Fluid NYC flat uses sliding furniture to create 3 rooms in 1




Russian architect Peter Kostelov and his artist wife, Olga Feshina, wanted private rooms to work from home in their aging New York City apartment so they tore down the interior walls and rebuilt the 700-square-foot space with not just a living room, kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom, but two flex spaces which serve for work and guests (via slide-out beds).

With the help of Kostelov’s carpenter father Vladimir (who flew in from Russia to help) they used plywood to craft sliding tables, benches and beds, as well as cabinets, closets and some walls and ceiling finishes. “This is the biggest advantage of plywood: you can make shapes that are custom made… this is how you can save your budget and use as much space as you can.”

In Peter’s office- a plywood-covered cocoon-, he raised the bed to leave room for a table to slide underneath from the adjacent living room. Crafted from just one four-by-eight piece of plywood, it slides out of the wall and can be adjusted to serve as a table-for-two, dining for 12, a drafting space (for Peter) and fabric-cutting surface (for Olia). The matching plywood benches slide out to match and open for horizontal storage.

In the kitchen, there’s a breakfast table that folds down from the brick wall, as well as two plywood cantilevered stools that appear fragile, but hold up to 330 pounds (thanks to the yacht hardware and long anchor pins).

Peter’s architecture:
Olga’s art:

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50 Comments

  1. Igor Boyarchenko
    August 1, 2018
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    Oh, those Russians….

  2. Claudio Ark
    August 1, 2018
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    fANTASTIC

  3. Ralph Busselot
    August 1, 2018
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    Like!

  4. MsSneaky0815
    August 1, 2018
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    Genious!! I really like Peter's enthusiasm. His place is his pride and joy. Lovely!!

  5. Odonata
    August 2, 2018
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    Interesting, smart, and functional apartment. I just love, love, love his accent!

  6. B
    August 2, 2018
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    WOW genius! and SUPER STUNNING!!!

  7. Kamen Rider
    August 2, 2018
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    Where is the bathroom/toilet area?

  8. minnie saab
    August 2, 2018
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    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  9. Julia Till
    August 2, 2018
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    I think this genius! Would call it the puzzle house lol. Love it and thank you for sharing.

  10. Peter Kostelov
    August 2, 2018
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    Hello!
    Im Peter Kostelov, author of this project
    First of all I would like to publicly thank Kirsten for making such a cool architectural and design channel! She is so good in both, filming, and editing, but most important is how Kirsten coherently telling architectural story in her videos! I admire her talent and very proud to be part of it. Thank you Kirsten! I love what you doing!
    Second, I would like to thank subscribes of this channel, who published so many positive and kind responds to this project! People like you inspire and motivate me a lot, to do this type of design! Thank you so much for all your kind words! I really appreciate it!
    The last thing is that I saw many question around here, so I decided to answer some questions and publish some links where you can find more information, like layouts before and after, bathroom images, elevation, other projects and so on. https://www.houzz.com/pro/kostelov
    Many of question were about bathroom, so please find photos, description and links here: https://www.houzz.com/projects/2600810/uptown-transformer-apartment
    The goal in bathroom was to install washer and dryer under countertop. To solve this task, countertop was elevated a little bit higher then average standard. Since space under countertop is busy with washer and dryer, the biggest challenge was to install sink boul. If simply put sink on the countertop, then it goes to high, because countertop already was elevated to allow washer and dryer remain under it. I did not consider shallow sinks, because they are not convenient at all. Also it was not possible to install under mount sink, because there are washer and dryer. Eventually i found sink that is half in, and half above countertop, and increase a little bit of countertop thickness. As a result this solution allow to have both washer and dryer, comfortable pretty deep sink and huge countertop to keep bathroom stuff on it.
    Another important element in the bathroom is tankless electrical water heater, Its New York, so water tank for all units installed on the roof. Building is old and big, so sometimes building tank is lack of hot water. To set tankless electrical water heater two extra valves were installed on hot and cold pipes. In case there is no hot water, i close main hot water valve, open cold one that right before heater, to let cold water go inside heater, and open another valve, that deliver hot water into the system after heater. This task also required installation of new electrical cable, because tankless heaters requires a lot of power.
    The last thing is pretty big, 48”x30”, embedded wall cabinet, with three big parts and mirror doors. To support this cabinet, extra wood frame structure was built inside wall, that was designed thicker to allow build-in cabinet set inside.
    Some people asked about folding chairs, I used this brackets:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D83OEEY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 
    but to connect them you need two more things:  first is a strong, load bearing wall, in my case it was brick wall,  and second, of course anchors, i used this guys: https://www.amazon.com/Yasorn-Stainless-External-Expansion-M8x60mm/dp/B01K1SHWBA/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1507137259&sr=1-1&keywords=brick+anchors&th=1 
    Please feel free to ask me another questions, im more then happy to answer!
    Thank you so much for all your kind responds!

