british architect and designer, sam jacob, has teamed up with MINI LIVING to create an ‘urban cabin’ during london’s design festival (LDF). the micro-dwelling serves as a research space for london’s relevant needs and various local identities.

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the modular structure was assembled in MINI LIVING’s studio
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equipped with a shared kitchen and micro-library, the miniature space designed by jacob is intended to foster communal exchanges. the shared kitchen symbolizes the importance of food markets in modern culture, while the micro-library alludes to the importance of preserving public spaces for people to read.

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the cabin is located at oxo tower wharf
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in an increasingly generic urbanized world, we can use design to turn spaces into useful and significant places for the city; places that offer specific local characteristics and functions to create a unique identity on various experiential layers,’ says oke hauser, creative lead of MINI LIVING.

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the reflective facade mirrors the surrounding architecture
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the design collaboration with jacob pays homage to london’s traditional geometric facades. built from a reflective surface covered with copper mesh, the cabin mirrors the rich contrasts of its london surroundings. ‘the aim is to open up the possibilities of design while also making reference to the world around us,’ says jacob.

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the micro-dwelling features a library and places for people to lounge
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the ‘urban cabin’ is presented at oxo tower wharf during the london design festival, an event that runs from september 16-24, 2017. oxo tower wharf will also host a variety of exhibitions and events as part of the bankside design district. home to 27 leading design studios and shops across the site, there will be a range of creative events including open studios, product launches, talks and workshops as well as a late night opening on wednesday, september 20th.

MINI LIVING sam jacob
the micro-dwelling addresses the need for recharging public spaces
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the library addresses the falling number of public libraries in the city
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the shared kitchen symbolizes the importance of food markets in modern culture
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the reflective material creates a new typology within the square
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MINI LIVING sam jacobs
‘the aim is to open up the possibilities of design while also making reference to the world around us’ says jacob
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MINI LIVING and sam jacob install 'urban cabin' during london design festival
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the shared kitchen invites visitors to share a meal or cook together
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MINI LIVING and sam jacob install 'urban cabin' during london design festival
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the small space was designed by british architect sam jacob
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
oxo tower wharf will also host a variety of exhibitions and events as part of the bankside design district
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MINI LIVING sam jacob
the cabin serves as an inviting space for visitors
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