At Homecrux, we believe in the power of design and how it simplifies human lives. While I continue to be a strong supporter of good industrial and furniture design, I cannot deny the fact that some furniture designs amass wide coverage but actually stand shoddy when it comes to functionality. The downside of this partial reporting (for advertising reasons or whatever) is good and functional design getting dumped underneath the garb of mediocrity.
One such design that caught my eye is a morphable furniture piece designed by Thomas Abraham. The renowned Indian designer ‘who calls himself an architect with a social conscience,’ designed the transforming furniture in collaboration with the students of IDeA World Design College, Bengaluru. The idea behind the project was to make furniture that transforms in size, shape, and purpose.
A part of Thomas Abraham’s acclaimed ‘The Transformer Collection,’ Optimus is actually a single unit of wood that traditionally functions as a chair. However, the real magic occurs when this particular unit is combined with other morphable pieces of furniture (in his collection) to derive a whole new furniture piece.
Dubbed Optimus, the furniture stays true to its philosophy of morphing and offers multiple functionalities to the user. The multiple wooden pieces involved in the project, when joined, function as a chair, table, bench, bookshelf, and much more. The wooden furniture can be stacked together to form a bookshelf and can even be dispersed to form a small table or chair.
In a nutshell, it can be modified easily into different types of seating with matching tables. This not only allows the user to limit the number of furniture in the room but also offers free space to house other stuff.
The wood used in making the piece is Sheesham, which is a renewable timber prized for its fast plantation growth, thus making it environment-friendly. With sustainability in mind, Optimus prioritizes an environment-conscious approach to design amid transforming accordingly to the need of its user.