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You may have eaten at a YO! Sushi and stayed in a YOTEL, but now you can live in a YO! Home.

Former Dragons’ Den investor Simon Woodroffe believes he has solved the space saving race with his new innovative designs for small flats.

With the pull of a wall, the opening of a floor or a push of a button you are able to transform your one bedroom YO! Home into a second bedroom; a sunken sitting room, a cinema, a dining room, an office, a full size kitchen, a breakfast room, a bathroom/spa, a party room, a wine cellar and additional hidden storage.

All across the UK domestic space is growing tighter than ever. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in the past 10 years London’s population has swelled from 7.3 million to a massive 8.2 million. Over the same period, the population in Newcastle has grown by 13.2 per cent, in Bristol by 14.1 per cent and in Leeds by 17.9 per cent.

”The same thing is happening in cities all over the world” proclaims Woodroffe. ”Which is why we’re not just going to build brand new YO! Home developments, we’re also going to convert existing Seventies and Eighties office blocks”.

“I think homes help shape our lives. They are our refuge, and our rock. Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really re-invented it. YO! Home is that new invention. Twelve moving parts draw on a wealth of engineering technology taken from fields as diverse as yacht and automotive design and the mechanics of stage production, allowing the transformation of an eighty square metre space (the size of a one bedroom apartment) into a much bigger home.”

As with YO! Sushi, Japanese culture has had a huge influence on Woodroffe’s thinking. Combined with his experience in theatrical scene-shifting (he used to design stage shows for Rod Stewart and The Madness) it’s understandable how Woodroffe has arrived at such a unique solution to an everyday problem.

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