We somehow missed this gem of a spotlight over at NYTimes.com Home & Garden section, showcasing a feng shui teacher's plug-in live and work plywood cube which resides inside the confines of a larger loft. What's fascinating besides the space-within-a-space concept is the various utilities designed into such a small space, with hidden storage and a built-in electrical system for the serene. At night the whole setup glows like a giant Japanese lantern, perfectly complementing the owner's Buddhist lifestyle.
There are electrical outlets for lamps in the sleeping compartment, an overhead light in the study area, and outlets for plugging in an electric teakettle in the meditation space and tearoom on top of the cube. When Mr. Liu ascends the staircase, he can stash his shoes in a hidden compartment in the stairs.
- A Feng Shui Cube Brings Intimacy to a Loft
- Joyce Wadler
Lessons from the Feng Shui Cube for small home offices:
- Plan a space for everything, but do not try to bring everything into your space. A monk attains peace letting things go…you can do this on a small scale, especially in your work area.
- Use sheer fabrics: they reduce glare, yet bring in natural light. Also fabric partitions are great for separating live and work areas from one another.
- Think high and low: position furniture lower to the ground and look up on the wall or ceiling for storage opportunities.
- Go wireless when possible and choose furniture, lighting and computer components/ccessories that can easily be moved and reconfigured.
Images: Joe Fletcher for The New York Times