Minimalism usually results in providing utilitarian means to cost-effective ends. The creative extraction of the most out of the least, while allowing imagination to supply the desired complements, originated in the exuberance of modernism as well in the wretchedness of destitution.

By its very nature, minimalism should be inexpensive not only because it requires less expensive things but also because it simply requires less. In New York City, however, where a hole in a wall could be more expensive than a luxury condo elsewhere in the world, the minimalist factor often ceases to apply.

Kevin Patterson (not the writer nor the singer), 32, is the proud and austere resident of a 210-square-foot apartment on the West Side of Manhattan. His dwelling was awarded “first place” in Apartmenttherapy.com’s “teeny tiny” apartment design contest for his use of color, lighting, mirrors and (by necessity) creative storage.

“In a space so small, you kind of have to stay minimalist or it gets really claustrophobic,” Patterson said.

In spite of his teeny tiny patch of living space, in this not so teeny tiny city with its enormous price tags, exorbitant charges for both life and death, Patterson’s rent is $1,550 per-month; and this doesn’t include gas, electricity, heat, and all those other nifty essentials of human habitation. Patterson does have his first place award; it’s to be expected that he also has big enough income to afford his compressed abode.


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