Hidden Light Transforms Chair-by-Day into Table-by-Night

Definitely a chair. No, wait … certainly a table. With a built-in light. Right? Everything about it during the daytime seems to suggest it is a chair: a seating platform and four legs, two of which extend upward to support a backrest. But in this final defining element hides a small secret – an outwardly-invisible recessed lighting fixture that illuminates the surface below, turning it into a simple nighttime table-plus-light.

Spigoli Vivi & Andrea Bartolucci collaborated on this simple white furniture piece-with-a-twist, using minimal means to extend the function of perhaps the most common everyday furnishing a house could have.

An inconspicuous side-mounted power-cord slot switches the light on and off (though a battery-powered alternative might be nice as well, to keep the object mobile). In turn, this little tucked-away lamp is oriented to illuminate whatever is set right below it – perfect for those of us who (intentionally or accidentally) turn our spare chairs into temporary storage spaces for work lunches, keys and other odds or ends.

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