Design Interior Design Beach Sofa Folds Into a Steamer Trunk By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 CC BY 2.0. Lloyd Alter Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 I had never seen this bit of transformer furniture before; It appears that I don't hang around on European beaches very much, because they are aqpparently very common there. It is a Strandkorb, or beach basket, invented in 1882 by Wilhelm Bartelmann in Rostock, Germany. Accroding to OASIQ, the manufacturer of this updated version, it was designe dfor a young woman with rheumatism who still loved the beach.The Strandkorb allowed her "to enjoy the benefits of the sea air while protecting her from the elements of sun, sand, wind and rain." Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0It all packs up into a trunk and rolls away. © Strandkorb As I mentioned, they are popular on European beaches.