Property peep show: An unfolding micro-apartment on the Upper West Side

Take a tour inside Eric Schneider's home, a tiny studio whose main components all fold into a single wall

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  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    Step right up to the incredible unfolding apartment. Nearly every part of the studio flexes to maximize its modest 450 square feet—and most of its furnishings fold into a single wall. The custom-made cabinet compresses space-hogging elements—nightstand, closet, desk, even bookshelves—into parts that glide easily into place.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    Eric Schneider, a 38-year-old teacher with the energy of a thousand third-graders, bought the Upper West Side gem eight years ago for $235,000—but he’s moving to Brooklyn with his boyfriend this summer. At the top of their apartment-hunting wish list? "More space."

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    When Schneider first saw the raw space, he fell in love with its airiness, natural light and unobstructed views. His friend Michael Chen, of architecture firm Normal Projects, renovate the place. "This was beyond my wildest dreams," he says of how it turned out.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    With the bed swung up and hidden away, the sunny studio feels more like a loft. "People are in my bedroom," he says, "but you wouldn’t even know that there’s a bed."

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    The Murphy bed takes just a few seconds to pull down.

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    An inset reading nook and unruffled pillows appear when it's down.

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    To divide the room and provide privacy, the panel can be rolled out and extended.

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    On the other side of the privacy panel is a swing-down office desk.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    After teaching in Japan his first year out of college, Schneider learned the Japanese art of living small. "I gained an appreciation for mindfulness of space and not loading up with excess," he says.

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    A surprisingly sizable closet even leaves a bit of room for Schneider to indulge in earthly possessions. In it are his 13 pairs of pants, ironing board, menorah, Bananagrams and cookware overflow.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    Schneider loves to entertain, and cooking in a Ken-doll-sized kitchen doesn’t get in the way of dinner parties. There’s a full dishwasher and a mini Viking oven—the only one that could fit through the apartment’s narrow entry. "I’ve comfortably cooked a sit-down dinner for seven or eight," he says.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    "This was the biggest novelty," Schneider says of the under-cabinet fridge, which you must squat to access. It’s also one of the biggest space-conservers. Inside each of the double doors is a skinny rectangular freezer.

  • Photograph: Rayon Richards

    There’s a small but airy bathroom, the existence of which has rarely been acknowledged in coverage of the apartment. "Commenters are like, 'Where does this guy take a shit?'" Schneider says. "The things people are interested in!"

Photograph: Rayon Richards

Step right up to the incredible unfolding apartment. Nearly every part of the studio flexes to maximize its modest 450 square feet—and most of its furnishings fold into a single wall. The custom-made cabinet compresses space-hogging elements—nightstand, closet, desk, even bookshelves—into parts that glide easily into place.


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