom storage. The more you know about the product and the manufacturer, the happier you will be with your expectations met at implementation stage.

 

2. PRODUCT: Product selection is a huge proportion of successful interior design. And this isn't just with new products that you may need; but also looking at your existing furniture with a critical mind and analysing whether you are gaining from having that piece, or would another product have a better solution. When selecting products, try and look out for ‘dual purpose’ pieces. This could be a coffee table that lifts and extends into a dining room table, an ottoman that is an additional seat as well as storage or a guest bed that has a storage solution inbuilt.

3. INVEST: Investing in three core pieces in your home, will make working with a small space a breeze. Sometimes with small spaces it is just best not to cut corners for the sake of saving a few dollars. Think about how is this piece, or this upgrade, going to impact the overall use or lifestyle gain? There is no point in buying the cheapest solution on the market if the quality is low and it is hard to use. Having a small space is hard enough so don’t make everyday functions a battle also.

 

small space storage

4. MAXIMISE: This is the key to making a small space larger. Maximise the ceiling space, the stairs, the columns, the door frames, the light. The list goes on. Look for potential anchor points to increase storage, in turn this will maxmise your overall storage function. Maxmise the natural light you have by increasing it with additional lighting. Maximise the visual look by working with a light palette, vertical curtain drops and some bold punches of colour or dark palettes into areas that you want to focus on.

5. PROFESSIONAL HELP: Whilst you can do most of the selection by yourself, it is important to acknowledge when to get help in. The fact of the matter is that you will need to go down the ‘custom made’ route at some stage. Don’t be afraid of this, embrace it. Get a professional in to measure, quote and install a solution that you can gain from. This will save time, piece of mind, and costly mistakes.

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Small Space Design Focus: Garage

garage and rumpus room garage design

A client approached me to design their garage. Admittedly not a space I’ve been asked to design much. But as we live smaller, we want to gain more lifestyle. If you think of a garage, it’s an expensive piece of real estate mainly used to house two cars and personal belongings. But what if it do more than that. What if it could be a dual space as a hangout spot for both the young and old in the household?

Below are fives steps to following in revamping your garage into a dual function space for your family.

1.     Identify the main person(s) using it. It might be mostly a teenage boy and his mates, and then the man of the house with a few mates to watch the rugby. Or it could be a daughter that needs to use it for dance or a mother for art. Really do a brainstorm on what activities will be taken place in this space.

2.     Once you have narrowed down your spatial activities, do an inventory of items that you need to keep in the garage. These could be Wetsuits- should we hang these up? Should we mount bikes on racks to gain more space, can we store suitcases in the garage trusses?

3.     Now we have an idea of how much real estate we can take up. You will need custom joinery to make clever storage/activity solutions. Need a bar leaner? Have a look where this can fold down. Perhaps we could build a cupboard unit, but the cupboard door also flips down then braces tight to form a leaner.

garage fold down table small space design

4.     Measure and double measure. This is imperative to a seamless install. Get an interior design professional in like Pocketspace or wardrobe designers might even help you out as they do a lot of laundries.

5.     Lighting and sound is worth a look at. Garages naturally come with very minimal lighting. So get a few more LEDs installed – even on a dimmer could be nice if your Teenager is watching a movie on beanbags out there. Also invest in some speakers and a TV that can be concealed so dust doesn’t get in to it if you decide to get the drop saw out one Saturday morning.

These are just a few tips to help facilitate the thinking process of tackling your garage. It makes sense that we claim back as much space as we can to increase our overall quality of lifestyle for yourself or for your children.

garage interior design organised garage

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Is your Lobby getting you down? 5 ways to freshen that impression

Martela Cube and Flyme #pocketspaceinteriors #lobydesign

Martela Cube and Flyme #pocketspaceinteriors #lobydesign

Lobbies, entrance ways, foyer, waiting room…”a room providing a space out of which one or more other rooms or corridors lead typically one near the entrance of the building.” There we go. The definition has it all. It is the one space that everyone walking into the building, goes through. It sets the tone for the entire experience that that person is about to have. Now you could just be leasing a level and share the lobby with others. If that’s the case, 7/10 times this lobby has no love, poor signage and is a generic space that was designed fifteen years ago.

There are a few tricks if you lease the space like freshen up with some artwork. Put some plants and seating in there. But if you are the landlord, this is where you need to step up.

