Small Space Solutions from Normal Projects

Small Space Solutions from Normal Projects

Sarah Coffey
May 24, 2011

Store History

  • Founded by: Michael Chen and Kari Anderson
  • Headquarters: New York, New York

You might remember architecture firm Normal Projects from the amazing 450 square foot unfolding apartment they designed in Manhattan. Michael Chen and Kari Anderson approach space planning from several different angles, combining architecture with industrial design and custom furniture-making. Their residential projects are inspiring examples of problem-solving — here are four of our favorites.

Plaza Apartment

This home in Brooklyn combines a nursery, library, and office in one small space. The nursery is sectioned off using storage walls and sliding panels, which form an office on the opposite wall. The panels can be closed to make the space feel more like an office or opened to let light and air flow through.

Photographer's Apartment

In this live-work space, storage cabinets double as room dividers. The largest cabinet contains living room storage and shelving on one wall, with a bedroom closet on the reverse side.

Aerated Apartment

When the architects renovated two adjoining apartments in an old building, they used screens and room dividers to cleverly combine space into one multi-functional living space. A wall of low shelving provides storage, while sliding custom panels allow the space to be configured in several different ways.

Unfolding Apartment

In this studio apartment, a custom blue cabinet functions as an all-in-one pod that contains a bed, storage shelves, a console table, and clothes storage.

Images: Alan Tansey | Normal Projects

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