Space economy is not limited to the cleverly made Ikea displays. No, no, there is actual practicality and even aesthetic appeal to the negative space of a room. A couple who rents a one or two bedroom apartment may find the space adequate, but when they invite friends over they might need to pull out some extra furniture to seat the guests.
Where do they store the extra occasion furniture? Do they store it in a garage or closet, is it folded up and stuffed behind something, or do they borrow it from a neighbor?
Mike Mak of Hong Kong has come up with a brilliant solution to scale up the seating options in one’s home, as well as a way to scale back down—simply.
The concept centers on the tinsel strength of honeycomb, and Mike calls it Bookniture. It is a cylindrical stool, seat, or table compressed into book form, thus the name Bookniture. The “book” is the size of a coffee table picture book, with the thickness of an encyclopedia. However, it is much lighter. It can even be stored on the bookshelf, with the other non-faux books. In fact it is recommended that it be stored with the other books so that it doesn’t not get lonely.
When you are ready to use Bookniture, simply unfold it (open the book). The honeycomb material equally distributes applied weight and can support up to 375 pounds. The available colors for the Bookniture are Field Brown and Leather Black. There are also four toppers, red, green, grey, and black, which provide a better seat for the furniture.
Living in Hong Kong, Mike saw the need to save space and also host guests for a weekend party. With no garage or closet and no extra space behind existing furniture to store bulky furniture, he was limited to only one option—invent it. Now when friends come over they can each select a “book” from the shelf and pop it open for a seat or table.
For one, the ‘wow’ factor would really score high as friends discover your hidden furniture in your book collection. Another is that it keeps the room(s) in order and spacious. It would also be very convenient to have when moving houses.
Unlike competitors, the elasticity of the Bookniture is great and can be collapsed or unfolded indefinitely without it losing its spring. I love the idea and find it very neat and practical. Go ahead and POP open a Bookniture.
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