Monday, October 29, 2012

Furniture for small spaces

Years ago I had a small (400 sq. ft.) studio apartment that was right near the ocean. It was extremely small but, I liked it because it was affordable and you couldn't beat the view! While living there I had to think carefully about every purchase I made. There was simply no extra room. If I wanted to buy something new I had to figure out which existing thing I was going to get rid of to make room for it. Three things that took up a lot of space were the sofa, workstation, and bed.

Fanny Adam, a student at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD) in France, recently released a final project she calls "Story" which combines the sofa, workstation and bed in one very functional solution. Sofa beds obviously aren't new, but Story also features a tabletop built into the headboard, which, with the addition of a barstool or two, can be used as either a small dining area or as a workstation. The Formica sofa also features plenty of storage space, with drawers located underneath the sitting/sleeping area. When Story is laid out as a sofa these drawers pull out forward, and when it's laid out as a bed these drawers pull out from the side. Thanks to an ingenious design the armrests of the sofa become the headboard of the bed.

At this time, the Story is just a one-off student project and there are no plans to manufacture or sell it. But I imagine this idea could take off. While it may not individually be the greatest sofa, bed, or workstation -- it could be the greatest combination of all three. When I was living in a small space I would have loved to have had something like this.