The topic of sustainable living is a very current one, especially if, like me, you live in a crowded city like London. I have always been fascinated by the concept of minimal living and keen to find out how it is possible to maximise our living space without impact on the urban footprint. Partnering with MINI has given me the opportunity to explore the topic more, as it was participating to the London Design Festival with its MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN.
MINI LIVING is a long-term research project by MINI which explores the future of urban habitats based on creative use of space through innovative design, wants to tackle this problem head-on. In an era of hyper-urbanisation and increasing pressure on housing supply in the inner city, its proposes turning the sharing economy into an architectural construct for an increasingly nomadic creative class. What really striked me about the URBAN CABIN was the kitchen. Which is a place where it is possible to see the cultural difference, that evolved around the importance of food markets- a London trait, in particular the table is designed to be extended to allow more people to gather around it and resemble a food market.
In London, MINI LIVING asked local designer to add the character of the city to the URBAN CABIN - the micro-library designed by Sam Jacobs is in response to public libraries being in decrease, on the outside the design is also reflecting the one of a library with shelves and the outside also resembles bookshelves, with different material being used, starting from very old to modern at the top to reflect the modern and new characters of London.
The library was filled with books about London history, culture and architecture and visitors were encouraged to bring a book to swap. I did and I can’t wait to start reading the book I picked, Brick Lane by Monica Ali.
It is too late to experience the MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN at the London Design Festival, but it will be at A/D/O in New York from 6th October.
Disclaimer: this post has been written in partnership with MINI, views are my own.