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"Flying table" gives micro apartment more living space between meals

"Flying table" gives micro apa...
The "flying table" can be raised using pulleys between meals, and lowered for dinner
The "flying table" can be raised using pulleys between meals, and lowered for dinner
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The architects came up with an interesting way to save space and boost the livability of the interior floor-plan
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The architects came up with an interesting way to save space and boost the livability of the interior floor-plan
The architects installed a white dining table with a pulley system, allowing it to be lifted up towards the ceiling when not in use
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The architects installed a white dining table with a pulley system, allowing it to be lifted up towards the ceiling when not in use
The flying table takes advantage of the apartment's double height ceilings
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The flying table takes advantage of the apartment's double height ceilings
The dining table features a semi-transparent honeycomb top, which allows diffused light to filter down into the living area
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The dining table features a semi-transparent honeycomb top, which allows diffused light to filter down into the living area
Bathrrom originally designed by French architect Charlotte Perriand in the 1960s
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Bathrrom originally designed by French architect Charlotte Perriand in the 1960s
The pulley system allows the table to be lifted up towards the ceiling when not in use
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The pulley system allows the table to be lifted up towards the ceiling when not in use
Table boasts a semi-transparent honeycomb top
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Table boasts a semi-transparent honeycomb top
Coudamy sought to preserve the retro interior design, while enhancing the 19-sq-m (205-sq-ft) apartment with some fresh space-saving upgrades
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Coudamy sought to preserve the retro interior design, while enhancing the 19-sq-m (205-sq-ft) apartment with some fresh space-saving upgrades
The flying table boosts the interior living spaces and enhances the guests overall stay
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The flying table boosts the interior living spaces and enhances the guests overall stay
The elevated mezzanine level has been enhanced to include a hidden double bed and refurbished original single bunk beds
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The elevated mezzanine level has been enhanced to include a hidden double bed and refurbished original single bunk beds
Draw curtains provide simple privacy for the bunk beds
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Draw curtains provide simple privacy for the bunk beds
The "flying table" can be raised using pulleys between meals, and lowered for dinner
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The "flying table" can be raised using pulleys between meals, and lowered for dinner
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French design studio Coudamy Architectures has recently transformed a micro apartment at the Les Arcs 1800 Ski resort in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France, with innovative space-saving techniques. Originally designed by French architect Charlotte Perriand in the 1960s, the Coudamy studio sought to preserve the retro interior design, while enhancing the 19-sq-m (205-sq-ft) apartment with some fresh space-saving upgrades.

The architects came up with an interesting way to save space and boost the livability of the interior floor-plan, by installing a "flying table." Taking advantage of the apartment's double height ceilings, a white dining table with a pulley system was installed, allowing it to be lifted up towards the ceiling when not in use.

The architects came up with an interesting way to save space and boost the livability of the interior floor-plan
The architects came up with an interesting way to save space and boost the livability of the interior floor-plan

The dining table also features a semi-transparent honeycomb top, which allows diffused light to filter down into the living area when the table is raised. And when needed for dinner, it can simply be drawn down, quickly transforming the living space into a dining room.

“The studio invented a radical intervention with the creation of a removable table,” says Coudamy Architectures. “All the original layouts have been carefully preserved, with a new design furniture to provide more storage and versatility of the 19-sq-m studio.”

The rest of the apartment boasts an original 1960s wooden kitchen; bathroom and built-in sofa. Refurbished elements of the home include the modern built-in wall shelving and storage space located in the living area. The elevated mezzanine level has been enhanced to include a hidden double bed; refurbished original single bunk beds; and custom built storage unit.

The elevated mezzanine level has been enhanced to include a hidden double bed and refurbished original single bunk beds
The elevated mezzanine level has been enhanced to include a hidden double bed and refurbished original single bunk beds

Overall this micro apartment has been upgraded with bright and fresh space-saving elements, boosting the interior living spaces and enhancing the guests overall stay.

“The pure and geometric design offers a sober aesthetic and creates a bold dialogue with the late Charlotte Perriand original drawing,” says the studio.

Source: Coudamy Architectures via Designboom

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paul314
So it's like a fold-away table, only with carabiners? Really nice idea, but if this counts as "radical"...

Btw, 19 square meters is 200-plus square feet, or about the size of a typical studio apartment. Not exactly micro. With mezzanine, somewhere over 300. Anyone who has lived in a city won't be surprised that you can get along pretty nicely in that.