8 Contraptions that Transform a Small Space

June 30, 2014
Sometimes you need a room to do double or even triple duty. These transformative furniture units take versatility to a whole new level.
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  To make the most of a small Warsaw apartment, designers Becky Nix and Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski invented the Cube, a robot-like apparatus that unfolds into a guestroom. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.  Photo by: Andreas MeichsnerCourtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

    To make the most of a small Warsaw apartment, designers Becky Nix and Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski invented the Cube, a robot-like apparatus that unfolds into a guestroom. Photo by Andreas Meichsner.

    Photo by: Andreas Meichsner

    Courtesy of: ©Andreas Meichsner

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  A Tokyo architect maximized space in her 940-square-foot apartment by cutting a hole in the wall between her bedroom and workroom and then installing a door that swings open to reveal built-in bookshelves, thus expanding the workroom and partitioning the bedroom at the same time. At night, the apartment swiftly morphs back into a residence. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.  Photo by: Ryohei Hamada

    A Tokyo architect maximized space in her 940-square-foot apartment by cutting a hole in the wall between her bedroom and workroom and then installing a door that swings open to reveal built-in bookshelves, thus expanding the workroom and partitioning the bedroom at the same time. At night, the apartment swiftly morphs back into a residence. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

    Photo by: Ryohei Hamada

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  Having a home office in a tiny Manhattan apartment might seem impossible, but in this inventive home, flexible furniture transforms one room into two. All this unit takes is a gentle push to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Having a home office in a tiny Manhattan apartment might seem impossible, but in this inventive home, flexible furniture transforms one room into two. All this unit takes is a gentle push to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  An Upper West Side apartment’s all-in-one cabinet provides storage space in its fully closed position and doubles as bedroom and home office when unfolded. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    An Upper West Side apartment’s all-in-one cabinet provides storage space in its fully closed position and doubles as bedroom and home office when unfolded. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  Rosa and Robert Garneau squeeze maximum functionality out their 650-square-foot Chelsea apartment thanks to an adjustable dining-room table set on hydraulic legs. The table allows for up to four presets, so the couple has one for dining, one for working, and two for cooking, depending on who’s the chef. Photo by Ian Allen.  Photo by: Ian Allen

    Rosa and Robert Garneau squeeze maximum functionality out their 650-square-foot Chelsea apartment thanks to an adjustable dining-room table set on hydraulic legs. The table allows for up to four presets, so the couple has one for dining, one for working, and two for cooking, depending on who’s the chef. Photo by Ian Allen.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki installed an island based on kenchikukagu, which means “architectural furniture,” in a revamped Airstream. The island folds open to reveal a kitchen and either a dining table for six or two twin-sized beds. Photo by Sadamu Saito.  Courtesy of: Sadamu Saito

    Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki installed an island based on kenchikukagu, which means “architectural furniture,” in a revamped Airstream. The island folds open to reveal a kitchen and either a dining table for six or two twin-sized beds. Photo by Sadamu Saito.

    Courtesy of: Sadamu Saito

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  John Handley of pulltab design made the most of a couple’s 700-square-foot Manhattan apartment with a simple design for a stow-away table that unfolds to transform the living area into a dining room.

    John Handley of pulltab design made the most of a couple’s 700-square-foot Manhattan apartment with a simple design for a stow-away table that unfolds to transform the living area into a dining room.

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  A custom-made Murphy bed, foldaway Formica tabletop, and storage-concealing curtain wall transform a 400-square-foot Manhattan apartment into a fully functional home. Photo by Grant Delin.  Photo by: Grant Delin

    A custom-made Murphy bed, foldaway Formica tabletop, and storage-concealing curtain wall transform a 400-square-foot Manhattan apartment into a fully functional home. Photo by Grant Delin.

    Photo by: Grant Delin

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