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Amazing Unfolding Origami Apartment video – OffBeat Spaces

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.



Jul 7, 2012, 7:49 am Reply

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you Americans are Sicking stuck on sexualty and race you guys need help

Neanderthal Cave Becky

Jul 7, 2012, 10:23 am Reply

Why do you live here?


Jul 7, 2012, 6:40 pm Reply

we clearly have an over-population issue.


Jul 7, 2012, 8:31 pm Reply

Is there no bathroom or did I miss something?


Jul 7, 2012, 9:32 pm Reply

they could be but it's probably to split rent and they're probably good friends

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Jul 7, 2012, 6:46 am Reply

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.

Dylan Cathon

Jul 7, 2012, 8:20 pm Reply

i fucking want that house


Jul 7, 2012, 6:58 am Reply

i wasn't saying they are gay i never thought that until i saw a comment asking if they are


Jul 7, 2012, 4:19 am Reply

You'd have to ask your landlord.

River Najera

Jul 7, 2012, 6:44 pm Reply

Not to mention that he also has a Mac laptop, which cost at least $1000, and in my opinion is a lot of money.


Jul 7, 2012, 7:23 am Reply

small places like these have bathroom that are public to all residents almost like a cleaner and nicer dorm bathroom


Jul 7, 2012, 7:33 am Reply

when did he do that?


Jul 7, 2012, 3:34 pm Reply

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

Spencer Wellen

Jul 7, 2012, 5:25 pm Reply

I would stub my toe everywhere


Jul 7, 2012, 3:08 am Reply

I jerked off in this apartment back in 1989.


Jul 7, 2012, 4:22 am Reply



Jul 7, 2012, 12:24 pm Reply

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??


Jul 7, 2012, 5:19 pm Reply

I agree, small living is there way of "getting asian" everyone hates hipsters.


Jul 7, 2012, 6:47 pm Reply

Custom, custom, custom, custom. he ought to just buy a house

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Jul 7, 2012, 5:31 am Reply

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.

Red X

Jul 7, 2012, 1:32 pm Reply

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.

Clear View

Jul 7, 2012, 9:12 pm Reply

this is a design that the city of NY is working on so they can cram more people into smaller spaces


Jul 7, 2012, 4:47 am Reply

@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

Honey Lemon

Jul 7, 2012, 6:10 am Reply

I've noticed that at 0:19, theres a bathroom on the other side of the hallway entrance. ^^


Jul 7, 2012, 8:23 pm Reply

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. 😀

Sota Kidd

Jul 7, 2012, 9:30 pm Reply

That would be cool to live in…. for a week.


Jul 7, 2012, 9:36 pm Reply

They live in new york. Stupid expensive.

Carla 123

Aug 8, 2012, 12:14 am Reply

incredible! I love love love SpacesTV – please continue to make more of these videos!! 🙂

Nicurauga zzz

Aug 8, 2012, 4:54 am Reply

maybe he just likes it this way


Aug 8, 2012, 12:37 pm Reply

I'm pretty sure they are a couple, so I don't think he paid the interior designer.


Aug 8, 2012, 8:27 am Reply

The youtube channel "kirstendirksen" also did a video of this apartment and they show his bathroom.


Sep 9, 2012, 6:27 pm Reply

less cleaning.


Sep 9, 2012, 7:01 pm Reply

He probably lives in an expensive city, and likes the location.


Sep 9, 2012, 5:12 pm Reply

they look cute as a couple =]

inth eline

Sep 9, 2012, 9:28 pm Reply

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?

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Sep 9, 2012, 4:47 am Reply

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.

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Sep 9, 2012, 4:47 am Reply

Yes but if you move, you lose all you paid for.

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Sep 9, 2012, 4:48 am Reply

you need a better job or a career

Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio

Sep 9, 2012, 4:51 am Reply

$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.


Oct 10, 2012, 10:08 am Reply

where is the bathroom?

inth eline

Oct 10, 2012, 11:07 pm Reply

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.

MrBrown BearMan

Oct 10, 2012, 5:38 pm Reply

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


Oct 10, 2012, 12:31 am Reply

thats actually a good question… its in there though 🙂


Oct 10, 2012, 12:32 am Reply

LOVE those. They are so cool looking


Oct 10, 2012, 12:32 am Reply

at least he stays consistent


Oct 10, 2012, 12:33 am Reply

Thank you!! Have you seen Take Me Home or This Cost What? We do a 1million dollar edition, and most expensive homes coming soon


Oct 10, 2012, 12:35 am Reply

Very Cool! Murphy beds are a great way to save space


Oct 10, 2012, 12:36 am Reply

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


Oct 10, 2012, 12:37 am Reply

I love the office space. So smart and simple


Oct 10, 2012, 12:38 am Reply

that could be cool. lighting changes everything… sets the mood so to speak


Oct 10, 2012, 12:39 am Reply

thank you!! and welcome!!


