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There is more than one way for furniture to double its functionality – convertible sofa beds are a good start, but more experiments with storage might be a less-glamorous pursuit with even more possibilities.
Move over hide-a-bed, pull-out couch-beds: get stuffed. The Doc is a simply named convertible sofa that expands into not one but two beds in one: a pair of bunk beds as simple and elegant as the name would suggest. With a variety of color styles and textures this makes a great couch even without the added bonus of being a brilliant piece of transforming furniture .
Imagine using half as much space for a doorway yet being able to open it in both directions – and all on smooth invisible track with concealed inset hinges that doors seem to float on air. This brilliant door hinge system is so simple and useful it seems uncanny that similar home hardware not used in every house in the world. Push or pull and the Ergon door will spring to the side as it moves in or out, ending up flush and perpendicular with the adjacent door frame.
Part secret room, part cool kitchen workspace, all curved and completely semi-spherical this is one strange but creative way to solve your kitchen storage issues – a hanging half-circle cabinetry unit that holds (and hides) extra space right on your wall. Ten rotating leaves slide to conceal and reveal this storage-and-work area with a simple spin of the knob. When closed, this looks like some kind of dark meta-cabinet. When opened, the light wooden interior, playfully-rounded drawer and colorful granite counter-top are made to animate the room. By composing this system of soft curves, this Splinter Works ‘Dime Kitchen’ unit makes for a relatively unassuming addition to an existing kitchen space – something you will not bump your elbows on while navigating your now-more-crowded, compact cooking area. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Images via unplggd This is a fantastic design, and one of the only pieces of furniture I've ever looked at and thought, "I want that." Rocking chairs are peaceful places, especially when they have this minimalist look. Add a reading lamp and you're set.
Ever want to steam on the side of a mountain or carry your hot tub with you on your canoe? Off-the-grid, durable, mobile, strangely sexy and well-engineered, the Dutch Tub is probably the last thing you would expect to see someone lounging in at the top of a summit – but one of the best aspects of the tub is that it moves easily, making the scene above more realistic than most people realize. This ingenious hot tub is a completely energy-independent gadget that requires no plugging in.