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.
This stunning folding table, called Lucy, has been created by Stockholm based designer Alexander Lervik for furniture brand Johanson Design. The innovative folding mechanism is based on an S-shaped slot that locks the legs and gives support to the frame when the table is unfolded. It also looks beautiful and delicate. When folded the piece is flat enough for convenient storage.”I wanted to create a really attractive table that didn’t pay attention to practical requirements. That was how the idea for folding legs cropped up, as they are stylistically pure in shape. The whole thing finished up with me having designed a smart folding table based on beauty rather than practicality,” - says the designer.
Flaye dining table by Austrian furniture manufacturer Team7 takes space-saving to a new technological level. Not only the piece extends by 100 cm, it does it painlessly in less than 5 seconds. Thanks to non-stop synchronised pull-out technology, the table transforms in one fluid motion from one state to the next and back. Flaye has landed the Innovation Award 2013, which surprises me not one bit. Check out the video to see how it works.
It is always exciting to see innovative extendable dining tables. This piece, called TTabe and created by UK based designer Joshua Browne, is definitely a noteworthy one. The idea of the table is quite brilliant - a sheet of metal simply glides over the existing wooden table, hiding it when extra table top is not needed. No mechanics or elaborate construction elements. A combination of maple and white sheet metal creates a nice visual effect. Here is what the designer says about the piece: “The purpose of the TTable is to enable users, who are living in small flats with little or limited space, to have a dining table that can allow for both one person to dine alone or, with the extension, accommodate for both visitors and extra space.” Amen.
I’m really impressed with ingenuity of this extendable table by French designer Julien Vidame. The tabletop is comprised of small panels. When put together vertically, they create a smaller surface, and in their flat position, they double the table’s capacity. The transition between these two modes are made via a clever metal mechanism, hidden underneath the tabletop. Thanks to this mechanism, the piece grows from 31 to 62 inches. The extendable table is a concept at this point. I do hope to see the piece produced.
Whenever I see a good hybrid of a desk and a dining table – I always feel grateful. Work and entertaining are the two activities that are especially tricky to combine. and the Piano table, created by Bernotat & Co Design Studio for German brand Magazin, pulls it off very well. The table has two surfaces – the lower one is for work and storage of the work-related clutter, the upper surface is for dining. The transition between the two modes is seamless, just close the piano-like lid (hence the name) – and you’re done with work and ready for a party. The storage compartments with holes for media cords and cables are an especially nice touch.
The Takka table by Agnieszka Mazur reminds me of a piano stool I had when I was little. The principle here is the same – a humble butterfly screw locks the table at an adjustable height. This simple and smart construction makes the piece an ideal contender for a small urban apartment. Takka can serve as a side table or a dining table for two. The tripod-like base provides enough leg room, and the tabletop is just big enough for an intimate table setting. A great little item to have in a confined studio or dorm.