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When we're looking for somewhere to stay, sometimes it needs to cater for both leisure and work. The Zoku Loft does just this. The rentable 25 sq m (269 sq ft) micro-apartment is a home-office hybrid that uses clever design to squeeze a host of features into its limited space, including a small kitchen, a recessed working area and slide in/out stairs to a screened loft.

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Space-saving designs were some of Gizmag's favorite picks during this year's Milan Design Week, which included transforming living spaces and multifunctional pieces by Italian company Clei. The established manufacturer has been creating innovative and transformable furniture designs since 1963 and its new collection is a great example of how inches become feet and vice versa.

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Whoever said "size doesn't matter" clearly wasn't an architect, because trying to fit an apartment into a 21 sq m (226 sq ft) room is no mean feat. That's exactly what Berlin-based architecture and design studio Spamroom has done through clever use of available vertical space and a multi-purpose central unit.

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Italian company Vado Libero recently launched a collection of innovative furniture pieces designed to compliment a cycling lifestyle. We checked out the collection during this year's Milan Design Week and it stood out by virtue of its practical design, craftsmanship and use of high quality materials. The collection includes three modules, which not only make storing a bike and its accessories easy, but also offer an aesthetic which transforms your bike into an interior show piece.

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A team of five mechanical engineering seniors has been tasked by NASA to design furniture suitable for use in future habitats on Mars, the Moon, or in space itself. The Lunar Lounger project aims to address the lack of available space and the low-gravity in such conditions, while ensuring the comfort of astronauts. Read More

French architect Richard Guilbault recently renovated a small apartment in Paris that measures just 30 sq m (322 sq ft) and offers a nice example of how much home can be fit into a relatively small space. 30m2 Flat in Paris makes up for its unimaginative name with an inspired interior design that includes moveable furniture, a folding bed, and a tiny bathroom. Read More
Italian furniture company Campeggi showcased some of its new and innovative designs during this year's Salone del Mobile and Gizmag was lucky enough to get a closer look. The company is well known for creating energetic designs that can be transformed and used for different purposes. Combined with bright colors, the Campeggi range avoids boredom and allows users to re-design their living space using the same piece of furniture over and over again. Read More
The Brody WorkLounge is an office micro-environment designed to help cut out distractions while offering a comfortable, secure space for achieving maximum concentration. The attractive cubicle design provides workers with everything they need in a visually appealing, convenient setup. Read More
Flatpack furniture is efficient to manufacture and inexpensive to transport, but it can also be a real hassle to put together. A collaboration between MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and Milan design firm Wood-Skin promises to make life easier in this regard with the Programmable Table: a small prototype table that can be easily moved from flatpack state to furniture, and back again, with a quick tug. Read More
Translating car design into furniture and other consumer goods is all the rage this month. For Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile), Mazda highlighted its Kodo Design language reincarnated as a sofa and bicycle. Ford got even more diverse, unleashing the styling of the all-new GT supercar on a varied selection of designs, from pieces of furniture, to a foosball table, to a sailboat, to a guitar. Read More
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