The Union of Form & Function
Currently the average new home in the USA will be 2500 square feet and growing bigger by the year. To cut 90% of that out and create a livable tiny home is a true challenge but so rewarding. I’m daily inspired and encouraged by the creative and innovative solutions I see popping up all over the internet. My missions not to just create sterile utilitarian spaces that function well but to continually inject every form with beauty, depth and harmony. Frank Lloyd Wright said “Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
That’s my goal- to create spaces that function well intuitively while at the same time possess a timeless beauty & refinement. I’ve found the most beautiful materials are rarely going to be cookie cutter uniform and not found at your local big box store. The most exceptional materials I’ve found to work with are usually found in a salvage yard off the beaten path, in remodeling a vintage house, etc. Usually the best and most substantial materials are heavy in weight. This poses a direct challenge to building a movable structure on wheels where weight is a major consideration. Through creative problem solving along with a laser like focus on weight reduction all around you can make it work.
In this picture you see the manifestation of this mentality- the ladder is somewhat of a natural art piece hanging on the wall but is very lightweight and eager to serve its purpose in getting you up to the loft. The kitchen countertops are truly beautiful while serving as a meal prep area but also seating for 4. The couch is full size and very comfortable yet can be folded into a bed in seconds. The slatted cabinet doors serve to provide some amount of privacy to obscure your dishes but aren’t too heavy in weight or design. The gradual step up of the bottom of the cabinets serves to lessen the visual weightiness of the cabinets and allow proper headroom when accessing the bench seating. Anyways, I’m rambling now but that's a glimpse into the design philosophy and considerations in building tiny. Onward and Upward, Matt