Perhaps you have heard of the mini apartments that the Bloomberg administration has approved for construction in New York City. They are units between 250 and 375 square feet that will be built starting at the end of 2014 to provide housing to the large amount of one and two person households in that city.
Last November San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program that will build apartments as small as 220 square feet, including bathroom and closets. The project was recommended as a way to address the housing crisis in the city, where rent prices for a studio or a one-bedroom apartment can be as high as $3,000.
If the plans in these major cities of the United States say anything about the future of city living, now is truly the time for designers to come up with clever pieces that can function in small quarters. Ukranian designer Julia Kononenko has began doing so by designing a convertible sofa piece that can transform from a sofa to a six person table with six padded stools in just minutes.
The sofa’s cushions come off, the top folds, legs expand, and viola! a group of people can sit for a meal or for a game of cards.
If you live in a small apartment, you may find this space saving invention interesting, and if you are a parent with a young one at college, this may be just the furniture piece he or she would enjoy.