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Tiny Apartment? Here’s A Desk That’s Only 5 Inches Deep

Meet the only Flatmate you’ll ever be able to stand.

Tiny Apartment? Here’s A Desk That’s Only 5 Inches Deep

My apartment in New York is too small to fit a desk. (Hooray for working from the couch!) At least I thought it was, until now. Flatmate, by Michael Hilgers for the German design company Magazin, is an isty-bitsy sliver of a desk that’s only 5 inches deep, front to back. Yep, we said inches, not feet. According to the marketing materials, “When closed, FLATMATE has a floor area of just 0.09 m² [about a square foot], making it probably the smallest fully equipped bureau on the market.”

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When they say “fully equipped,” they aren’t kidding. Pop open the top, and you’ve got a 16-inch-by-28-inch flat surface–big enough for a laptop, a mouse, and a keyboard. Grooves in the backboard can accommodate three metal shelves (they come with the desk), allowing you to stash everything from paperweights to your iPad. A fluorescent light and power outlet are embedded in the top of the desk, virtually hidden from view. Then, where most desks have pull-out drawers, Flatmate has a cabinet that opens from the sides. There, you can store papers, CDs, and even a 17-inch laptop. The whole thing attaches to the wall with a V-strip and two screws.

It’s a tremendous feat of economical design. And if I didn’t know better, I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone else who lives extra, extra small. Unfortunately, Flatmate is only available in Europe: “We cannot send this overseas, as the freight would be enormously high,” a Magazin spokesman tells Co.Design. Economical about shipping, too! Sigh. Guess I’ll stick to my couch.

[Images courtesy of Mazagin]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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