IKEA, a Swedish company that designs and sells ready to assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories, recently held its first Young Designer Award in January at Singapore with the theme ‘Make Space Better.’ Auradee Sae-Lin, a student from Raffles Design Institute, won the top prize of US $1,500 cash and a trip to Ikea in Sweden with her UNI space-saving compact table. Out of more than 70 entries this simple yet functional coffee table was voted the best and most creative design that will serve as an ideal space-saving solution for urban dwellers who own compact apartments.
UNI is a compact coffee table that can be easily folded up into a side table. It is a clever design made up of only seven components with no other mechanism joint parts so as to store it flat when not in use and reassemble it back by screwing the legs back to the desk tops. It is made up of WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) – a sustainable material made of recycled plastic and waste wood fibre. WPC makes the piece more durable as even after repeated rotating movement, the screw joint will not loosen like the one in ordinary wood. The coffee table can be extended into three table length. The table is neat, contemporary and fashionable in appearance and comes in neutral colors.