Tiny living #1

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While I think this is actually a neat way to live (if you can stand the bathroom in the kitchen, that is), I have one tiny and one major problem with this.

The tiny one: Aside from the bathroom in the kitchen, I have lived like this. Thousands of other people have and do. It’s hardly a sign of ingenuity, as is implied, and this video just smacks of a “look how awesome I am by taking up very little space in the most expensive manner possible!” attitude.

Which brings me to the major problem: This shit is expensive. As in, I’d say he easily spent 50, maybe 60k on this thing, maybe more, depending on the base cost of living space in that area of Barcelona. Buying the property, hiring the architect, the high-end furniture, this stuff adds up. This is hardly “modern modest”; it’s “I have lots of money and can afford to go great lengths to appear humble while losing none of the advantages of having lots of money”. It wouldn’t bug me so much if he’d just admit that, but he makes it seem like it’s THE ultimate way to live in a modern city. And the comments aren’t any better.Go on, try buying something similar, in a similar location, and having the same high-quality furniture and appliances he has. It won’t come cheap, I can guarantee you that, and those who would actually like to live in a smaller space (like me; 40-50m² is plenty of space for a single person, but all I see is 60m² and up) end up not being able to afford small places because most kinds of furniture you’d need to make them livable is freakishly expensive, and hiring an architect to make the most out of the space you have is an idea that sends regular people (and their bank accounts) into fits of laughter.

 

Point is, the idea that not everyone needs a gigantic apartment with seven rooms and a huge terrace to be happy is a good one. But as it is, small flats are nigh impossible to find, and those that are there are run-down caves or, like the one in the video afterwards, just as expensive as a place twice the size, so why bother. If we want to leave “bigger is better” behind, those who provide apartments for rent need to be the first to realise the potential, and act on it, in a manner that allows normal people to actually live this lifestyle, and not just the rich guys who want to seem like they do some good for society.

 

(Yeah, there’s a bitter undertone here, but I’ve had just about enough of the rich folks I see all around me always wanting more when there’s no possible way they still *need* it. There comes a point when you can’t spend the money anymore, and when people still decide “yeah, no, I’ll still lower my employees’ wages so I can have MOAR MONEY by the end of the year”, then I’m ready to kick your ass to Mars and back, asshole. Fine, my family isn’t in any financial trouble, either, but neither of us sees the point of breaking your back for money you don’t need, much less breaking other people’s backs. And as long as so very few people see that money doesn’t equal happiness, we as a society are headed South at full speed.)

 

-Ricarda

 

 

€dit: Now this one looks much more affordable. It says it’s some sort of weekend space or something like that, but it has a maximum amount of space used without the furniture being very expensive. In fact, most of it looks DIY. Put in a nice reading chair (that goes into the corner at night), a few shelves on the wall and a wall-fastened collapsible desk, and I’d go live there.

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