Forward thinking designers and developers continue to find clever ways to do more with less space, making use of Murphy beds, expandable kitchen islands and the like. To celebrate this sort of space-saving ingenuity, we’ve compiled a list of especially outlandish home furnishings that were designed to serve many roles. Get into it.
How can do you create more space in the kitchen? Stack everything vertically. Italian design firm Massimo Facchinetti knows that.
Two-person office/dining table
Designer Daniel Liss’ Table for Two is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it’s a two-person work space complete with a divider for privacy, but when converted into its dining table-form it can seat up to six people. More here.
Fletcher Capstan Table
The Capstan Table by Fletcher Burwell-Taylor is a mesmerizing ballet of furniture metamorphosis.
Shape-shifting modular sofa
The Bloc’d Sofa, by Scott Jones, is comprised of a number of soft cubes, rectangles and L-shapes that can be arranged in a variety of ways inside their wooden frame. As we noted previously, customizing the couch is a lot like playing a game of Tetris.
Gif: Vestal Design
The DoubleSpace kitchenette by Vestal Design is at once a dangerous fire hazard and totally awesome.
Two chairs in one
Photo: Alberto Villarreal
Okay, so nothing really transforms here, but Alberto Villarreal’s unassuming white chair has the ability to store another chair inside it’s hollow core.
Two chairs that turn into one table
Flip these two chairs on their sides and you have yourself a nice little table! Now, if only you had a couple of chairs to sit at it with…
Every picture tells a story. This frame tells the story of space-saving convenience.
Ironing board mirror
The wrinkles may be out, but who knows if you’re pulling off that freshly pressed garment? This ironing board-mirror means you’ll never again have to walk two feet to the bathroom to find out.
Every wall, cupboard, drawer and piece of furniture in this apartment