A Small NYC Studio Goes From "Dorm Room" to Modern Living Cube

A Small NYC Studio Goes From "Dorm Room" to Modern Living Cube

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 6, 2017
(Image credit: Raimund Koch for Dwell)

Having spent time in the past living in a van, Manhattan resident Michael Pozner felt confident that 500 square feet would be plenty of space. But after a few years of living (and working from home) in his studio apartment, he got tired of having papers strewn around, climbing a rickety loft stair to get into bed, and the whole place looking, in his words, "like a dorm room."

(Image credit: Raimund Koch for Dwell)

The solution Michael's architect (Darrick Borowski of ARExA, pictured above with Michael in the apartment) came up with was to turn the kitchen, bathroom and loft bedroom into a living cube of sorts, cladding the entire thing in an oak wood that gives the apartment a soft warmth. This leaves the front of the apartment free for the living room/home office. A wall of cabinets along one side of the room provides plenty of storage.

(Image credit: Raimund Koch for Dwell)

In the new kitchen, the architects found space for a full-sized refrigerator, and the ultimate NYC apartment luxury: a washer and dryer. The kitchen door was removed, making it a bit more open to the rest of the apartment. Between the kitchen and the living room is the bathroom.

(Image credit: Raimund Koch for Dwell)

The loft bedroom is surprisingly roomy. White built-in cabinets (on the left) blend into the wall, and a built-in nightstand provides even more storage. The ledge at the foot of Michael's bed (which you can see in the photo at the top of this post) contains a second bed, which is where Michael's goddaughter sleeps when she visits.

The whole apartment is a beautiful example of how small spaces can be both very functional and very stylish — with just a little bit of ingenuity.

To learn more about the apartment, check out the full tour on Dwell.

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