Transformer Furniture: Nothing New Under the Sun (Slideshow)


In the last fifty years the interiors of our houses and offices have revolved around technology, be it the land line phone, the television or the computer. As these all shrink, morph, combine and go wireless, it becomes much easier to develop multifunction transformer furniture that lets us live with less stuff in less space.

Nine years ago, before LCD monitors or decent notebook computers were affordable, I worked on the designs of transformer furniture that never got into production; it really needed smaller, lighter electronics to work. It was also in the days before Sketchup, when it was still faster to knock out a model in foamcore than it was to do it in CAD. Looking back, they look pretty funny, but perhaps the ideas might work better now. We look back at early Transformers, and some very silly models.

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