NEVER TOO SMALL 40sqm/430sqft Small Family Apartment - Rattan in Concrete Jungle

23 des 2020
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Within Hong Kong's typically cramped living spaces, Absence from Island has designed a transforming 40sqm home for a young family of three. Rattan in Concrete Jungle was converted from an aging 90’s apartment, to a neat, airy home. By moving doorways, as well as creating full height storage and furniture that folds away the most intrusive items, like the dining table. In turn creating more room for the baby to play, and parents to work. It’s namesake rattan covers obscure even more storage and provide a unique natural highlight to a home deep in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong. Designed by
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Creator: Colin Chee
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  • This is really cleverly done. Excellent work. One aspect I like is that while it's minimal, once it's full of kid stuff - toys, books, clothing - it won't look cluttered. A lot of clean modern design spaces look messed up when you actually use them and bring other items in. I think this will be very flexible and warm. (And the "2001 Space Odyssey" desk is freaky cool. The kid won't need it for years though.)

    Gregg SchroederGregg Schroeder19 klukkustundum síðan
  • Feels so claustrophobic

    Alex PAlex P2 dögum síðan
  • "We wanted to make the space safe for the baby" Also make dangerous-ass stairs leading to the baby's room. I really don't think it was necessary to lift child's room like that

    Alina SunnyAlina Sunny8 dögum síðan
  • Boooooooring

    WesterlingWesterling9 dögum síðan
  • The color feels tiring

    Emi PopescuEmi Popescu11 dögum síðan
  • Why is no one talking about the major flaw in the kids table? there is like a 1 meter area under the desk just empty. how can you sit there?! your feet will be literally floating. and also, the storage in the floor makes the room infelxible, because you can't place anything over it cuz otherwise you can't open the storage room. All the other stuff in this house is amazing but i just don't understand the baby room.

    J KJ K11 dögum síðan

    Brave SoulBrave Soul12 dögum síðan
  • the table THE HYDRAULIC TABLE that idea is the smartest idea I ever heard ... cause then the chair would just be the floor oh my god smarttt iq level 300000000

    Akio Si MasayukiAkio Si Masayuki12 dögum síðan
  • The vulgar ramie subsequently flower because men karyologically stop apropos a marked pocket. helpful, plain print

    glazerho mirabalglazerho mirabal12 dögum síðan
  • I like how much cleaner it looks in styling and materials... even the TV cabinet is made with the same 3 materials as the shared space. I barely noticed it.

    Mrs BMrs B13 dögum síðan
  • I feel so sorry for them to live in a sooooo small place. Never lived in so small place in my life XD

    Sunny SunSunny Sun13 dögum síðan
  • Very clever and well designed

    Jaggy NettlesJaggy Nettles13 dögum síðan
  • Perfect design! This is a VERY spacious unit for a family! 👍

    sunrayz81sunrayz8113 dögum síðan
  • Gorgeous, I love how you implemented floor storage in the child's bedroom. That was an excellent idea as well as the rising desk....Loved the main living space and all the storage...yup, a lot of room to roam I'd the apt. it is awesome!😁

    No OneNo One14 dögum síðan
  • I Might need to be featured on this channel soon.... Tran forking a 50sqm apt to a 3 bedroom one + living room/kitchen + bath/toilet and balcony lol. Murphy beds and all

    Vicente PallamareVicente Pallamare16 dögum síðan
  • This place feels claustrophobic with closed in small sections, all the same boring colour. 40sqm is not at all super small and could be designed with colour, light and more openness. Terrible city altogether, and now, with democracy practically dead, one more reason to leave.

    Grace WaszkiewiczGrace Waszkiewicz16 dögum síðan
  • I love this, I do wonder where they put their coats and shoes tho when entering the house?

    Anouk de JongeAnouk de Jonge16 dögum síðan
  • I really liked the pull out dining table. That kitchen seems too small to be practical. How would you even move in that space.

    Barbara HopeBarbara Hope18 dögum síðan
  • That kitchen is big as my closet. There is no way anyone can get creative in this teeny kitchen. I guess in HKG, you can get cheap food just about anywhere near a complex. All said, very clean and organized space.

    k suk su19 dögum síðan
  • I am IN LOVE WITH THE HYDRAULIC TABLE IDEA. Oooohh I can’t wait to have one of these in my room too 😍😍😍

    Sasha HoSasha Ho24 dögum síðan
  • simply amazing.

