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Almost Genius: A Carpet That Transforms Into Furniture

A brilliant, space-saving design.

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By necessity, the Japanese have an intuition for space-saving design that shines in their products and architecture. But this concept might be one of the cleverest we’ve ever seen. Created by Shin Yamashita, a student at the
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Land Peel is a foam floor covering which also has panels that flip up and fold, to become any sort of furniture you might need: From a table, to a backrest, to a drink tray, to a footrest, to a pillow:

In addition, there’s a plug for a custom-fitted lamp, which also serves as a table leg, when extended:

Maybe this would only catch on in Japan, where Tatami mats and floor-sitting are a cultural norm. But consider: The carpet in front of the TV might as well be a piece of furniture, given the way most people actually live. Add a few different skins for different interiors (think: Flor modular carpet tiles), and this could find a huge market.

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Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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