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After the opening speech by New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, organized in conjunction with Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), opens at The Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition offers insights into how New York City’s changing social, economic and cultural lives, are re-shaping urban households, and how design can help the city’s housing inventory for New Yorkers at all phases of their lives.

In this scenario, the bathroom of the full-scale 325-square-foot micro-apartment is designed by Bartolomeo Bellati of Minimal USA with distinctive sculptural design as well as functionality and quality of the made in Italy products Minimal is known for.

The SPA like design features a suspended vanity with a seamless Corian sink that integrates with the drawer creating a suspended cube sculpture. An extra-large medicine cabinet is concealed in the 58” tall mirror that enlarges the space. Further enhancing the SPA feel: off-white wall tiles present a natural stone look that gives more depth to the space and po
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rcelain floor tiles resembling reclaimed Oak planks warm up the room. The bathtub surround appears to be floating thanks to a warm LED light strip concealed in the recessed 1" base creating a perfect ambient to relax after a long work day.

MinimalUSA also supplied the fixtures and chrome accessories by Newform including the rain shower head that also functions as a waterfall.
Duravit provided the 5ft bathtub with optional whirlpool and the suspended toilet with remote controlled seat warmer and bidet functions.

“This exhibition will give the public a chance to see how our talented designers believe housing can be reshaped to better meet the needs of our 21st century New York City,” said CHPC Executive Director, Jerilyn Perine. “And the most exciting is the chance to experience an actual apartment built with minimum space and environmental impact that is beautifully designed and creates a wonderful place to live”.

Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers will run through September 2013.
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