Podpad is a thin portable desk by Portland based designer Matt Raphael. Aside from being a space-saving gem, the piece is a great hub for all your tech. Podpad’s 4.5-inch profile belies its multiple functions. Its shadowbox highlights your iPhone or iPod dock and connects it to an integrated audio system. It offers laptop storage, space for mail and files, and a charging station for all your electronic gear. Wishlisted.
If you like to read at the dinner table (I do!) – you will love this little stool from Montreal based designer Loïc Bard. Slick and minimal, the piece features a discreet storage compartment, suitable for a mag, a newspaper or various kindles and pads. Lovely. Made from maple. Available for purchase through designer’s website.
SIXtematic standing desk is a beautifully crafted space-saving piece, created by Hungarian brand Sixay. The piece is perfect for a small apartment, for it lets you to create a functional workspace in any unused corner. SIXtematic has ample storage, smart compartment for a power strip (to connect all your gizmos), it is ergonomic and compact. Sixay landed the Interior Innovation Award 2014 for this desk, which is not at all surprising.
Stockwerk by German designer Meike Harde is a clever transformable object, reminiscent of a compressible paper model. A flat pack piece, the shelf requires no assembly. It arrives folded up. All you need to do is to find a spot for it and unravel the structure. The system is self-stabilizing via the mitre-chamfer on the side wall edges. Thanks to its foldable components, the shelf can be configured to take as much or as little space as you need. The shelves can be adjusted in height. What a great idea! Stockwerk shelf is available in two sizes.
This delightful collection of flat pack pieces, called Muzzle, has been created by Lisbon based designer Miguel Lopes in collaboration with the studio Paratelier. Thanks to the slot-in assembly principle, each piece is very easy to put together and take apart. The design objective was to create a line that “with an industrial character, flexible and dynamic, an interaction that would be intuitive and playful.” The result is a beautiful collection of puzzle-like pieces, colorful, fun and 100% recyclable. Available for purchase here.
Oxymoron Desk is an unusual workstation, created by Spanish designer Anna Lotova. Fitted with a cushy pocket, the desk combines an open desktop with an ample (though rather unexpected) storage solution. Designer elaborates: “Oxymoron is a workplace with a lot of attitude but in a sober manner where the details highlight the profile you want for the moment. It represents an interaction between two physically opposite materials, in which they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” The piece shows a beautiful contrast between a traditional desk structure and fun and relaxed, almost garment-like, storage, allowing creativity and self-discipline coexist.
MAXintheBOX is a cool modular item, designed by Thomas Maitz for German furniture brans Perludi. Made for children from 10 months and older, the piece can have many functions. It can work as a classic table-chair combination, as stools of flexible height, as storage for books and toys, or simply as a playtime companion. Made from birch plywood, it is sturdy and abuse-resistant. MAXintheBOX is easy to assemble and dismantle for easy storage.
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Since we are on the subject of transforming dining tables, consider this clever invention - stackable table trestles. Designed by Czech studio Master&Master, these compact metal objects are a true gem for every flat, studio or even a gallery. They are stable, yet lightweight and are available in two widths: 55 cm (recommended table top width 65 cm) and 70 cm (recommended table top width 80 cm). The table top is secured in place by plastic backplates, included in the packaging. Brilliant. Available for purchase from designers’ website.
Inspired by the principle of tent poles, the Woodstock wardrobe is comprised of six wooden sticks, held together by copper connection parts. The construction is elegant and lightweight, it can be an instant storage solution for a small apartment. The nomadic aspect of the piece is especially lovely – the wardrobe that fits into a travel bag… Woodstock is created by Amsterdam based designer Jeroenvan Leurnl. It comes in three sizes.
Now this is just delightful – a coffee table that transforms into a dining one with two swift movements. MK1 by British studio Duffy London is more than meets the eye. It is multi-functional and perfect for small spaces, as it miraculously converts from one mode to another, adapting to changing social settings. The piece is made from solid oak, ash or walnut and high grade birch plywood from sustainable sources. It can be produced in a number of finishes. Watch the video after the break to see how easy it is to operate.