Good design serves a purpose, but create furniture that serves two purposes and you're on to a winner. As living space gets smaller, the efficiency of our chosen furnishings needs to be spot on. If you find you never have enough places to put your stuff then you might want to think about investing in a good piece of multi-functional design. Here are five really beautifully designed pieces of furniture that also team up as storage.
Torafu Architects are a Tokyo-based company that works across a wide range of projects using ‘architectural thinking’. We like their projects for children's spaces. This image shows a project called ‘Dice’: A six-sided piece which can be turned around to uncover different functions including a seat and desk. A child can use it up until they reach young adulthood and it has multiple resting positions. It also teams up as a super nice storage unit.
THE ROCKWELL GROUP
David Rockwell designed this collection of furniture for ‘Stellar Works’. It celebrates craftsmanship and functionality and of course looks pretty damn cool. Each piece offers more than one function and caters to everyday living, working and entertaining. The use of black steel, leather, brass and luxurious embellishments is very satisfying.
TOWEL RACK CHAIR BY IKEA
Ikea have cottoned on to the demand for multi-functional pieces and this towel rack chair is genius. Its made from bamboo, you've got a seat (which is always great) and a place to drape your towels. To top it off you have an extra shelving unit at the bottom. For just £35 you can't really go wrong with having this in your bathroom or bedroom.
THE PI WORKSTATION BY JOE MANUS
This beautiful gem can act as a desk, bookshelf and even a chair. Its compact and finished with a naturally sleek wood. You can remove the small bookshelf and it turns into a dining table for two.