With the metaphor of “what your home shows is what you look like”, such a relatively external metaphor, perhaps “what your home shows is your spiritual world” can more accurately describe the further relationship between people and home. Your spiritual demands, such as emotional expressions, world views, marriage attitudes and behavior styles, can eventually coincide with “home”.
▼空间一览，overall view of the space ©方立明
After getting the list of design requirements of the owners, a young couple, I roughly made the outline of their home: The owners of the “family of four” are male and female masters from the northernmost and southernmost parts of China, as well as two cats named Li Fugui and Qiu Zhaocai, respectively, which is the first home they own in Beijing. They refuse the light and trivial decoration, hoping that the home is simple, textured, and can produce soft light and lazy atmosphere. What’s more, because the family takes cats as their family members, many design needs are from the perspective of cat life.
▼简洁并且适合猫生活的家，simple design which is friendly to cats ©方立明
Many people worry that the house with pets is the scene of house demolition full of pets’ hair. In fact, design can solve a lot of problems in this area as long as it is attentive enough, so that the catkeepers can also have the ultimate simplicity like separation.
– Straight line: All the fussy and pompous decorations were abandoned. Try to integrate the complexity into various straight lines as much as possible, which can build a simple and clean space keynote.
– Hiding: Some tangible and functional things are hidden in space. For example, the spotlight and air conditioner outlet are hidden in the lines on the top; the television is hidden in the cabinet; the junction line between the facade and the top is hidden, etc. Hiding is for better focus.
– Pet friendly: It is the willful and delicate spiritual needs of the young generation. Pets don’t only need a nest and a food basin at home, because they are not affiliated with the family, but family members living with human beings. Pet friendly is not only to make a toy device for them, but also to take into account the various scenes in which pets and their owners get along daily. For example, the cat’s food, litter, snacks and toys are all stored independently, and many space blind corners are cancelled to avoid the cat from getting into the hidden gaps.
▼宠物空间设计草图，design sketch of the space for cats
There is no obvious mistake in the house type, so there is no large-scale adjustment of the spatial pattern. According to the living needs of the owners, the spatial functions are reset and the details of the pattern are optimized.
1. The guest bathroom with low utilization rate have been changed into cloakroom and laundry room.
2. The wall of the cloakroom has been removed and replaced by the lockers of the whole wall.
3. The guest room with low utilization rate were changed into study and guest room.
4. The second bedroom area is used to expand the toilet, and the three separation type is made.
5. Remove the storage room and merge it into a semi open kitchen.
6. Remove part of the living room wall and extend the central axis moving line.
7. Use cat Park devices instead of space separation.
▼改造后的平面，plan after renovation
There is no independent vestibule for this house type. I demolished the wall on the right side of the entrance and replaced it with a set of hidden storage cabinets. In order to enhance the depth sense of the axis generatrix, a mural paper was pasted at the end of the corridor to continue the line of sight. The air outlet and spotlight of the central air conditioner on the top are all designed in a simple “black line”. The sense of form in deep space is strengthened.
▼玄关，灯具隐藏在天花的黑线中，vestibule, lights hidden in the black line on the ceiling ©方立明
The door to the cloakroom is hidden in this cabinet, which not only meets the visual cleanliness, but also integrates the functions of the whole ground. Never waste a little space.
▼从玄关看向客厅，衣帽间隐藏在柜体里，view to the living room from the vestibule, cloakroom hidden behind the cabinet ©方立明
The low utilization of guest room has been transformed into the cloakroom that the owners want. And the toilet pipes combine the laundry and the cloakroom. Laundry, drying, ironing and storage are completed in one space, which makes housework easy and orderly.
The living room with the combination of black-and-white tone and strong straight lines softens the space with the warm wood color of the floor, the beating fire in the fireplace, and the green sense of vitality. The living room should be simple and vivid.
▼客厅，living room ©方立明
TV is necessary for family, but it destroys the facade aesthetic feeling of space. So I painted the embedded cabinet black, so the TV disappeared in the black block. When you turn on the TV and fireplace, you will have a vivid life. When you turn off the TV and fireplace, the design can satisfy the visual aesthetic obsession, which makes the space temperament switch freely.
