LifeEdited is an idea and concept started by Graham Hill when he needed a new place to live. He had a wish list of 5 different rooms for his new space, but a small budget, so he needed to fit it all in just one room. With Life edited Graham wanted to prove, that it is possible, to live large in a small space.
In 2009 he purchased a small, run-down tenement apartment in SoHo NYC. After raising the funds for the prototype, he signed off a design competition and got a great response, more than 300 entries.
The winner project “One size fits all” included a moving wall unit and a cleverly designed bathroom.
From these ideas, the first Life edited apartment was designed as it is today, by architect David Bucovy and Guerin Glass Architecture.
The prototype apartment is called LifeEdited#1 – and it is amazing. Space is designed cleverly to hold so many functions, it has all you need in only 420 sq ft (39 m2).
The main space is the living area, with a sofa big enough to seat at least 4-5 people. Opposite the sofa is a moving wall unit with a wall mounted projector screen, for watching the game or having a movie night with friends.
The wall unit is all storage, and at one end has a build in office. It is built high enough that you can stand while working, and if you want to sit, you just pull up a bar stool. When you are done it all tucks away nicely and completely disappears.
The living space is open to the kitchen, it makes it feel open and it’s very good for entertaining. The kitchen has a small breakfast bar for everyday eating but is equipped with a Goliath table. When you pull this out you have seating for 10-12 people. The storage wall has enough space for stackable chairs, so you just pull them out when you need them.
When it’s time to sleep, the living space becomes the bedroom.
You flip down the murphy bed from behind the sofa, and you have built-in closets on either side of the sofa.
The LifeEdited apartment, in general, has a lot of storage, so you can keep it decluttered and open.
When you have guests over you can pull out the wall unit, behind it is a full-size guest bedroom. It has a fold out bunk bed that sleeps two comfortably, some storage for clothes and even a small fold down desk area if you need it.
At the end, you have two heavy velour curtains, that clip on the sides of the moving wall. This gives visual privacy and reduces sounds from one “room” to the other significantly.
The kitchen is kept in a very simple design, and every inch is maximized for storage. It has every appliance of a big kitchen, just smaller.
E.g. it has freezer and fridge drawers and portable induction burners in a drawer, so you pull out the amount you need for cooking. This may seem like a lot of work, but it frees up counter space for all the times you prepare food, that doesn’t need cooking.
Graham Hill lives in LifeEdited#1 and he has filled the kitchen with all the best space saving and multifunctional kitchenware you can find:)
Behind the kitchen is a small bathroom, the main part has the sink and shower stall, while the toilet has it’s separate little room.
This lets you have more privacy, with two doors between the toilet and living space.
It also has a small seat you can flip down over the toilet, this way you can use it to make private calls, read or even meditate if you’d like:)
All images © Matthew Williams, LifeEdited
The values of the company
LifeEdited is passionate about enabling people to live within their means financially and environmentally. They want to show how you can live comfortably in a small space. And how you can live in an area you love – but normally can’t afford – by taking advantage of smart design concepts and techniques. They want to show how to..
“design a life to include more money, health, and happiness with less stuff, space, and energy”.
LifeEdited focuses on working with developers to get the best ideas, for small space living, incorporated into new building projects.
To read more about the LifeEdited#1 or if you are a developer interested in working with LifeEdited, visit them at www.lifeedited.com
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Maria is the founder of GoDownsize. While studying architecture in Denmark she became fascinated with designing living spaces for boats, tiny houses, RVs, and other small spaces.
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