MINI LIVING – Built by All

May 2018

The Installation for Salone Del Mobile 2018


‘If the current trends continue, we will all be living an urban life by the end of the 21st century. Space is getting more expensive and the predominant mindset among the younger generations is driven by experience rather than ownership,’ says Nina Tolstrup, the founder of Studiomama. These words make even more sense in light of her studio’s collaboration with MINI LIVING, an initiative that resulted in Built by All, a conceptual structure for flexible co-living.

After introducing Studiomama and having a closer look at the concept behind MINI LIVING, we are now presenting the actual installation that was shown by MINI LIVING during Salone del Mobile 2018.

MINI LIVING and Studiomama developed an experience area, named Factory of Ideas, and an installation that showcased four example living space concepts along with public areas. Both are based on the concept of a self-contained micro-neighbourhood. The Factory of Ideas gave visitors the opportunity to create their own visions of living spaces with the help of models. Studiomama defined basic geometric shapes that could be adjusted and combined by residents to form their own geometry, based on the available space. Textiles and other tactile materials could be attached in order to increase or decrease the levels of transparency (and therefore privacy) that the constructions have.


Factory of Ideas

To illustrate how their modular system can support residents to address individual needs and wishes, the studio imagined four different fictional characters and created their living and working scenarios. One model showed the space of a scientific illustrator who had, next to a drawing desk, her own small greenhouse for the cactuses and plants that are her passion and a source of inspiration. While the concept of the installation minimised the private spaces, it also offered bigger communal spaces including a gym, kitchen, cinema and a garden. The communal areas cannot only become extensions of private spaces, they also have the crucial ability to nurture creativity, foster collaborations, and generate a strong sense of community.