What could be better than another combination transforming table-and-chair furniture set? How about one that is finely detailed, well-crafted and simply stylish as well as being innovative and multi-functional like this design by Brian Lee?

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There is often a perceived (or possibly real) gap in design between doing something innovative and doing something well. The most unusual, offbeat and creative designs are often made of new materials that may or may not look good or be comfortable.


As these close-up images show, this combined unit comprised of table and chairs that slot neatly into its sides are elegantly proportioned and have joinery, grain orientation and other fine details that are well-considered at each intersection and on every surface.

Whether or not you are a fan of wood, you have to admit this is an excellent execution of a wood design that takes advantage of the best properties the material has to offer while pushing style and design innovation in new direction.


The set has the rather humorous name “Chubby Brothers,” and it’s a fun take on camouflaging functional items without detracting from their usefulness.

“Chubby Brothers – A dining table with the idea of allowing the audience to gain a different perspective as an unrecognizable object when put together. Surprises comes along when Functioning. a. hidden chairs b. comfort in chairs (concept of leaf spring). Table can be broken knock down to total of 6 pieces + 4x chairs = fitting through doors. Wood (Ash). Table 58L 42W 29H, Chair 17L 20W 28H.”

Here’s another member of the family:

“Chubby Brothers’s Sister (2008). The Chubby family is getting ridiculous, but I did built them in the same time with the Chubby Brother dining table, and I just never put the 5th one together till 2009. She is technically the youngest sister. Surprises comes along when Functioning. Wood (Ash) Chair 17L 20W 28H”