The word Tagei means versatility in Japanese, and what better way to describe this fabulous line of plyboo furniture that converts from table into bench? Brooklyn designer Akemi Tanaka caught our eye last year when she debuted her clever Futaba unfolding couch/table. Now Akemi’s got a new addition to the eco-friendly, transforming-furniture family, and we think its as cute and clever as its big sister Futaba.

Similar to Futaba, Tagei is a plyboo and upholstery seat that folds down into a compact coffee table. Unlike Futaba — a full couch that takes time to fold up and down — the Tagei is more of a bench than a couch, and allows a quicker transformation from table to seat. It’s the perfect piece for those moments when you need an extra seat for a party, but don’t want to take up too much space in your home.

The piece is not just cleverly space-saving, but is also made entirely out of eco-friendly material. For those of you who may not love stripes, Akemi tells us that she can do the cushions in any color. If you are interested in the piece, please contact Akemi directly.

+ Akemi Tanaka