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It’s Always Happy Hour at This Apartment


A compact Chelsea apartment reveals a game-changing bar.

"I think that small spaces inherently demand inventiveness," architect Michael Chen says.
Two materials define the Party Wall: white Corian and rich burled walnut.
Exterior doors slide open and tuck to the side to reveal shelving for liqour bottles and glassware and a beer tap.
Chen says the clever home bar is a hybrid of an architectural element and a piece of furniture.
The wood bar is fully functional, Chen says.
In New York City apartments, it's rare to have truly plumb walls or flat floors.
Chen is most proud of the design elements that aren't visible.