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YO! Home: Genius Multi-functional Studio House

This is the modern and multi-functional YO! Home which features sliding walls and a bed that hides in the ceiling when not in use.

Pretty cool, right? It offers us all of the amenities of a larger home in a studio space which ultimately means you can pay less rent and enjoy more house.

The YO! Home includes a bed that lifts up into the ceiling when not in use so that you can comfortably enjoy the large oversized couches that are hidden underneath.

But that’s not all! The design includes a dining table that pops out of the floor, built-in floor storage, a sleek kitchen that hides when not in use, and more! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

YO! Home: Genius Multi-functional Studio House

YO! Home: Genius Multi-functional Studio House

Images © YO! Home

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Images © YO! Home

Learn more: http://yo.co.uk/home/

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  • Deadrock September 13, 2015, 11:34 am

    Went to the website, and what they’re doing is really interesting. I hope they can make it commercially available, as they’re hoping. Whether it’s affordable remains to be seen. But it’s very cool, and the space is relaxing and very open, thanks to their “hide-away” concepts. However, the ideas as shown would really only work in an apartment setting, as they are planning – trying to incorporate it into a small house would, I suspect, shoot the price into the stratosphere, with all the extra above and below space needed and the hydraulics and whatnot. A modified version of some of what they’re doing can be (and has been) done in small and tiny homes though, like the hidden kitchen and the bed stored at the ceiling. I love the clean, minimal and modern aesthetic they’ve got going on here.

    Still need a clothes closet though. So call me a girl.

    • MareM September 13, 2015, 5:41 pm

      Deadrock, you are a hoot! I literally LOLed. Please keep posting.

      • Deadrock September 13, 2015, 5:57 pm

        Will dew, MareM. Made a body LOL? My day is complete.

    • Michael L February 20, 2016, 7:26 pm

      I so agree…. Closets are a guy’s best friend! Just because I’ve decided to join “The Movement” doesn’t mean I’m divesting myself of everything!

      I really like the simple lines in this unit. And the bed idea is great. I could easily see incorporating some of the style and features into a tiny house.

  • Helen bane September 13, 2015, 12:32 pm

    this is the best and cleverest idea I’ve seen to date !! Love it. What would be the cost ?

    • Varenije September 13, 2015, 7:58 pm

      As my mom used to say, “If you have to ask then you can’t afford it.”

  • comet September 13, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Cute but the thought of trying to climb into a pit to eat—no! And it is the ultimate in de-personalization; not one ornament or sentimental item has any place to go. This would appeal to those minimalists who don’t actually own anything but I am not one of them. That comfy chair that you inherited from Granny? Must get tossed as there is no room for such things in THIS rigid design. A painting? Nope. A vase of flowers? Only if you give up everything that shows your personality and stash everything ELSE in the (admittedly) spacious storage units-and who really WANTS to eat on a part of the flooring? —

    • Deadrock September 13, 2015, 3:46 pm

      The table is NOT part of the floor, actually – the back of the benches, when folded down, make the floor. The table is stashed underneath, and the surface of the table stays perfectly clean.

      As for personalization, you must have a little imagination! Paint it whatever you want, use whatever fabrics you prefer, hang mobiles from the ceiling, put pictures up on those surfaces that aren’t moveable! How about planters? Giant vinyl stickers on the sliding doors? Heck, put a life sized Fathead sports sticker on the underside of the bed if you want! This interior, as shown, is just a prototype of something they’re hoping to create on a larger scale someday – it’s staged to show off the sizes, proportions, and gadgetry. Your cabinets could be another color, you could put down rugs…give these guys a break. They’ve done a great job to create a wonderful space for a tiny studio apartment.

    • Janie September 13, 2015, 11:35 pm

      Comet – one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago has sunken seating like this apartment. The first time I saw it, I thought it was very weird and I was skeptical, but, it’s quite fun and a very unique perspective on the world….!!!

      • Sally September 14, 2015, 8:36 am

        If you had read previous posts, Comet does not suffer from a lack of imagination. Comet and many of us older and/or disabled people have to look at practicality, meaning level surfaces and no sharp edges. Comet has had several physical life-altering issues which would make sunken seating inaccessible. Diabetics and people with thin or easily bruised skin DO have to watch out for sharp-edged furniture and its placement.
        As for all those stickers suggestions (??), I think this apartment is a bit too expensive for frat brother decor. But to each their own.

        • Janie September 14, 2015, 1:55 pm

          Sally Thank you for your rude and completely unnecessary commentary. I merely told about a fun experience I had with that kind of seating and you made it sound like I’d insulted him, the elderly, and the handicapped all in one breath. Then you went on to insult the person who made the other comments about decorating too. Chill out.

