With living urban spaces shrinking as the world's population increases, it seems the concept of dual-purpose furniture and fittings is heading towards the mainstream. Joining the likes of the sofa bed workstation
and the shape-shifting apartment
in this space is Sensei – a pair of chairs which transform seamlessly into a coffee table.
Remember those Hypercolor T-shirts, that changed color according to your body temperature? Or how about mood rings? Well, now you can get a solid oak table and two-bench set that works along the same lines.
UK design outfit andViceVersa has come up with this novel take on the dining table and chairs. Named A-Cute, the set is designed to form a single cohesive shape when the chairs are tucked in.
The dining room table is the place where families come together to have a hearty meal and enjoy some quality time. If your family is small, you probably only need a little table most of the time. If friends and extended family come over, you might find yourself wrestling out a leaf to make your table bigger. A new design from Jullien Vidame hopes to do away with extension leaves altogether – it's a table that expands without the need for additional parts.
Furniture exists primarily to serve a purpose, and as long as the basic form is maintained each piece functions perfectly well. For a table this basic form means a flat surface supported by legs. In that regard Illusion Table from Brazilian designer Roberta Rampazzo fits the bill 100 percent, but one slight deviation from the accepted design means this is a table that will likely be stared at more than used in any practical sense.
Tambour doors on computer cabinets or home entertainment units—even innovative ones like Lista Office's Mindport
—are fairly common, but designer Michael Bambino has put a new spin on the concept with a computer desk called simply Tambour Table. Managing to be both stylish and practical, Tambour Table is designed to make for clutter-free computing, which will likely appeal to those with minimalist sensibilities.
As our cities become more crowded
, with people being crammed into ever-tighter communities, living space
is at an absolute premium. With that in mind, furniture that either fulfills more than one purpose or which takes up very little room will be very much in demand. Klapptischbank Up Up Up, which literally translates into Folding Table Bench Up Up Up, is one possible solution to this problem.
While this week the web is full of talk about Microsoft's Surface tablet
, it's less well known that that Microsoft originally used the name "Surface" for a prototype multitouch table
. Commonly used in public settings such as museums, these tables have been brought to market in recent years by developers like New Mexico-based Ideum, which is now releasing its fourth-generation multitouch table.
For a coffee table with attitude, look no further than Adriano Designs' Intervallo by Teckell. If you like the idea of having your coffee table do double-duty as a foosball machine, the intervallo is for you. If you just want the most beautiful foosball machine available, then might we suggest the limited edition, crystal and aluminium Cristallino Gold LE, the gold-plated star of a range of designer foosball machines that are exquisite office and den amusements but not for the feint of wallet.
Being lovers of style, comfort and technology, you've doubtless already decked your living room out with a multimedia sofa
and a recliner with a built-in sound system
. Perhaps you've even gone to the trouble of hiding your plasma TV behind a nice art print
or surrounding it in a home-theater-like frame
. If you're now a tad underwhelmed by that functional, but otherwise rather dull, coffee table, then we may have something to bring a smile to your face. Furniture maker Charles Lushear has supersized the brick-like controller from Nintendo's iconic 8-bit gaming system launched in the mid-1980s, swapped the cold plastic for the elegance of wood and positioned some mid 20th century legs underneath to make a fully operational Nintendo Controller Coffee Table.