Laverne Cox’s 634 Square-Foot NYC Studio Has So Many Space-Saving Details You’ll Want to Steal

published Oct 17, 2022
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She may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but Laverne Cox is living small in a 634-square-foot apartment in New York City. The Emmy-nominated actor is still living large, though, with luxe space-saving solutions that are as beautifully designed as they are glamorous.

“There’s something really cool about things being scaled back,” Cox told Architectural Digest. “You can’t have clutter here. I’m more mindful of throwing things out and cleaning up after myself when I’m here… You have to let go of a lot of stuff. There’s something beautiful about simplifying your life.”

When Cox bought the apartment in 2020, she hired Robert Garbneau, the architect behind the modular “Pivot Apartment” layout. Together, they designed a space to maximize storage while keeping it open and uncluttered.

To do so, the pair decided on installing a fold-down kitchen table, a motorized Murphy bed, a hidden glam corner behind the flat-screen TV, kitchen countertops set into the wall, and closets lining every single wall.

“I’m 50 years old, and I bought my first place four years ago, so there was a lot of catching up to do — and all of that is okay,” she said. “You can be a star, and you don’t have to ball out to live well. I’m all about living modestly but living well.”

Cox hopes that by giving a peek into her apartment — and the renovation process, which she documented in full on her YouTube channel — others can be inspired to create their own perfect small space that suits their needs and lifestyle without having to compromise on style.

“There’s creative ways that people can make it work, especially if you live in a place like New York where it’s really expensive,” Cox told AD.

When you’re confined to tight quarters, Cox urges to think outside the box and do so in glam fashion.