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Brilliantly Designed Small Apartment Has Everything You Need to Live and Work

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Now here’s a brilliantly designed small apartment in East Village area of Manhattan in New York City.

Michael, the apartment owner, uses the space as both home and office which makes the 500-square-feet all that much tighter.

I also work and live out of my apartment which is about 450-square-feet while sharing it with my girlfriend as well.

The amazing part about Michael’s space is the enormous amount of storage that he has created which is illustrated at the bottom of this post.

All of this storage space allows the apartment to be a home instead of a workplace quite easily when friends or family visit.

There’s even an upstairs sleeping loft but thanks to the tall ceilings inside it doesn’t look like it feels cramped at all. In fact, there’s plenty of lighting set up and it looks roomy and comfortable throughout.

What I thought might be one of your favorite parts of the design is the staircase that leads up to the loft because it has built-in drawers underneath each step.

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Small NYC Apartment

Photos by Frank Ouderman and Sean Karns

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture helped with the project to make it what it is. It’s best to watch the video tour at the bottom of this post to grasp a feel of what they were able to do with this small apartment conversion.

I encourage you to see the rest of it below:

If you’ve been following Tiny House Talk for a while, you might remember when I featured this apartment back in 2010. This time around you’ll also get to enjoy a video tour at the bottom.
Small Apartment 500-square-feet in NYC

The white color really seems to help make the place feel spacious and well lit.

Staircase with Storage in NYC Apartment

I love how the designers did not miss one opportunity to create seamless storage like in the stairs above.

Bedroom Loft in Small Apartment

Up in the sleeping loft, there’s even more storage and the color scheme remains the same.

Small Apartment with Guests

The living room doubles as a workspace as you can see below. And there’s plenty of storage to keep everything out of sight when you have visitors. It’s perfect.

Office Workspace inside Small Apartment in NYC

There’s a drawer that slides out underneath the desk so if you have anything that you were working on you can just slide that out and you’re right where you left off without having to clutter up the rest of the space.


The kitchen is just as beautiful as the rest of the home with stainless steel appliances.


The bathroom is also very modern and luxurious just like the kitchen:


I love how the faucet is installed onto the wall just like in moth showers. I think this helps it look better but also saves a little bit of space which is always important in a small space.


You can check out some digital sketches of the apartment’s design from the architects below:

Small Apartment Design Small Apartment Design Small Apartment Design

Below you can see all of the storage compartments built into the apartment in red:

Storage Design in Small Apartment in NYC

Source: http://jpda.net/projects/east-village-studio

Video Tour of this NYC Small Apartment

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  • maryj
    September 24, 2012, 6:07 am

    I love this appartment with it’s cool white and timber combination and now there’s a video to see how it all really works – love it. Especially love the bedspace, can imagine enjoying a good book there or snuggling under the blankets.

  • sesameB
    September 24, 2012, 12:10 pm


  • Matthew Verbitsky
    September 27, 2012, 7:35 pm

    I like this idea of this house, I would like to making copy of blue print of this 500 sq. ft. design. I am thinking of this double size from 10 ft. by 50 ft. changing to 20 ft. by 48 ft. and I like two bed with loft…. that will be perfect design for me, will you please kind to send me the blue print design? Many Thanks!

  • Dee Sova
    December 28, 2012, 10:02 am

    This apartment is absolutely adorable!! I love that they took a 500 square foot space and made it into a living and work space…..very creative!!

  • DG Light
    June 15, 2013, 8:43 am

    Where did you purchase your washer/dryer?

  • LaMar
    November 3, 2013, 9:12 am

    Nice modern look but I would arrange it differently to have more room in the loft to move around the bed. I have an office work space upstairs in my bedroom loft with full desk and numerous shelves and cabinets. That works well for a person that works from home.


  • Doc
    November 3, 2013, 9:31 pm

    I have liked this design from the first moment I saw it. I really like how creative some of these folks have been really thinking outside of their NYC boxes.

    • Alex Pino
      November 4, 2013, 9:38 am

      Glad you liked it Doc!!

  • Cosy
    May 16, 2014, 9:55 am


  • shannon franklin
    June 26, 2014, 11:06 am

    Love the tiny homes. Want the one inspired by China. Can you send you send me more detailed information on it cost that kind of thing .

  • Rebecca
    July 25, 2014, 12:29 am

    I like 1) storage, 2)storage, and 3) storage. Nice layout and, storage! This is the first loft bed I have liked.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    October 27, 2015, 5:15 pm

    best storage I have seen. excellent.

  • Gabriella
    April 1, 2017, 4:38 pm

    It is a solution with modular compartments in wood that create different service areas and functional spaces or disappering like the sleeping area because you can stand. For many reason, there are solutions that attract, penetrating spontaneously within us and inevitably touch our sensibilities.

  • Nanny M
    April 2, 2017, 9:07 am

    I’m usually unmoved by modern, but this is exceptional. Nicely done!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 3, 2017, 8:08 am

      I agree, Nanny!

    April 2, 2017, 6:06 pm

    I love the kitchen and bathroom, But I said no to apartments long ago, and I refuse to go back to living in one, By any means….!

  • Lila
    April 3, 2017, 1:20 am

    I especially like how the shelf pulls out below the drawer so you can fold your clothes right there. Less wrinkles. Would work great in a tiny home. I don’t believe I have seen it in any of the tiny home plans I have looked at.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      April 3, 2017, 7:51 am

      Yes that was super clever!

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