The Museum of the City of New York's "Making Room" exhibit exploring the future of housing in NYC has been a big hit, but now the curators are putting it to the ultimate test by inviting real New Yorkers to live in a tiny model apartment inside of the museum's walls. The experiment, called "Living Large While Living Small," will host singles, couples and roommates (on separate days, not all at the same time) interacting within a 325-sq-ft space, and will even feature special workshops on how to cook, decorate and organize in a micro dwelling. Read on for the full schedule of events.
MCNY‘s “Living Large While Living Small” will take place over the last month of the “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibit, and will plop real New Yorkers into a 325-sq-ft apartment to see how they make the most of the small space. The guests will include a couple, a single and a pair of roommates, and each group will stay in the fully-built, fully-furnished micro-unit for 24 hours each. There will also be a series of demonstrations by experts showing how to maximize a tiny living area and prepare meals, organize clothes and spruce up a small space with decor.
Eager to check out “Living Large While Living Small” for yourself? Here is the full list of events:
CLEVER WAYS TO ORGANIZE YOUR SMALL SPACE (TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 FROM 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM):
A large aspect of small space living is strategic organization and decor. Ann Lightfoot and Kate Berger, founders of Done & Done NYC, know this dilemma all too well. As lifelong New Yorkers, Kate and Ann are exceedingly familiar with the challenges of apartment living and seek to help their fellow urbanites manage their homes in a smart and stylish manner. They will present visitors with techniques for clever storage, as well as tricks for keeping clutter from reoccurring.
THROWING A DINNER PARTY—IN A SMALL SPACE (WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 AT 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, AND 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 AT 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, AND 4:00 PM):
Great Performances, one of the city’s most prestigious caterers, will have their Creative Director Terri Lee host 20 minute cooking demos in the micro-unit. Terri will show guests how to pull together simple yet exquisite meals and appetizers for friends and family while keeping minimal kitchen space organized. Organizing demonstrations will take place at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and cooking demonstrations will take place at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
CLEVER WAYS TO DRESS UP YOUR SMALL SPACE (FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 FROM 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM):
Jeffrey Phillip, founder of jp., is an expert at helping clients achieve a home that is both practical and stylish. After over five years in business and backed with a lifetime of experience, Jeffrey is a leading expert in blending style and efficiency for those seeking both practical and fashionable solutions for their everyday life. Jeffrey will demonstrate how to attain a fusion between organization and interior design.
MEET TAYLOR & EMILY T.: LIVING AS ROOMMATES IN A SMALL SPACE (FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 FROM 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM):
Taylor, 20, is from Rhode Island. She is a senior at Pratt institute where she is studying Fashion Design with minors in Art History and Cinema Studies. She lives in Brooklyn in an on-campus triple dorm room where she shares a kitchen and bathroom with two roommates. Emily T., 21, is from Rockland County, N.Y. She received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. She lives in a three-bedroom townhouse with her mother. Taylor and Emily are currently interning at the Museum of the City of New York in the Costumes and Textiles department. You can follow Taylor and Emily T. via Instagram: vividbrushstrokes and Twitter: @MuseumofCityNY and Instagram: museumofcityny.
MEET CHALLIE AND LINA: LIVING AS A COUPLE IN A SMALL SPACE (SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 FROM 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM):
Challie, 29, is a Design Director of Resource Furniture and her partner, Lina, 37, is an attorney with Michael Faillace & Associates. They currently live in a 650 square foot 1-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. You can follow Challie and Lina via Twitter: @resourcfurnitur and Instagram: resourcefurniture, as well as Twitter: @MuseumofCityNY and Instagram: museumofcityny.
MEET EMILY M.: LIVING ALONE IN A SMALL SPACE (SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 FROM 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM):
Emily M., 27, is a San Franciscan who came to New York City by way of Oberlin College in Ohio. She is a Public Program Operations Manager at the Museum of the City of New York. An Upper West Sider, she and her boyfriend just moved this past July to a one-bedroom apartment with remarkable closet space, no counter space, and too many books to mention. You can follow Emily M. via Twitter: @MuseumofCityNY and Instagram: museumofcityny.
Images: Musuem of the City of New York, except where noted.