ROOMS by Gilles Belley – Combining, Dividing and Creating Space

The French designer Gilles Belley has created this series called “ROOMS”. ROOMS is a furniture system that attempts to merge living spaces with furniture pieces. There are three different pieces in the collection – AREA, BLOCK and WALL – each of which addresses a different need/use.


Gilles Belley - Smart Furniture - Block - Sleeping Space - Humble Homes

BLOCK, pictured above, incorporates several elements of a living room, bedroom, and a study. The core of the unit is also used for storage. BLOCK aims to condense living spaces into a single, small area. It sounds like it could be a real space-saving solution for those with a limited floor area.


Gilles Belley - Smart Furniture - Block - Study - Humble Homes

The raised bed is accessed by a built-in staircase. A small desk is found at the opposite end, and a space for a TV has been cut out in the middle of the unit. The second piece is called AREA (seen below). This piece is aimed at carving out a living space within a self-contained area.


Gilles Belley - Smart Furniture - Area - From Outside - Humble Homes

Described as a “space in parentheses”, it’s ideal when you need to withdraw from other people, or your immediate environment. It’s aimed at providing a quiet space to read, play or work, without interruption. AREA is modular in construction and can be configured in a variety of ways.

Gilles Belley - Smart Furniture - Area - From Inside - Humble Homes

The final piece in the trio is WALL. WALL is used to divide up a room, permitting several functions where there previously had perhaps only been one. One side of the WALL is used as a study desk, or workstation, while the other creates a mini-library and is shelved from top to bottom.

Gilles Belley - Smart Furniture - Wall - Desk and Shelves - Humble Homes

The units have been built with industrial cutting techniques that ensure the preciseness of their construction. There’s no indication as to whether or not they will be retailed – it currently seems like a concept project, but the idea of combining, dividing and creating rooms is prevalent in small spaces and you could definitely take some inspiration from Belley’s work.

For more furniture posts check out Container Bed by Dielle, which features an under-bed storage closet. Or, Gali, a tiny kitchen designed for small houses. See all furniture posts.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Colombe Clier

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. Quite frankly I think this concept is pathetic. It looks ugly. It is functionally poor. Nah, on second thoughts it IS ugly and the bits and pieces just don’t work.