Multifunction furniture lets small spaces do more.
TreeHugger loves transformer furniture and has been covering it since the pictures were small, where tables turn into beds, chairs and sofas into bunkbeds, single beds into doubles, and my favorite of all time...
Solutions Furniture is a new company (their website is still just a splashpage) and was at the Interior Design Show in Toronto with new twists on some old transformer ideas. We have Christmas dinner at the in-laws' on one of these tables that fold into a chest of drawers.
It has two conventional drawers at the bottom and then the entire table folds out of the top drawer. It is like Mary Poppins' bag; the table just keeps going and going.
We have also shown many transformer tables that go up and down, but this one is different;
It goes up and down and expands and stretches into a table that can seat six. Graham Hill had a table that pulled out and could seat twelve; I thought it was a dumb idea for New York City – that's why they have restaurants – and I wonder how many times he actually used it. I think this one makes more sense; it works as a coffee table, rises up to a larger table, then folds out to an even larger table when you are entertaining.
This crib doesn't transform for video, but it does transform into a bed when the child outgrows it, which is a lot better than it ending up on the street.
Years ago I worked on the designs of Transformer Furniture with Julia West Home, and it was a tough sell. In North America people would rather move to a bigger place than spend a lot of money on adapting. This probably has changed as the price of real estate has climbed. Perhaps its time has finally come.