The furniture has such appeal for open-plan loft dwellers that the Living Cube Furniture line was launched. Each "Living Cube" is a customized and unique piece.
Says Könneker, "I moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So I made a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for my vinyl collection, my TV, Clothes and Shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside the cube is a lot of storage space.
"Remo from www.holzlaborbern.ch transferred my sketches very beautifully.
"A house is not really flexible but we can re-think the space and furniture inside. I believe useful furniture must be adaptable to the needs of the user."
Manufacturing operations have recently been setup in both Europe and the U.S. with production of the Living Cube expected to start in early 2014. The highly customizable storage units will be shipped worldwide with higher-end, top-of-the-line systems fabricated on-site. www.livingcube-furniture.com
Seven carpenters have formed a cooperative union in shared space at Holzlaborbern, in Berne, Switzerland.
Building custom interiors, furniture and handling general carpentry, individuals handle their own accounts but also implement joint projects. Says Zimmerli: "It is important to us to make our carpentry space into a lively place where even passersby, friends, or people from the neighborhood come in for a coffee, looking for woodworking advice, or wanting to do carpentry.
"Our work covers a broad spectrum, aspiring to use wood as much as possible in its original form as solid wood, to process. It simply gives us the most pleasure, but this does not mean that we cannot handle other wood products or materials."