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.
It is always a thrilling moment when a good idea makes it to the production line. Even more thrilling is actually seeing it happen. One of my all-time faves, the Timber table by talented designer and carpenter Julian Kyhl, is about to be funded at ideacious. So, ladies and gents, if you’re on a market for a collapsible dining table – check it out. Watch the mesmerizing assembly video after the break to see how the piece works.
(thank you, Kenna)
Last week I made a post about a disappearing kitchen, this time – it’s a dining room that disappears. German manufacturer Alno created a set, table and two seats, that is built right into the kitchen cabinetry and can be tucked away when not in use. A lovely thought for a tiny space dweller. Although the weight capacity of the pull-out pieces is a concern, I really love the idea. In a small studio where all functional areas are interchangeable, it is nice to have an option of a dining set that takes no room. I’m curious though – what kind of witchcraft magic designers used to fit the table into that narrow cabinet…
This cool item by German studio Why The Friday consists of four clamping wedges that can be attached to a sheet of wood (or any other material for that matter) to create a table. You can vary this improvised tabletop in size, color, thickness and texture. What a great idea for a small and/or oddly shaped room! I also like the look of the legs, resembling four blue monkey wrenches. They are also semi-finished and cheap to produce.
I’m quite fond of this space-saving idea from Swedish designer Jonas Forsman. The Clip folding table is a lightweight piece made in three sizes. Simple and clean design paired with an innovative folding principle can make this table a great solution for a small apartment. Unlike many other folding tables, no clasps or screws are needed to fold up Clip. The technique used is as ingenious as it is simple: a collapsible tension leg in a self-locking plastic snap. So when the formal dining experience is over, the piece can be stored away in seconds.