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September 24, 2014
Originally published in Small Space Big Design
Space Case
Jettison your bulky furniture and swap in pieces that are collapsible, multifunctional, and modest in size. From an energy-efficient lamp that occupies a pinch of floor space to an essential stepladder that folds flat, this latest fleet will help create grand effects in tiny areas.
Colina by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

Colina by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

Raising furniture off the floor offers visual breathing room. Arper’s upholstered wire-base seat accomplishes this feat remarkably well. 

Originally appeared in Colina sofa
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Elixir Minibar by CB2 acacia-wood-cabinet

Elixir Minibar by CB2

Corral home bar trappings in this acacia-wood cabinet. The sides fold down to offer a ledge for glassware. When closed, it discreetly hides its contents—a boon for keeping bottles dust-free.

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Royal System Shelving Unit A with desk shelf by Poul Cadovius for dk3 made of oak

Royal System Shelving Unit A with desk shelf by Poul Cadovius for dk3

Designed in 1948, the solid walnut or oak wall-mounted piece doesn’t skimp on utility: Use it for storage or a work station while saving precious floor space. 

Originally appeared in Royal System shelving unit A with desk shelf
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Levels tables by Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet for Per/Use made of oak and glass

Levels tables by Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet for Per/Use

The oak-and-glass tables jigsaw together to form a tightly packed trio and can be separated when the mood strikes.

Originally appeared in Levels tables
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Hackney Sofa by Wrong for Hay that flat packs

Hackney Sofa by Wrong for Hay

The real magic of this wood-frame, foam-stuffed sofa comes to the fore when you’re moving: It breaks down and packs flat to make navigating narrow doorways and stairwells a cinch. 


Originally appeared in Hackney sofa
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Acciaio lounge by Max Lipsey for Cappellini in perforated leather

Acciaio lounge by Max Lipsey for Cappellini

Instead of an overstuffed upholstered armchair, consider Eindhoven-based American designer Max Lipsey’s riff on a racing bicycle frame: a seat in perforated leather and metal. 

Originally appeared in Shop the Look: Perforated Furniture
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Fju desk by Kaschkasch

Fju desk by Kaschkasch

German designers Sebastian Schneider and Florian Kallus created a wall-mounted wood desk that folds up to reveal storage pockets. 

Originally appeared in Fju desk
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Fold table by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset

Fold table by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset

Instead of run-of-the-mill nesting tables, consider a set of pivoting pieces that tuck together neatly when in stealth mode. 

Originally appeared in Fold table
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round square mirror by clara von zweiburgk for domestic

Round Square mirror by Clara von Zweigbergk for Domestic

There’s no denying a mirror’s effectiveness in giving the illusion of more space. This acrylic piece features a silkscreened geometric pattern for added depth.

Originally appeared in Round Square mirror
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family beds by lorenzo damiani for campeggi

Family beds by Lorenzo Damiani for Campeggi

For many, formal guest rooms are rare, but visitors aren’t. Luckily, this set of four beds folds neatly into a console. Rope handles act as drawer pulls. 

Originally appeared in Family beds
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moon table by mist-o for living divan made of charcoal-dyed oak

Moon table by Mist-o for Living Divani

The compact charcoal-dyed cylindrical oak bedside table opens to reveal interior storage shelves.

Originally appeared in Moon table
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alfred shelf by roman pin and florent bouhey-fayolle for harto with mesh backing

Alfred shelf by Roman Pin and Florent Bouhey-Fayolle for Hartô

Hooks, folded-metal shelves, and a mirror can be arranged in myriad configurations against the mesh backing.

Originally appeared in Alfred shelf
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indoor stoop by bridie picot and matt smith for thing industries that doubles as a stool

Indoor Stoop by Bridie Picot and Matt Smith for Thing Industries

As multi-functional items go, this step stool, soft-close storage solution, display, and seating option proves its utility in spades. 

Originally appeared in Indoor stoop
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OK by konstantin grcic for flos lamp

OK by Konstantin Grcic for Flos

Inspired by Achille Castiglioni and Pio Manzù’s 1972 Parentesi lamp, Grcic created an updated LED version that swivels 360 degrees and can slide from floor to ceiling.

Originally appeared in OK lamp
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step by karl malmvall for design house stockholm stepladder

Step by Karl Malmvall for Design House Stockholm

No home is complete without a stepladder, and this looker folds flat to take up a scant sliver of storage area. Sold with a hook for hanging.

Originally appeared in Step stepladder
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long chevron waves tile by marcos cajina and melanie stephens for granada tile made of cement

Long Chevron Waves tile by Marcos Cajina and Melanie Stephens for Granada Tile

Small-format wall or floor tiles in colored cement offer a Moroccan-inspired flair. 

Originally appeared in Long Chevron Waves tile
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folding stool x by ake axelsson made of beech wood and canvas

Folding Stool X by Åke Axelsson

Strips of beech wood are steam-bent to create the stool’s frame, which folds flat when not in use. The canvas seat comes in blue, black, and off-white. 

Originally appeared in Folding Stool X
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HSI shelving by henry julier for matter-made crafted from steel and maple

HS1 shelving by Henry Julier for Matter-Made

Crafted from steel and maple, Matter-Made’s newly expanded HS1 system now boasts a writing desk with a perforated back panel for mounting organizational accessories. 

Originally appeared in HS1 shelving
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kite table by steuart padwick for resource furniture made of laminate and walnut veneer

Kite table by Steuart Padwick for Resource Furniture

The 51-inch-long table sports a durable laminate surface—ideal for working and food prep. When unfolded to 102 inches, it reveals a refined walnut-veneer top. 

Originally appeared in Kite table
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Noular seat with attached coffee table by Luca Nichetto and Nendo

N=N05 Bridges for Islands by Luca Nichetto and Nendo for Casamania

The modular system, which features an attached coffee table and removable upholstery, works as a stand-alone seat or can be combined to create a sofa.

Originally appeared in N=N/05 Bridges for Islands
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wall hooks by tina frey made of resin

Wall Hooks by Tina Frey

Hand-sculpted from resin, Frey’s wall hooks add sculptural utility. 

Originally appeared in Wall hooks
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<5_MY chair by Michael Young for Coalesse with stackable, carbon-fiber frame

<5_MY chair by Michael Young for Coalesse

A carbon-fiber frame makes the stackable chair ultra-light (it weighs just five pounds) and strong (it can support up to 300 pounds). Durable enough to use indoors and out. 

Originally appeared in <5_MY chair
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laurel by simon kampfer for zilio a&amp;c oak valet

Laurel by Simon Kämpfer for Zilio A&C

This oak valet combines a hat stand, accessories tray, shelf, and hanging rods to combat disorganization—a foe to small spaces. Disassembles and packs flat for easy moving.

Originally appeared in Laurel
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pil-low by redesign for prostoria sofa bed

Pil-low by Redesign for Prostoria

Sofa beds are perhaps the quintessential transformable pieces. Unlike staid pull-outs, this fold-down model offers a more streamlined silhouette.

Originally appeared in Pil-low
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Colina by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

Colina by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper

Raising furniture off the floor offers visual breathing room. Arper’s upholstered wire-base seat accomplishes this feat remarkably well. 

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