Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger.com, has always been an advocate for small and sustainable living. In 2012, he moved into a 420 square foot apartment in SoHo, outfitted with all kinds of clever, customized solutions that gave the apartment the functionality of a much larger space. In 2014 he decided to go even smaller, and moved (along with his partner and their two dogs) into a 350 square foot apartment in the same building.
Graham saw the new apartment as a chance to downsize even more, but also to improve upon the design of the previous apartment. He wanted the new space to have a little more texture and character, and also be a little more affordable, with solutions that he could implement in some of his other projects.
This diminutive space packs in all the features you would expect in an apartment more than twice its size. There's a living room, a sleeping space, room for a dinner party for up to 10 people, an office for Graham to work from home, and a guest room for visitors — all in 350 square feet. This may seem impossible, but the trick is that many of these functions occur within the same space, thanks to a clever layout and some very flexible furniture.
In the living room, a modular sofa provides a spot to lounge during the day. A Murphy bed (you can see the outline of it on the wall above the sofa) folds down on top of the middle section of the couch at night. The coffee table, which at first glance looks like just an ordinary coffee table, can be adjusted to different heights, and the top expands to form a desk or dining table. For dinner parties, the cubes that form the sofa can be re-configured to provide seating for up to 10 guests.
The unit's office space (a little nook opposite the living room) also flexes to accommodate different needs. Usually it's a workspace for Graham, but when guests stay over, the desk folds up, and those handy sofa cubes can be rearranged to form a full- or queen-sized bed. A curved accordion door pulls out to give guests a little privacy.
A 350-square-foot apartment is, even by New York standards, quite small, but Graham (and his partner and their dogs) are making it work. This compact and highly efficient space is proof that, with a little ingenuity, and some very clever furniture, a little apartment can be the setting for a very big, rich life.
To see more photos and read more about the apartment, check out the full tour on Dwell.