Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures

Danish artist Jane Ostermann Petersen’s unconventionally tiny home is the epitome of the best things coming in small, sustainable packages. This temporary shelter can be packed down by just two people and set up in different locations.

The house can be packed down by just two people and set up again on a beach, in the city or on a rooftop.

Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures
Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures

When DECO embarked on our #GreenIssue, we were hellbent on showcasing the best of sustainable design and having our readers Rethink Green as being the most attractive and in the long run, more affordable option. The inspiration for the temporary shelter came to Petersen from the traditional Dutch beach houses located along the coast of Holland. Assembled for the summer season, and then disassembled and removed, these Dutch beach houses inspired Jane to rethink the idea of a home to be ‘a flexible space; not a permanent home, but a temporary shelter.’

Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures
Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures

Jane studied at Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam, experimenting during this time with architectural scale. She finds that it is  ‘simplicity and flexibility’ of home that can be built anywhere – be it beach, city or rooftop –  and moved without machinery or large crews fascinating. The transitional shelter can be built in varying sizes and with different materials such as bamboo. Whilst she worked closely with skilled craftsmen and leaned on their expertise for this project, Jane finds that there ‘a freedom in being an artist and not a craftsman’ as she is open to experimenting with materials for uses beyond it’s original purpose.

‘There is a freedom in being an artist and not a craftsman. You must dare to experiment with and challenge the material.’

Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures
Photographs by Karina Tengberg/House of Pictures

ELLE Decoration Green Issue coverFIND MORE GREEN LIVING INSPIRATION IN OUR UPCOMING ISSUE
The Green Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa will be on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer from 28 September. Packed with sustainably stylish interiors, it’s full of all your favourite features and decor tips plus the green spaces of Patrizia Moroso and Pietro Russo. Order your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #GreenIssue #DECOselfie.