Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

1984 Italian Comedy at the Vanguard of Transforming Design

In the 1984 Italian comedy “Il Ragazzo di Campagna” (The Country Boy), the movie’s protagonist moves into an amazing tiny apartment that, upon initial inspection, looks like a closet, but as the realtor in the scene above reveals, is actually a studio apartment with hidden kitchen, bathroom, entertainment center and bedroom.

The apartment–based on a rudimentary translation done with Spanish/Italian cognates–is meant to show the exploitive and rapacious nature of urban real estate, similar to the King’s Cross video we looked at a while back. While there’s a lot of that going on for sure, we actually find it a cool demonstration of an apartment that does everything in very tight quarters. Could probably use a window or two.

  • Lorenzo Gilli

    In the last part of the first video the country boy points out the lack of a window and the landlord answers: “Outdated! Come here and have a look. This is warm air, this is cold air, this is the dehumidifier. What do you need a window for?” (while showing switches at the wall). Comic emphasis on the space rationalization. Even more considered he’s asking a lot of money for the place, with costs and bills the country boy never heard of. The landlord also discourages him from hosting parties, congress or dances, because the neighbors hate noise.
    By the way, they are in Milan :)

    (Forgive my poor english, I’m mostly a self-taught person)

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