WORDS Annemarie Meintjes PHOTOS Marijke Willems
Living comfortably in a compact home is about maximising the space you have. A great way to accomplish this is with furniture items and storage pieces that do more than one job.
Trix, designed by Piero Lissoni for Kartell, is made up of three differently sized foam polyurethane cushions, which are connected by an elegant system of elastic bands that enable you to transform and adapt the sections to three different uses through easy rotation. Snap from an ottoman to a chaise to a comfortable bed for sleeping in no time. Plus, it all weighs in at just 13kg.
A sleek bistro table with a top that’s just 37 x 57cm in size, with hinged flaps on each side of the same measurements, Flap is a mini metal version of the classic drop-leaf table. Fold the sides down when you don’t need them, then flap them up to serve your guests. Designed by goldsmith turned furniture manufacturer Nadia Cerva of Iron Banister, it retails at R2 500.
OFF THE HOOK
The humble hook is not just for hanging hats, coats and scarves: hooks lift everything off the floor that shouldn’t be there.
You can even hang up your dining chairs, Shaker style, when the guests have gone home. Collect special shoppers and use them as storage pockets for stationery, catalogues and brochures. This multi-hook is R750 from Iron Banister.
Not enough hanging space in your (tiny) bedroom cupboard? Pick these sturdy hangers with linkable hooks and you can use the back of the door. They’re brilliantly budget-friendly too: these black Spaceo metal hangers with hooks cost just R69 for four at Leroy Merlin.