An Industrial Designer’s Tiny, “Techie” NYC Studio

updated Dec 5, 2019

An Industrial Designer’s Tiny, “Techie” NYC Studio

updated Dec 5, 2019
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Name: Emilie Williams
Location: Chelsea — New York, New York
Size: 210 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Since she’s an industrial designer and a Design Director at American Standard Brands (a leading North American plumbing and building products manufacturer), it’s no surprise that functionality was Emilie’s goal when arranging her tiny New York City studio. The 210-square-foot space feels modern and cozy thanks to a simple decor style. But there’s more than meets the eye: Color-changing light bulbs are commanded by voice, and a bunk bed/office is a hydraulic-powered convertible area!

Emilie and her adorably friendly toy poodles Miles and Scotty have lived here for about a year, which makes all of her tech improvements to the space even more impressive. Learning to live small is worth it for her, since she loves her neighborhood. Living in Chelsea means she can walk to work and visit her pups during her lunch break. When she’s not at work, she can be found playing video games and making music in her teeny but totally functional-for-her home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Comfortable/techie

Inspiration: Functional comfort

Favorite Element: LED lighting

Biggest Challenge: Space constraints – modular furniture!

What Friends Say: You packed a lot into a small space

Biggest Embarrassment: Kitchen appliances

Proudest DIY: 1000lb hydraulic lift kit on loft

Biggest Indulgence: LED Lighting

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to modify something if it doesn’t work for your space


Entire apartment outfitted with 14 Philips Hue Bulbs & Light Strips

Landskrona Loveseat — IKEA
Drexel Declaration series Coffee Table – Craigslist
Nintendo, original edition
Super Nintendo
Atari 2600
Stanton Turntable
Amazon Echo Dot – voice controls the Philips Hue system

American Standard Edgewater Semi-Pro Faucet – American Standard
Customized IKEA shelving

Stora loft bed – IKEA
1000lb Hydraulic lift kit attached to loft bed – Monarch Dyna-Lift

American Standard Edgemere Faucet – American Standard

Thanks, Emilie!

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