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Like sweetened coffee creamer, it was only a matter of time until someone fused this quintessential pair of household objects into a single hybrid furniture object. Talk about a conversation piece!

Forget the photo albums and coffee table books of old – now you can have your coffee and eat the coffee cake too, without dropping crumbs or spilling on your favorite family photographs (or costly copy of some picture-rich volume).

Flip through enough pages and you find yet another dimension to the design: a trunk-like secret storage space.

Mitch Steinmetz of the NMU School of Art & Design combined these classics using Wood, Stainless Steel, Vinyl and Denim Cloth. His creation recognizes the “coffee table [as] the center of any living room: a place for conversation, gathering, and storage [while] the photo album preserves memories, giving life to past events and emotions.”

As such, “Remembrance combines the social interaction of family gatherings with the nostalgia and enjoyment of remembering … it creates new memories while simultaneously cataloging old ones.”