Multi-Function Tables: From Work To Play

Multi-Function Tables: From Work To Play

Joel Pirela
Oct 13, 2010

Less is more. You have the option to have less appliances, furniture, electronics and combine those, for a heavy duty double tasking role. Here are some examples (some of which were featured before) of the correct way of thinking, in designing and creating, what we think is the future of the manufacturing process.

MILK Table by designer Søren Kjær is a fantastic example of pushing the design limitations that an object may have. We love its Apple-like lines: slick and smooth. The functionality is also well thought-out with cubies that serve various purposes like storage or display, garbage can and file cabinet. One example used by the designer is a fish tank inside one of the table cubbies. Additionally, there is an area to file magazines or other documents inside the table itself, cable exits, and even a cable drawer to hide away the ugly wires and peripherals. You can even adjust the height by the central pedestal.

Piano Table by Georg Bohle.
This smooth, simple oak table has a musical secret hidden underneath: lift a section on the top panel and you'll expose a full, 88-key electronic piano. The Piano Table by Georg Bohle is an innovative piece of furniture that marries modern with classical and food with entertaintment. The table itself is great for a dining room, it fits the whole family and is unobtrusive in design. After the meal, however, flip open the piano door and you and your guests can enjoy a bit human generated music. This piano table is made to order at $6,000 a piece.

The Concerto Dining Table comes with a built-in iPod dock but the shape of the table will give away a little of the double task this table can perform. Comes with a remote control and even drawers for dinnerware. Plug your iPod into the dock, lift the soundboard lid and let the music fill your space. Done working for the day? Simply place your laptop and papers in the center tray and close the lid. Available from Lovegrove & Repucci.

Table of Sound integrates speakers into its legs. The innovative Table of Sound coffee table was created by designers Wout Fierens and Miquell van Meelen of Wondering Boys for a recent competition over on Designboom. The Table of Sound provides a new way to enjoy your music right in the middle of your living room. Instead of pushing speakers out to the corners of your room, they're mounted conveniently in the legs of the table. Just plug your iPod into the table's built-in dock, and start enjoying your favorite playlist while you drink your coffee and read your favorite magazine. it only needs Bluetooth connection to be perfect. This could be a great DIY project for the handy ones out there!

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