Small spaces seem to be the big thing these days. As baby-boomers seek simplicity in smaller, uncluttered spaces, and young up-and-comers seek affordable living in minimalist condos and lofts, small spaces have become the new trend in homes. Julia West, owner of the design studio Julia West Home, tackles small space living with simple suggestions for helping you make the most of the room that you have. We sat down with her and got the following helpful tips:
Q: Is the furniture you design for small spaces part of a larger trend?
A: Yes, and I believe that this is a trend that is growing fast and will continue to grow. Smaller spaces in new and existing housing are a part of the reason for the trend as are the significant number of people downsizing. The latter are principally the beginning of a baby-boomer move toward retirement and are an interesting case in point for me because they are experienced users and buyers of furniture and have exacting standards both as to design and quality.
I believe strongly that furniture should earn its keep by justifying the use of a scarce resource, by offering the widest possible range of uses and also by having the satisfying appeal that’s the reward of attractive design and clever function. Such a reward is enjoyed by consumer, maker and designer alike.