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Living Large in Small Spaces

By Handmade Charlotte |

andrea zittel living unit

For nearly two decades Andrea Zittel has been designing “living units,” which are basically room-sized steamer trunks that fold out to reveal all the necessities of modern life. Not only did she receive the Smithsonian’s Lucelia Artist Award in 2005, but the following year the world-renowned New Museum launched a full-scale retrospective for the artist.

Her work ranges from incredible stainless steel “escape vehicles” to miminalist, Donald Judd-like wooden pieces. Click through to view the collection!

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Living Large in Small Spaces

A-Z Comfort Unit I

Inspired by her small Brooklyn studio, Zittel designed this unit to allow all the functions of a typical home using limited space. The bed is enclosed in a cabinet with 4 carts to facilitate eating, working, grooming, and one left empty for other uses.

Visit Andrea Zittel’s website to view more of her work!


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For more from Rachel, check out her beautifully curated blog: Handmade Charlotte. You can also follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!

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About Handmade Charlotte


Handmade Charlotte

Rachel Faucett is the author of the well-loved DIY crafts blog Handmade Charlotte. When she's not working as a designer for major brands like Anthropologie, Coats & Clark, and Plaid Enterprises, you can find her crafting on her farm outside of Atlanta with her husband and five children. Read bio and latest posts → Read Rachel's latest posts →

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