Is it a side table? Is it a chair? Is it a desk? Is it a bench? The multifunctional (and adorable) U.M.O.  (Unidentified Magical Object) from UM Project  can be all three! At last weekend’s BKLYN Designs , the versatile piece impressed Inhabitat editors with its versatility so much that it received the Inhabitat Editor’s Choice Award for Most Engaging Design . Made almost entirely from sustainably harvested cork, the playful form will charm your kids just as much as it appeals to you.
Photography by Francis Dzikowski / Esto
The U.M.O . will spark your imagination in a way that most furniture doesn’t even attempt. Will you rotate it on its side and use it as a bench, or make it the centerpiece of the room, stuffing magazines and books in its circular and rectangular slots? In a child’s room, its placement and function could change daily — and the aluminum inserts can house everything from art supplies  to plush toys .
Brooklyn-based design studio UM Project , which stands for Users & Makers, is a veteran of BKLYN Designs and consistently delivers playful furniture creations the whole family can enjoy – like their white-board paint coated table , which also had Inhabitat’s editors swooning at this year’s show.
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