One of the things I adore about being in a big city like New York is meeting and working with like-minded and driven entrepreneurs. I had always wanted to work in a big office. So when I first got to New York, I joined a large coworking office space where hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups shared an entire floor. It was great. I met lots of smart people and some members of the space even became new clients. Life was great.
But as the space grew more popular over a year, it became harder to focus on getting work done... I found myself constantly socializing with folks in the space, the Internet speed slowed down, and I just wasn't focusing and getting work done. Also, as with most things, increase in quantity results in decrease in quality. As such, I started encountering more and more people I just couldn't (or didn't want to) relate with.
Segue into this space that you see above (and below). After about a year at the large space, my colleague and I decided to migrate to a more cozy (aka small, but cozy sounds fancier) space, but with the same benefits of a large coworking space. Less noise, better location, and most importantly more focus. We now have 8 like-minded folks from all walks of life working in this space. Architect, designer, photographer, coder, and more. It's a great space with an amazing location overlooking Union Square. There is socializing, but not so much that it gets in the way of work. We even have a small conference room for meetings and phone calls. It works out great. Been based here for more than two years now and it's still perfect.
Not too long ago, I transitioned from an iPad to an iPad mini and from a 15" MacBook pro for travel to a 13". Ever since, life has been better (and more efficient).
Sometimes smaller is better.
Bonus: Seth Godin's blog post (and later book) on how small is the new big.