MINImalist pairing: Of tiny cars and tiny houses

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World Javelin throw champion Johannes Vetter and his new electric Smart | Daimler photo by picture alliance/Kai-Uwe Wärner

Tiny houses seem to be all the rage. Of course, the problem for car collectors is that a tiny house likely has a tiny garage, if any at all. But wait, here’s an option: A huge garage and a tiny house, which would be more than sufficient since you’ll be spending your time in the garage.

As its name indicates, Mini specializes in small but sporty cars, and Mini Living, which proclaims “Big life. Small footprint.” as its motto, recently unveiled the Urban Cabin at the London Design Festival and, through November 22, will display the concept at Mini’s A/D/O design facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.

Mini’s Urban Cabin updated and on display in New York | Mini Living photo

Updated with help from local architecture and design house Bureau V, the Urban Cabin “aims to offer a solution to the modern challenges of urban living.”

Overhead view of the Urban Cabin, with hinged hammock end open

So who might live in such a tiny house? Maybe Germany’s sports “Champion of the Year 2017,” Johannes Vetter.

Win top player honors in America’s Super Bowl or World Series and you get to drive away in something like a new Corvette. But the wheels that world javelin-throwing champion Vetter just received are attached to an electric-powered Smart car, just the thing to park next to an Urban Cabin.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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