Functionality and practicality are perhaps the top two requirements for modern furniture because we live in the world of tight spaces and because no one wants to overpay for two or more pieces of furniture when you can have them all in one. Today I’d like to share some of the coolest designs that you can buy right now and enjoy using them in all kinds possible.
This daybed is Pulse by Norwegian design studio Noidoi. The solid oak daybed is covered with a Norwegian wool mattress, a section of which can be folded back, revealing an oak hatch covering a magazine rack below. When the hatch is removed, it can be used a serving tray. Norwegian-produced wool was used for the mattress, and the magazine holder is laminated with the same type of wool.
Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyzynska of Torafu Architects have designed a children’s seat that splits in half to reveal a dolls’ house inside. Dollhouse chair has a storage compartment hidden in its seat that can double up as a miniature toy home. When split apart down the middle, the chair reveals the shape of a house with a red gable roof. Kids can play with their toys and stow them away with other small objects by shutting the chair closed once playtime is over.
The Flop chair by designer Elena Sidorova looks comfortable and spacious, and it can be easily turned into a functional tween bed. And as a bonus feature, all the guest bed paraphernalia (pillows, comforters, and sheets) can be stored right here, inside the chair.
The Maisonnette series is practical, quirky, and just downright fun. The collection of mobile storage pieces was designed by Italian designer Simone Simonelli to fulfill a need of multipurpose furniture with a modern look. Each stylish piece is made from varnished solid alder wood and iron rods and is perfect for small dwellings.
The Cristallo table is a transforming coffee table with a metal frame that extends to perform a number of functions. This space-saving piece is adjustable to various heights — from coffee table to dining table — and features two self-storing leaves. Available in glass, wood and new slate and reclaimed pine finishes.
Ukrainian designer Julia Kononenko has created a multi-functional sofa for the living room, that can easily be transformed into a small dining-table with six stools. Ergonomically speaking, it gives maximum comfort and convenience to the user, as the seat turns into six padded stools, and the backrest – into a countertop.
The Woodieful chair is design with intention and on a mission. Furniture today needs to be multifunctional, and the Woodieful stool covers so much more than just another seating product. Designed for use in multiple scenarios and rooms, it can be adapted to any environment. Originally designed as a simple stool, it was soon realised that it can be flipped to turn into a table, a nightstand, a shelf, or as the seating product it was originally conceived for.
The OpenBook is a comfortable reading space for those wanting a quieter moment, while also a showcase for books and magazines of any size and shape. It is a comfortable reading space for those wanting a quieter moment, while at the same time the chair was to be open, exposing the user to others within the space allowing for serendipitous interaction.
Sweet Seat is for those that find themselves moving to new apartments or to different cities, where a versatile piece of furniture is necessary. Designed by Dear Human, the multifunctional seat easily converts to a bed for those times you have houseguests over. In the meantime, you have a comfortable place to sit that doesn’t break the bank.
Herb is a multifunctional sofa and living space all combined into one cozy and convenient package. The sofa sits nestled between a shelving unit and a side table that holds a plant. The shelf is decked out with power so you can charge your devices while you lounge and surf the internet. The shelf even has a light that hangs over the sofa.