I’m loving the simple Buchtisch (“Book Table”) by Studio Voigt Dietrich, the Potsdam, Germany-based design duo of Franz Dietrich and Sebastion Voigt. While I’m all about multifunctional furniture, I think anyone with a powerful attachment to reading actual books will appreciate the object’s substitution of universally useable table space for a dedicated page-holding peak. The lone horizontal surface is large enough to hold glasses of two kinds: Your reading glasses, and a glass full of what your kids will fondly remember you referring to as “Daddy’s (or Mommy’s) medicine.”
Two other SVD projects that caught my eye: The X-Teile-Lampe, meant to be pre-configurable and digitally manufactured:
[Translated from German] The shape and size of the X-Teile-Lampe are extremely variable and can be changed by a specially written script. The thus generated data set is produced by laser cutter and can be brought into form by means of simple rivets.
Then there’s the Drehbock, which I think would be awesome in a long-bench form for those restaurants with the communal tables:
[Translated from German] The Drehbock is a synthesis of swiveling stools and trestle. [It] ironically plays with the theme of the differences between people. The encounter between equals, and the balancing of different interests, physical differences and variable uses are combined metaphorically.
Check out more of their stuff here.