Life Edited was a competition to design Graham Hill’s (founder of Treehugger.com) 420 sf apartment. The design needed to include:
- Sit-down dinner for 12
- Comfortable lounging option for 8 people
- Space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy
- Home office
- Work area with space for a rolling tool chest
- Hideable kitchen
The organizing principle in this design solution is a raised loft bed with a lockable owner’s closet, plus bike and clothes storage below. This box defines the space and creates a separate bedroom and home office that can be closed off. A media wall along its edge provides considerable storage and is the focal point of the living room.
The living room is lined with built-in seating. The back cushions can be removed to provide a sleeping surface for two guests, and there are drawers below for extra storage. A movable ottoman becomes a chaise lounge, or pushed against the wall creates a long bench. For dining, the amazing “Goliath” expandable table from Resource Furniture can seat 12 or collapse to the size of a console table.
Each space is fully functional and contained, which lends to the feeling that nothing is missing. The bedroom and bath are completely private, with luxurious touches like a full linen closet and steam shower. The bed never needs to be put away or even made, as it’s completely out of site. There’s plenty of seating, and a pull down screen for movie night.