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Multifunctional furniture: More than just a coffee table

Space is tight and time is short! Today’s hectic lifestyles demand that we continually optimise our everyday lives to make the most of our time and the places we choose to spend it. Life also demands that we sometimes improvise.  Keeping this in mind means allowing our interior concept to not only match our own sense of style but ensure that it is practical and flexible enough to accommodate our everyday life. It is this duality which drives designers to create innovative new products – such as our top five pieces of multifunctional furniture in the form of designer coffee tables.

Arc designer coffee table: A stylish home for small items

Sophisticated, practical and timeless: that’s how we’d describe Arc, the smart side table created by Julie Begtrup and Ditte Vad.

The design duo – working on behalf of Danish interior brand Woud – have created a piece that serves not only as the perfect place for your coffee or book next to your sofa, but that also boasts a surprisingly generous amount of concealed storage space.

We love how one half of the tabletop can be rotated to change how the table looks and to vary the amount of surface space. You can leave it slightly open to display a favourite book, or close it completely to hide away any tabletop clutter from guests. The modern, streamlined look also complements a range of interior styles. The three-legged geometric-design table is sleek yet playful – and virtually guaranteed not to fall over.


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Table or stool? Abel is both – a classical example of multifunctional furniture

Abel is a designer coffee table conceived to be adapted to your specific needs. In an instant, it can be transformed into a comfortable stool with the addition of an upholstered seat pad. This comes in very handy if you have unexpected visitors. It also serves as a comfy footstool if you want to put your feel up whilst relaxing in front of the television.

The also has an additional, integrated shelf below the tabletop. You can use this to store your remote control, reading glasses or whatever else

you need to grab quickly. Truly what we’d consider multifunctional furniture!

As well as being incredibly versatile, Abel is also an outstanding piece of design. This is no surprise given that it was created as part of a collaboration between design studios Désormeaux/Carrette and Hartô. The dynamic five-point shape is softened with curved edges to create an eye-catching piece that exudes contemporary charm and traditional French elegance.

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Cooper tray table: Multifunctional interior design

Cooper by Austrian designer Nina Mair is not only a shining example of contemporary design, but also an exceptionally functional and flexible piece of furniture. The key element of this delicate-looking table is its surface. Inspired by round sieves used for cooking in Egypt, the tabletop is perforated with a detailed pattern to create an Arabian look.

To top it all off, the upper part of the table can be removed and used as a tray – so you can serve your tea then tuck away the spoons in a flash. And that’s not all: beneath the tray, the table has ample storage for small items that you need to keep close to hand but not necessarily on the tabletop.

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Chiva – form follows function

Designer Morten Georgsen created a coffee table that is full of surprises for furniture brand BoConcept: Chiva is equipped with height-adjustable surfaces to create a storage solution tailored to your needs. With its surfaces folded out, you can easily reach your coffee or laptop from your sofa; close the tabletop again to hide away your magazines, charging cables, and anything else that happens to be lying around your room.

The elegant bevelled edges not only add to the exclusive look, but also make it easier to adjust the tabletop sections to the height you need. Chiva is available in a range of sizes and colours, with various leg design options, enabling you to create the perfect table for your interior. All models share a common understated, simple aesthetic that underpins the functionality of the piece.

Surprisingly roomy: the Chiva coffee table. Source: Morten Georgsen / YouTube

From dressing table to coat rack: The surprisingly versatile Grace

The last piece in our top-five isn’t technically a coffee table – but we just couldn’t ignore this amazing example of multifunctional design. In Grace, design label Mater has reinterpreted the classic make-up table

Minimalist and elegant, Grace is comprised of two benches and a large round mirror in oak and brass. One of the benches can be turned on its side to convert the piece into a practical coat rack.

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Modern furniture often has more to offer than initially meets the eye:

Multifunctional pieces make your everyday life easier and add a contemporary look to your home.

Which of our multifunctional designer coffee tables catches your eye? Leave us a comment to let us know – we can’t wait to hear what you think!

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