1.       This is the main thoroughfare of the whole building so the flooring here needs to be replaced regularly. Carpet tiles are a great way of bringing your lobby to this century. When certain areas of the lobby get worn out, simply uplift a couple of old tiles and put in new tiles. It is cost effective, modern and generally recyclable. You can also dot some colour or texture through the tiles making that boring walk to the elevator a bit more endurable.

2.       Fresh paint. Hundreds of people go through this space over time. It needs to be repainted every two years. In areas that you notice always gets paint chipped or marked, opt for a wall covering. There are so many vinyls and commercial wall papers that are amazing.

3.       Lobbies generally are far too dark. Make sure all lights are now upgraded to LEDs and that you have enough of them! 

4.       Artwork and furniture. Add some personality and pride into the space with artwork. This also helps detract from other defects as it gives something for the eye to be stimulated with. Furniture is also key. it bulks up the space given it some visual weight, but also provides someone to wait if they are early or if they need to take a call before they go up to their destination. Make it large enough that two strangers dont need to sit side by side.

5.       Cosmetic touches like a new directory sign and plants can help the user of the space feel good whilst easily navigating through the space to find where they are going next. 

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Activity Based Working - Is it for you?

Cube by Martela. #lovethis #workspacedesign 

Cube by Martela. #lovethis #workspacedesign 

 

Activity based working or ABW is a new generation of working that is based around a colleague carrying out their work in an active manner. This is generally away from the main station they usually would work from.

Is it effective?

It is extremely effective in the way that it encourages trust, exercise, and environmental stimulation. It is also effective by decreasing the amount of ‘anchor desks’ required. This frees up your capacity as you could have 15 people working in different zones and also have your anchor desks full by natural rotation. Therefore your real-estate footprint increases inhouse. Most of all it generates opportunities for collaboration and culture within your firm.

Does it work in New Zealand?

I would be honest here and say so-so. I say this because we have the tendency to do a lot of things half assed here. Excuse the bluntness! So many companies approach me wanting some hot desks and a breakout. They think they will achieve ABW. But really they need to commit to the whole office rather than a segment as colleagues become confused and feel guilty using those breakout areas to work from when other people aren’t around the office. Therefore they will only be used for lunch or informal conversations.  

What do you need to make ABW successful?

1.       You need a series of ABW spaces. Not just one.

2.       Consider going fairly paperless

3.       Up the technology stakes. Are you on Wifi, is your system accessible by logging in? Can you have skype calls in various places instead of traditional meeting rooms

4.       A mixture of anchor desks and floating desks. This will cater to people that are chained to their desk all day, or people that can work freely such as marketing, HR or sales.

5.       The willingness to be unique. Purchase new furniture, and be open to an inspiring space overhaul. 

Overall I think every business is unique. And it really is important to engage a professional to guide you through this process. There are lots of advantages and disadvantages to ABW. There are ways which we can implement elements to provide a collaborative culture within your business that will work specifically for you. Contact Pocketspace today for a consultation!

Pod Work and Sola chairs. See how inspiring this wokspace is? #loveit #pocketspaceinteriors

Pod Work and Sola chairs. See how inspiring this wokspace is? #loveit #pocketspaceinteriors

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Interior Design 101

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Interior Design 101

Next week Pocketspace Interiors will be teaching the Western Springs Auckland community with a six week course all about interior design from basic principles to technical detail on how to space plan. It's a great way to give back to the community and enrich people's lives through education and inspiration. So what better way to give, than by starting it off with a Pocketspace 101 pack filled with Resene and much more! These lucky peeps are going to love all these interior goodies! If you would like to know a certain aspect about interior design, let me know and I will right a blog about it!!

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How to make a room look larger in three stages

 

Jan, 2016

Laura Lochhead, Pocketspace Interiors

No one likes to feel overwhelmed in a small space, yet it happens so often. How many times have you thought "I wish this room could be larger?" Well reality check it isn’t going to get any bigger, but with my help we can make it appear larger. With every space, it has at least one good thing going for it – whether it be the amount of natural light, or the shape or something existing within it. Here are a few stages to help you on your journey of transformation.

