This clever adjustable table, named Wooden Cloth, has been created by Swedish designer Nathalie Dackelid. The piece grows and shrinks easily to accommodate different uses and situations. Thanks to its corrugated underside, the leaves of the table can retract to the exact length you need, perfect for accommodating a few extra friends for dinner, or freeing up a little extra space to dance. Check out the video after the break to see this piece in action.
Duotable is a new creation of Michael Hilgers, the man who gave the world this beautiful space-saving desk. The new table is a hybrid, made specifically for us, shoebox dwellers. It can be used as a 4-person dinner table, then transformed into a functional homeoffice by simply flipping a table half. Duotable hides a sizable storage compartment inside, ideal for your papers, writing materials, books and gizmos. I also love the cable slot, running on the back. This design has already landed the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2015. I am not surprised.
Neat freaks – rejoice. This modular furniture system by Ying Chang is made with you in mind. Aptly called Grid, this concept is inspired by the two-dimensional grid used by graphic designers. Here the grid principle translates into a series of transparent mesh components of various sizes that attach to each other, creating unique customizable storage. The same piece can be used as a desk, dining area, kitchen storage and more. The designer explains: “As living spaces get smaller and merge with working spaces, the use of tables, desks and shelving are evolving, yet their basic forms remain largely unchanged.” The main storage components are supplemented by various add-ons – shelves, pockets, boards, even coasters and place mats. Another great customizable idea. Check out the video and more photos after the break.
How neat is this? A shelving unit that doubles as a dining table. This unusual fir-and-iron piece swivels in place to rotate between these two functions. Good idea for storing your dishes and other dining paraphernalia and using them when a dinner party occurs. Available for purchase here.
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.
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.
Leviathan Table has been created by German designer Michael Bernard. Minimalist and aesthetically pleasing, the piece features removable lightweight legs, made from wire-tubing. The table is easy to put together for a dinner party and take apart for storage. Clever.
Multifunctional Desk is a concept project, developed by Polish designer Agata Nowak. A comfortable workspace by day, the piece unfolds into a dining table big enough to accommodate six persons. “The multifunctional desk is designed to help solving the problem of living and working in small spaces, – designer says. – Users can easily adapt the desk to their needs, and transform it during the day.” In its folded state the piece is very compact, and by simply unfolding one side – you can easily create another workspace or extend the existing one. I also love the secluded feel the desk has with both sides lifted. A useful feature for working in a room, where other activities take place.
This collapsible table by Italian designer Lodovico Bernardi is a thing of beauty. Simple and pure design, combined with a clever folding action, make it a great contender for a small apartment. A very stylish small apartment. The piece folds completely flat, saving shipping and storage costs (points for eco-conscious thinking!). Thanks to the pivoting folding mechanism, it can be used on both sides.
The Table for Two idea by Daniel Liss is so simple and ingenious, it gives you the ultimate “why haven’t I thought of it” moment. The piece is a desk for two by day and a dining table for six by night. In a cramped urban setting where kitchen, dining room, living room and home office are usually the same room – an item like this is an instant hit. “The users can benefit from the large surface area when the table’s lids are folded down, while allowing for two individual working spaces when folded up into a divider and slid together,” – Daniel explains. Aside from its multifunctional goodness, Table for Two features ample storage, enough for a power source and all your working paraphernalia. Watch the demo video after the break to see the piece in action.