cappello LED lamp: Image courtesy of molo The cappello LED lamp is one of the most unique energy-saving light fixtures that we've seen lately and exemplifies many of the qualities that we pursue in building laneway houses - small, beautiful, efficiently designed, aenvironment-friendly. Created by local Vancouver design studio, molo, the cappello lamp comes with a slightly unusual story. If you look closely at each lamp, the Carrara marble base comes scored with scratches which have been intentionally left intact. The marble is a direct extraction from the iconic Arco floor lamp designed by Castiglioni - each Arco lamp has a hole drilled into the side of its base so a broomstick handle can skewer it and two people holding the broom can move the heavy block around the home. Arco floor lamp: image courtesy of alphand-design.com The small marble cylinder created as a by-product of the process is then tranformed into the base for molo's capello lamp. Note the hole in the marble block from which the base of the capello lamp is created.
When we founded our company, our goal was to build small, beautiful homes. And at Smallworks, small and beautiful doesn’t mean cramped and beautiful. Building small gives us the opportunity to design smart solutions and create comfortable, practical spaces in a laneway house. If you want to get some ideas spinning in your head, read our top design tricks for maximizing space: 1) Utilizing “dead” space One of the most difficult parts to utilize in a laneway house is the oddly-shaped dead space under the stairs. Some of the solutions that we’ve hit upon is to build pull-out storage which is easily accessible, or to create a display and storage unit to organize the occupants’ entertainment needs. 2) Multifunctional and flexible pieces If you want to maximize space, you want units in a laneway house that do more than one thing. How about a kitchen island with storage that rolls around to different parts of the living area? A built-in desk that functions as a loft partition AND also stores a TV screen which operates on a hydraulic lift? 3) Small units Sometimes you have a corner which is too small for an average-sized [...]