Third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider bought the biggest apartment he could afford. Some $235,000 later he ended up with a 450-square-foot studio with a tiny kitchen -- probably a bargain in Manhattan.
Then he let architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects design a way to pack more density into his small space.
In order to fit more apartment in a small footprint, they created an object that's bigger than furniture, but smaller than architecture and that morphs with the changing activities of a day.
It's a large, blue, oversized cabinet that houses all of the walls/bed/tables/shelving/closets needed for at least 4 full-sized rooms.
By continuing to unfold, or fold differently, Schneider can create a bedroom with accompanying built-in nightstand and closets, but an office plus library, a guest bedroom, and a living room. Or close it up entirely and simply flip down the small bar and the room becomes entertaining space for a dozen.
|Shave It: the Hairless Monkeys Revenge|
|Wave Rock: BMX Riding on a Giant Natural Half-Pipe in Australia|
|Don't Fuck With a Man's Nintendo DS|
|The Underwater Driving Fire Truck|
|No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan|
|“How do you communicate wirelessly with WiFi using only plastic?”|
|“There are over a billion people who have no access to energy what-so-ever.”|
|The 24 Carrot Cake|
|“We estimate the dynamical lifetime of the Tesla to be a few tens of millions of years.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Tesla's Model S has outsold traditional high-end models from established European brands.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?"|
|“Facebook is a declining power.”|
|“We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars.”|