Saturday, March 9, 2013

Thoughts on "Living with Less. A Lot Less"; and a 420 Square Foot Studio Apartment

In the article "Living With Less. A Lot Less" (New York Times - March 9, 2013), Graham Hill discusses his lifestyle conversion from internet entrepreneur owning a 3,600 square foot home in Seattle (complete with “relevant" consumer accessories) to owner of a "sort of" minimalist 420 square foot studio in Manhattan. His story also highlights that “enormous consumption has global, environmental and social consequences” and cites a Natural Resources Defense Council report “that 40 percent of the food Americans buy finds its way into the trash.”

The design of Mr. Graham’s studio is impressive (see video below) and has led him to a new business endeavor - developing similar units for others.  The environmental and social points he makes have value but his lifestyle conversion has economic support that many people do not have. As a result, his message may be embraced by some and rejected by others in a fashion similar to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In” initiative.


  1. I met Graham at an event in NYC. He definitely is a man of his convictions. I live in, by his current standards, a palatial 1BR in Manhattan that's about 750 sq. ft. It's plenty for me. I recently saw that Mayor Bloomberg is pushing the idea of living in apts. as small as 250 sq. ft. Hey, we're gonna have to do more with less so sq. footage is not a bad place to start.

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