As we explored in Design Democracy: Integrate, the evolving way in which we use our homes means adaptability is becoming increasingly important. Conventional furniture archetypes are being overhauled as consumers look to products with flexible functionality that can be adapted to suit various configurations and spaces. Several product launches at this year’s IMM Cologne furniture fair reinforce this trend.
New pieces from French brand Ligne Roset by Danish design duo GamFratesi can be used as both a footstool and a coffee table. The pieces feature wooden trays sunken into a padded surface – mixing hard and soft surfaces to create a multifunctional product that is both practical and comfortable. The rounded corners add to a soft and homely look. For more products that replace hard surfaces with textiles, see Flex, Facet & Fold.
Adding to its range of elegant yet sturdy furniture, Tablet tables by Dutch brand Arco allow for flexible living. A modern take on nesting tables, the ranging heights allow them to be grouped together in a larger space, or used alone in a compact home. Smaller tables provide occasional surfaces and can be easily maneouvered thanks to a handy hole or leather strap.
IMM Cologne runs until 19 January. For more on new furniture launches, watch out for our full coverage of Maison & Objet later this month.