Two People Work From Home and Live in This Tiny NYC Apartment That Unfolds Like a ‘Swiss Army Knife’

An apartment sizing up to 550-square-feet might be considered tiny for just meeting living standards of many couples. But when the space also serves as home office for two people, it gets even harder to imagine how it would work.

Rosa and Robert Garneau in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea still somehow manage to conduct business with privacy and store all their stuff in the “Swiss Army knife“-like walls of their New York City apartment, as Fair Companies explains in a profile.

Robert Garneau stands in front of a hidden Murphy bed, cabinets and sliding room divider. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

The Garneau’s call their home a “Transformer Loft” — a nod to the popular movie series where things like a car or airplane shape-shift into giant robots.

Robert explains in the video tour that there aren’t really actual walls in the space that was originally a studio apartment. One giant, 9-foot long, 2-inch thick sliding door is what not only serves to make the studio into a more private one bedroom, but it also covers the home office equipment and other storage. As Robert said, nearly everything in the apartment has to serve two purposes.

Robert finds the cabinetry in his apartment “exciting.”

“…yeah, it’s a little bit more than what you would have to pay normally but it’s so liberating in what you can do with it.”

Cabinets in the bathroom are hidden because the whole room is covered in the same blue mosaic tiles. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

He said that some of the cabinets and hardware they employ to make their space function well is “a lot like living in a ship where everything is precise.”

Even his closest clothing rods have special hardware that allows them to be pulled down for easy access.

“It’s all about the hardware. I’m quite geeky in terms of hardware,” Robert said.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Moving on to the living space furniture, you see that it all has storage built into it and is on wheels to make rearranging possible. Their couch, for example, can be transformed into a queen-size bed for guests.

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Their kitchen table, where much of their work would be conducted, is height-adjustable via an electronic control. Raising it up would make it like a counter-height kitchen island.

There are hidden drawers inside the table. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
Here’s the table after it has been raised. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

Take the full tour in Fair Companies video: