We're always simultaneously heartened and chagrined when we read about New York families making clever use of their small spaces. Heartened that it can be done, yet chagrined knowing that we're probably not making the most of what we ourselves have. The Finger-Kennedy family (Michael, Joanne, Jonah, 9 and Esther, 1) whose apartment was recently featured in Dwell is definitely making the most of their 640 sq. feet in the East Village with multi-functional furniture, hidden storage and skylights. When the family met with the architects who helped them transform and rejigger the apartment young Jonah voiced his opinion that the apartment should feel like a pirate ship. And indeed the architects incorporated ideas from boat design which demands clever solutions for small spaces. See Jonah's bed above? It's also a desk that the whole family can use. There are hidden 8" compartments in the floor to eke out every last bit of storage space. The family's dining table folds down from the wall, but can accommodate a dinner party if need be.
Read more about the Finger-Kennedy family's apartment remodel and see a slideshow of photos at Dwell.
(Image: Raimund Koch/Dwell)