Monday, June 5, 2017
Designer Line Kastberg is used to making every inch of a home work – with creative designs and well-thought out, space-saving storage solutions.
Line thinks differently than most of us. Her beautiful apartment with only two rooms, is shared with her husband and 6 month old baby and is only 69 m2. Living small has triggered her imagination to think and work in a different way and what their place lack in size it gains in crafty solutions and lots of charm.
Just as a close deadline can boost the creativity of some people, so can a small space when it comes to designing flexible and multi-functional products.
Line began as an intern for Done by Deer, where she was asked to design a new kind of activity gym for babies.
The Activity Gym received the prestigious Red Dot Award in 2016. It is flexible in design, with sand filled feet and can be placed almost anywhere you need it to be. An extremely clever idea, especially for small living.
Where space is tight, it is important to take advantage of every inch. The kitchen shelf holds a mix of both grown-up and Clara’s often used items, all easy to find and easy
The Done by Deer Play mat, is stored on the wall with a gold clip, easily brought from one room to another. Making sure everything has a prober place greatly reduces any clutter.
The grey wall makes a beautiful backdrop for a small space, accentuated with gold and a splash of yellow, a colour that pops up throughout the home. The dining nook holds a table that easily folds away and a small step ladder used for seating that also comes in handy for those hard to reach places.
Gold hooks hold an elephant printed bib and Line's own storage tube for teatowels. To continue the yellow splash of colour throughout the home, she even painted the hands inside the clock.
Making room for Clara’s bed in the bedroom was all about focusing on functionality and finding ways to easily access everyday items. Being the master of organisation and clever design, Line has designed and built several of the furnishings in the bedroom. Clara’s bed linen is the Grey Balloon & Happy Dots from the
Done by Deer collection.
She designed the ladder for hanging clothes and the laundry system in a way that makes it easy to grab and bring to the laundry room in the basement. While organising and sorting Clara can stay in her cot and play under the Activity gym. The dresser is an IKEA hack – a book case Line’s has rebuilt with drawers, because she needed more storage.
Small hallways can be difficult to make functional, but not impossible. There are lots of options to choose from and Line has created a well-organized hallway featuring clever storage solutions that are evident from the get go. Having a baby in a small apartment demands smart thinking and most of Line's designs are not just smart, but also multi-functional.
She created a clever storage with bookshelves on the inside of the closet door for storing shoes, as well as hanging the Cybex pram inside the closet – which can easily be clicked on and off.
For changing time, Line and her father build this foldable changing table, including built-in storage for diapers, etc. Keeping everything in one place where it is easy to reach, makes it perfect for small living.
The living room transitions from a practical play area when Clara is awake, giving her lots of space to move about, into a cozy living area for grown-ups to enjoy at night.
The couple have decorated their living room space with a mixture of old and retro furniture. Line likes to mix colours in a playful way and the yellow Panton lamp stands out beautifully on the dark wall that adds a dramatic effect and tastefully frames the two posters, purchased on the couple’s honeymoon.