What if living spaces—bedrooms, kitchens, home offices—doubled as both discrete areas for living, sleeping, and working and as storage? That's the question being asked and answered in a new line of modular furnishings by French industrial designer Gilles Belley, who, through this furniture system, "mak[es] living spaces out of furniture," says Designboom. The collection, aptly named ROOM, has three elements: AREA, BLOCK, and WALL, which provide drawers, shelves, and other storage while also providing places to sleep, eat, and work. The rectangular BLOCK, for example, provides a host of functions in one, compact solution: There's a lofted bed up top, reached by stairs on one end, as well as cabinets for storage on either side, a small desk for work on the other end.
Perhaps the most ambitious unit in the line is AREA, which is a ovoid shape with bookshelves of various sizes on its perimeter and a central area for lounging and reading. It's a bibliophile's dream and, though less practical than other small-space design solutions we've featured here, certainly provides a novel take on the home library.
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