Gallery: Studio NL’s Transforming ‘1.6 SM Of Life’ Desk Turns Into A Co...


If you live in New York, you probably know that apartment space is worth its weight in gold. Therefore any furniture that is compact, yet stylish is always welcome. With that in mind, designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL has created the “1.6 SM Of Life”, a desk that turns into a compact bed, which was inspired by her “experiences while studying and working in New York.”

During the day, the lid of the desk is pulled down in order to create more space. However at night, the front facade comes down to form the base and mattress of the bed. The right facade also slopes so that it can function as a headrest. The left side functions as a storage area. It’s also surprisingly compact at 2m x 0.8m x 0.8m, although the design varies depending on personal preference.

Speaking about her design, Athanasia said: “The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.”

The prototype took a month to conceptualize and build and was semi-inspired from the exhausting working hours of Athanasia’s classmates that did not have an apartment close to the university.

“My classmates were putting chairs together in order to take a nap during the night at the graduate school. As such, the desk can be converted into a bed for the hectic schedule of the contemporary working man (or woman).”

+ Studio NL

via A Design Award


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1 Comment

  1. pamkowal March 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This looks very cozy, but I’d want a much thicker futon mattress. This looks really hard to sleep on. It’s really a great idea though and looks easy to build by oneself. Where are the front doors stored?

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