Three functions in one compact piece of furniture turn even the smallest room into a comfortable home office with ‘One Series’ by designer David Adjaye. Created for Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni, this multifunctional all-in-one piece brings a desk, couch and lounge chair together into an island that packs a lot of punch for the amount of floor space it requires.
The designer refers to it as a ‘habitable cell’ or ‘machine for living,’ a combination of functions that’s innovative yet simple. There’s no pulling or folding required to use any of the three purposes built into the piece. The aim is to encourage “new modes of interaction,” says Adjaye. One person could use the set to work, nap, hold a meeting, watch television or brainstorm.
The piece could even be adapted for use in a studio apartment, with the desk doing double duty as a dining surface. The aluminum honeycomb structure that separates the lounge, desk and chair acts as a low-profile room divider as well, separating the various programs required when living or working in a single small room.
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“David Adjaye reminds you of that kid in your class you labelled ‘the over achiever”. This was for the simple fact, that whatever they seemed to do, they did it effortlessly and exceptionally well. Till this day, your parents don’t even know that you shared a class with that kid, and they never will. Adjaye recently turned 50 years and is at the prime of his life; so much so the phrases “Architectural visionary” and “leading architect of his generation” have been used to describe him. Just off the top of our heads, he’s been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017, designed the career-defining Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and won the London Design Medal. Oh, he also received a knighthood from the Queen of England. Yet, you can’t master enough jealousy or scorn for the man. It’s sheer awe and appreciation for his work; whether it’s his building projects or his furniture ranges. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves.”