Remember Luke Clark Tyler, the 20-something freelance architect who downsized from a 96-square-foot apartment to a 78-square-foot apartment in Manhattan’s Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that costs $800 a month in rent? Well, he’s back with a new tour of his impossibly petite urban abode.
The video tour, produced for a new show called Offbeat Spaces on YouTube’s home design-centric SPACES channel, finds Tyler (a fellow with a name that would have easily secured him a spot on "Home Improvement" or another 1990s sitcom if he had gone into acting as a kid) merrily content as ever and more than happy to share some small-space design and organization tips: Mirrors are your friend, hand towels trump full-sized bath towels in shoebox-sized living spaces, conversation is key when entertaining in a glorified walk-in closet. When the first video tour of "LCT"'s studio was released by faircompanies last summer, it never occurred to me how much time he actually spends in there. I assumed it was more or less a crash pad for someone who was constantly out and about enjoying life in the city. But as Offbeat Spaces addresses in detail, the apartment — which, honestly, is more of a single dorm room than anything — is also Tyler’s home office as he spends a fair amount of time at home sitting at his desk.
I’m not exactly sure how the building owner/landlord gets away with this (one would hope utilities are included), but Tyler’s happy, I’m happy, everyone’s happy, except for Tyler’s parents who can’t quite wrap their heads around the lack of bath towel situation. (They also probably don't have anywhere to crash for free when visiting from out of town.) Check out the video, below.