Designer: Feng Shui of Space flavor
Location: Oakland, California
The Cube was built by Feng Shui of Space Flavor in response to a lack of space in his classroom, which doubled as his living space. The Cube consists of a steel frame with plywood components prefabricated to fit through a standard three foot wide door. The whole cube, minus furniture, can be assembled on site within two days. Both the build and disassembly can be done with common power tools.
“Based on the Feng Shui principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), Ming’s essential personal activities of study, sleep, and meditation, are distilled into a compact, eight-foot cube. “
The Cube was built with true minimalistic design. The stair case doubles as a cabinet drawer for shoes, clothes, and other small items. Even the plywood is carefully chosen: consisting of Ash panels, the grain patterns on the wood add to the Cube’s design appeal. For separation of spaces without sacrificing natural light, Shui used translucent roller shades and frosted acrylic panels in place of some walls.
The Cube represents a bare essentials package in an appealing manner. I like the look and “curiosity” factor in the sense that the Cube draws people to it, in the same fashion kids are drawn to tree houses.