  11. Kayla Gano
    August 2, 2018
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    Soooo Super in love with your designs!!!! SO inspired!!!!

  12. Tanja Lentzy
    August 2, 2018
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    very clever.

  13. Dante Velasquez
    August 2, 2018
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    That man is brilliant

  14. Cindy Johansen
    August 2, 2018
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    Very creative!

  15. Heru- deshet
    August 2, 2018
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    It's wonderful, but where's the bathroom?

  16. Illi Popovic
    August 3, 2018
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    This is a genius design‼️ Beautifully done and well designed👏👏👏👍

  17. Damian Lewd
    August 3, 2018
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    He’s so sexy and talented and that accent oooh la la

  18. iNom onGuam
    August 3, 2018
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    Guy rly likes the plywood, wholesome content

  19. Vanessa Stone
    August 3, 2018
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    No bathroom?

  20. Natsbert
    August 3, 2018
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    Where is the toilet? Did i miss it?

  21. Alexander Novoselov
    August 3, 2018
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    Я чувствую это русский товарищ. Молодец. Красиво.

  22. Антон Пимнев
    August 3, 2018
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    Отлично) соотечественник)

  23. Антон Пимнев
    August 3, 2018
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    Please make a video about the bathroom and how plywood is used to finish it.

  24. Paul Dezille
    August 3, 2018
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    Wow,sow clever.

  25. Sharon Murray
    August 3, 2018
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    WOW!! Beautiful and functional!! Love it!

  26. TEA and DRUM
    August 4, 2018
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    This house is amazing. Like I feel like my mind would be at ease when I'm in there. Wow.

  27. L 5
    August 4, 2018
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    i really enjoy your videos, keep the m coming:)

  28. Gloria Ortiz
    August 5, 2018
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    I like this New York City apartment but without all that stuff and wood all over
    I'm old fashion , a new Yorker😊

  29. Christie Shively
    August 5, 2018
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    I LOVE!!!!!°°°°°°

  30. silosis
    August 5, 2018
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    impressive

  31. Excel Effects
    August 5, 2018
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    This is nice! Many hidden gems, creative people and nice places in NYC. Good stuff!

  32. MarlinMR7
    August 5, 2018
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    Simply stated – "practical, logical, sensible, efficent, & looks great"! My compliments to them for doing this with only 700'. Awesome! 🙂

  33. happykt
    August 5, 2018
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    At 6.43, Peter looks exactly like Lenin.

  34. Ricky
    August 5, 2018
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    Ai tried zu include zat wiiindow und zat laight zu be part of ze rooom

  35. nicole h
    August 5, 2018
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    Love the space. It’s nice that the transforming furniture is simple and only really needs to be transformed when guests come over, to avoid hassle.

  36. cy
    August 5, 2018
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    leave NYC is a solution easier.

  37. Rodrigo Mazzola
    August 6, 2018
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    Very creative, congratulations for it!

  38. PTM45 smi
    August 6, 2018
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    wow, i got tired of watching all of that furniture moving here and there

  39. Лёва Небо
    August 6, 2018
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    Круто!)

  40. safari custom critical
    August 6, 2018
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    I am confused, it feels like there is more than 5 rooms.

  41. angetodac
    August 6, 2018
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    great job!thank u so much!

  42. Philip Hounsham
    August 6, 2018
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    Really Nice 👍👍

  43. Dex
    August 6, 2018
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    At least he has had his workout for the day!

  44. Thomas Murray
    August 6, 2018
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    👍👍

  45. Прохор Корольков
    August 6, 2018
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    О, русские! Я тоже планирую делать ремонт из фанеры. Классно!

  46. Victor Manuel
    August 6, 2018
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    LOVE IT!

  47. mbr715
    August 6, 2018
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    WANT

  48. Suiram82
    August 6, 2018
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    This is what true magic looks like

  49. global.001
    August 6, 2018
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    Amazing and clever space. Thanks.

  50. Paulette
    August 7, 2018
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    Show some blueprints please

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