Agata Nowak’s Multifunctional Desk takes the art of transformation to a new level: it unfolds from a single desk to a table for six. A prototype that we hope will soon be put into production, the design has us wondering, should some of our other furniture should be working harder?
Nowak, a furniture and product designer based in Poznan, Poland, conceived the piece in response to her own family's needs. Here, a look at its many guises.
Photography by Adam Markowski.
Above: The design in desk mode.
Above: A magnetic metal rack holds desk items.
Above: The designer at work.
Above: The desktop lifts up to reveal storage space.
Above: Nowak begins to take down one side of her workstation.
Above: A bungee cord threaded through a round peg hold the sides of the workstation in place.
Above: The workstation partitions become table leaves.
Above: The legs extend to support the table leaves.
Above: A small desk and work area for two.
Above: Both table leaves come down.
Above: The metal storage rack is easily removed.
Above: From workstation for one, to desk for two, to dining table for six.
Above: Putting the table away.
Above: A card table for four?
Interested in seeing other transformational designs? See how architect Robert Garneau takes his 650-square-foot studio apartment from home to office in A Tiny Live/Work Loft Made Large. Also check out A Hard-Working House in the City, Pulltab Design's apartment solution for a couple who bought small but dreamed big.