The Times 4 Coffee Table from designer Gonçalo Campos takes the idea of the Lazy Susan and brilliantly applies it to the living room coffee table. The design was inspired by a pie chart, of all things; the table’s interior storage compartment is segmented into four equal spaces.
To continue the many comparisons to other non-coffee table things, the Times 4 sort of resembles a big wheel of cheese with a slice cut out. Inside that wheel is a spinning platform divided into quarters of different colors. When you want to display a certain section (or hide all of the other sections) you just have to rotate the interior.
For the strict organizer in you, the different colors can help you keep track of what items are in which compartment. Rotating the colors – blue, green, grey, and pink – can also help you subtly change up your room’s interior with just a little flick of the hand.
The designer created the Times 4 Coffee Table for French furniture retailer Polit. You can buy it directly from them for a cool €1446 (about $1585 US) with free shipping within France…you’ll have to contact the company directly for delivery to any other country.
“In furniture, storage many times means drawers. I wanted to try and do something different. Using rotation to somehow store items. This was a different solution that not only works as storage but also allows display. So people can show 1/4 of the things they keep. Changing the way things work is fun. It does not always work, but this time it did.”
About the designer:
“From a young age that I was deeply interested in products, from vaccum cleaners, to wind shield wipers. Naturally that led to trying to understand how things were made. Eventually I ended up at FABRICA (Benetton’s communications research center) in 2008, straight out of university. There I had the chance to work with companies like BENETTON or ZANOTTA.”
“Since that first experience as a designer I went off on my own, and now design products (mostly furniture) for a number of companies like LIGNE ROSET, WEWOOD or KVADRAT.”