When Donnie Wang bought his 530 square foot studio in the San Francisco financial district, he was single. When his now wife, Nicole Chiu-Wang, moved, he needed to stretch his bachelor pad to cover dinners, evening guests, work from home (sometimes for two) and the great wardrobe of his stylist wife.
He called his friend, designer Peter Suen, who attracted his friend, designer Charles Irby, who began designing a kind of adult shelter for his living room. They prefabricated a wooden and cement cube at Irby's ICOSA design studio in Oakland (he performed the CNC formwork) equipped with a high bed, a folding bed, a standing desk, cabinets and plenty of storage space.
The wood and cement loft now serves as the couple's bedroom (the attic bed), guest room (the murphy bed), dining room, office for Peter (with a large slate at the bottom of the murphy bed) and multimedia room (The loft also serves as a seat for your ceiling mounted projector).
"San Francisco is a fun place," Suen explains. "In the rest of the country they could be in their rightful home, but in San Francisco you just have to deal with, you know," San Francisco. "So they really maximized what one would think is a small place, but now really is super personalized for them "
Photo credit: Brian Flaherty
Fifth_Arch (Peter Suen)
Video credits to Kirsten Dirksen YouTube channel