10 Transformer Tables for a Tiny Urban Space: Help Pick the Best

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Transformer Tables

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TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste -- on less money -- but with more design. He calls it LifeEdited. To find each ideal piece of furniture for his small New York apartment (stay tuned for chairs, bed, and more), he's asking for your help. Graham's table needs to do double-duty, serving as a console or coffee table by day and a fully set dinner party table for 10 by night (maybe not every night, but some evenings!). All 10 designs here really do pack two pieces of furniture in one. Which is your favorite and why? Have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.

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Transforming Coffee Table by Duffy London

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Converting from a functional coffee table to a dinner table is necessary for the space-challenged urban dweller. Duffy's Transforming Coffee in sustainably-harvested birch plywood table is lightweight, 5.3 feet long and 27.5 inches wide. Graham would need two of these tables for a full-sized, 10-person party. Price: $1,525. What do you think of the Transforming Coffee Table? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Duffy

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Calligaris Flexy (Photo 1 of 2)

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The Calligaris Flexy table can be easily adjusted both in height and width. Its disadvantage is that it's just 55 inches long. What do you think of the Flexy? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Calligaris

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Calligaris Flexy (Photo 2 of 2)

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The Flexy switches from a coffee table to a full dining table with a push of a button on the underframe and the hinged top unfolds, allowing it to expand to twice its coffee table size. "As with the Transforming Coffee Table by Duffy London, I'd need two of these to get 10 people seated," Graham says. Price: $1,145. What do you think of the Flexy? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Calligaris

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Giravolta by Alfio Padovan

Alfio Padovan has a great lineup of multi-purpose transformer furniture, and the Giravolta (the name means turn around in Italian) works as an end table or console -- a place to put keys, phone, and computers -- yet also quickly converts to a full-sized, 70-inch dining table easily seating eight (but perhaps not 10) people. It's available at Resource Furniture. Price: $1,300. What do you think of the Giravolta? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Video: Imultifunzione

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Folding Table by Revol

Inspired by pop-up books, the Folding Table from Nathan Tobiason at Revol Design is one beautiful 5-foot expanse of Baltic Birch plywood. Unfortunately, the table can't expand in length or width -- but it can be set at five different heights via the table tabs. Folded, it is easily stored. Still, you'd need two of these to seat 10 people without crowding, and even then, table "legs" might crowd human feet. Price: Contact for pricing. What do you think of the Revol Folding Table? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Video: Revol Design

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2110 Table by ESF (Photo 1 of 2)

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The cherry veneer 2110 table from ESF has the requisite weight and height adjustment features, allowing it to be a slender coffee table at 50 inches by 28 inches and 14 inches high. A simple lever allows the table to be easily moved up and down. What do you think of the 2110? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: EFS

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2110 Table by ESF (Photo 2 of 2)

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The ESF 2110 also gets to a nice length at full expansion -- 78 inches. This length will allow four people to sit on each side for a total of 10 people all around. At 28 inches wide, however, there's probably room enough for beers and nachos, but it may be a little too narrow to support a massive Thanksgiving feast. Price: $650. What do you think of this 2110 by ESG? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: ESF

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Goliath by Resource Furniture (Photo 1 of 2)

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The beauty of the expandable Goliath table from Resource Furniture, with its angled legs, is hard to beat. In its minimalist form, the Goliath is a console for necessities and just 17 inches wide. What do you think of the Goliath? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Resource

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Goliath by Resource Furniture (Photo 2 of 2)

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With its telescoping underframe, up to five leaves can be inserted into the the Goliath, for a maximum expansion of 115 inches -- easily seating 10. Price:$3,750. What do you think of the Goliath? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Resource

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Capstan by DB Fletcher

The design for this round table was patented in 1835 by Robert Jupe. DB Fletcher (read more on DB Fletcher here) makes these works of art -- and yes, pricey! -- by adding leaves that self-store and an easy manual or automatic opening mechanism. While not offering as much space-saving as a rectangle design would, the Capstan is a magnificent conversation starter and might meet the demands of an odd niche of space. Price: $25,000 and up, depending on materials. What do you think of the Capstan? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: DB Fletcher

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Voila by Ozzio Design

Ozzio Design is another one of those Italian furniture companies with a penchant for multi-functional furniture with clean lines and timeless forms. What makes the Voila unique is its capacity for expansion -- one extra flap in hidden under the table's top, and two additional inserts can expand the table's size via a telescope-like device underneath. Voila can ultimately seat 10 people -- if this table had adjustable legs, it would be even more functional for a tiny apartment space. Price: Contact for pricing. What do you think of the Voila? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Video: Ozzio Design

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Flip by Flipfurniture (Photo 1 of 2)

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It looks like a serene, Japanese-inspired console or TV table, but the Flip table by Flipfurniture flips from coffee to dining table in two moves. The design also stores three simple benches. What do you think of the Flip? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: flipfurniture

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Flip by Flipfurniture (Photo 2 of 2)

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And here it is extended! Simple, but beautiful, this table at full extension is 78 inches -- rather a tight squeeze for 10. Made from FSC-certified woods -- European oak or European walnut -- this table's biggest drawback, however, is that it is currently only available in the UK. "A design this good needs to be exported," says Graham. Price: Contact for pricing. What do you think of the Flip? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: flipfurniture

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Convertible Coffee Table Walnut by Dwell

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Manufactured by U.K. firm Dwell (why are the Brits so much better at transformer tables?), this Coffee Table is a good-looking and practical pop-up version of the coffee-to-kitchen transformer table. What do you think of the Convertible Coffee Table Walnut? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Dwell

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Convertible Coffee Table Walnut by Dwell (Photo 2 of 2)

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Unfortunately at 70 inches in length, it might not seat more than six when fully transformed. Price: $875 What do you think of the Convertible Coffee Table Walnut? Have a better option? Let us know in the comments. Photo: Dwell