▼电视消隐在黑色色块中，TV hidden in the black block ©方立明
Paste the cement wallpaper on the wall behind the sofa, which can adjust the regular space tone with a little rough feeling, and is not as cold as the real cement wall.
▼绿色沙发带来温馨的感觉，green sofa provides a warm feeling ©方立明
▼沙发后贴有水泥壁纸，cement wallpaper is used behind the sofa ©方立明
When reading on the sofa, the light is sprinkled through the tall green plants, which makes people feel like they are in nature. Replacing curtains with black blinds not only enhances the sense of line, but also suits cats who like to jump around. Unlike most of the hidden light sources in this home, this area uses a more existential track spotlight, which can emphasize the angle and change of light.
▼植物给空间带来自然感，plants bring nature into the space ©方立明
▼空间中的光影，light and shadow in the space ©方立明
The dining room and kitchen are separated by two pieces of Changhong glass to make the light soft and transparent. The separation between the restaurant and the second bedroom is the most important highlight of the family – the exclusive paradise for Li Fugui and Qiu Zhaocai. I also have cats, so when designing this toy device, I carefully studied the movement characteristics of cats and set the internal activity path.
▼餐厅，通过滑动的玻璃门与厨房分隔，dining room, defined by sliding glass doors from the kitchen ©方立明
There are all kinds of souvenirs for cats in the cabinet on the left, which makes it more convenient to store them in a centralized way. It should be noted that this device is the space for cats to play, and they will not be locked in it.
▼猫的玩耍空间，play space for cats ©方立明
The living room, dining room and kitchen form a large transparent space, which allows light and wind to run through the home.
▼走廊，空间通透，corridor in a transparent space ©方立明
All white kitchen space. All the cooking utensils and appliances are designed to be white. The light is still hidden in the black line, so the lantern can’t be seen.
▼纯白的厨房，kitchen in white palette ©方立明
Owners are accustomed to using low bed, hoping to reduce the height of the bed, and the cats usually sleep in the bedroom, so the design of the room should meet the requirements of convenient cleaning, without leaving a blind corner. The design of the platform can not only reduce the height of the bed, but also as an extension of the bed, the platform is like a large bedside table, which can store various items. The dresser table is designed as a mirror cabinet. When it is opened, it is a mirror and a storage cabinet. When it is covered, it can also be used as a desk occasionally. Most of the clothes are stored in the cloakroom, so it is not critical to the requirements for the storage of the clothes in the bedroom.
▼设置地台的主卧，main bedroom with platform ©方立明
▼地台形成床头柜和储物空间，另一侧为梳妆台和衣柜，platform creates bedside table and storage spaces, dresser table and cabinet on the opposite side ©方立明
As a result of giving up part of the space for the toilet, the design of the second bedroom is more compact. A set of storage cabinets is placed close to the window to make the distance between the bed and the window. The cabinets can also be used as bedside cupboards. The light is still hidden in the black lines. Stand at the door of the main bedroom and look to the second bedroom. The cat paradise is made of glass, so it is convenient to observe and clean, and also plays a role of flexible space partition, which allows sunlight to enter the room as much as possible.
▼次卧，second bedroom ©方立明
This low utilization guest room has been changed into a study that the owners need more: they often work at home, and their desk can hold two large monitors. The light from the north to the window is not dazzling either. At the junction of the facade and the top surface of the house, I made an arc design, which softened the marginal line and increased the visual height of the space. The owner’s parents may come to Beijing for the new year. The maximum number of people in this family is 6. Therefore, a hidden cabinet bed is made in the study, which can not only meet the occasional needs of life, but also do not waste the daily living space.
▼隐藏在墙里的柜床节省空间，bed hidden in the wall saves the space ©方立明
For the convenience of simultaneous use, the toilet is designed as a three separate space, and the shower room and washstand are separated by frosted glass. The whole shower room is decorated with terrazzo bricks. The inner side is equipped with the niche, which is convenient for the owner to place bath products and change clothes. A separate toilet room. The locker is installed above the wall mounted toilet.
▼分离式卫生间，toilet with separated parts ©方立明
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