Multipurpose furniture goes a long way toward making small spaces feel livable. The trick is that it has to be just as functional as a normal piece of furniture while also saving space. Even better, it should be as easy as possible to use. This modular couch achieves all of these goals effortlessly, hiding extra functionality in its fully-compact form.
A sectional 3D puzzle, this clever piece of furniture makes use of that otherwise-wasted space normally sat upon without a second thought. Called “Slot,” the transforming sofa tucks additional pieces of furniture into its slim profile, and it takes mere seconds to access them.
Designer Matthew Pauk writes of his work: “Slot is a dynamic furniture piece. The sofa system finds new value and diverse functionality by blending the sofa, coffee table, and ottoman. It utilizes the common constructional gaps found between the cushions of the sofa by converting them into tracks for which the table can slide in and out. When slotted, the table acts as a console. When freed, it acts as a coffee table.”
Unlike many convertible furniture pieces, the default configuration is not only functional but attractive as well – it looks and works as it should, but clearly shows potential users that it has more in store if they care to explore.
But of course, things can slip and slide in the conversion process – a problem he also addresses through materials and design: “The magnetically retained sofa cushions always find and keep their optimal position either atop the table for an ottoman or below for a coffee table. Slot features traditional construction with textile upholstery and finished bent plywood.”
It is also neat to see how the designer both sketched out his many ideas along the way, but also proposes variations based on the same language of parts, materials and details.