"The Safsalit was invented by a Jewish immigrant from Romania named Moshe Pitaro, who worked as an upholsterer," says Snyder. "In 1962, he created his very first design: an intelligent and innovative sofa that could be converted into a bed, which responded to the practical needs of apartment life in Israel, where everyone lived in very modest quarters, with only fewer than 10% of all apartments having more than four rooms."  This is What Design Looked Like in Israel in 1965 by Allie Weiss