Small Cool 2010: Ben's Creative Transformations

Tiny Division #13


Who Lives Here: Ben and his dog, Hinckley Location: Portland, Maine Size: 535 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? I like objects that are fun and playful. My kitchen counter, a piece of reclaimed bowling lane, is one of my favorites — it has divots in the wood where the bowling balls hit the floor. I love the creativity involved in transforming pieces that were designed for one use and 'repurposing' them into something new.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My biggest challenge, living in a 535 square feet space, is editing. Not displaying everything you have is key. Displaying too much can make a great space or a unique collection into ugly clutter. I have favorite pieces stored under the bed, up high in my one 'true' closet, at my girlfriend's apartment, etc. I think it's important to periodically walk around my space with the goal of taking things away for awhile; to de-clutter. I certainly make as many donations to Goodwill as I do purchases.

Resources - craigslist.com, past employers Angela Adams and Objet Insolite, thrift stores, flea markets, a secrete barn in Central Maine, Velocityartanddesign.com, etc.

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