Life Edited was a competition to design Graham Hill’s (founder of Treehugger.com) 420 sf apartment. The design needed to include:

- Sit-down dinner for 12

- Comfortable lounging option for 8 people

- Space for 2 guests with some visual and ideally auditory privacy

- Home office

- Work area with space for a rolling tool chest

- Hideable kitchen

The organizing principle in this design solution is a raised loft bed with a lockable owner’s closet, plus bike and clothes storage below.  This box defines the space and creates a separate bedroom and home office that can be closed off.  A media wall along its edge provides considerable storage and is the focal point of the living room.

The living room is lined with built-in seating.  The back cushions can be removed to provide a sleeping surface for two guests, and there are drawers below for extra storage.  A movable ottoman becomes a chaise lounge, or pushed against the wall creates a long bench.  For dining, the amazing “Goliath” expandable table from Resource Furniture can seat 12 or collapse to the size of a console table.

Each space is fully functional and contained, which lends to the feeling that nothing is missing.  The bedroom and bath are completely private, with luxurious touches like a full linen closet and steam shower.  The bed never needs to be put away or even made, as it’s completely out of site.  There’s plenty of seating, and a pull down screen for movie night.