The Smile, the new luxury rental designed inside and out by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, is the very first building in New York City to outfit some of its apartments with a modular furniture system by Bumblebee Spaces. The 11-story building has launched the first of those five units that will be available to rent, starting with this one-of-a-kind studio apartment.
Designed by former Apple and Tesla engineers, Bumblebee Spaces’ modular furniture system creates interactive surroundings by utilizing cubic space rather than relying solely on square footage. Using a sophisticated robotic system that’s affixed to the ceiling, Bumblebee can summon and stow-away storage, bed, desk, and wardrobe into the ceiling.
The modular system is built into a ceiling-mounted grid that can hold several tons of weight, allowing the furnishings to come and go when the resident needs or wants to use it. For example, users can “ask” Bumblebee to bring down a particular item they’ve stowed away. Looking for a hat or umbrella on a rainy day? Don’t worry, Bumblebee remembers where you put it all!
Living on the West Coast? You can also find this beautiful, modular product in several new residential buildings in San Francisco.