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Brief Published: 12 Nov 2018

Top Three New Space-Saving Furniture Designs

Juul de Bruijn

Designers are continuing to invent new ways of hacking furniture and spatial configurations to maximise urban living environments. Building on our report Smarter Spaces: Optimising the Home, we reveal three new designs that uncover storage opportunities hidden in, above and below the domestic space.

Dutch Designer Juul de Bruijn prompts consumers to consider the floor area as an overlooked storage space. Her design MoreFloor is a series of shallow timber modules that conceal a bed and stow away compartments. Each piece has a fitted top that pulls open and lays flat, acting as an elevated surface area.

Taking inspiration from the Droogspin or ‘Drying Spider’ – a contraption historically used for drying wet clothes – Dutch designer Jelle Heuver created a ceiling-mounted laundry rack. It features a hanging concrete pendant pieced with timber poles, which have either a light at the end, or notches for hangers. The creation allows clothing to be stored off the ground, as well as offering more efficient drying – as hot air rises – and the functionality of an interior light source. 

Also from the Netherlands, Frea Zwaag has investigated how furniture pieces can be combined into a whole to maximise usable space. Her two-seater’s armrests are in fact the backrests of two separate chairs, which are tucked underneath the sofa and can slide out to double the amount of seating. The cushioning on the sofa can also be removed for use elsewhere.

With increasing urban congestion, brands need to consider how furniture can be adapted to fulfil multiple roles and support different activities throughout the day.

It’s a trend we’re also seeing outside of furniture, with hospitality spaces that change function according to time of day to utilise otherwise vacant architecture. See Role-Play Restaurants in Tomorrow’s Wandering Workers for more.

L-R: Jelle Heuver, Frea Zwaag