ERIC SCHNEIDER: Hi, I’m
Eric Schneider. I’m a teacher. MICHAEL CHEN: I’m
Michael Chen. I’m an architect. ERIC SCHNEIDER: We’re about to
go into my apartment on the Upper West Side. MICHAEL CHEN: We call it the
Unfolding Apartment. ERIC SCHNEIDER: I moved
into the apartment about five years ago. And then it was very much
an empty space. The process of renovating this
apartment is definitely thanks to my knowing Michael. MICHAEL CHEN: Eric has
a really full life. He cooks in here, he entertains,
he works a little bit from home. So he really needed all of the
function of a much larger apartment than the one that
he ended up buying. So then the strategy really
became about how to compress all of that extra stuff into
a really small apartment. When we were designing the
apartment, there wasn’t really a place to have a full
size refrigerator. These are two under cabinet
refrigerators. They go underneath the counter
and they have a panel to match the rest of the cabinetry. The idea was to conceal as
many of the things in the kitchen as possible. So this is the dishwasher, just
behind a custom panel. We didn’t want to see a
lot of exposed stuff. ERIC SCHNEIDER: In this small
apartment, this feels like a full kitchen. I love that there’s such a large
expanse of counter that I can easily work at and be
present with my guests. They can comfortably
sit at the counter. It’s probably my favorite
part of the apartment. Welcome to my bedroom. This is a Murphy bed in
its down position. It’s just a normal mattress
that’s plopped into the box that goes up and down. It’s very easy. Very comfortable, if
I do say so myself. You can see the little bed nook,
and there’s light back there, which is very nice. The hinge makes lifting the bed
pretty light and it just swings right up. This is the home office here. This desk goes up and clicks
into place very conveniently. So this is the living
room here. It comfortably seats up to
six people, but we can squeeze more in. The table is nice because it has
leaves that open out and extend out to have more space. I knew it would just be a nice
space to be in, but it was the concept of Michael’s plans that
really left me with a sense that I could live here
in a really wonderful way. FEMALE SPEAKER: Love
home and design? So do I. Have Pinterest, Tumblr,
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to our channel. The link’s below. See you soon.

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100 thoughts on “Amazing Unfolding Origami Apartment video – OffBeat Spaces

  • July 16, 2012 at 7:49 am
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    What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you Americans are Sicking stuck on sexualty and race you guys need help

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  • July 16, 2012 at 10:23 am
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    Why do you live here?

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  • July 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm
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    we clearly have an over-population issue.

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  • July 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm
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    Is there no bathroom or did I miss something?

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  • July 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm
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    they could be but it's probably to split rent and they're probably good friends

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  • July 17, 2012 at 6:46 am
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    yeah I didn't think about he might actually own the space – ala co-op or condo type dwelling. Then it would be cost effective to do this type of renovation.

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  • July 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm
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    i fucking want that house

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  • July 18, 2012 at 6:58 am
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    i wasn't saying they are gay i never thought that until i saw a comment asking if they are

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  • July 19, 2012 at 4:19 am
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    You'd have to ask your landlord.

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  • July 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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    Not to mention that he also has a Mac laptop, which cost at least $1000, and in my opinion is a lot of money.

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  • July 20, 2012 at 7:23 am
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    small places like these have bathroom that are public to all residents almost like a cleaner and nicer dorm bathroom

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  • July 20, 2012 at 7:33 am
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    when did he do that?

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  • July 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm
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    Some people don't understand, living in Manhattan, ppl do not care about space, they care about living in the heart of the city, or where the action is. They will squeeze up in a tiny ass apartment if it means being in the "midst of culture" these ppl don't care!! They ALL have money, rent there is totally outrageous, and they will live there for the rest ofo their lives too…watch

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  • July 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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    I would stub my toe everywhere

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  • July 22, 2012 at 3:08 am
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    I jerked off in this apartment back in 1989.

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  • July 22, 2012 at 4:22 am
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    stupidity…

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  • July 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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    He said he knew Michael before the project, so he may have done it for free for a friend, or for school. With the very high cost of space in New York, the cost of a designer becomes a much smaller portion of the total costs.
    Here that space would rent for $400 a month, in NY it could go for $1200 and more depending on the building and location.
    The also don't have cars or yards so their "space" is much more important to them. Nice small apt vs large crappy apt??

