Small spaces: a stunning 3m2 studio in Beijing

Small spaces: a stunning 3m2 studio in Beijing
Small spaces: a stunning 3m2 studio in Beijing

(Very) small spaces: when every millimeter counts

“It’s not even the size of my cellar”, “a closet”, “it’s my corridor”, “a coffin”, “a prison”… Under this TikTok video showing a 3 square meter studio, indignant comments are raining down. Its occupant, a young Beijinger, shows her striking daily life in the Chinese capital: her tidying methods, her life with her cat – which she rescued in the same building -, her cooking recipes… She seems to be holding back quite a bit few things (vital, at least) despite the tiny surface area of ​​his living space. The dishes she cooks there look good, healthy and her cat seems relatively happy if the images are to be believed: “a perfect place for a young graduate like me, from a village in the mountains, with only one cat”she summarizes.

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In her videos, the user retraces her arrangement in what she calls a “cabin” in Beijing: a “little nest” which she renovated herself on a limited budget for a month. In this very small space, it optimizes every square millimeter to organize the space and provide it with all the necessary amenities: sofa bed, micro stove, oven, storage shelves, coffee maker, mini fridge, cat basket… and even a little room for decoration, limited to a few plants, frames and a bouquet of flowers. A rehabilitation that cost her a month’s salary, but which she seems very proud and satisfied with. Despite everything, she receives mountains of accusatory comments about her situation and has had to, on several occasions, proclaim her precariousness and the rescue of her cat to justify her rent of 650 yuan, or 83 euros per month, allowing her to live only in such a small space.

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Intrigued by these videos and a lover of small spaces, Cindy Lixivel, a 24-year-old interior designer at the eponymous studio, took on the challenge of renovating the studio. She published a 3D video showing the clever arrangements she would make there: storage at the back for clothes, a kitchen on the left “with lots of storage”, a retractable table and a fold-out bed hidden in a trunk. The result is rather stunning given the very limited capacity of the apartment. Only one question remains (and drives comments from TikTokers): where is the bathroom?

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Studio Lixivel : studiolixivel.com / Instagram: @studiolixivel

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