LifeEdited shows we can live large in small spaces. By applying smart design and technology, you can have a compelling, fulfilling life that allows you to live within your means financially and environmentally. LifeEdited demonstrated this premise with its first project, a NYC apartment with over 1,000 square feet of functionality in only 420.
In 2009, Graham Hill purchased two apartments in New York City with the express purpose of showing that people could have everything they need using less (and better) stuff and space. He had big dreams for the small spaces: dinner parties for 12, accommodations for 2 overnight guests, a home office, a home theater with digital projector and, befitting his background, it had to have very clean air and be built in an environmentally responsible manner.
To make this dream a reality, the web-savvy Mr. Hill called on the crowd-sourcing platform Jovoto and marketing firm Mutopo to launch a competition to design the first space (dubbed LifeEdited 1, or LE1). The winning design came from two Romanian architecture students named Catalin Sandu and Adrian Iancu. Their elegant, jewel-box design, entitled “One Size Fits All,” met all of Mr. Hill’s requirements and brought purpose and intention to every one of the apartment’s 420 square feet.
Brooklyn-based architectural and design firm Guerin Glass Architecture was responsible for building out the gutted space. The project incorporated transforming furniture from Resource Furniture and sustainably-sourced building materials from Green Depot. The space had to be both smart and healthy, as indoor air is typically 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air.
location, new york, ny
team: lifeedited, designers: catalin sandu and adrian iancu; head architect scott glass of guerin glass architecture
photo credit: matthew williams for LifeEdited
size: 420 sq ft/39 sq m