Transformer furniture has been a feature here on Treehugger forever; by folding up or serving multiple functions it can free up more space and let you live with less. Now Hermès has jumped into the game, with a lovely desk designed by Philippe Nigro, first seen as part of a larger collection shown on Designboom last April.
Now, just in time for Christmas, the New York Times includes the desk in its gift guide. The designer is quoted in the Times:
"The idea was to think about really useful, quotidian objects that you use without thinking that you are using them." As if anything made by Hermès were everyday....The Coffre à Lutrin [is] a folding desk whose compact dimensions suggest a vintage leather trunk. But Mr. Nigro wasn't just evoking past luxuries; he was also thinking about a new species of furniture to accommodate shrinking work tools like tablet computers and smart phones.
The Times notes that "at $60,000, this is not the kind of multifunctional furniture that thrifty people buy to furnish their small quarters." Indeed.
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