        • Sally September 14, 2015, 6:52 pm

          Janie, please feel free to feel victimized over my previous comments, which were not addressed to you in the first place. Taking offense is a national pastime these days. I just find it amazing how posters tell strangers to cheer up without having a clue how the person lives, then get pissy when someone calls them on their condescending or in this case uniformed remarks. Never fails to get an indignant “Oh, that’s not what I meant.” Sure it is.

    • Eric February 20, 2016, 5:18 am

      It’s not the getting down into the table pit (well that’s what it looks like to me) but the getting out afterwards. And, if you’ve ever seen me eat (good chance you haven’t) you’d understand that is half the problem. No, it is ALL the problem.

      Interesting concepts but not in production. Yet anyway. And probably not practical for THOW type residences. That pit in the floor takes up so much space that it’d probably be ripped out on the first off motorway road you’d come across.

  • Brian September 13, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Firstly what a great studio with some super features and and very large “?” to the other comments. One thinks its towable and one wants it to be decorated with personal items. How very strange.

    • Brian September 13, 2015, 2:04 pm

      Sorry folks but I have always tried to be positive when making comments on these pages. I’m finding it difficult maintaining this regime. Thanks for sharing and cheers from Australia

    • Deadrock September 13, 2015, 3:48 pm

      Wait…somebody thought this apartment was towable? Did that comment get deleted?

  • alice h September 13, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Interesting, and sure to suit a lot of people. It would be fairly easy to put your own personal stamp on it in a variety of ways. For my purposes, after living in a lot of different small spaces, there are certain functions that I prefer to have always available. Table space for at least one or two people that remains always accessible is one. Dining for extra people can be more convoluted, like this smart floor model. I also need a space to flop out full length for a nap at any time so the couch area would work for that but I’d much rather have more open floor space to play with than a permanent arrangement for lots of guests. I’d probably have a daybed and not bother with that overhead bed but it’s handy if needed. The thing that would really drive me bonkers though is the lack of windows. Even as an apartment it should have some windows to the outside world, maybe even a tiny outdoor space. There is a drawing on their site that shows what looks like a large window wall but it doesn’t seem to be in evidence anywhere else.

  • MareM September 13, 2015, 5:50 pm

    I am no minimalist, but I love this. It’s like a Swiss Army knife. My favorite detail is the curved back on the dining bench, conforming to the spine.

  • Deadrock September 13, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Seen a couple of comments now about lack of windows – there is a complete floor-to-ceiling window wall on one end that isn’t shown in these pix, but the builder assures us on the website that it exists. Remember these are supposed to be micro studio apartments, not tiny homes! I guess the idea is they are all going to be facing outwards, and everyone living in one will have lots of light coming in (at least on sunny days).

  • Rainie September 13, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Awesome concept! Perfect use of space. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Chris September 13, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Cool concept, but in my neck of the woods (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), building code requires bedrooms to have a window for emergency egress. That wouldn’t apply to a THOW but something tells me this baby’s got a foundation ☺

  • Chel September 14, 2015, 7:53 am

    There’s a lot to like about this concept. I would make some changes though. If the bed platform was made smaller then the seating area underneath it would shrink. For a maximum of two people living in this space, that would not be a problem. The floor space freed up from this could accommodate a permanent table/desk where work could be left out overnight. The coffee table could also be one of those height adjustable gizmos to allow for more relaxed dining – those bench seats in the sunken dining area would become uncomfortable for many over a couple of hours. The bed, and dining, as they exist are only for the more nimble. Also, as many have pointed out more windows – moving the bed/seating to the window end using a smaller area, leaving room for a desk looking out of the window wall would be much more appealing. In my not so humble opinion.

    • Sally September 14, 2015, 9:29 am

      I agree on all points, Chel. Where does company adjourn to when one spouse wants to retire and lower the bed? Not to mention how you get into the bed in the first place with the multi-level approach. Or more importantly, how do you get it out of it when you’re in a hurry? I love the ceiling idea, I would just like to see the bed NOT the focal point when it’s lowered so that others can still use some of the space without the bed being Right There.

  • Glema September 15, 2015, 4:01 am

    What a great idea for those who can’t get up to the loft to go to bed. Just drop the loft where you can reach it! 🙂 That’s great, maybe over the living area of the Tiny House rather than over the kitchen/bath area? hmm the possibilities hehehe. God bless and Happy trails!

  • kristina nadreau May 23, 2016, 3:02 pm

    a pig in lipstick is still a pig. love the decor of white and pale wood. very scandinavian. NO WINDOWS??? Is there anyone who does not want real sunlight and unconditioned air?? If so, this is their tunnel. What happens when the electricity goes out? And it does go out. then when there is no more oxygen in the still air? Is there a purpose in sinking the table under floor, perhaps room for dancing?? Perhaps this is good for the techy few. never for me.

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