Living With Less: First, Hide the Bed

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The New York Times has a wonderful monthly feature called Sketch Pad, which "focuses on an apartment, house, loft or shack now for sale that has unrealized potential. Each month, a different architect or designer is asked to create a vision of what the place might look like"

Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita of New York's Front Studio redesigned a 380 square foot straight-line studio for an imaginary client. It is full of great ideas for small spaces; I loved the idea of the trundle bed sliding under the platform. (in most murphy beds, one has to make the bed, remove the clothes on it, and fasten a strap. Here you have the works in a drawer, just push it all under when the doorbell rings)


open and closed: everything hinges and slides, the dining table folds down, the kitchen opens up and the office goes away at night

The architects were asked how they came up with the idea of sliding the bed under the living-room floor.

"We were frustrated thinking of all these different solutions, and we got hungry," Ms. Yanagishita said. "We went to have Korean food in a restaurant on 32nd Street. We were eating kimchi — pickled cabbage — and we noticed the raised platform we were sitting on.

"Then all the little pieces came together like a Japanese puzzle box: things slide out, things fold in, things tuck away. It is clean, we hope, without any fussiness." ::New York Times and be sure to watch the ::slideshow.