The limitations of small living spaces has prompted people to get creative with furniture and usage patterns. Transformer furniture has been a popular choice, as well as overlapping functions like having a fold-down dining table in one's multipurpose sitting area. Instead of going for the impressive float-down bed, designer Michal Blutrich decides to tackle the sitting area, by making a collection of multifunctional floor pillows that can be used as seating when a large group of guests come into a small space.
Dubbed Pile, the concept consists of a small table, a lamp, and a whole pile of chromatic floor pillows that can be arranged in a variety of ways to suit the needs of the moment. By padding the floor all over, you can get much more seating possibilities in a small space than with the typical couch.
There's a modern ritual envisioned here, as Blutrich explains:
Stacked, “Pile” is a layered object constisting of different shapes and colors, that contrast and merge. Unstacking the objects, however, equals a welcoming ceremony and exposes different elements that can arranged into various atmospheres.
Living in big anonymous cities where stacked apartments create skyscrapers, we are craving for the need of space and humanity. "Pile” transforms into a multifunctional object fulfilling the needs of furniture responding to small apartments, at the same time brings cordiality in our ever faster and bigger growing cities.
There are holes in the pillows so that the table can be placed down without damaging them. When not in use, the Pile can be stacked up in the corner like an artsy installation, using the long lamp. The lamp itself can be used to light up gatherings.
Best of all, if guests are too tipsy to leave and need to sleep over, they can pass out on Pile, no problem.
There's definitely an bit of Asian or Middle Eastern inspiration in the design; these are cultures where it's commonplace to sit on pillows or mats on the floor. This widespread custom is enhanced with a bit of modern flair in Pile, turning it into a design -- and a welcoming ritual -- that people with small spaces everywhere can embrace. More over at Michal Blutrich.