Normal Room

Normal Room

Jonathan B.
Oct 29, 2007

What is normal? The answer to that question depends on where you live. We found Normal Room via Dwell's blog and have been clicking away all day. For those of us who've gone green to live in smaller spaces, it's a great source for inspiration, as most of the world quite happily lives in fewer square feet than we "need" in the US.

We really liked this kitchen from the UK: simple and uncomplicated, with canisters neatly lining practical and minimal open shelves. We're even willing to give the plastic bags hanging from the door pull a pass, if that's what it takes to remember to reuse them.

What are your favorite rooms? A few of ours follow... plus, we revisit the great toilet paper debate!

• This is the classic super-elliptical table designed by Piet Hein. Its shape helps it fit into smaller spaces... and means that people sitting around the table end up quite close to one another.

&bull You don't actually need much stuff: this bedroom in Normandy, France, has the bare essentials, and if an air mattress works for you, that's one less mattress to landfill. (There's a particularly optimistic sentiment expressed in the caption - that green carpet was ruined by a flood, which revealed a beautiful floor underneath!)

• This is a full bathroom -- with toilet and shower -- in China. The caption reads "little but complete." Squat toilets are not legal under most US building codes, but they have the potential to save space and reduce toilet paper use. However, water use can be higher than a Western toilet as it's just a simple valve controlled by the user.

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