This Convertible Chair Is Also ‘a Desk for Those Who Do Not Wish to Have a Desk’
When your space is limited and you have to get creative to fit everything you need, surprising things can happen. Take, for example, architect Pierre-Louis Gerlier’s “chaise renversée,” “the overturned chair.”
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On one side, it’s a chaise lounge fit for a nap or a leisurely reading session. Turn it over, and it becomes a desk. Gerlier calls it “a desk for those who do not wish to have a desk” on designboom, meaning that it’s for people who only occasionally need a desk for paying bills or writing emails but would prefer not to give it full-time real estate in their living space.
(If you’re the opposite, someone who needs a desk all the time, on the other extreme end of this furniture spectrum is this bed desk originally created for serious gamers.)
Gerlier has created several permutations of the chaise renversée over the years, including a wooden one with more padding on the chaise surface, one meant for using outdoors, and a miniature one for kids. You can see them on his website here.
The latest version, pictured here, is made out of braided wire and metal and manufactured by Boqa, famous for the Acapulco chair.
Gerlier has created other similarly playful dual-purpose furniture as well. One is the “stool petit Jean(neret),” a stool on adult scale that can be flipped over to become a desk or armchair for kids. “This is a piece of furniture that each child will be able to use while growing up as to keep all the memories it contains,” the designer writes on his website.