Martin Saemmer Transformer Shelf

Transforming furniture is often quite linear in its design, a clear triumph of science and function over art and interaction. This clever dresser idea by Martin Saemmer challenges the hyper-useful approach to convertible furniture designs by putting creativity and variability in the hands of the user.

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In its most compact form, the unit can tuck against a wall or into a corner like any other typical, rectilinear piece of interior furniture, exposing a more plain and simple side or a complex asymmetrical facade (or both).

Martin Saemmer Transformer Shelf pull out

As it expands, this storage system reveals drawers of different sizes that open up in different directions. When fully expanded, new surfaces are revealed that can be used as shelves as well as boxes that can be used as closed or open storage – a functional but complex dresser.

Martin Saemmer Transformer Shelf drawers

“Martin Saemmer grew up in Munich, Germany and graduated
from the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe. During his studies he took a extended break and moved to Asia, were he was living in Taipei while working as designer in Taiwan and China. From there he moved to Paris and worked as trainee for Marc Newson In 2007 Martin went back to University and Graduated 2008. Immediately after, he started working for Marcel Wanders and founded his own Studio in Amsterdam one year later.”

Martin Saemmer Transformer Shelf configurations

“Martin’s work is very much focused on the creation of relation-
ships and interactions between objects and their users. His most
renown piece the Transformer-Shelf is a prototype for his way of
thinking and working. It has been first exhibited in the Museum for Contemporary Art of the ZKM Karlsruhe. Martin’s conceptional approach is combined with the urge to perfection in modern manufacturing and the passion for innovative and surprising materials.”

“In 2009 Martin had his first solo exhibition in the Nextlevel Gallery
in Paris and in 2010 he started his cooperation with the Milan-
based Gallery Plusdesign.”