Five Finds

Five Finds: Multifunctional Furniture

17th July 2013
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Following on from yesterday’s rather fabulous folding-hanging chair, I started thinking about other multi-purpose furniture and had a little poke about the Interweb to see what else was out there. The answer? Some rather clever stuff and so we come to this week’s Five Finds.


by Isaac Krady

tre table by isaac krady

tre table by isaac krady

tre table by isaac krady

made from a single piece of plywood it can be used any way up you want

This doesn’t really need much explanation when you look at the pictures does it? Tuck it at the end of the sofa for storing magazines and simply flip it up when you need to work.

Krady, who is based in Brooklyn, says he was inspired by the “scant living spaces in which he’s resided in exchange for living in a major city”. He’s made lots of other great pieces, including this rather neat flat pack stool, which can be assembled and taken apart easily with no need for tools.

rocket by isaac krady

rocket by isaac krady


Seung-Yong Song

object b is part of a series of multi-purpose chairs

object b is part of a series of multi-purpose chairs


climb up the ladder


or use as bookshelves

Object B is part of a series of multi-functional pieces – one doubles up as a clothes drier or storage. Another has a giant paper lantern on top so you can hide away in your own space.

Seung-Yong Song exhibited the collection during Seoul Design Festival 2011. Like Isaac, he too was inspired by his small apartment, this time in Paris.


Aissa Logerot

madame est servie by alissa logerot

madame est servie by alissa logerot

Another clever space-saving idea, this time by Aissa Logerot, who has combined an ironing board that flips up to reveal a full length mirror.

Photo : Véronique Huyghe

Photo : Véronique Huyghe

I can’t think of a single reason why I wouldn’t want to buy this. I only wish it were in production.


Ozzio for Resource Furniture


Goliath can be used simply as a hall console table


store the spare leaves either next to it or elsewhere

Golia 5_0

the extendable mechanism is telescopic


it becomes a table for four


or ten

Clever this. The extending mechanism is telescopic so you simply pull it out to the required size and lay the extra leaves in place. Now, if you had the chairs from yesterday hanging on the wall next to it that would be just perfect for a space-saving kit.




the cabrio in converts from a desk into a bed


there are a number of different configurations

If you’ve ever spent a few sweaty sweary minutes fighting with your sofa bed (unless that’s just me) this is the thing for you. The desk simply slides up and down and the bed folds up and disappears. However, while this piece is at least in production, it’s so expensive that you have to email for the price. And then you’d better already own a bed to fall back onto in shock.







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  • steuart 24th July 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love the chair/shelves/ladder – fantastic and beautiful.
    I should have sent you this… https://www.steuartpadwick.co.uk/doublecross3.htm desk/console/breakfast bar to dining table in a jiffy…

  • Christine 19th July 2013 at 9:10 am

    Okay, as a 5’3 person, I’ve scaled many-a-cabinets and climbed the highest heights of the pantry on the shelves alone… I *need* the chair with the ladder on the back!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 22nd July 2013 at 10:29 am

      Yes me too. It’s such a great idea isn’t it!

  • sheila fitzjones 17th July 2013 at 11:08 am

    Brilliant! Some really clever thinking by the designers.

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