Episode 5: Graham Hill of Treehugger – Design & Tech to Make Smart Spaces

Welcome to 12 to Watch in 2012, a new web series profiling some of New York’s top minds doing innovative things with technology and design.

Meet Graham Hill, the founder of Treehugger.com, an website focused on green living and environmental awareness. He’s also behind Life Edited, a design project that celebrates the “luxury of less,” with a goal of using design and technology to make smaller spaces smarter.  The Life Edited project is proof that even a tiny footprint is not an implement to create environments that make people happier.

To help kick off Life Edited, Mr. Hill held a contest to help design a small-space living scheme to fit his 420 square foot New York apartment and make it feel like a space 50% larger. The winning design, created by a Romanian architecture student, incorporated technology to help transform a tiny abode into a place that can fit a full kitchen, bathroom, and living area, as well as house overnight guests, store possessions, and even find enough room to feed 10 people at the dinner table. It also incorporates green technology and sustainable architecture, in keeping with Mr. Hill’s Treehugger philosophy.