TreeHugger emeritus Jasmin Malik Chua now holds the fort at Inhabitots, and shows this very good idea, a kitchen table that turns into a playhouse, designed by Ingrid Brandth. According to Jas, you just pull down the sides and push up the roof.
The Designer writes:
Feeling safe is not necessarily being safe. We feel protected and secure in surroundings that are familiar to us, where we can control the space around us - physically or psychologically.
The Daily Shelter is a table inspired by my grandfather Sigvald Andreas Brandth. He was an inventive designer who based many of his ideas on excitement, humor and secrets. And just like his many designs, this table has a hidden story.
At first glance it looks like an ordinary table. But for the one who knows its secret, it can be transformed into a shelter where one can hide from scary sounds, ghosts or family members. Just like a snail feels safe in it's house.
But I wonder, why not make it a bit bigger, an adult version; this could be the latest, greatest transformer bedroom. Have a mattress drop down, make the sidewalls a soundproof material and it becomes an instant capsule hotel room, cosy and quiet in the middle of the kitchen.