I read a really fun article in the New York Times last weekend on living with less in small spaces, in particular how to live in one of the yet-to-be-built 300 square foot “micro-units” recently proposed by Mayor Bloomberg as a [hopefully] cheaper alternative to the mega-pricey standard that has become NY living. You can read the full article here. If you choose not to read it (and I don’t blame you, I don’t like clicking around all the time either), I’ll summarize.
The writer of the article decided it would be fun to search for some clever space-saving ways to actually furnish one of these teeny tiny units. He scored some great finds. Some are completely unrealistic (a $35,000 mini kitchen on wheels?!), others are utterly weird (a Chewable Toothbrush that doesnt require toothpaste, water, or even a sink? Blech), but others are actually genius. My favorites are the Ludovico “desk in a box” by Sibille Furniture (pictured above), the Magnetic Nesting 5-Piece Utensil Kit by Joseph Joseph (clever, stylish, and practical!), and the Hot-Pot BBQ “flower pot grill” by Black + Blum (you heard me right – and it’s such a good idea!).
So if you find yourself snapping up one of these micro units, or are already living in a shoebox of a pad, there already are some great ideas out there for saving space and multi-tasking furniture and gadgets. And remember, sometimes you just need to do a little thinking outside the box – er, apartment – to come up with clever ideas of your own.