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A startup based out of Boston wants to make micro-living a little more luxurious.

Ori — named for the Japanese art of origami — makes a furniture system that transforms small spaces for sleeping, entertaining, and working. The high-tech armoir holds a full- or queen-sized bed, closet, desk, media center, and additional storage, and slides on mechanized rails to reveal different parts of the system. Apartment-dwellers can make their bedroom appear with the push of a button, or push the whole system to the wall to create space for guests.

In May, the company partnered with real-estate developers in 13 cities, including Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Vancouver, to bring the Ori system to select studio apartments as part of a pilot program. It expects to install 1,2000 units across North America through 2018.

Ori founder and CEO Hasier Larrea told Business Insider the shape-shifting furniture system aims…