 

Stage one: Basics

Lets start with the basics. Floor…walls…ceiling. Lets start with the ceiling. White is the key, as stark as possible. This will give a galaxy and beyond feel. It becomes harder for the eye to determine where it ends. With the walls, it is pretty much free range – except for dark colours. What I suggest here is light colour hues with a semi gloss to reflect light. Now this could be a beautiful pastel palette. No one likes the hospital feeling. Also while we are at it - don’t do a dark colour skirting trim.  Choose a lighter colour than the wall shade. You may have seen a lot of homes with the ceiling colour white trim to pop the wall colour. Yes – this does give a fresh look, but it also makes the wall boundaries obvious. I’m all for breaking those parameters; so I would opt for a shade lighter than the wall colour. Up to you. And then there is flooring. This is a tricky one because not everyone can afford to rip up the entire floor-plate. If you are – wood go for lighter shades. Some people say to lay them on a diagonal. This works in theory but sometimes it can just look outright odd. Tiling – go for larger tiles. A physiological affect that because you think big, it looks big. Carpet should be a lighter colour and neutral.

Stage two: Selection

First of all we need to de-clutter your space. Figure out what really is needed for that space to function and then sell the rest. Just do it, it acts as a room cleansing process too. You will think its bigger because it is not as heavy with belongings. With furniture – choose colours that semi blend in with the colour you chose for the walls. For example if you have a big black leather couch it becomes the anchor point. The whole idea is to make everything in your space of equal value so it balances out. Decorate with items like glass, light wood tones, and varied textures.  I would restrict your room to 5 textures, one-two patterns.  Textures add a layered aesthetic; patterns provide vibrancy and rhythm to a somewhat neutral space. Rugs frame a space drawing your attention to a confining space, but if you have; to do a simple and bold geometric pattern, or a few shades lighter than your flooring to create a seamless merger. Also remember the walls. Using the space around the room for storage rather than a freestanding unit. It will take some of that heavy clutter out. I also like to place furniture or coffee tables on angles. It gives additional perspective to the room. Now re-add all your personal items that you had saved, and then take out a further two things...did'nt expect that now did you. But you will agree that it didn't 'need' to be there. Make sure the space feels soft, light, textured and still oozes a bit of personality.

 

Stage three: Lighting

Lighting is so important. We all know that good lighting can make or break a restaurant or bar, same applies here so please don’t run out of budget for this stage! Evaluate your natural light situation. If you have good natural light, you are lucky! But remember light changes all year round so you do still have to invest in some good lighting. First of all if you have curtains or blinds, make them look as light as possible. If it’s dark wood, then you will have to get these replaced or sanded back to original colour. Drapes, as transparent or at the very least as ‘floaty’ looking as possible please. Now add a few lamps, and don’t be stingy and not turn these on. Use them! If possible add a ceiling track. Pay attention to the dark spots in your room and try and trouble shoot them.

With these three stages you should be well on your way to a bigger, brighter space in no time. Like I said though, if you cant change your flooring – I would use that as a starting point for your process. Remember – if you cant change your room then change the way you think about the room!

Enjoy! 

Laura Lochhead

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Spotted by Pocketspace

thecheeseroom-pocketspace

Now this little retail nest egg, The Cheese Store, in Milford just captured my heart. From the moment you walk in you are under the spell of this quaint small store. Decked out with thin rustic wood panelling for the feature wall makes the space look intimate and lengthens the space. On the opposing wall the always cleaver blackboard helps convey quotes, tips and retail support. 

What really works for the design is the layering of textures within the quirky displays. The product mix of wooden cheeseboards and bone cheese knifes, coupled with eloquently decadent jars of locally made jams, chutneys and jelly's is oozing sass and on point with what they are trying to do here.

Then there is the cheese room. A push button glass door for consistent temperatures and ample choice of mouth watering cheese. The colours, textures and tones of the cheese creates its own sculpture artwork, each one fighting for your attention as you choose which one will accompany you for the evening.

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How to choose a feature carpet

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How to choose a feature carpet

Hey team! So I've just finished selecting my carpet schedule for a collaborative space and thought I would share it with you. Loving the Shaw Contract Hex Tile. I've mixed it with a square tile to cut down overall cost of the project and to add additional shades and textural aesthetic to the space. Hex tiles or unusual shapes/coloured tiles are a great way to zone a space. Instead of using a rug as this is a high density space, i've used a coloured hex tile to create that feeling. It also helps to tie in all the colours with the entire design. We all know that I'm a colour lover....what are your thoughts?! Invigorating space you say? My thoughts exactly. Come at me productivity! 