Oct 10, 2012, 12:40 am Reply

want to see just how stupid expensive NYC is? check out our show "This Cost What"


Oct 10, 2012, 12:41 am Reply

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


Oct 10, 2012, 12:42 am Reply

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


Oct 10, 2012, 12:44 am Reply

touche… some people really like the idea of living im small spaces.


Oct 10, 2012, 12:45 am Reply

Check out our show Tiny Eclectic Amazing Spaces… its all people who love to live small, fabulously.


Oct 10, 2012, 12:47 am Reply

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


Oct 10, 2012, 12:48 am Reply

haha thats all??


Oct 10, 2012, 12:49 am Reply

THANK YOU!!! have you seen our other series and more offbeat spaces?


Oct 10, 2012, 12:54 am Reply

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!


Oct 10, 2012, 12:56 am Reply

Thank you so much!!! I love House Hunters too… but if you love real estate check out our This Cost What segments 🙂


Nov 11, 2012, 10:59 am Reply

where's the toilet

bambino bambini

Nov 11, 2012, 4:49 am Reply

why would anyone wanna invite guests to this shythole? with no bathroom?


Nov 11, 2012, 4:11 am Reply

they're a cute couple

Border Girl

Nov 11, 2012, 1:06 am Reply

Where is the bathroom?

Border Girl

Nov 11, 2012, 1:58 am Reply

Check 0:20 seconds

Border Girl

Nov 11, 2012, 2:05 am Reply

Check desig in second 0:20 or 0:40

Nikolai Manto

Dec 12, 2012, 6:03 am Reply

how cute their gay!


Dec 12, 2012, 5:30 pm Reply

love this apartment


Dec 12, 2012, 7:00 am Reply

really nice clean informational . Thanks


Dec 12, 2012, 2:55 pm Reply

youre welcome!!

Avinell Tele

Dec 12, 2012, 6:04 pm Reply

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.


Jan 1, 2013, 12:24 pm Reply

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..


Jan 1, 2013, 9:25 pm Reply

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


Jan 1, 2013, 9:21 pm Reply

wheres the bathroom?

Viw from the Sky

Jan 1, 2013, 1:55 am Reply

where is the bathroom?

Johan Geist

Feb 2, 2013, 11:03 pm Reply

He shits in a silver bucket.


Feb 2, 2013, 2:18 am Reply

Love it !!


Feb 2, 2013, 12:55 am Reply

shows so much you can do with such little space!!

Nerf Ryan

Feb 2, 2013, 9:23 pm Reply

no bath room

Steven Davis

Feb 2, 2013, 11:25 pm Reply

i really wanna know how much this kinda remodel costs. this is awesome, but seems very expensive to do.


Feb 2, 2013, 4:00 am Reply

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.

Syrorn Aro

Mar 3, 2013, 4:14 pm Reply

Bathroom at 0:20.


Mar 3, 2013, 8:11 pm Reply

The white guy reminds me "mcloving" from super bad!!! Lol


Mar 3, 2013, 12:03 am Reply

FUCK my mansion! I'm moving into a closet! *packs bag*

I hate stairs

Apr 4, 2013, 8:53 am Reply

still really luxurous for 2 people.

Hong Kong People: Bitch please.


Apr 4, 2013, 1:54 am Reply

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


Apr 4, 2013, 12:22 am Reply

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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Apr 4, 2013, 10:23 pm Reply


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May 5, 2013, 2:53 am Reply

Read the 'ABOUT' section. It's NOT that difficult.

Branden Carroll

May 5, 2013, 1:49 pm Reply

Good stuff

Tapan goswami

Jun 6, 2013, 8:50 pm Reply

this one is damn good !!


Jul 7, 2013, 10:57 am Reply

I think only one of them actually lives there… the other one is the architect, who really came up with the design.

David B

Sep 9, 2013, 10:15 am Reply

This is so good.

Jean Anthony

Oct 10, 2013, 3:18 pm Reply

Oh yes love this apt. It gives me some ideas

Mr Orc Shaman

Nov 11, 2013, 3:54 pm Reply

@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. 


May 5, 2014, 10:15 am Reply

Beautiful! A nice balance between functionality and making a proper comfortable home for friends to visit also 🙂

Arhamis Lazaro Medina

Aug 8, 2014, 2:45 pm Reply

Love It!!!

Bonnie Howell

Nov 11, 2015, 2:31 pm Reply

so where is the eV bathroom?

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