A while back I showed you this 450 square foot small apartment with the custom one piece multi-functional piece of furniture.
I’m glad to announce that Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com has just published a video tour of the same apartment owned by teacher/resident Eric Schneider.
450-Square-Foot Small Apartment Goes Multi-Functional
In 2005 Eric purchased the largest apartment that he could afford in Manhattan. He ended up with what you’re seeing here.
It’s a 450-square-foot studio the he got for $235,000. At that time it was a very basic apartment with some closets and an old kitchen.
Photo Credits Alan Tansey
Designed by Architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects
Once he let his architects get to work they were able to come up with practical solutions that would actually work for Eric, who likes to cook at home.
In order to meet these needs they came up with a way to turn the open space into four rooms using a large custom made cabinet.
Four Rooms in One
The big blue cabinet is what stores the bed, desk, table, closets and shelving. The piece transforms to serve four different functions:
- Office with library
- Guest bedroom
- Living room
Alternatively it can all be closed up and you can flip down a small table that turns into a mini bar to entertain up to 12 guests.
The architects over at Normal Projects have named this one the Unfolding Apartment.
Eric spent an extra $70,000 remodeling his new apartment. This includes absolutely everything like the bathrooms, furniture, appliances and cabinetry.
I believe there’s a big future for custom furniture like this that helps people with small spaces because it creates more functionality out of the same square footage.
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