It seems like tiny house is no longer a fad.  At Dwell on design 2017, tiny spaces were everywhere. And whenever there were something tiny, there were people.  There is something fundamentally irresistible in things that are tiny.  You become curious and cannot help but peeking in to see what’s going on inside.

Small is intimate. Small is accessible and engaging.  Small is “apprehendable.” (Read more about the power of smallness in “Chapter 3: abundance by condensation“)

Why? Because it’s compatible with our body size.

Modern economy and technology has been all about defying our own vulnerability and limitations.  Architecture became large, hard and sturdy to protect our fragile body.  Technology produced various enormously complex systems – whether it’s manufacturing system, transportation system or legal/education system – to defy our uncertain destiny so as we could seek stability, affluence and happiness.

But as things have become larger, sophisticated, complex and highly technical, many of us must have started feeling disengaged, alienated, isolated and left behind.  And the feeling of detachment couldn’t be compensated by just acquiring whole bunch of “stuff” produced by such large, sophisticated systems.

It almost seems natural that many of us are “going back to the roots” – smallness. We are in the middle of re-discovering the things that are compatible with our own body size, senses and feelings.

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Tiny House by Kim Lewis

Kim Lewis’ bohemian-style tiny house “Joshua Tree” comes in two trailer-sized containers, one for kitchen-living, the other for bed-bath.  Connected L-shaped, it’s total 560 square feet – not so tiny – and is for “desert dwellers.”

Tiny house by Neolith

Neolith offers sintered stone that can be used for a variety of interior applications, from walls/floors to kitchen sink to table tops.  Because of the texture of the material, their tiny house looks sleek, modern and minimalist.

Dwell Prefab Palm Springs

Dwell x Turkel design debuted its three-bed room, 2,000 square feet new addition to Axiom series. It’s going to be built in Palm Springs, CA, by taking advantage of desert climate, dissolving inside and outside.

Autocamp

Located in Santa Barbara and Sonoma in CA, Autocamp offers “glamping.”  With tiny but classy Airstream campers, they completely flips the definition of “luxurious vacation.”

WEWORK

Devin VermeulenCreative Director at WeWork appeared at “The future of work” session. He said that office phone booths are high in demand.

Smartblock

Hailing from Finland, smartblock is the “most comfortable workplace cube in the world.”

Petaline

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