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  • July 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm
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    I agree, small living is there way of "getting asian" everyone hates hipsters.

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  • July 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm
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    Custom, custom, custom, custom. he ought to just buy a house

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  • July 23, 2012 at 5:31 am
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    uh no, that space in Manhattan is $2000-$2200 a month easy regardless of location. Besides he'd have to own it to do that kind of renovation so its most likely a co-op or condo building.

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  • July 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm
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    Of course every person with a well paying job will spend more money fixing up their apartment than they will on the apartment its self.

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  • July 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm
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    this is a design that the city of NY is working on so they can cram more people into smaller spaces

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  • July 24, 2012 at 4:47 am
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    @RocktheStageNYC Not having ever lived there, I know it is expensive, which makes my point more valid. The higher the cost, the easier it is to swing a designer

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  • July 24, 2012 at 6:10 am
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    I've noticed that at 0:19, theres a bathroom on the other side of the hallway entrance. ^^

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  • July 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm
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    That tiny apt. is on the upper west side & anything bigger would be astronomically expensive. Funny thing tho, I live in the DFW & pay about $500 a month for a GIANT apt. Location, location, location. 😀

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  • July 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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    That would be cool to live in…. for a week.

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  • July 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm
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    They live in new york. Stupid expensive.

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  • August 2, 2012 at 12:14 am
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    incredible! I love love love SpacesTV – please continue to make more of these videos!! 🙂

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  • August 8, 2012 at 4:54 am
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    maybe he just likes it this way

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  • August 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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    I'm pretty sure they are a couple, so I don't think he paid the interior designer.

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  • August 19, 2012 at 8:27 am
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    The youtube channel "kirstendirksen" also did a video of this apartment and they show his bathroom.

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  • September 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm
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    less cleaning.

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  • September 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm
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    He probably lives in an expensive city, and likes the location.

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  • September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm
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    they look cute as a couple =]

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  • September 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm
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    From detail in the other clip.
    He paid $235,000 for a 450-square-foot.
    I think, interior cost is about 30%.
    In that cost, How big you can get bigger apt in Manhattan…..with nothing?

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  • September 26, 2012 at 4:47 am
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    No we don't ALL have money. That's just a ridiculous, blanket statement. Many people are moving out of NYC because of the rising costs and our Mayor stupid idea of telling us what we can and can't eat instead of doing things about crime, gun violence, theft, etc.

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  • September 26, 2012 at 4:47 am
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    Yes but if you move, you lose all you paid for.

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  • September 26, 2012 at 4:48 am
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    you need a better job or a career

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  • September 26, 2012 at 4:51 am
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    $235,000 and he could have bought a nice house in Queens with a 20min commute to Manhattan and saved himself the trouble of having to use his TV as a table.

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  • October 8, 2012 at 10:08 am
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    where is the bathroom?

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  • October 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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    When people buy their house, it's not only wood or rock.
    it's life style and environment too.
    that's why cost of house in Queens cheaper than Manhattan but he didn't choose one.
    ….if you don't care something like this, i will recommend you to have black neighborhood in the Bronx, you will have double size house in a half prize.

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  • October 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm
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    It all comes down to preference in that situation, plus this apt has benefits, lower heating bills and/or rent and so forth, plus you can do pretty cool things with small apts

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:31 am
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    thats actually a good question… its in there though 🙂

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:32 am
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    LOVE those. They are so cool looking

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:32 am
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    at least he stays consistent

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:33 am
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    Thank you!! Have you seen Take Me Home or This Cost What? We do a 1million dollar edition, and most expensive homes coming soon

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:35 am
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    Very Cool! Murphy beds are a great way to save space

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:36 am
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    The Bathroom is in the apartment… just not in the video 🙂 Now we know you want to see them! We'll make sure to include it all in the future

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:37 am
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    I love the office space. So smart and simple

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:38 am
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    that could be cool. lighting changes everything… sets the mood so to speak

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:39 am
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    thank you!! and welcome!!

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    want to see just how stupid expensive NYC is? check out our show "This Cost What"

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:41 am
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    we have a show all about this… catch our show This Cost What… where we compare NYC real estate and show what you could have gotten anywhere else

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:42 am
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    Pretty much! we have a show all about this… catch our show This Cost What… where we compare NYC real estate and show what you could have gotten anywhere else

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:44 am
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    touche… some people really like the idea of living im small spaces.

