In cities where ever-growing populations need to be squeezed into the existing urban sprawl, living space is at a premium. This means more and more people are seeking (mainly out of necessity) dual-purpose furniture that saves space by transforming to fulfill different needs at different times. The aptly-named Convertible Sofa from Julia Kononenko is the latest attempt to fill this emerging need.

The Convertible Sofa is a piece of furniture than transforms from a sofa into a dining table and six chairs. In its sofa form, it features a wooden casing with multi-colored cushions forming the back and underside. In its table and chairs form, the cushions become stools, and the wooden base opens out to form the tabletop.

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Kononenko told us that a "prototype is being tested at the factory" with plans for commercial availability in the future. Any questions pertaining to the design – specifically, how sturdy the back of the sofa is and how the bottoms of the stools are stored within the sofa – will be answered by "photos of the first serial sample." Until then we'll just have to use our imagination.

The Convertible Sofa is the latest in a line of transformable furniture designed to serve multiple functions that has crossed our desks in recent months. Story added a workstation to the back of a sofa bed, LLSTOL transforms from an armchair into a coffee table, and Sensei features two sturdy chairs that convert into a table.

Source: Behance via Designboom

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