Mini loft with a view

In the heart of the city of Leuven in Belgium, the architects of local practice DMOA were able to make the best of a particularly awkward, small and odd-shaped plot of land that no one wanted. The beautiful five-story building they designed clearly demonstrates that creativity is the key to solving even the most complex situations. With a structure entirely made from concrete, the building now houses the practice’s headquarters and the 15 people that work there, as well as a 50-sqm penthouse studio featuring an open-floor ‘mini loft’ layout and pleasant terraces overlooking the popular university city.

We at Ethnicraft wanted to show that our furniture could adapt to any type of living space context, including smaller spaces that are increasingly common in large cities. Our creative team took this chance as an opportunity to try their hand at optimising the place as best they could.


Mini loft Leuven Mini loft Leuven terrace view

Here are our tips for this small space:


1. Taking advantage of the modular quality of our N701 sofa, we were able to adapt to the small proportions of the living room.

2. The colours we picked were mostly light — like the bright greige of the sofa, the oak of the furniture and the bed sheets.
We also incorporated a few black accents to create a graphic quality, and introduced a sense of transparency with the small Anders cupboard and the Studio Rack shelving unit used as an open-work partition between the dining and bedroom areas.

Mini loft Leuven bedroom


3. Our furniture is equipped with wheels for greater mobility and versatility, giving residents the possibility to change the function of a room according to their needs or time of day. This is best exemplified by our Oak Billy Drawer Unit, which is used to store office supplies and can be rolled under the dining table for convenient use during office hours, and our Oak Billy Dressing Unit, which finds its place both in the bathroom or in the dining area.


Mini loft bedroom and dining Mini loft Leuven kitchen

4. Our extendable Bok table easily converts from 140 cm — comfortably sitting 4/6 — to a length of 220 cm, providing enough room for four more guests. And to free up as much space as possible, the table was paired with a combination of Bok chairs and Osso stools.

5. To avoid wasting space on unused furniture, we have adapted our DC Lounge chairs and taken them from in to outdoors for use on the terrace

Mini loft Leuven kitchen2 Loft Leuven extensible dining table


Terrace with DC chair



Storage solutions of Ethnicraft