Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

 

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment by Normal Projects

Unfolding Apartment

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Housed inside a 450-square-foot studio in Manhattan, Normal Projects' colorful plug 'n' play storage module provides a tiny apartment with a variety of functional spaces. Completed in 2007, the massive, blue custom cabinetry incorporates a Murphy bed, a closet, a desk, a nightstand, and additional shelving and storage. The firm calls its strategy "one of extreme density," capable of bridging the gap between architecture and furniture.

The apartment's owner, Eric Schneider, is friends with Normal's principal architects, Michael Chen and Kari Anderson, and the Unfolding Apartment was one of the firm's first independent projects. The renovation, which also encompassed knocking down a few walls, updating the bathroom and kitchen, and fabricating the storage unit from scratch, came in at just about $70,000. Using materials such as fiber board and plexiglass kept the cost manageable.

Schneider actually purchased the unit a full two years before he moved in. After a code violation by the building which delayed his renovation and a trip to Japan, Schneider was finally able to enjoy his tiny — but now impressively economical — apartment. Well worth the wait.

Photos by Alan Tansey

 

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