LifeEdited Off the Grid, on Maui
A Flexible Retreat in the Hawaiian Wilderness
For nearly two decades, Graham Hill has championed sustainable urban living — first through his widely popular eco-blog TreeHugger, and later through his company LifeEdited, which focuses on developing small-scale, highly efficient homes.
Both ventures were dedicated to helping people achieve more happiness with less stuff. Putting his philosophy into action, Graham built two shape-shifting prototype micro-apartments in New York City — LE1 in 2013 and LE2 in 2016 — which featured moving walls, transforming furniture from Resource, and a host of energy-saving and smart home technology — all of which allowed the homes to feel and function like apartments more than twice their size.
Graham Hill’s latest venture, dubbed LifeEdited:Maui, applies many of these same sustainable design concepts — but to the vast Hawaiian wilderness.
An avid kitesurfer, Graham bought 2.2 acres of land in the community of Haiku in Western Maui. Immediately, he envisioned how the design tools and tricks he picked up from LE1 and LE2 could be translated into this new property.
Having worked with Resource to furnish both of his previous projects in Manhattan, Graham integrated several transforming wall beds, tables, and seating pieces to multiply the home’s livable space. One bedroom doubles as a home office with the Ulisse Desk, while another bedroom transforms into a dining room with the Penelope Dining. A third bedroom features bunk beds that fold into a sofa, thus becoming a living room or media room for watching television. We can’t imagine much TV viewing when surrounded by paradise, though!
Eco Friendly, Green Living
Passo tables are placed throughout for resting tropical drinks or extending to service up to 10 people for dinner. The 330-square foot lanai (that’s Hawaiian for veranda) is adorned with Flex Outdoor sofas for endless lounging under sweet, Pacific skies, plus a Piano rack for hanging floral shirts, leis, even bottles of wine.
Solar panels generate power to run the house, while the roof, gutters, and rain chains channel water to a 15,000-gallon tank used for irrigation — not to mention waterless composting toilets.
Graham’s home is a shining example of his company’s mission statement: it’s eco-friendly, employing green technology featured on TreeHugger, and applies intelligent concepts, technology, and furnishings from Resource.
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