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Trend research: InsideOut - Design Multitasking


In a world of constantly mutating domestic spaces characterised by their openness to many different uses, we are witnessing the influx of a new generation of multitasking furniture and furnishings that carry out several different functions at once or that adapt to different environments, both public and private, sacrificing none of their character and personality.

Jasper Morrison‘s Occasional Chair and Occasional Table for Vitra are, as the name suggests, two pieces of passepartout furniture that suit both domestic interiors and public places such as offices, hotels, waiting rooms etc.


At a time in which habitations encompass both the private and the public dimension, interior designers and architects are focused on coming up with transformable and versatile solutions.

Let anyone who has never felt like a snooze at work put up their hand. This design by Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss of BLESS – the trendy fashion and design concept store with branches in Berlin and Paris - provides an excellent solution, whether or not the urge becomes overpowering. 


Workbed is actually both workstation and bed. At the push of a button, the desk turns effortlessly into a bed (its sheets are designed to remain attached even when turned over). A handy shelf and a pair of drawers beside it provide a space in which to stow all the desktop objects before it is turned into a bed.


If imagining it in the workplace seems a step too far, the qualities and functionality of the Workbed could easily be harnessed to best advantage in city flats inhabited by young digital ecosystem professionals, where space is often at a premium.


As its name might suggest, Anfibio is a hybrid object, a sink that fits seamlessly into any environment, domestic or professional, such as studios or offices. Conceived by Matteo Ragni and produced by Azzurra Ceramica, Anfibio has a capacious central basin with two side ledges where glasses and cups can be put to drain after being washed.

Hidden from sight, there are several compartments at the rear for storing sponges, soap, detergent or whatever needs to be always to hand. A practical and elegant solution.


1+1+1 is the Paris-based Singaporean designer Jiahao Liao’s response to the increasingly pressing need to combine a desire for interface and hospitality with the lack of space in tiny city apartments. 


Inspired by Ming Dynasty Chinese tradition and taking account of the demands of emerging lifestyles, Liao has created a modular object that harnesses lines and corners to take on different configurations as required: stool, coffee table, chair or whatever else comes to mind. The “backrest” and “armrests” are all the same size, which makes it easy to think up and create different combinations, according to one’s imagination and intended use.

Particularly handy for small spaces - its components are all made of oak by hand in Paris.

Regardless of how beautiful they are, tables present a problem: they take up space without creating space. Matt Gagnon Studio has solved the problem with its “Clark Table” which, is an “activator of space”, inspired by the “anarchitect” Gordon Matta Clark’s building cuts (after whom the table is named). It responds to multiple demands, be they working, playing or dining. All strictly group activities.


The Clark Table is triangular with rounded corners, providing ample space for all its users and promoting interaction. There is storage space behind a hatch in the middle of the table, through which electronic notebook or tablet cables can be run, where necessary; there are open storage compartments running all the way round the table for keeping everything one might need to hand.


The top is in white oak veneer, while there is a choice of woods and finishes for the base. With its many functions and eclectic adaptability, the Clark Table is the perfect solution for both homes and workspaces.