If you’ve ever dreamt of retrofitting your tiny apartment with an all-in-one space-saving life-changing furniture solution, you have a friend in Andrea Zittel. Currently based in Joshua Tree, CA, Zittel is an artist who has been blurring the line between fine art and design for over a decade.

Well before prefab and customization became the hot topic of today’s design circles, Zittel was creating compact living structures and all-in-one home furnishings that combine modular parts and mixed used components. Her work investigates notions of individualism, urbanity, and the home, while also bearing an obvious and compelling resonance with many contemporary design trends. It’s no surprise, then, that she has received increased critical acclaim recently.

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Just next month, The New Museum of Contemporary Art will host a major mid-career retrospective of her work. Andrea Zittel: Critical Space, opens January 26 and runs through May 27. The exhibition features several projects/products she created under the name A-Z Administrative Services — a combination home-office, laboratory, storefront, and conceptual art venture she founded in the early 90’s as her personal investigation of “designs for living’. In addition to the work that will be shown at the New Museum, her series of compact customized chambers, the A-Z Wagon Stations, will be on view at the Whitney Museum when Andrea Zittel: Small Liberties, goes up February 9 to May 7.

+ Andrea Zittel: Critical Space at the New Museum of Contemporary Art