Multipurpose Live/Work Furniture from Japan, Ideal for Small Spaces

More often than not, I’m pulling my laptop into bed to finish up work at night (and I know I’m not alone)—so why not combine a desk with a bed? Or a sofa with a table?

Enter Hirashima, a Japanese furniture company that focuses on solving the day-to-day riddles of small-space living. Their designs—a table with a bookshelf, a headboard that is also a desk, and a sofa that extends into a dining table—are all meant to bring rhythm and flow to apartment living. Here’s a look.

Above: The Legere Bean Dining Table in the shape of a bean (or a slightly askew half moon). Below the tabletop, a second layer of walnut is used for dining room storage.
Legere Bean Dining Table
Above: A view of the storage component of the Bean Dining Table.
Hirashima Caramella Sofa-Dining Table
Above: The Caramella Sofa-Dining Table is a two-seater, fabric-upholstered sofa on one side, and a small dining table on the other.
Hirashima Caramella Sofa-Dining Table
Above: A side view reveals the two-in-one design.
Hirashima Caramella Bed
Above: The Caramella Bed is made of walnut and detailed with a long bedside table that functions as a lap desk.
Hirashima Caramella Bed
Above: The bed also has a full desk connected to the back of its frame.
Hirashima Caramella Bed and Desk
Above: The desk is narrow, but has four drawers, all in walnut.
Hirashima Caramella Bed with Bookcase
Above: Also available as an add-on to the Caramella Bed: a modular bookcase instead of a desk.
Hirashima Legere Coffee Table
Above: The Legere Coffee Table is a similar concept to the Bean Dining Table: a shelf underneath the surface serves as storage for books and more.

Interested in small-space solutions? See One-Room Living: A Shape-Shifting Studio Apartment in London, Life in a Tiny Apartment, Brooklyn Edition, and 10 Tips for Living in 240 Square Feet over on Remodelista.

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