The Post-Covid Need for Transformable Living Space

For many city residents, the idea of using robotic furniture to transform and expand one’s living space used to sound like a luxury. But after Covid-19 hit, making the most of home spaces became a necessity.

“The typical person living in a small apartment in New York, before the pandemic, they could end up rationalizing the idea of living in a tiny, dysfunctional shoebox,” says Hasier Larrea, CEO of transformable space company Ori. “All of a sudden, all of that changed. And what we are seeing, and this is key, is that people are starting to expect more from their spaces. Spaces need to be more, and that’s where we come in.”

The pandemic has accelerated demand for Ori’s line of products, including the Pocket Office and the Cloud Bed, and paved the way for a future where square footage need no longer come at the expense of physical space. Larrea spoke to Sidewalk Talk editors Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk from his 600-square-foot, Ori-equipped apartment about the company’s mission to make the built environment more sustainable and affordable.

Watch a video of our conversation...below.

Source: A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Ori CEO Hasier Larrea. By Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe