At Dwell, we first explored the firm's space-saving work for our April 2009 issue. Our then-senior editor Geoff Manaugh penned a piece about the architects' House for a Teenager, in which they tucked all the "elements necessary for an autonomous life, including sleeping, living, studying, and washing" into barely more than 129 square feet of floor space. To do so, the firm employed its strategy of building "inhabitable furniture": stairs that also function as benches, walls into which cabinets are built in for storage, and so on.
The new design, the Grass Mirror, combines an indoor wall-mounted planter and the mirrorlike qualities of polished stainless steel, of which it's made. Each planter measures 43 inches in length, four inches in width, and four inches in height and can be stacked on another planter to create a wall as large as desired. The Grass Mirror is being produced by French company Edition Compagnie and is scheduled to debut at Maison & Objet in Paris in January.
When not writing, Miyoko Ohtake can be found cooking, training for her next marathon, and enjoying all that the City by the Bay and the great outdoors have to offer.