Sick of seeing so much high-tech transforming furniture? Making something usefully convertible does not have to mean hard-edged bending and angular rearranging – it can be as simple and soft as a rolled-up comfy chair sheath that you can lift off and use to cushion the floor for a nap.

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shiina tutumu bedroll design

As part of a chair frame the bedroll becomes a wrap-around padding makes a simple aesthetic statement – it was clearly designed by Shiina Kaori to be comfortable.

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Unwrap the cushioned cover, lay it on the floor and you have a likewise unassuming bedroll that will work as a guest bed for those who do not have an extra sleeping space at their place.

tutumu bedroll

It’s called Tutumu.

Chair-bed with painted metal structure; with quilted fabric covering. With a simple action, the quilted covering can be detached, converting into a comfortable futon.”

About designer Shiina Kaori, now part of designer duo Shiina + Nardi:

“After earning a Bachelor in Art and Literature at the Seijo University, she graduated from the Tokyo Designer Gaguin Institute. From 1987 for 18 years she collaborates with De Pas-D’Urbino-Lomazzi. From 2005 she has her own company developing activities in the field of industrial and interior design. “

“In 2012 they started together their own design company. They are now active as Designer, Event coordinator and Design Directors for Japanese and Italian companies. In 2013 SHIINA+NARDI DESIGN organized J+I at the ‘Oriental design week’ during Milano FuoriSalone. In 2014 they produced the first edition of Hands on Design for Milano Design Week and now they are planning the 2015 edition extended to EXPO.”

“Shiina + Nardi Design collaborate with companies such as Bonaldo, CISA Ceramics (Ricchetti Goup), Fiam, Fasem, Tonelli, Fonderie Viterbesi, Legnomagia, Riva1920, Ercole Moretti, Feenbo, Codal, Slow Wood, Cleanup Corporation, Panasonic Italy, Sekisui Heim, restaurant Kushi (Milan), Kentaro restaurant (Pesaro).”