When David and Jeanette Reiss-Andersen, cofounders of the Oslo-based tiny home company Norske Mikrohus, set to work on their most recent project, their goal was to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to the standard-size home. "We wanted to create something for people looking for a way out of the rental and mortgage markets—something for those who want easy access to nature and to live with fewer possessions," David says. The result is Tind—a wood-wrapped house on wheels that measures 70 square feet and starts at $90K.
In imagining Tind, Jeanette, the company’s lead designer, knew she wanted both the exterior and the interior to be sheathed in wood. "We wanted the model to have a modern, natural feel," she says. "It’s in contrast to Vilde, our more classic model."
Clad in Norwegian spruce on the exterior and birch veneer on the interior, Tind is as practical as it is elegantly understated. Black aluminum window frames offset the pale tone of the spruce and create an aesthetic that’s both warm and elegant.
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Inside, the oiled birch veneer walls and ceiling practically glow, highlighting the subtle pattern of the wood grain. "The floor is ash," David says. "We wanted the warmth of the wood to be the dominant element for the interior."
The couple opted for wood cabinetry fronts without trim or decorative elements, and they employed doors and windows without frames. "It’s minimalistic," David explains. "We wanted this model to patina with use. Any scratches on the walls will not leave a mark in the same way they would on a painted wall. It’s a small space, so people get closer to the walls, making them easier to mark."
Tind also features a skylight, automated drapes, a washing machine, and a walk-in closet. "After we created Vilde, we had a lot of requests for a tiny home with a skylight from clients," David says. "And a walk-in closet in a tiny house is just cool. It has almost exactly the same amount of storage as the storage space under the stairs in Vilde."
Devising a tiny home on wheels was of the utmost importance to the Reiss-Andersens, who want to inspire a new way of living. "Our houses are complete units with room for every necessary household item, but they’re flexible and mobile," David says. "You can move them around as you choose—as year-round homes or as a getaway cabins. The idea is to have the freedom to live where you want, and the ability to take your tiny home wherever life takes you."
The couple is facilitating not only freedom, but a way for people to live in nature without interference. "The use of local Norwegian materials is important, and we have technical features like gas, solar panels, and even a Norwegian combustion toilet for higher sustainability. Our homes leave almost no ecological footprint and because they’re affordable—they make housing available for environmentally conscious people who want to live sustainably, or who don’t have the equity to buy a traditional house."
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