New York interiors are as diverse and different as the people who live in them – from traditionally elegant Brownstone buildings, to Greenwich Village loft apartments; cool, classic chic to funky and formidable. The unique style reflects the city’s blend of cultures, ideas, vitality, creativity and sophistication – it’s eclecticism at its best.
As apartments have increased in size over the last decade, so too has their level of sophistication in terms of luxury apartment design. The cramped bed-sit has now been replaced by towers of large-scale living spaces with multiple rooms, high ceilings and architectural detailing. Similarly, as room dimensions have changed, so has the interiors style and there are no strict rules about mixing up furnishings from different periods.
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The increasing number of small flats, apartments and living spaces throughout the world is a result of the on-going growing population and migration of people to cities and the urban housing development. The increasing prices for property and the continuing climb in urbanization is forcing people into less space, particularly in cities like London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong where land is priced at a premium due to its limited supply. The human needs are still the same, so how does the lack of space affect human wellbeing? Over the last 30 years, the perception of what constitutes small apartments has totally changed. Historically, small apartments generally offered floor space of about 55 square meters. Today, it is very common in large urban cities to find apartments as small as 10-15 square meters. According to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, 2012), lack of space is the most common cause of dissatisfaction people cite in relation to their homes. According to the United Nation’s Urbanization report from 2014, the number of people living in big cities will increase with 66% by 2050 (United Nations, 2014). The projected increase in demand for home will inevitably lead to an increase in property prices too.
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