by Melanie Berliet - 203 Reviews - 49 List
Even if you're lucky to be endowed with loads of money, your New York abode is likely crazy cramped. Out of deep affection for the city's tiny apartment dwellers, we called in expert Nina Freudenberger to provide tips on how to make the most of small spaces. As the president and chief decorator of Haus Interior, Freudenberger has the experience and enthusiasm to counter urbanites' claustrophobia with chic, innovative designs.
Updated: September 05, 2008
Your couch craves more than the front and back action it gets from a typical coffee table or console. Freudenberger recommends this combination corner unit, which acts as a side table while providing additional storage space: "a much more practical and stylish solution" than the standard sofa mate. ($199)
Before now, you probably didn't realize that cotton balls, jewelry, snacks and spices had much in common. But our expert points out that this "versatile stacking set can be used in the bathroom or kitchen to store and separate just about anything." ($115)
Ever entertain a surprise guest for a beverage and end up hosting an impromptu sleepover? Freudenber says this piece, which can serve your needs as a leg rest or a coffee table (just add tray), and unfold into a twin sleeper, "epitomizes multi-function." ($298)
Every respectable adult New Yorker has a library, or at least a stack of books and mags with spines uncracked. This shelf, "one of the most innovative in the market,? is the solution to organizing your old CliffsNotes and classics. It also ?allows you to condense your belongings and keep an entire wall open for decor," says Freudenberger. ($3,495)
Because you're saving so much space, you might not feel like saving any money. This deceptively comfortable, strong, structural chair is then for you. "Since it all but disappears in any apartment, it's great for making a home feel light and airy." ($7,175)