LifeEdited: Graham Hill moved in!

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Heads up jovotans! It’s time for an update on the LifeEdited success story!

From October 2010 until January 2011 the LifeEdited projcet took place on jovoto. Graham Hill founder of Treehugger & initiator of LifeEdited, challenged the jovoto community with interior design ideas for his 39 sqm space in New York, remember? The apartment should be designed in a way that creates a freer and less complicated way of life, therefore drastically minimizing the environmental impact. This space also had to include a sit-down dinner for 12, space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy & a hideable kitchen.

A few weeks ago, in May 2012 Graham Hill could spend –  his first night sleep in his fully realized apartment space. And it was published in a 3 page spread in the New York Times newspaper!

The expert jury selected the idea ONE SIZE FITS ALL by architecture students Adrian Iancu and Catalin Sandu from Bucharest as the winning design. In May 2012, ONE SIZE FITS ALL was realized in cooperation with Catalin Sandu, Adrian Iancu and Graham Hill.

Cooperation from NYC to Bucharest

After the success of the first apartments Graham Hill is partnering with Catalin Sandu for further projects, including the planning of an even smaller apartment in New York and for the Zappo DOWNTOWN PROJECT in Las Vegas, where 400 LifeEdited apartments will be realized.

We talked with Catalin Sandu about the cooperation within the LifeEdited initiative and the most interessting aspects for him: “The most exciting part was definitely seeing the apartment get built and start looking more like the final version renderings. I think usually renderings look better than the final product but once the furniture pieces were assembled and in place, everybody was amazed that the apartment actually looks way better than the renderings. This is also my first built project so this aspect only adds to the excitement!”

Results of the project on jovoto.com

Within this project the jovoto community submitted a total of 298 entries with over 6,000 versions. The discussions under each submission, between the community and experts created more than 11,500 comments.

You can’t get enough? Take a look at the amazing results in this video and how the design accomplishes the brief and how to live with less! And don’t forget to read the articles in the New York Time as well as on Treehugger.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jess

Jess has been a Community Manager at jovoto since 2011. She enjoys getting to know community members from different parts of the globe, creating dialog and watching exciting ideas take shape on the platform.

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    Great, rly nice result and always a fan to see stuff realized for real!

    TRULY A SUPER GREAT NEWS!!! A INNOVATIVE AND VISIONARY PROJECT MADE AT JOVOTO!!!
    DEFINITELY CROWDSTORM ARE STEPS FORWARD!!! CONGRAAAAAAATS AGAIN TO OUR COMMUNITY MEMBER AND ALL OUR JOVOTANS TEAM!!! YEAH!!! JOVOTO ROCKS!!!
    🙂

    It’s really exciting to see a jovoto idea become a built design and read that from that initial project a further collaboration has been born. Great News : )

    Wow! really cool! Congrats with great realized project!

    Cool – congratz Catalin and Adrian! The result really looks even better and it´s great to hear that your collaboration goes on beyond jovoto. A nice side-effect that´s not to be sniffed at… 😉

    What an amazing success story. Congratz to Catalin and Adrian 🙂

    I was surprised to see that this project, which touts low impact, is using high impact formica cabinetry and furnishings and flooring materials. Why not use reclaimed wood from old NYC buildings to make the cabinets and flooring. It certainly would have reduced your impact and carbon footprint, not to mention produced a room that felt less like a hospital waiting room.

    there goes the neighborhood. property values will plummet.

    Thumbs up! Catalin and Adrian.

    Congrats Catalin and Adrian! I didn’t participate in the project ( I hadn’t joined Jovoto) but it seems it was very interesting. The video is very nice and it’s always exciting when you see design come to life. I hope we will see more of that here!

    Thanks everyone. It’s been an amazing experience.
    Jef, the cabinetry is made out of maple plywood and some of the doors are made from mdf with a low-voc satin finish. there is no melamine here. The floor is maple as well. As for the aesthetics, well I’m writing this from the apartment and it feels nothing like a hospital room 🙂
    Best,
    C

    Wow this is great!
    I think this makes a great feeling. 🙂
    You can be realy realy proud on you guys!
    Absolutely great work. Congratulations!
    :-))))))

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