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May 15, 2010 12:30 am
All is not as it appears, at least not in the world of contemporary furniture design. The casual observer could easily have missed the latest trend for multi-functional furniture because clever design work hides the different ways in which it can be used.
Take the Trompe-L’oeil nest of tables by British design company Linley, for example. At first glance it looks to be a classic, walnut side-table. A closer inspection reveals that there is a second, smaller table concealed underneath.
The desire to save space is the primary driver for fusion furnishings, making them ideal for practical pied à terre living. The Fusion Table melds dining and pool table into one, with the latter hidden by a sliding wooden tabletop. Owners can thus shoot pool at their leisure while not making the game a central feature of their interior decor.
The Library Staircase, designed by the London-based Levitate Architects, is a bibliophile’s dream and provides another space-efficient solution, in which books are stored under the English oak stair treads of the staircase.
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