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MEET THE HOME PIONEERS

We set out to connect with people who live in unusual or creative ways, to learn about life at home from people who live very differently to the rest of us.
Read their stories and hints on better home living.

CHRISTIAN, DENMARK

Lives in a converted Swedish military landing craft with his wife, cat, and dog.

“Home is an ongoing process of improvement and change.”

BE DONE WITH FINISHED AND PERFECT

Meet Christian, a Home Pioneer who spent years painstakingly converting a former military landing craft into his home. Using his carpentry skills and passion for floating homes, he led the entire redevelopment himself. “I renovate my home every five years; the drive never dies because there is always another project on the horizon.”

IZUMI, JAPAN

Lives with multiple generations of her family across several different homes.

“Talking straight needs courage. But talking and deciding together is better for both of us.”

A GOOD LIFE AT HOME TOGETHER STARTS WITH A GOOD CONVERSATION

Meet Home Pioneer, Izumi. Not only is she renovating an old building in Tokyo, which is unusual, she has three other locations she also calls home and shares with several generations of her family. In her home in Tokyo, her 80-year-old father lives on the ground floor and her 13-year-old daughter lives upstairs. “The kitchen is the bridge, the centre point where we can talk,” she says.

PAVITAR, INDIA

Lives in a smart flat with his wife.

“Having a connected home allows my family to feel closer together; we, too, are more connected”

TECH COULD BRING US ALL CLOSER TOGETHER

Meet Home Pioneer, Pavitar. He has transformed his own flat and his relatives’ homes into smart homes over the last few years: wiring, coding, and connecting them himself. He embraces technology’s full potential and is discovering its benefits firsthand.

JENNIFER, USA

Lives on a blueberry farm with her husband and kids.

“I've also tried to stress the importance of limiting what we own to other family members, so they might make decisions to eliminate unnecessary items.”

PRIORITISE RATHER THAN MINIMISE – THAT’S HOW YOU ACHIEVE AN ORDERED LIFE

Meet Home Pioneer, Jennifer, who lives in a trailer on a 100-acre blueberry farm with her family and makes a living as a professional photographer. For her, adaptation, planning, and creativity are key to living in a tiny home, “I try to utilize closets, under bed storage, drawers or even creatively covering or camouflaging items.”

PERNILLE, DENMARK

Lives in a smart house with her partner and two children.

“We have designed our house to dedicate areas to both parents and children. We want to be a family where everybody can enjoy their own space, but who can also function whilst working from home.”

DEFINE AND DEFEND YOUR SPACE – BUT LEAVE A PLACE FOR OURS TOO

Meet Pernille, a Home Pioneer who lives with her family in a low energy house built with sustainable materials. Her home was designed with a clear division between work and bedroom spaces to give everyone a sense of ownership, peace, and sanctuary. To ensure there isn’t too much separation, “I am creating more ‘floating rooms’ for us together.”