What is it about small, transforming homes that has the design world so captivated? The “micro-unit” trend got another boost today when Mayor Bloomberg revealed the winning design for New York City’s first 300-square-foot apartments. Far from appearing claustrophobic, the design calls for big windows, ample storage space, and spacious balconies.
In a new exhibit, the Museum of the City of New York looks at the most innovative design solutions for tiny living spaces, as well as real-world examples pioneered in other cities around the world. A ecological and sustainable vision for the city, indeed.
The exhibit includes a full-scale micro-apartment that visitors can walk through. It was designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture alongside Architecture by Amie Gross Architects, and features transforming, practical pieces that may become standard in future tiny-homes.
A typical and cozy small apartment living room with TV, couch, and shelves.
A closer look at the shelves and TV. The white storage closet on the left opens up to become a desk.
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The bed pulls down to rest on the couch and hanging shelf. The couch pillows can then be placed on the bed, or hidden in the couch’s storage. How cool is that?
A roll-out table and convertible chairs create a dining room in a minute.
The table also works as storage in the kitchen.
The bathroom mirror and sink also have hidden storage options as well.
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