Julius Blum GmbH, Beschlaegefabrik

18 Blum Inspirations doors are simply folded away. The couple’s bedroom is tucked away behind the wooden panels with fanlights in the living area. It consists of a wall of wardrobes and has no windows – the hor izontal band of gla zing under the ceiling lets in enough natural daylight. Recipe for lof t life: well - defined living spaces and flowing transit ions There’s only one space in the entire apar tment that has masonr y walls and that ’s the bathroom. The other areas are open plan – and yet clear ly zoned. ‘We or iginally wanted to put our bed nex t to the windows. Thank fully, our inter ior designer convinced us other wise,’ says Hanneke. The living zone with the family sofa and long dining table now share the gla zed facade; the parents’ and children’s bedrooms are discreetly hidden by the wooden par titions. The t wo runs of k itchen units open a passage to the gla zed entrance area at the rear of the lof t. There is even space for a small desk. Living in a box: how can open plan designs incorporate enough storage? Lof t life teaches discipline. The couple had a big clear out and declut tered their belongings before they moved in. ‘We got r id of ever y thing we didn’t use.’ Closed walls such as the folding doors to the children’s area and the ceiling-high sliding doors to the bathroom and toilet create a visual calm. Having a lot of open space doesn’t automatically mean that there’s lit tle storage space for utensils: the t wo runs of k itchen units have ver y deep drawers which help to keep ever y thing nice and tidy. Bikes and tumble dr yer are concealed in a steel box in front of the apar tment door. ‘The best thing about l iv ing in a lof t is that you can customise your floor plan.’