Go BIG or go home... a saying often heard in the sports world but that also pertains to American culture in general. This may or may not come as surprise to you, but American culture is dominated by the idea of “BIG”. You know, “Bigger is Better.” This sentiment has infiltrated every aspect of our everyday life. Whether choosing to “go big” when ordering fast food or choosing to “go big” when searching for a house or car. Hummer anyone? And don’t forget the push to build bigger houses and taller skyscrapers. And quite often, these spaces aren’t used as efficiently as possible.
However, if you look closely, you can see this pattern being reversed. Bigger is no longer necessarily better. For instance, the rise of the hipsters is making it mainstream to wear clothes that actually fit (or may be a tad too tight). And First Lady Obama is leading the charge against obesity with the revamped “food plate” replacing the beloved “food pyramid.” In addition to adding more fruits and veggies to the American diet, it also pushes for smaller portion sizes.
This new idea of “Smaller is Better” has also permeated the building industry. With the push for sustainability, building designers are being challenged to make efficient use of smaller spaces. And they have definitely risen to the challenge, coming up with awesome, unique designs that make one wonder why we thought bigger was better in the first place.
One example is the furniture by Resource Furniture, a company specializing in space-saving furniture. Check out the video to see how really awesome the furniture is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAa6bOWB8qY&feature=player_embedded. Living room end tables can be stacked to allow for more space and a dinner table’s size can be double in minutes. It’s amazing to see the furniture transform allowing a room to serve multiple functions. My favorite part is where every thing transforms into a bed.
And if you thought that was cool, check out this video that shows how a tiny apartment in China was designed to house 24 rooms! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9qnWg9kak&feature=related