FLATMATE has a floor area of just 0.09 m²! Great solution for small apartments the Flatmate, by Michael Hilgers for the German design company Magazin, is a sleek desk that’s only 5 inches deep, front to back.


“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”. 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.

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