In 2005, third-grade teacher Eric Schneider bought a small 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment and started down a journey in design, architecture, and big thinking (by thinking small) that resulted in an apartment that is more transformer than it is traditional apartment space. He invested $70,000 (on top of the $235,000 he originally paid for the apartment) in creating a space that can be quickly and easily modified to meet the needs of Eric and his guests. A few clicks here, a fold or unfold there, and Eric can create a bedroom. A few more clicks and swings there and the same space is perfect for entertaining people. Or it can be turned into a productive workspace for work or computer time at home.


Check out the video showing how it all works.



It cost Eric $70,000 for a custom unit (designed by Michel Chen and Kari Anderson at Normal Projects), it follows the rules of economy of scale that a commercial version of his apartment could be sold for as low as $50,000. I hope to see something like this hitting the market soon, it makes too much sense in a time where small apartments in popular cities can still cost millions of dollars, even in the face of the global downturn in the real estate market.


Via Boing Boing via Fair Companies



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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

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What's the best way to make the most of a small Manhattan apartment? Turn it into a transformer!