Transformer Desk Turns Into a Bedroom at the Office, as Imagined by Steven M. Johnson

©. Stephen M. Johnson

Bucky Fuller wrote:

Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time.
Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time.
Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time.
It's time we gave this some thought.

And indeed, cartoonist and visionary Stephen M. Johnson did give this some thought, with his design for a CabiNap, where one lifts up the top of a bank of file cabinets and climbs right in. He notes that it didn't quite work as planned because people complained about slamming file drawers, but that wouldn't be a problem in today's paperless world.

desk in use

© Athanasia LeivaditouIt's a design problem that we have looked at before, as designer Athanasia Leivaditou put it: "In the competitive environments of the new Metropolis, work almost defines the purpose of existence. " Many of us never get to leave our offices. See more of her Transformer desk that turns into bedroom

quickie desk

© Jared Dickie

Johnson's design has some advantages over Jared Dickey's Quickie Desk, in that it has a little more visual privacy, although it is also a little more claustrophobic.


© FvF/ Mira Schröder

It's also easier to use than Mira Schröder's rotating desk; if you are tired, you just want to go to bed, not rotate it then undo the straps then make the bed. Really, I would have just put some locks on the file drawers of the CabiNap, or added a mechanism so that if someone is in the bed then the drawers don't open when someone is in the bed, like the ones that only let you open one drawer at a time. Then you would have had a great product, Mr. Johnson.

Ostrich Pillow

© Kawamura-Ganjavian

Personally, I remain a minimalist. Just give me my ostrich pillow and I am outta here.