WHEN IT COMES TO LIVING SPACES, Matthew Hofmann focuses his sleek and imaginative architectural style on projects ranging from tiny trailers to sprawling residences. Founder of Hofmann Architecture, this 28-year-old has always been passionate about creating and constructing. “When I was 6, my father built a small one-room tree house while I stood gazing on with a curious eye,” he says. “By age 12, I had turned the playhouse into a five-story treetop estate.” These days, his efforts are focused more on downsizing. After coming across a 1978 Airstream, he began renovating it “on a whim,” he says. “I modeled the interior as a mobile, convertible office space. It was a great way to lower my professional overhead and simplify my life as I ventured out on my own.” Now settled on a Montecito property, his refurbished, 158-square-foot abode has a lustrous, polished exterior; a recycled-glass tiled bathroom; bamboo countertops, tables, and floors; and more. “Living in a simple space with such a close connection to the outdoors is a dream,” he says. “I am passionate about designing spaces that are fit for those who call it home.” –KATRIN WANBERG
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