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.
Minuetto is a cool space-saving table from Milano Smart Living. The elegant and minimalist item works equally well as a console or sofa table (taking virtually no space) and as a dining table (able to sit 10 people). The transformation is done by one person and only takes a few easy moves. Just pull on one side of a console, put the removable panels in place and you’re done. I love how attractive the piece looks in both modes. The dual function only becomes obvious when you transform the table. A beautiful, clever item, can’t wait to see it in the US at some point.
Without any reservations – this must be the most innovative hybrid I’ve seen so far. The Random coffee/dining table by Germany based designer Philipp Grundhoefer is converted into either state by pivoting the legs (see the photos after the break). The simple L shape allows for both lengths to be seamlessly interchangeable. Once the legs are pivoted – the table top can be turned upside down, the leg lock into the slots and voilà - the new function is achieved. How simple and clever! The tabletop consists of alternating layers of oak and MDF, the legs are made of oak.
This elegant and rather witty table has been created by Reykjavík-based designer Theodóra Alfreðsdóttir. The surface of the piece is divided in two parts by a cork partition – the work area and an eating nook. On the days of big dinner parties, the partition is being removed and the proper dinner table is being set. “The inspiration for Flétta comes from medieval banquets around the 1500s, – says the designer. – At the time, halls were multifunctional and dining tables were raised upon trestles so that they could easily be put away after the feasts and the halls put to other uses. Nowadays tables are often used for more than just to sit down and eat at. Flétta can be divided in two with its middle, which is made of cork, thus creating a working space on one side and a space for enjoying dinner at the other side without having the day’s work in sight. ” The cork divider can be unfolded and used an as insert expending the tabletop even further. Beautiful idea.
I am really impressed with this Foldable Desk from Lensvelt. The piece is a collaborative effort of two big industrial designers – Paolo Rizzatto and Franciso Gomez Paz. Created to accomodate nomad approach to the modern office, this item actually falls perfectly into the shopping list of a shoebox dweller. A sleek, minimal and easily adaptable piece, it can be used as a desk or a dining table (or both), and folded flat when an extra space is needed. And another great thing about office furniture, released into civilian life, – it usually lasts very well, for it is designed with the greater margin for abuse.
This is just delightful. The Lovebird tables by Japanese designer Yuki Matsumoto can be leant against each other to create one. Ideal for small apartments, this arrangement gives you a dining table when you need it and two small desks (or consoles) when you don’t. The most innovative feature in this design is the link between the parts. It is achieved via drawers that come out and turn 90 degrees to form a bridge between two halves. How neat is that? I also love the clean and minimal look of the pieces. The drawers come in a veriety of subtle colors that can be easily mixed and alternated.