MKCA has developed considerable expertise in the planning, design, and production of spaces that make well-lived but small-scale urban life possible.
Named the “most famous” micro apartment in New York by Curbed, and the subject of countless features in print, online, television, and videos with millions of views, the Unfolding Apartment contains the functional elements of a considerably larger apartment with spaces for sleeping, dressing, cooking, bathing, working, and entertaining in a compact 420 sf.
A five foot table extends into a room to create a dining space; a wall slides across a room to create several individual spaces; a series of storage and seating elements pop out of an unused attic, creating extra rooms where non existed previously. We work with manufacturers and custom fabricators to produce specialty hardware for custom transforming and moving elements in our micro projects.
We work with individual clients to develop custom tailored solutions, and we provide spatial strategy, planning, and design services to organizations and developers working on innovative housing concepts.
Drawing upon our expertise with complex and compact interiors, and with the design of urban residential buildings, we have worked with developers and international manufacturers alike to create concepts and design for micro housing development projects at a wide range of scales.
Transformation and motion are a hallmark of our Micro work. Our internationally recognized expertise in this area encompasses the design and engineering of custom cabinetry and metal work and the integration custom hardware for specific motion and ease of operation.
In micro environments, the space around the elements is as important as the elements of a home themselves. We are experts when it comes to the design of elements that pack multiple functions into small spaces, while remaining gracious, comfortable, and easy to live in.
Our award-winning micro work has been written about and published internationally in publications such as The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Dwell, Interior Design, Abitare, The Daily Mail, der Spiegel, and Curbed, who deemed us “The Micro-Living Guru”.