Monday, January 24, 2011 hosted a design competition called Life Edited on their website this month and drew the interest of several amazing designers, namely Jerome Burgos.  In short the competition asked designers and architects to, "design a jewel box of an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420sf ."

Now, I'd hate to be considered biased towards my boyfriend and his colleague who worked on this project but I'll risk it by saying - Jerome and Emily posted the most creative, intelligent project possible.  I was personally amazed by their ability to broaden the tiny space so much that some of the space set-ups look expansive.  They also crafted new furniture for the space which allow for the potential owner to quickly and easily change the space for eating, working. lounging, sleeping or cooking.   The unique furniture, which in it's raw format looks almost link a cube, are such beautiful puzzle pieces when displayed, and art pieces when stacked and stored away.  Their concept, titled is available for viewing here.

Sadly, I was not quick enough with this post and the competition is already closed for public vote.  But, I'm sure he'd appreciate it if you took a look at the work and left a comment.  To understand the variations in lay-outs, I included the design requirements below.  Once you've read them consider this question.....Where else would you need to use such a tiny space for such a wide variety of activities than in NYC?

The design needs to support the life of a real person in the apartment - someone who works, eats, lives, and entertains. We’re looking for apartment designs that allow for:

•a sit-down dinner for 12 people
•a comfortable lounging option for 8 people
•space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy
•a home office
•a work area with space for a rolling tool chest
•a hideable kitchen

As the room function is changed, it should not feel like you are sleeping in your office or eating in your bedroom. At the same time, it should be easy and quick enough to change the room function that one would actually do it.

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