The transforming furniture movement is gaining momentum as a way to save money, materials and valuable space, but it's still a bit hard to find good options. That's why the Inhabitat team was really excited to discover a whole array of double duty furniture at PSFK's Future of Home Living exhibit in NYC yesterday. From chairs you can fold up and hang like clothes to a desk that turns into a bed to a table that triples as a computer and touchscreen air hockey surface, read on to see all of the goodies we found!
For those of us with limited floor space, the Vurv Wall Shelf Desk is an efficient little design that folds up when not in use. It can also be used as a standing desk, which we all know is a great way to improve your chances of not dying early.
Those aren’t clothes hanging on that rack – they’re pieces of furniture! Made by Folditure, these fully functional tables and chairs can folded up and even have hooks for easy storage.
Possibly the world’s most functional shelf, the Fusillo Shelf morphs to become its own set of bookends, and can flip down to hold hanging items like a helmet or even a bike!
Cezign‘s ZIG Sofa is made up of a series of fabric covered bricks that can be set up in a number of different configurations depending on how many people you need to seat.
Some NYC apartments are so small that they simply can’t fit both a coffee table and a desk. Resource Furniture‘s Flat Desk Coffee Table offers a solutions with a top surface that flips up to double as a desk or even a surface for eating.
Also by Resource Furniture, the Ulisse Desk Bed starts off as a workspace during the day but flips out to become a sleeping area at night. The best part of this all is that you don’t have to clear away your files every time you want to go to sleep. The Ulisse is specially designed so that there is enough clearance under the bed to leave out all of your work just the way you had it so that you can resume the next morning.
Studio Gorm’s Peg Furniture System is a clever way to hide away unused furniture right in plain sight.
Studio NL‘s Desk Bed is an overworked employee’s dream (or nightmare, depending on how you look at it). It functions as a desk by day but when the witching hour hits, you can crawl underneath for a comfy couple of hour’s rest until the workday starts again.
Five extra friends RSVPed to your party last minute? No problem if you have the Cubista Ottoman. Just like a matryoshka nesting doll, the stylish cube holds 5 stool frames that attach to the sides of the ottoman to create 5 extra seats in a jiffy.
A collaboration between Lenovo and UM Project, the AT-UM Table functions as a surface, a computer and a gaming station all in one. It even has a compartment for air hockey joysticks!
Want to check out these clever transforming furniture designs for yourself? Click here to RSVP for the Future Of Home Exhibition at the 101 building in NYC. The show will be open to the public from July 23 to Aug 15.