In honor of Small Cool month here on Apartment Therapy, I have to give a shout out to one of the coolest small spaces I've ever seen — Liu Ming's 8-foot mobile living cube for work, sleep and meditation.
After making its way around the blogosphere earlier this year, and with a recent feature in The New York Times, Liu Ming's living cube lands smack dab where it belongs - here on Apartment Therapy, where we have a not-so-secret obsession with all things small space.
Located inside his 1,100 square-foot loft in Oakland, California, Mr. Liu's living cube was devised to separate his personal space from the part of his home where he also teaches Chinese medicine and Feng Shui. Designed by architecture firm SPACEFLAVOR, the cube is based on the Feng Shui concept of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open). The bi-level steel and plywood structure features a cozy bedroom and workspace, separated by a small shoji screen. Atop the unit sits a meditation and tea loft, which is accessible through a hidden staircase and allows Mr. Liu a bit of an escape from life below.
Keeping in line with the principles of Feng Shui, casters add to the functionality of the space by allowing the cube to be turned to face the sun or to simply move it aside as to make room for his students. The best part about the living cube, however, is its ingenious prefabricated design that can be dismantled to fit through any standard 3-foot door, so Mr. Liu can move it with him wherever he goes.