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Compact Design - what is it?

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Compact Design - what is it?

Compact design

-what is it?

Fundamentally, compact design is a practice in the way which we design for compact, dense spaces, but our outcome is to provide more space. This is achieved by custom joinery, space saving systems and breaking down the traditional ways of living and working to provide a more efficient way of being. A relatively new concept to the wider world of less congested cities, but nonetheless is creeping up in all the design magazines. 

Space = money. Good use of space = value for money. Cities like New York have been toying with the idea for along time with their well known ‘loft’ concepts. Unrecognised individuals all over have no doubt come up with a way to adapt their wardrobe, dining table without realising that this could potentially become a generational design movement, not just a trend.

Now I’m writing this book from little ole Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland’s population is forecast to increase by 15.6 per cent (235,800) from 1.51 million to 1.75 million over the next 10 years. This implies additional housing needs of about 20 per cent (approximately 99,000 dwellings). Council also projects 14 per cent growth in the floor areas covered by industrial and commercial activities in the region.  So Auckland’s growth is meant to increase by 15.6, and we are struggling as it is. The only way to achieve enough housing with land/people ratio is to go up and design smart. All the while increasing the urban dwellers quality of life living in spaces as small as 30sqm for a studio.

I asked myself, and go a head ask yourself, do you think in the current design climate and way of thinking that living in a 30sqm apartment will offer you flexibility, lifestyle and wellbeing? No. unfortunately as designers it is our responsibility to start from the drawing room, property developers, architects and general public need to all jump on this ‘compact design movement’ and revaluate the advantage of not just creating a ‘centre for ants’, but providing an opportunity for articulating smart space with the end user.

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Compact your home!

-compact your home

In this chapter is suppose it’s time to let you in on a few guidelines that the team at PSInteriors swear by. This isn’t a how to guideline to make you into a know-it-all designer but rather think of it as Pocketspace Interiors providing you with a tool belt, ready for you to fill it up with your projects and knowledge. 

1. Define the lifestyle.

When designing for yourself or a client, it’s important to know if they dwell in the space during the day, or at night. Is it for a student, or a busy professional. Is it for someone that loves to entertain guests, or a family. Each design decision needs to reflect back to the lifestyle of the end user. 

2. take advantage of awkward existing features

Just when you think that beam is in the wrong position or that column is right in the middle of where you want to put some joinery, be innovative and think about her you can embrace the existing features to work to your advantage. Use the truss for extra storage, or the column – build things onto it, around it, or joinery that shifts from it as an anchor point for the space

3. Don’t skimp on the finishes and detail

A draw down spare bed from a concealed wall isn’t a walk in the park. Spend money on decent, seamless joinery, hinges, brackets and bearings that make the transition from wall to bed as easy as it looks. Its about investing in hardware that lasts. Spec up those joinery details and accessories that can withstand different weight thresholds, the test of time and at the end of the day ‘neat design for a neat space.’

  http://www.modenus.com/blog/modenusatlarge/from-tent-london-modenus-loves-jumped-up-joiner-anthony-hartley

4. Define zones

When designing with a compact, micro ideal it is easy to be overwhelmed by everything that you want, that sometimesyou need to compromise elementsto create zones. As much as we are trying to achieve a dense, neatly compacted space, we still need an element of order in the way we eat, entertain, do washing or work. For me the easiest way to create zones is identify the key activities that you want in your home and redefine the way you look at how you can mix a couple of them together, or compraimise how they fit next to each other to best maximise our space. Creating a ‘core’ hub to get most thing out of the way is a great way to achieve this. Think about all the things you have to have, and all the things you have to have, but need to conceal and use this to your advantage. For example think of smart ways that you can design a central core that houses the kitchen, storage, gas, electric and water. While you are at it, carve out a bar leaner, lounging areas and keep the bathroom near to utilities the amenities that are concealed.

5. Style

At PSInteriors we have our own style stamp. So should you. At the end of the day, you want your home, workplace or design to be recognised as your own. Whether it’s a specific detail that is repeated through all your designs, find a consistency that is moulded with your clients tastes and culture. Think about materials and composition, don’t get too caught up on latest trends – because they are just that – trends. 

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