    Sara Vučić-ŠnepergerSara Vučić-Šneperger24 dögum síðan
  • This looks so frustrating....

    Gao GaoGao Gao25 dögum síðan
  • I really do appreciate what the designers did to this apartment, I've seen lots of video about the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, and this is the best thing I've seen so far. Thank you. 💕

    Joey SuJoey Su26 dögum síðan
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    Ryan HazerRyan Hazer27 dögum síðan
  • They kept repeating the baby,the definitely listened to the clients

    Wuraola OkesijiWuraola Okesiji27 dögum síðan
  • Don't need a TV these days.

    Trade HutTrade Hut27 dögum síðan
  • The idea to liberate space can be useful to larger apartments as well.

    Aranyak MaitraAranyak MaitraMánuði síðan
  • just owo

    nasrun hassannasrun hassanMánuði síðan
  • What about the floor under the desk?

    Pawless AnimalsPawless AnimalsMánuði síðan
  • 这俩营养不良的玩应~厌食症患者吗?

    真相TV真相TVMánuði síðan
  • Not the best one in my opionion it was way too many cabinets and closet spaces

    Kolby DaveKolby DaveMánuði síðan
  • all those little thoughts they've put into all the functions are amazing. the video get's better and better as it progresses.

    Buru LlwydBuru LlwydMánuði síðan
  • Too much "waiting room" vibe, although functional and serene. Add plush and comfort: bolsters, rich yet monochrome fabric, cushions that can be collapsed upon, seating for the floor.

    Marie BernierMarie BernierMánuði síðan
  • They were expecting a baby and your instinct was hard surfaces, sharp corners, and pop open (non-lockable) drawers....ummm okay.

    26Bluegb26BluegbMánuði síðan
  • My heart goes out to the struggles of your people.

    Sarah LeonSarah LeonMánuði síðan
  • I watched somewhere here that living small should be a choice; never a sacrifice. This is a testament to what smart, functional design can achieve without compromising the warmth it brings. Kudos to the team!

    youtubeguyyoutubeguyMánuði síðan
  • WOAO

    AlejandraAlejandraMánuði síðan
  • Young people won’t be able to afford a hydraulic table lmao

    grunchi de trapgrunchi de trapMánuði síðan
    • Don't be helpless! There are alternatives that electrically lift on Amazon, you might have to buy or build a surround to raise the floor to it's height.

      Marie BernierMarie BernierMánuði síðan
  • With The kitchen cabinets I intuitively did the same for my small kitchen and I have to say I do love my kitchen even it is tiny, credits to me, I did not know that!

    76 776 7Mánuði síðan
  • The most boring design featured in this series...

    heavenlymilanoheavenlymilanoMánuði síðan
  • love the rattan design! it makes the home very cozy. i would also want to incorporate rattan in my interior someday. since i live in the PH, i want to keep a lilttle bit of the culture inside my home with such a modern feel. amazing design!

    Kimberly Mae SpañaKimberly Mae SpañaMánuði síðan
  • I loved this space! The colours are so calm and warm for such a small space, and it's well-lit. The child's room was so thoughtful, and the desk---! wonderful. The kitchen is quite small and a bit clasutrophic for my taste, but the sleek look makes it better. Overall, very nice concept.

    Anri LinAnri LinMánuði síðan
  • It looks nice but I can't help but feel claustrophobic. Oh god

    origami_canoeorigami_canoeMánuði síðan
  • Such a clever, timeless design! It really impresses me how architects devise such smart solutions for spaces that would have surrendered to clutter for their small size. It's a lesson on how to live comfortably yet unpretentiously. Congrats!

    Manassés MartinsManassés MartinsMánuði síðan
  • Asmophere

    talkdatrutalkdatruMánuði síðan
  • I like these guys; great design.

    Tom HeaveyTom HeaveyMánuði síðan
  • Those marble steps to the room have too much sharp edges. Not sure they’re safe for children....

    Irang BakIrang BakMánuði síðan
  • Why this apartment looks much smaller than the other 40sqm projects on this channel?

    socalledsocalledMánuði síðan
  • The only roblem for me are the magnet balls which is not safe for children.

