Katerina Bakatselou


The Art of Living Together


Are you currently or have you in the past shared your home? According to the Pew Research Center, 31.9% of adults share their household with at least one adult with whom they do not have a romantic relationship and 59% of adults ages 18-44 live with an unmarried partner. Additionally, according to the COVID-19 Mobility Report, in NYC, people are still (May 2022) spending 9% more time at home than pre-pandemic. Whether it is a partner, a friend or a mere flatmate that you are living with, it is undeniable that cohabitation is a quite challenging undertaking.

The Art of Living Together is a project that originated from my own experience of living with my partner for 5 years now and spending post-pandemic too much time with him together at home. It started as an anonymous survey trying to find out whether others are facing challenges similar to the ones we do and ended up being a campaign.

The Art of Living Together is a humorous and honest campaign celebrating the mutual effort of flatmates and promoting appreciation among them. It consists of a book, acting as a “survival guide” to cohabitation, print and animated digital greeting cards and a set of stickers. The book provides the results of the cohabitation anonymous survey as well relevant articles promoting understanding among flatmates and providing targeted advice to mitigate some of the most frequent challenges.