Universal Appeal

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Smaller is Smarter
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  A ceiling-hung projection TV, aimed at a white wall, frees up floor space in the living room, where David Carmel’s modern pieces mix with Kirsten’s more traditional choices, including the wing chair and leather “fainting couch.”
    A ceiling-hung projection TV, aimed at a white wall, frees up floor space in the living room, where David Carmel’s modern pieces mix with Kirsten’s more traditional choices, including the wing chair and leather “fainting couch.”
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  David’s desk, like the other furniture in the apartment, was chosen for both style and wheelchair accessibility.
    David’s desk, like the other furniture in the apartment, was chosen for both style and wheelchair accessibility.
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  North-facing windows offer views of the Empire State Building and just enough reflected light to keep the sliding wall of aluminum foam glowing.
    North-facing windows offer views of the Empire State Building and just enough reflected light to keep the sliding wall of aluminum foam glowing.
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  The apartment sits at a lofty remove from the busy Chelsea streets.
    The apartment sits at a lofty remove from the busy Chelsea streets.
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  Behind the living room’s foam partition, and accented with orange paint, a storage wall includes a Murphy bed for guests.
    Behind the living room’s foam partition, and accented with orange paint, a storage wall includes a Murphy bed for guests.
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  The bedroom is painted white with one blue wall and built-in shelving. Wood floors, largely rugless, are luminous and wheelchair friendly.
    The bedroom is painted white with one blue wall and built-in shelving. Wood floors, largely rugless, are luminous and wheelchair friendly.
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