The experiment - Living in 22 square metres

Marie and Oliver get ready to move to the big city

Marie and Oliver have been a couple for seven years. Now they’re about to move from the country to Berlin. 33-year-old Marie received a job offer she could not turn down so the couple decided to take the opportunity to finally move in together. ‘Well, it’s been a bit of a running gag for our friends. We’ve known each other and been a couple for ages but we’ve never lived together,’ says Marie. ‘It never really mattered,’ explains Oliver, ‘but now we’ve decided to combine our two apartments and live together in rented accommodation in the big city about 200 kilometres (125 miles) away.’

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Less space than before

‘Of course, we’ll have less space to live in than we’ve had up till now. I’m a bit worried we won’t have enough storage for all our things in a tiny flat,’ says the employee of a scientific research institute, revealing her concerns about the move. ‘That’s why we’re so excited about the Blum experiment,’ she adds.

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Less space than before

‘Of course, we’ll have less space to live in than we’ve had up till now. I’m a bit worried we won’t have enough storage for all our things in a tiny flat,’ says the employee of a scientific research institute, revealing her concerns about the move. ‘That’s why we’re so excited about the Blum experiment,’ she adds.

‘22 square metres is about the size of a large living room.’

‘I just can’t imagine how you can fit everything into such a small space, not to mention a bathroom and kitchen with all the food, appliances, etc. But I’m looking forward to seeing the solutions,’ says IT specialist Oliver.

User requirements in compact spaces

Marie and Oliver meet Belinda Gasser from Blum’s Requirement Research Department. She is a member of the team that carries out kitchen surveys all over the world and is in charge of the experiment. ‘We investigate the needs of kitchen users in their own kitchens. The focus is always on finding out exactly what their workflows and requirements are. Of course, our findings can also be transferred to living areas throughout the home,’ says the expert, explaining her field of work. ‘What we want to know, for example, is which drawers are opened and how many times are they opened a day? How fast are doors and pull-outs closed? And how many kilogrammes of storage items are kept in the various cabinets?’

The experiment

‘The objective is to show how you can implement innovative living ideas and create as much storage space as possible in tiny living areas such as our 22-square-metre flat. But it’s also very important to feel at home. Our experiment gives the young couple the opportunity to explore solutions and try them out for themselves,’ says the passionate researcher.

Cameras captured Marie and Oliver’s experiences as they spent an entire afternoon in the micro apartment, discovering the following solutions.

Narrow cabinets

‘I was amazed by the incredible number of hidden storage ideas built into such a small space. I loved the small, narrow cabinets. I hadn’t expected anything like this,’ says Marie, giving us her impressions. SPACE TWIN, the practical solution with diagonally offset runners turns tiny spaces into valuable storage.

The perfect storage for everything

Sneakers fan Oliver was impressed by SPACE TOWER. ‘I was worried I’d have to part with some of my sneakers, but they’ll all fit nicely into the drawers which can be opened individually. What’s more, I can quickly grab any pair I like,’ enthuses the IT buff. The clever cabinet solution makes optimal use of the space available; it can serve as a shoe cabinet in the hallway or a larder unit in the kitchen.

Ceiling-high storage

The wall cabinets equipped with AVENTOS lift systems not only optimise space. Fronts glide up and out of the users’ way, providing full freedom of movement. Even heavy fronts are easy to open and close.

Hidden accessory - plinth solution

‘I’m quite small and have never been keen on wall cabinets because I always thought I wouldn’t be able to reach the items stored there. But the step with an integrated drawer is a brilliant solution,’ says Marie, describing her positive experience with SPACE STEP. In addition, the plinth solution utilises the wasted space behind cabinet toe kicks. And space is at a premium in Marie and Oliver’s new flat.

Extra under-sink space in bathrooms and kitchens

‘I was really surprised by the drawers under the wash basin. What a fantastic solution for under-sink cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms,’ says Oliver. The U-shaped pull-outs put the space to the left and right of the sink to the best possible use. ‘Combined with an integrated waste bin and stocked with cleaning essentials, the solution makes hygiene easy,’ adds the 31-year-old.

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Handle-less fronts open at a single touch

The couple quickly latched on to Blum’s motion technologies like SERVO-DRIVE and BLUMOTION. ‘I really like handle-less fronts - and when a sleek look is combined with electrical opening support and soft and effortless closing, well, I’m hooked,’ says Marie.

Tiny kitchen with a lot of storage space | Blum Inspirations
Handle-less fronts open at a single touch

The couple quickly latched on to Blum’s motion technologies like SERVO-DRIVE and BLUMOTION. ‘I really like handle-less fronts - and when a sleek look is combined with electrical opening support and soft and effortless closing, well, I’m hooked,’ says Marie.

‘That’s just what I want in our new flat.’

Small but smart

‘My highlight was definitely the kitchen and how the space available was put to the best possible use. Everything’s so nice and tidy. I could well imagine moving into a flat equipped like this in Neukölln,’ concludes Oliver. ‘Yeah, and I could even imagine moving in with Oliver,’ quips researcher Marie, who was a bit concerned at the start.

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