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Central cube sets Paris micro-flat into work/living/rest modes

To create more functionality in a 16-square-meter (172-square-foot) Paris apartment, designers Elisa Nobile and Enrico Bona created a custom cabinet containing two beds, a desk, a kitchen and a bathroom with an unfolding shower.

The furniture cube leaves more than half the space clear so it can be used as a rotating bedroom, dining room or home office: a secondary table descends from an adjacent wall offering space for the owner’s model-making interests.

The designers (EDB Studio) wanted the cube’s multifunctionality to remain hidden so they avoided handles, instead relying on a push/pull system to unfold furniture or open cabinets. To prevent fingerprints on the white cabinets, they used a nano-tech material called Fenix which if scratched can be repaired by applying heat.

Located in Paris’ fashionable Marais district- for centuries home to French royalty- the apartment features the limestone walls typical of the neighborhood (which the designers uncovered) and an exposed wooden-beamed ceiling.