    RickyRickyMánuði síðan
  • this is such a beautiful design

    erikaerikaMánuði síðan
  • I would be sick of seeing all that wood and ratan everywhere

    nikkhalianikkhaliaMánuði síðan
  • If there are any of these episodes featured in the United States, can someone drop the link below please!

    nikkhalianikkhaliaMánuði síðan
  • They did a lot of thinking. And the execution is spot on ! lot of forward thinking too !

    Amine BenbouzidAmine BenbouzidMánuði síðan
  • How to get info about the interior designer? Do you have network in Indonesia?

    Ng jia hao _Ng jia hao _Mánuði síðan
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    이승원이승원2 mánuðum síðan
  • like living in a box.. i dont like it

    Jennifer SwartzJennifer Swartz2 mánuðum síðan
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    yeezsleez manualgangyeezsleez manualgang2 mánuðum síðan
  • fantastic

    Jovana world_and_allthatjazzJovana world_and_allthatjazz2 mánuðum síðan
  • Good job nobita and shezuka

    Jagpreet SinghJagpreet Singh2 mánuðum síðan
  • The most expensive 40sqm apartment ive ever seen. Tons of marble and expensive wood and smart cabinet solutions which are custom made. Looks amzing tho, so jealous!

    zionxxxzionxxx2 mánuðum síðan
  • Just fantastic! Food for thought!

    Flávia P.Flávia P.2 mánuðum síðan
  • Great design. Lovely materials used. Very professional finish. Looks fantastic. Congratulations. Every happiness to the family who lives there.

    Jane JarveJane Jarve2 mánuðum síðan
  • This space is kind of average in my city.. not that small

    Brenda GuzovskyBrenda Guzovsky2 mánuðum síðan
  • This is an amazing apartment. It could fit a family of four. The extra bedroom is very versatile, I love the way it uses the wall hight by having tons of floor storage. I also love that they kept the kitchen and bathroom at a minimal size to maximize space in the living area.

    Teddy 97Teddy 972 mánuðum síðan
  • A brilliant design, such clever use of space.

    Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy2 mánuðum síðan
  • The colored stool used for dining are so elegant ! Anybody knows who designed them ?

    Jeremy GaulinJeremy Gaulin2 mánuðum síðan
  • I love everything except the hydraulic desk.

    Pastel CloudsPastel Clouds2 mánuðum síðan
  • The best one!!

    Tania ReyesTania Reyes2 mánuðum síðan
  • how much does the expenses cost?

    ka chun leeka chun lee2 mánuðum síðan
  • These materials and textures really shine. Makes all the western plywood boxes look amateurish and DIY.

    CandymanDanCandymanDan2 mánuðum síðan
  • This was really veey smart. I appreciate their work.

    Sumaiya TahsinSumaiya Tahsin2 mánuðum síðan
  • How bot the cost?

    Andre Kurnia PutraAndre Kurnia Putra2 mánuðum síðan
  • amazing

    Mayra BrisenoMayra Briseno2 mánuðum síðan
  • Very nice but isn’t very expensive to achieve this kind of decorations?

    Rafah sharbaRafah sharba2 mánuðum síðan
  • 0:28 his wife smiles like Chandler M. Bing .😂

    Rrr SsRrr Ss2 mánuðum síðan
  • Love the idea.

    Sayantika ChowdhurySayantika Chowdhury2 mánuðum síðan
  • See this is how I want my house designed I just don’t know who to talk to or how to start the process but I love the simplicity and minimalistic look and everything is practical. I like entering a space having little to no visual noise it makes me nervous if there is just stuff every where

    Lightning GamerLightning Gamer2 mánuðum síðan
    • You yourself can accomplish this by buying inexpensive IKEA wardrobes and painting them in the same color as the room that they're in. Even simply designed pieces like chests of drawers can look smooth and custom if the finish is similar. Buy 2 cans of the same interior paint and keep extra for wall or furniture touch ups, finish the furniture with a matte clear top coat.

      Marie BernierMarie BernierMánuði síðan
  • Why is there cameras hanging from the ceilings in all the rooms??????

    Ric OwensRic Owens2 mánuðum síðan
    • I believe the client has put them in for monitoring the baby.

