If you work from home and live somewhere that's blessed by cold, long winters, you'd probably agree that keeping the home office warm during the day, when no one else is home, is both a challenge and a waste of energy, often requiring heating the entire house. Fed up, Berlin-based Davidson Rafailidis decided to amend the situation and built a smaller, insulated room inside a larger one, framed out with lumber, lined with plastic, and connected to a window, with a regular, hollow-core door for entry.
We presume the window provides light to help heat the small space, but wonder if it wouldn't work better if it was detached from the heat-conductive glass—though giving up natural light might be too much of a sacrifice. Regardless of how well the room actually insulates itself, we can't help but imagine feeling super focused in a space like this. No more pacing around the apartment, getting up to change the music, walking to the pantry, or staring at dirty dishes.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.