Yo! Home
at 100% Design


London Design Festival: the family home of the future will feature mechanised floors and furniture that emerge from walls, floors and ceilings at the touch of a button, according to Yo! Sushi and Yotel founder Simon Woodroffe (+ slideshow).

Yo! Home at 100% Design

Launched this week at 100% Design in London, the prototype Yo! Home apartment squeezes all the rooms of an average two bedroom house into a space no bigger than a one-bedroom apartment.

Yo! Home at 100% Design

A master bedroom can be lowered down over the sunken seating area of the living room, while a breakfast counter slides out from the walls of the kitchen and a dining table folds up from the floor.

Yo! Home at 100% Design

Rooms can be reconfigured using sliding partitions, giving residents the option of an open-plan layout.

Yo! Home at 100% Design

"Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it," said Woodroffe. "Yo! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts drawing on the mechanics of stage scenery allow the transformation of an eighty square metre space, the size of a one bedroom apartment, into a much bigger home."

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Theatre and exhibition specialists were brought in to assemble the moving mechanisms, which give the apartment two bedrooms, two living rooms, a cinema, an office, a kitchen and dining room, a bathroom and a wine cellar.

Yo! Home at 100% Design

Woodroffe previously launched the Yotel concept at 100% Design in 2007, and has since opened a flagship branch in New York's Times Square.

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Photography is by Ashley Bingham.

  • alvyness
  • Dave Gronlie

    Well, having your bed drop from the ceiling is one way of telling guests it’s time to go home.

  • I guess we all liked The 5th Element, eh? ;)

  • Having your bed drop from the ceiling is one way of telling your guest it's time to get intimate. :-)

  • JayCee

    The size of a single bed apartment? 80 square metres is almost double the size of a typical “developer” apartment in London which average out at around 45sqm. An average 2-bed apartment start at 65sqm. Mr Woodroffe and his designers obviously are not in touch with modern life and the actual costs of both construction and what is possible to sell to the general public.

    This is not a model for future living and is indeed nothing new. The kind of transformable apartment keeps rearing its dumb head every few years but generally falls foul of the costs of implementing that kind of transformation, not to mention maintenance and that most people haven’t the time nor inclination to rearrange their furniture every day just to go to sleep or make breakfast.

    Go back to rolling salmon-skin rolls, yo.

  • I agree JayCee. The costs of creating mechanisms like that would be enormously prohibitive. I’d love to see some low cost solutions for small living spaces for a change.

    • shen

      Check tiny little amazing Japanese houses.

  • George

    It would be nice if the apartment had some windows, or would they get in the way of the moveable partitions?

    • Howie

      The opening above the bed head is a window, plus there’s a floor to ceiling one next to the office desk/pull out bed.

      I expect there would also be a glazed entrance where, for the sake of the exhibition, there was a large opening to gain entry.

      I agree, not exactly feasible. Plus I wouldn’t really like my kitchen/bedroom floor to smell of disinfectant.

      Fun though. The kids would love opening and closing the bed and trapping each other underneath.

  • Paul

    My worst nightmare come true. It should be called the hassle house. I can imagine more people sleeping on the sofa (if it isn’t broken) than being bothered to sort the bed out (if it isn’t broken). The problem isn’t too little space, it’s too many people.

  • John

    It’s truly amazing and like my dream house to live in.