In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, Oke Hauser and Corinna Natter of MINI Living and Penda co-founder Dayong Sun explain how the micro home they built in Beijing references the city’s hutong neighbourhoods. Read more
<a href="https://design-milk.com/friday-five-with-oliver-heilmer/f5-oliver-heilmer-0-headshot/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-0-headshot-810x540.jpg" alt="Friday Five with Oliver Heilmer" /></a> <em>Munich-born <a href="https://design-milk.com/listen-to-episode-52-of-clever-oliver-heilmer/" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Oliver Heilmer</a> is a car designer that grew up fascinated with auto design, especially tractors from his grandmother’s farm. His passion led him to study at design schools in Munich and Pforzheim before kicking off his professional career with the BMW Group’s Advanced Design team in 2000. Right out of the gate, he cut his teeth heading up the design of the BMW 5 Series before being promoted to BMW’s Head of Interior Design in 2013, a spot he held for 3 years. A move to Los Angeles in 2016 brought a change of scenery as well as a new role as the President of Designworks, a BMW Group Subsidiary where he oversaw the design teams of the North America, Europe, and Asia studios, along with the company’s strategy. Just over a year ago, he landed back in Munich after being appointed the Head of <a href="https://www.bmwgroup.com/en/brands-and-services/mini.html" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MINI</a> Design where he’s <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-357801" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-810x1080.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="1080" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-810x1080.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-800x1067.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-768x1024.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family-500x667.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/10/F5-Oliver-Heilmer-1-family.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
There is just one week left to enter Dezeen and MINI Living’s competition to design an urban home of the future, which closes on Monday 10 September 2018. Read more
<a href="https://design-milk.com/mini-living-freelandbuck-urban-cabin/miniliving-cabinconcept-la-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/MiniLiving-CabinConcept-LA-9-810x540.jpg" alt="MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival" /></a> At just 160 square feet, it’s a wonder the <a href="https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/living/the-global-village/introducing-the-global-village.html" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Los Angeles MINI LIVING Urban Cabin</a> fits a bedroom, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, and entryway atrium in service of “contemplation” all within the confines of its micro-cabin dimensions. There’s even a small rooftop garden crowning the Urban Cabin. Yet, the spatial origami realized by MINI LIVING in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FreelandBuck</a> assembled atop of the ROW DTLA for this <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">past weekend’s </span><a style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;" href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LA Design Festival</a><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;"> presents small space living not as compromise, but instead as an opportunity for ideas as expansive and transformative as the city it was designed to represent.</span>
The collaborative nature of the Los Angeles Urban Cabin is
<a href="https://design-milk.com/mini-living-imagines-the-future-of-urban-living-video/mini-living-installation-milan/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/mini-living-installation-milan-810x810.jpg" alt="MINI Living Imagines the Future of Urban Living [VIDEO]" /></a> While in Milan for Salone del Mobile and <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a>, we visited the incredible <a href="https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/living.html" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MINI Living</a> installation that focused on #ConceptualLiving for the cities of the future! Watch our interview with designer Oke Hauser and architect Nina Tolstrup of <a href="http://www.studiomama.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studiomama</a> and their interest in exploring the future of urban living. Watch:
Thanks to MINI Living for making this video possible.
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/listen-to-episode-52-of-clever-oliver-heilmer/oliver_heilmer_head_of_mini_design_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Oliver_Heilmer_Head_of_MINI_Design_01-810x541.jpg" alt="Listen to Episode 52 of Clever: Oliver Heilmer" /></a> In <a href="http://www.cleverpodcast.com/blog/ep-52-oliver-heilmer" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Amy and Jaime talk to car designer Oliver Heilmer, who has known he wanted to go into auto design since he was a little kid fascinated by tractors on his grandmother’s farm. He grew up in Munich, Germany drawing machines and vehicles on any paper available, and then studied industrial and automobile design in school. Soon after graduation, he landed a job with BMW Group and has been there ever since. Now, as the head of MINI Design, he’s dedicated to designing for innovation and emotion. This is a long-term love affair, indeed.
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In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, architect Sam Jacob and Corinna Natter of MINI Living explain how micro homes, like the one they presented during London Design Festival, could one day function as shared resources. Read more