An Apartment-In-A-Box Officially Exists

The ultimate small-space living solution is about to hit the market.

 An Apartment-In-A-Box Officially Exists, And Is Perfect For A Tiny Home
Photography by ORI

Nothing sounds glamorous about a 200-square-foot living space. In spite of all the great IKEA products that make small space living a little easier, decorating an extremely tiny home can be tricky. However thanks to a new creation from Ori, a startup born from an MIT Media Lab project, outfitting your small space is about to get a lot easier.

In collaboration with designer Yves Behar from Fuseproject comes a robotic furniture system called Ori Systems. This apartment-in-a-box turns into an office space, bedroom, and living room, simply with the push of a button. Initially announced in July 2016, the system comes in two sizes —Full and Queen— and is available today for pre-order in major U.S. and Canadian cities, exclusively for real estate developers (for now, at least).  

Influenced by the growing number of urban micro-apartments and amount of people living in smaller spaces, CEO Hasier Larrea and four others initially created a prototype called CityHome that was activated by hand gestures, not a button. The early version morphed into a sleeker, better-designed unit more suited for a living space.

 Introducing The Tiny Apartment-In-A-Box
Photography by ORI

The idea behind the system is kind of genius. What looks like a large storage unit is actually an expandable multipurpose furniture system that ejects office, living, and bedroom furniture depending on your command, ranging from a sliding bed to a full closet to an entertainment center. Bringing the Ori System to life is as simple as plugging it into a standard electrical circuit; plus, it only uses about a tenth of the power used by a hairdryer, so it’s energy efficient as well.  

Moving the unit is easy, thanks to a button that when pushed, will slide the unit back against a wall to make more space for the living area. If you’re confused as to what this might look like, Ori created a video to demonstrate the technology.

 The Furniture Unit Hack For Tiny Apartment Living
Photography by ORI

Despite its impressive futuristic-like tech abilities, developers at Ori have been working on making the unit even smarter. The final product will come with an app, which allows owners to shift the system to a pre-determined setting even when they’re not home, and is Alexa-friendly. Add furniture commanding to the virtual assistant’s already long list of abilities.  

As of right now, Ori isn’t available to the average consumer —though interested parties can stay updated on when that will change here— but development companies wanting to buy the units for their properties will have to pay a steep price. At $10,000, Ori Systems aren’t exactly the most financially-sound purchases for those of us not living in a small apartment by choice. But given the rising trendiness of tiny homes around the world, don’t be surprised if you start seeing these apartments-in-a-box crop up in luxe homes in the near future.  

Read more about small space living:
How To Squeeze A Dining Room Into A Small Space
The Best Small Spaces We’ve Seen This Year
How A Family Of Four Lives Comfortably In 650 Square Feet  


Published on June 10, 2017 - 6:00am EDT

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