If you live in a small apartment in the city, or in a small house, it's imperative to find ways to maximize the space that you have, unless you're fond of endless clutter or bumping your knees into furniture. So far, we've seen solutions like hiding the bed, using flat pack furniture, or coming up with completely new furniture types.
The last two qualities appears to apply to Eindhoven Design Academy graduate Jongha Choi, who came up with this set of visually playful furniture pieces that can literally fold from three-dimensional to a flat two-dimensional form with just bit of maneuvering. See it go:
Dubbing the collection "From 2D to 3D: De-Dimension", Choi's inspiration for this clever set of furniture comes from a weakness in one of his eyes that compelled him to perceive the world differently from others. He gets philosophical about his experiences, relating it to a wider inquiry about our relationship with the world and its images:
In our current situation, in which modern society experiences the image, in relation to advertising, image circulation and the internet, why do we not question an images’ confinement to a flat surface. Why don’t we try to get more stereoscopic and attempt for direct experience with the image. My question started with this point and I tried several experiments in order to realize this idea from a personal point of view.
The result is simple but brilliant: a set of colourful furniture that can fold flat to be hung and displayed on the wall like artwork, or tucked away somewhere, and when needed, it can change shape and auto-magically acquire another dimension -- using some careful details and fasteners that lock the form in place. The materials appear to be metal-based, and seem lightweight but sturdy.
Choi presents some intriguing ideas here to rethink what flat pack design might look like: it could come pre-assembled and flat -- perhaps a whole living room that can be hung on the wall. And when necessary, with the flick of a wrist, these flat pieces can be easily made to a three-dimensional chair, table or bench, ready to use -- a new way to engage with what is seen flat and what can become functional. See more over at Jongha Choi.