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240 SF Micro Apartment in NYC with Library and Loft

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I’m so excited to show you this micro apartment in NYC that was photographed by David Engelhardt for Dwell Magazine.

Living in a place like NYC forces you to make the most of the space you have. That’s why the city is filled with so many fascinating small spaces, like this one.

Micro Apartment in NYC

How much can you fit into 240 square feet? This apartment/studio will give you a great idea of what might be possible in just about any small living space.

This masterfully designed space was designed and created by Brooklyn architect Tim Seggerman with inspiration from furniture designer George Nakashima.


Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

The entire apartment is a master class in finish carpentry: There are cabinets of cypress and bamboo; a gently chamfered ash-and-beech staircase; flooring of quartered white oak; a desk of red birch slats that slips out into the living space. The lighting in the loft, much of it recessed behind panels of papyrus, lends the space a subtlety that doubles the sense of warmth. “It’s basically a piece of woodwork,” says Seggerman. “I’m very proud of that.” (Source)

Read the rest of our post and get the rest of the apartment tour below:

Cubby Library in NYC Studio Apartment

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

The designer even made room for a micro library in the bedroom. There’s a better view below:

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

To the right of that you just slide some doors over and you’ve got your laundry room area. Genius!

Cubby Laundry Room

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Great view of the kitchen below. Notice the staircase to the loft on the right.

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

I find the design very clean.

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Bathroom in NYC Micro Apartment

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

Photo by David Engelhardt via Dwell

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  • Cahow
    March 21, 2013, 9:01 am

    Before I was married, I lived in a Chicago studio apartment that was 12’x12′ and it also had a wood-burning fireplace! And it wasn’t some chopped up home, either! The building was from the 1920’s and was designed for the new “working woman” who was moving from the farm to the city, increasing the workforce. Back then, it was almost like “student housing” but now, it’s in the richest area of Chicago, The Gold Coast, so no “poor farm gal” could have afforded it.

    I have the same tea kettle as she does! Like minds think alike!!LOL

    Nice to see small homes that don’t compromise on 2013 sensibilities.

  • LaMar
    March 23, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Very nice interior design and wood work however I question the 240 square feet comment.

    That would make the foot print a 12×20 and it looks bigger than that but pictures can be deceptive.

    I like the starcase design and a half loft bedroom. Good use of space and the fireplace mantle and victorian furniture are complimentary.


  • Jo
    March 3, 2014, 12:59 pm

    This idea looks wonderful. I see that they have high ceilings. This cannot be done with normal 8′ ceilings. There are many ideas though that can be incorporated into other small spaces.

  • Cosy
    March 3, 2014, 2:28 pm

    I really like the layout, aside from the bath next to the kitchen & although it’s been stated here before that it’s impractical plumbing-wise, I would not be comfortable nor would my dinner guests having it in that area. Regarding the book nook, it’s cute but to me wasted storage space. I am an avid reader but to cut back a few years ago, I stopped buying & use the public library, so I have no need for that space. I have found that using the library I have access to so many more books than I did when I purchased & if I find a book that I really want to reference again or reread, I can buy it. Thanks Alex for providing these great tiny homes for viewing. I look forward to getting your emails daily!

    • Tammara Wolfgram
      September 25, 2014, 3:39 pm

      I agree that the mini-library is not the most efficient use of space. Being able to sit in it is really of no benefit. If you put bookshelves on tracks that slid out into the room, you could store many more books, DVDs, whatever, and still have easy access to them.

      • Alex
        September 25, 2014, 3:44 pm

        That’s true, but I think it’s kind of cool, and she probably likes/enjoys it. Cozy place to get away and read.

  • CathyAnn
    March 3, 2014, 9:56 pm

    The ceiling height, the fireplace and window casements look Victorian to me. I suspect there is no choice of fireplace and its surround. I notice there is space on the lower stairs to put things under the treads.

    I could easily live in this apartment.

  • felicia
    May 6, 2014, 3:08 am

    are blueprints available for thia design…researching built a tiny house and this is perfect…

  • Ted
    June 21, 2014, 8:13 am

    I could live in a place like that I would have to get rid of stuff!

  • Brian
    July 24, 2014, 8:29 pm

    So Cooool, I don’t need to look any further. This apartment is just perfect.
    Thanks for sharing…..Cheers from Aus

  • Dorothy russell
    September 25, 2014, 6:45 pm

    I would love to have this one. It would be just right for a single person like my self.

  • September 25, 2014, 9:23 pm

    As they say at my favorite breakfast hotspot – “I’m lovin’ it!” Love those golden arches in the morning! 🙂 A wonderful little design, and a great inspiration for tiny spaces of all types.

  • Rich
    September 26, 2014, 8:43 am

    The englehardt apartment is very well done and “just enough”. Note the width. Tiny houses that comply with RV regs are just too narrow IMNSHO.

  • Denise
    September 28, 2014, 5:58 am

    This apartment is lovely and feels warm and inviting.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    October 27, 2015, 5:23 pm

    I was very enthusiastic about the use of space and modern minimalist decor…. then I saw the Living room portion with the exquisite old woodwork and FP. A gorgeous old house/apt was vandalized to make a bunch of tiny places to enrich the flipper. bah humbug. I have great respect and affection for the old, old buildings with their irreplaceable wood work and craftsmanship. I strongly dislike and disagree with attempts to force modern decor on them just to make a buck.

  • sara
    September 17, 2017, 12:31 am

    I like it. Couldn’t they put drawers under each stair to use that space?

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