05/18/2012 08:10 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Inside The 420-Square-Foot 'Apartment Of The Future'

In 2010, Graham Hill, founder of the eco-friendly design/architecture site TreeHugger, launched a competition to turn one of his tiny studios in downtown Manhattan into a chic, modern vision of what life lived in small spaces should look like. Three hundred entries, one winner (Romanian architecture student Catalin Sandu), one winning design (which ingeniously uses Murphy beds, expandable furniture, cleverly disguised storage solutions, and multifunctional tabletop pieces), and a $365K renovation later, Hill finally slept in the 420-square-foot space for the first time on last week, but he considers it more like 1,100—the space transforms to become a kitchen, bath, living room, dining room, office, master bedroom, and guest bedroom.

For the full story and video tour, head over to Curbed.