A Collector’s Tiny 178-Square-Foot Apartment

updated Jul 15, 2020
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We’ve seen our share of small spaces and teeny-tiny homes, but this one just might take the cake. This 178-square-foot apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn belongs to 25-year-old Zach Motl. An avid collector since he was a child, Motl adheres to the “old decorating dictum that says the more stuff you put in a room (albeit artfully arranged stuff), the bigger it seems. More really is more.”

He’s pretty thrifty, too, incorporating furniture or accessories found on the curb or at a flea market. And who says a rental has to be limiting? Upon first moving into his apartment, Motl removed all the window panes, cleaned them, and reattached them to make sure they weren’t leaking heat. He also chipped off the mirror tiles in his bathroom by hand, and built his own task lights for less than $200 out of components found at Canal Lighting.

See more pictures and read the whole article at The New York Times.

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(Images: Robert Wright for The New York Times, used with permission. Originally published 2010-02-16)