~ Nicole Frost

Another step – this time, automated – has been taken towards making micro-apartments functional, and perhaps even comfortable.

Fuseproject’s designer Yves Behar has teamed up with the MIT Media Lab to create an automated furniture system called Ori, and fittingly enough inspired by the idea of origami.

Clever, transformable and multi-functional fittings aren’t new to the sphere of small living, but the appeal of Ori comes with it’s relative ease.

Living in a micro-apartment might get a bit easier.

Living in a micro-apartment might get a bit easier. Photo:

A wall unit conceals a bed underneath which slides out when you need it, and slides back when you don’t.  Above the bed, a wardrobe and a desk/home office space, accessible both when the bed is hidden away or extended.

And on the other side? Fun. In the form of an entertainment unit. The Ori can be programmed with a default configuration, including lighting, and adjusted remotely via an app.

So you don’t even need to be home to make (well, hide) your bed, or set up the place to have guests over for a movie night.

The system will be available in a variety of configurations.The system will be available in a variety of configurations. Photo:

Behar himself likes micro living – it’s a great way, he says, “to make cities sustainable, and for people to align economic realities with the belief in living with less.”

The Ori Queen System. The Ori Queen System. Photo:

He is well-known for his previous projects such as the Jawbone, a popular wireless ear piece.

Developers in the American cities of Washington DC, Seattle and Bostonwill be the first to utilise the Ori project, designed for apartments of 27-square-metres or so, with the complete product available in 2017.

Introducing Ori – from Ori on Vimeo.