Small Space Scores.

Sibille Furniture Ludovico

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.

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