Tiny House Tuesday: Floating Fabulous
May 27, 2008
WHO: Pia Jane Bijkerk, globe-trotting designer, stylist, and blogger
WHAT: Haute-cool houseboat
SIZE: No se, but not sizable
Old man river gets an overhaul.
Whoever thought houseboats were the purview of salty sailors and their cranky parrots obviously missed Pia Jane Bijkerk’s incredible Amsterdam oasis (and, I suppose, Sleepless in Seattle), featured at Design*Sponge a few weeks ago.
Despite a history of acute seasickness, I’ve always been curiously drawn to houseboats — maybe it’s their multifunctional nature — and Pia’s is an outstanding example of just how homey a waterbound abode can be. The ample light maximizes space and highlights the honey-colored woodwork, giving the place a spacious, yet cocoon-like, feel. Because the boat is essentially shaped like a bowling alley (long and thin, and sans any architectural break-ups), Pia created “rooms” with clever uses of furniture, including a “bedroom,” courtesy of a lovely screen framed out in that same golden hardwood.
Sadly, this isn’t Pia’s primary home — kind of a downer for living Small; what’s Small about having three residences, all of them flung as far and wide as Pia’s places in Amsterdam, Paris, and Sydney? Nevertheless, it is a testament to small space living. And an aesthetically ga-ga one, at that.