Urban Cabin by MINI Living and Penda takes cues from Beijing’s hutong homes

MINI Living Urban Cabin in Beijing by Dayong Sun of Penda

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

Friday Five with Oliver Heilmer

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                                <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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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&#8217;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>

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One week left to enter Dezeen and MINI Living’s £10,000 Future Urban Home Competition

Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition

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

Spirit of the City at A/D/O “designed for people to lose themselves in” says United Visual Artists

United Visual Artists' Spirit of the City installation at A/D/O, MINI's Brooklyn creative workspace

Matt Clark of United Visual Artists explains how the installation he created for MINI’s Brooklyn creative workspace A/D/O, is designed to reflect human experiences of the city, in a movie produced by Dezeen for MINI. Read more

Dezeen and MINI Living launch £10,000 contest to design a home for 100 years in the future

Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition

How will we live in cities in 100 years’ time? To find out, Dezeen has teamed up with MINI Living to invite readers to design an urban home of the future, with £10,000 to be won. Read more

FreelandBuck reinterprets MINI Living Urban Cabin for LA

MINI Living Urban Cabin LA

Los Angeles architecture firm FreelandBuck has created the latest edition of the MINI Living Urban Cabin, a prototype micro home installed on a rooftop in the city’s Downtown area. Read more

MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival

                                                <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&#8217;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 &#8220;contemplation&#8221; all within the confines of its micro-cabin dimensions. There&#8217;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&#8217;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>

Corinna Natter, Experience Designer and Designer of the Urban Cabins at MINI LIVING, explains the explorative urbanist concepts represented by the Los Angeles Urban Cabin project, noting its specificity and adaptability to the lifestyle and climate of Los Angeles.

Graphic: FreelandBuck

The collaborative nature of the Los Angeles Urban Cabin is

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MINI commemorates royal wedding with one-off car design

MINI has created a special-edition car to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, featuring a bespoke graphic print and 3D-printed details. Read more

MINI Living and Studiomama’s Milan installation allowed “everyone to become an architect”

MINI Living - Built by All

In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, architect Oke Hauser and designer Nina Tolstrup explain how MINI’s Milan design week installation let visitors design their own micro homes. Read more

MINI Living Imagines the Future of Urban Living [VIDEO]

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                                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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BMW electrifies its classic MINI

German car manufacturer BMW has unveiled a one-off, all-electric version of its classic MINI car, to demonstrate its commitment to releasing zero-emissions production vehicles by next year. Read more

Parasitic extensions to Paris apartment building could reduce energy consumption

Malka Architecture has proposed adding cubed parasitic extensions to an apartment building in Paris

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video features a proposal by Malka Architecture to improve the energy efficiency of a Parisian apartment building, by attaching boxy, parasitic extensions to its exterior. Read more

Listen to Episode 52 of Clever: Oliver Heilmer

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                                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.

MINI Electric Concept


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MINI’s co-living destination in Shanghai “brings know-how from vehicles into places where we live”

MINI's co-living destination in Shanghai "brings know-how from vehicles into places where we live"

Car brand MINI is diversifying into urban development with the MINI Living building in Shanghai, which will see a disused industrial complex transform into apartments, offices and leisure spaces. Read more

Bureau V’s MINI Living Urban Cabin aims to “start a conversation about immigration”

MINI Living Urban Cabin in New York by Bureau V

New York architect Peter Zuspan explains how his studio Bureau V’s colourful additions to the MINI Living Urban Cabin in New York reflect the city’s large immigrant population in our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video. Read more

MINI Living Urban Cabin explores how future cities may merge public and private, says Sam Jacob

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

SO-IL and MINI create an air-filtering house that “contributes to improving urban life”

MINI Living Breathe installation at Milan design week

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, MINI Living Initiative creative lead Oke Hauser and SO-IL co-director Ilias Papageorgiou explain how they collaborated to install a translucent prefab home in an unused urban plot in Milan. Read more

Watch our Dezeen x MINI LIVING talk with SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti live from Milan

MINI Living – Breathe by SO-IL

Architects SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti discuss the future of urban architecture at our first Dezeen x MINI LIVING Initiative talk in Milan. Tune in at 2pm UK time to watch it live. Read more

SO-IL imagines a future of sustainable city living with smog-filtering MINI Living house

MINI LIVING Breath Installation

New York firm SO-IL has built a prototype house at the MINI Living space in Milan, featuring a white mesh exterior designed to filter polluted city air, and a plant-covered roof. Read more

Join Dezeen and MINI for a talk with SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti in Milan

MINI Living – Breathe by SO-IL

Architects SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti will discuss the future of sustainable urban architecture at our first Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative talk in Milan next week, and Dezeen readers are invited to join us. Read more