Clever, 130sqft Paris apartment

Inthralld showcases a 130 square-foot apartment in Paris, where a set of insanely clever design decisions allows for a full apartment's worth of amenities to be jammed into a teeny weeny space. I love the drawers in the steps, but of course I really love the hiding bed/sofa. Basically, I want to live in a Murphy apartment and/or houseboat.

What was once a master suite of an apartment in the Montparnasse neighborhood is now a 130 square foot micro apartment that houses all of the necessities. There’s even an extremely creative way to house the mattress-slash-sofa. The bed doubles as seating space for lounging and entertaining, which rolls away discreetly underneath a set of steps on the floor. The Magis One stools add some much needed contemporary pizazz to the inner environment, while the storage really looks like art and functions just perfectly.

130 Square Foot Micro Apartment in Paris (via Core77)


  1. Houseboat? You must not have kids or didn’t read your story about architecture that kills. Plus have you ever tried to waterski behind a houseboat? Now a houseboat like Emilio Thunderball Largo’s would rock. You just tell the wife to go get you a beer from the fridge in the back, detach the hydrofoil like Star Trek’s saucer….

  2. If they’d been really clever, they could have reclaimed even more space by making one of the bar stools a stool/toilet combo.

    1. Yo dawg, I heard you like stools, so I set it up for you to leave a stool in your stool.

  3. That’s a dream of mine as well. A tech’d up houseboat to move up and down the Mississippi as the season’s change. A boat equipped with bikes and dirtbikes. As someone that can really work anywhere with a good internet connection I just can’t decide where to move as I like so many places so why pick a place? I like the idea of staying mobile. I know some retirees in the UK live on houseboats but I really don’t know anyone who does that in the US. Anyone know of people who do this?

    1.  There are whole groups of Mississippi River house boat dwellers here in the Twin Cities, and I do know one of them. She says she misses having a basement but considering her dock is essentially right on parkland the bike riding is awesome she says. This isn’t it, but it does show one for sale and the view.

  4. It’s a industrial design professor’s wet dream.  I’ll be glad when all this micro-housing fad blows over.

    1. Which will happen when real estate in Paris gets significantly cheaper.  So, shortly after Ragnarok.

  5. So now  zee French measure the size of their apartments in square feet, interesting… It must be a marketing thing, it sounds certainly much larger in Imperial Units.

  6. I bet they’d sublet one of the cabinets to you, or the space where the bed tucks in (but only at night…)

    1. Actually they cleaned out the junk drawer and converted it into two nano-apartments, which will be all the rage very soon.

  7. The thing that worries me about the chicness of tiny living spaces is it’s coincidental appearance with the incredibly tiny micro-apartments that Bloomberg bent the housing codes to allow to be built:

    These were an “award winning” “solution” to affordable housing problems. When living in cramped closets become cool, it would seem to legitimize crushing people into tinier spaces and calling it livable, driving code standards. Living in a tiny footprint by choice is great, I love nesting in small spaces, and salivated over the video tour of ISS for similar reasons, BUT when that puts pressure on people to expect less, It makes me uncomfortable.

    1. Agree. It’s a strange perversion of the world that the spare-time dabblings of the middle classes are used as a standard against which to judge the poor: you’re poor? Grow a vegetable garden, live in this microscopic space, cook exclusively fresh vegetables from scratch, cycle everywhere. Richer people do it, why can’t you? There is an obvious and enormous difference in finding any one of these things a rewarding hobby from which you can always retreat to the security of spacious housing, a car and a supermarket, and dictating them as the necessary conditions of life, from which the poor especially may not opt out, which is what begins to happen when they become uncritically praised fashions among the middle class.

      1. Hard to cycle between 3 different (usually labor intensive) jobs. Doing it for fun requires free time, among other things. And gardening needs daytime hours in particular: flextime and work-from-home are not common perks for poor people.

      2.  See also  the rebranding of working class jobs as “artisanal”. You’re no longer a baker unless you’re dumb enough not to rebrand your “bread” as something with a lot of vowels in the name and charge three times the price for the visible imperfections.

        1. Not really different than several decades of “home-baked” factory bread, except the “artisanal” bread probably tastes better.

    1. I do this and do not mind. Now living in a space that does not have the capacity to hold all of my clothes and shoes? That’s a problem.

    2.  Rolling up a real (not ultra-thick US version) futon mattress and throwing it in a closet every morning is a lot easier than dealing with a piece of furniture doing double-duty.

      For about half of my adult life I lived in much smaller spaces than touted on sites like this, but I did it the easy (and cheap) way: by not having a lot of stuff….including virtually no furniture other than a table and chairs.

      Books (and something to put them on) have always been my Achilles’ heel.

  8. *shudder* No thanks. I don’t need a mansion or anything, but I like to have at least a few separate rooms and enough space to breathe.

    1.  I don’t think it would be in New Zealand either. I believe that two doors are required between any toilet and the kitchen.

  9. Rich young person’s fantasy apartment.  Move a few miles out of town and get four times the space for half the price plus a 30 minute ride on public transit..

    One wonders why so many “solutions” for poor people come with $400 stools and multi-thousand dollar cook tops and ovens.

    1. Agreed that those stools are ridiculous, but 3 $400 stools easily pay for themselves with the rent savings in even one month. 

      Here in San Francisco lots of people are renting places for $2k/month for one person. Get a micro place like this for $800/month and even that $1200 in stools is paid for quickly.

      Again, not saying its not ridiculous, but its not as ridiculous as you’re making it sound, especially to people trying to take the vibe of desperation out of small apartment living.

  10. At the end of the day you’re still sleeping on the floor. I tried sleeping in the same room as my office/computer, but now that I’m no longer living with my parents in high school, in college, or destitute, I think I’ll splurge on that luxury, thanks. 400 sq ft is about a little as a functional human can live long term in, unless you’re on a sailboat in the tropics. Even those “100 sq ft” houses have 50 sq ft of deck space

    1.  You have to understand, you don’t spend 24/7 in an apartment like this. By definition, you’re in the midst of a vibrant major city. You leave to go to work (not everyone works on a computer from home), you meet your friends at a restaurant/bar/cinema/museum, you go to a gym or yoga studio or martial arts dojo for exercise, etc.  How much space does one person need to fix a meal-for-one (or two), take a shower, read a book, listen to music, and sleep?

      And it’s so much easier to keep clean.

  11. More ableist design. The micro housing movement either doesn’t give a fuck about handicap accessibility or has no clue how to do it.

  12. I live in a small house – not micro – and the deal with these design porn things is this: you have to design every square inch of the space for your exact stuff. We are constantly having a bin floating around a room that holds the winter stuff in the spring or the new gizmo my husband brought home that we haven’t figure out how to work out drawer space for. The drawers in steps work great until you buy one more thing than you have room for, then you end up with a little container on the stair that has the extra cords for your old electronics that don’t fit anywhere and your whole place looks messy. It’s easy to clean up but easy to mess up. There’s no room you can shove all that, “Where the hell does this go?” stuff in until you decide to really get organized. I love my little house but it’s hard to live in a small space with more than one person and not all of them neat freaks.

    1.  “it’s hard to live in a small space with more than one person and not all of them neat freaks.”


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