The live-work concept began as a liberating idea, conjuring visions of warehouse lofts, minimalist studios, and freedom from the Man's watchful eye. But Greek designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL has a different take, one that rings far truer in our post-recession, micro-obsessed era.
Dubbed 1.6 SM of Life, Leivaditou's convertible desk-bed is perfect for that mid-range user who needs more than an Ostrich Pillow but less than a foldaway bed. In four easy steps, the desktop slides out and releases a side panel to reveal the pallet and pillow beneath, allowing you to stretch out in 17 square feet of total bliss.
Of course, traditional workspaces would just have a couch, but no, that takes up too much space! Forget those luxurious 100-square-foot prison-cell apartments—your dollhouse-size micro-life only has room for 17 square feet!
Leivaditou, an alum of Columbia University's GSAPP, got the idea from watching her classmates pull chairs together to catch a nap during all-nighters. She tells A' that the project responds to the hectic pace of work today. "[O]ur lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office," she says. "To get some rest during the day (or even during the night) is a luxury."
Fear not: Your new 1.6 SM of Life has a softer side, too. Wood slats at the footboard recall shutters for a domestic touch. There's even space for a monitor where the pillow goes, so you won't have to give up the experience of falling asleep at the keyboard.
All photos: Studio NL/Athanasia Leivaditou