      Absence from islandAbsence from island2 mánuðum síðan
  • Now I feel like washing machine should be in kitchen 😅

    Aman KumarAman Kumar2 mánuðum síðan
  • This is incredible, thoughtful design. The amount of storage is amazing. Love the window seat, dining table. Actually, I love everything. Really creative solutions.

    pegolasgreenleafpegolasgreenleaf2 mánuðum síðan
  • It’s beautiful..but all the sharp corners are not baby friendly...esp the sharp corner at the steps

    Melody ChungMelody Chung2 mánuðum síðan
  • Simply AMAZING ! Love this ...

    crazywisdom2crazywisdom22 mánuðum síðan
  • Wow.

    J PJ P2 mánuðum síðan
  • Love this one. The windows terrify me knowing that a toddler will be living there.

    Second ActSecond Act2 mánuðum síðan
  • Their kids will grow up having no place to hide from their parent anger. poor them

    Kuro MatsujiKuro Matsuji2 mánuðum síðan
  • How do you sit at the study desk? Do you sit on the floor with your legs in the hole and have to lean forward because no seat extending under the tabletop? Or have a chair with long front legs that descend into the hole?

    saudade7saudade72 mánuðum síðan
  • That's a pretty nice design in every aspect but one: the hydraulic desk is dangerous, especially for kids, how are they supposed to sit if there is an empty space when the desk rises? Or even they can hurt themselves if they fall while getting up. Unless there is a second wooden plank that replaces the floor, in wich case it would have been nice to show it fully opened in the video.

    Rafa JoyRafa Joy2 mánuðum síðan
    • @kismet_ oh that's true I forgot about that fact👏🏻👏🏻

      Rafa JoyRafa Joy2 mánuðum síðan
    • In Asia, we often sit on pillows so it’s easy to just put one in front of the desk facing the window. No need for a chair. The parents can remove the remote if the child is not old enough. But they said in the video it’s for when the child is older or l suppose the parents could use it now too. It’s good planning ahead.

      kismet_kismet_2 mánuðum síðan
  • I keep hearing tiwi.

    Kesiena MudiagaKesiena Mudiaga2 mánuðum síðan
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    Johnson RobertoJohnson Roberto2 mánuðum síðan
  • Questions: 1. How did the fridge get into the kitchen from the small door? 😅 2. Why cctv in all room?

    Rohan UrkudeRohan Urkude2 mánuðum síðan
    • 1. Maybe the wall behind the mirror is detachable? 2. They have a baby

      kismet_kismet_2 mánuðum síðan
  • Probably one should not live in Hong Kong!

    Alan mltAlan mlt2 mánuðum síðan
  • Our flat has 68 square meters and it is good size for family of 3. We have too much stuff tho. Must look into some minimalism 🤔 for inspiration.

    Your stolen parachuteYour stolen parachute2 mánuðum síðan
  • OMG 3 people. I would move. Better cost of living & more space and nature.

    Yoga Bliss DanceYoga Bliss Dance2 mánuðum síðan
    • HK is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. There’s nowhere else to move unless you want to move to China 😄

      kismet_kismet_2 mánuðum síðan
  • the only thing I would add is a rug in the living space to make it cozier!

    Krista WiegandKrista Wiegand2 mánuðum síðan
  • I just watch all these amazing apartments and think, how much do they cost to make it so nice like that?! Can someone tell me?

    ImGlad imYellowImGlad imYellow2 mánuðum síðan
  • We live in 40 sqm with 2 kids, but we have open space, studio, we have big dining table, bar, etc but unfortunately no isolated rooms, luckily kids are small, and we are shifting to 60sqm soon

    Georgy KoychevGeorgy Koychev2 mánuðum síðan
  • this is amazing! I'm speechless, one of the most clever designs so far. I was mesmerised by the desk in the kids bedroom, I would have loved to have that as a young girl! (i don't know way ahah but I love it)

    CamiCami2 mánuðum síðan
  • Impressive British-like accent 😂

    BC ABC A2 mánuðum síðan
  • I was halfway through the video before I realised that she was saying "TV". I thought "Té-oui" was some architectural term with which I was again very much unfamiliar. No. Wasn't me this time.

    Anthony StewartAnthony Stewart2 mánuðum síðan
  • So proud to see Hong Kong design featured!

    kelvin Wc Lamkelvin Wc Lam2 mánuðum síðan