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:45 am
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    Check out our show Tiny Eclectic Amazing Spaces… its all people who love to live small, fabulously.

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:47 am
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    want to see how outrageous it is? check out our show This Cost What which takes NYC real estate and compares it to other US cities

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:48 am
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    haha thats all??

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:49 am
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    THANK YOU!!! have you seen our other series and more offbeat spaces?

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:54 am
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    I absolutey love watching these videos! If i'm not watching House hunter Int. I'll just be watching SpacesTV. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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  • October 22, 2012 at 12:56 am
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    Thank you so much!!! I love House Hunters too… but if you love real estate check out our This Cost What segments 🙂

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  • November 5, 2012 at 10:59 am
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    where's the toilet

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  • November 13, 2012 at 4:49 am
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    why would anyone wanna invite guests to this shythole? with no bathroom?

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  • November 20, 2012 at 4:11 am
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    they're a cute couple

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  • November 22, 2012 at 1:06 am
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    Where is the bathroom?

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  • November 22, 2012 at 1:58 am
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    Check 0:20 seconds

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  • November 22, 2012 at 2:05 am
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    Check desig in second 0:20 or 0:40

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  • December 4, 2012 at 6:03 am
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    how cute their gay!

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  • December 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm
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    love this apartment

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  • December 15, 2012 at 7:00 am
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    really nice clean informational . Thanks

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  • December 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm
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    youre welcome!!

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  • December 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm
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    It's really amazing when you apply thought to needs over wants in such limited space. I wonder if the cabinet storage are custom made.

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  • January 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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    Wow, really nice! Expensive fixes but Eric did a great design job. This is a tiny space that I could probably stand living in, except it's hard for me to be extremely neat, which is essential..

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  • January 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm
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    Because bigger is not necessarily better to some people. He may want to forgo space for a better location, which is a compromise made by many in large cities with expensive housing

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  • January 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm
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    wheres the bathroom?

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  • January 21, 2013 at 1:55 am
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    where is the bathroom?

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  • February 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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    He shits in a silver bucket.

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  • February 13, 2013 at 2:18 am
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    Love it !!

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  • February 17, 2013 at 12:55 am
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    shows so much you can do with such little space!!

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  • February 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm
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    no bath room

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  • February 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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    i really wanna know how much this kinda remodel costs. this is awesome, but seems very expensive to do.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 4:00 am
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    yes until you get fed up with cleaning everything all the time and your apartment turns into a mess. come on why get a match box on the UWS rather than a real nice apartment t somewhere, it's like you prefer to sacrifice comfort for vanity. i have a huge house in paris which is cheaper than your origami in NYC.

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  • March 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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    Bathroom at 0:20.

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  • March 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm
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    The white guy reminds me "mcloving" from super bad!!! Lol

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  • March 31, 2013 at 12:03 am
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    FUCK my mansion! I'm moving into a closet! *packs bag*

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  • April 1, 2013 at 8:53 am
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    still really luxurous for 2 people.

    Hong Kong People: Bitch please.

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  • April 22, 2013 at 1:54 am
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    main reason: super expensive land price in NYC, higher tax for bigger living space, so don't compare it with your local diminutive land price

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  • April 23, 2013 at 12:22 am
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    yes my point exactly , why not leave in place where it is cheaper and you can have more space ?
    i was born in NYC , i spent 30 years there until i realized this is bullshit

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  • April 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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    right???

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  • May 18, 2013 at 2:53 am
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    Read the 'ABOUT' section. It's NOT that difficult.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm
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    Good stuff

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  • June 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm
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    this one is damn good !!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 10:57 am
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    I think only one of them actually lives there… the other one is the architect, who really came up with the design.

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  • September 30, 2013 at 10:15 am
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    This is so good.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm
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    Oh yes love this apt. It gives me some ideas

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  • November 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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    @Rock the Stage NYC Its my understanding that location and cost of living has a lot to do with it. Some places are so expensive to live, that having more space then you need doesn't sit with people, so some might like to have more compact space, and just live it up. 

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  • May 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
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    Beautiful! A nice balance between functionality and making a proper comfortable home for friends to visit also 🙂

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  • August 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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    Love It!!!

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  • November 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm
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    so where is the eV bathroom?

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