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Be it a murphy bed, a desk with shelves or a console that features a built-in speaker, these innovative pieces feature multiple functions and are perfect for creating dynamic spaces that can easily adapt to your needs and wants

Multifunctional furnishings are extremely practical and useful. These clever designs help provide flexibility for us to maximise different areas and spaces in our homes.

These space-saving finds are ideal for those living in compact apartments and for those who are seeking an uncluttered and streamlined home. Below, we’ve gathered several innovative and modern pieces that embody the idea of flexible living.

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1. Miniforms Caruso cabinet by Paola Cappello, from P5 Studio

Serving as a cabinet, speaker, and an interesting accent piece, the Caruso cabinet from Italian contemporary furniture label Miniforms offers varying multifaceted purposes. The statement-making piece creatively combines practical functionality with technology and decorative aesthetics.

Simply connect your smartphone to the speaker to activate it. Equipped with a 50-watt hi-fi audio system, the single speaker delivers both rich bass and crystal clear notes.


2. Spaceman Boxster coffee/dining table

This innovative coffee table from homegrown retailer Spaceman can easily be transformed into a dining table when you’re hosting guests. Made in Italy, you can opt from a variety of materials such as melamine or oak veneer for the tabletop. The base is also customisable, with the choice between an epoxy-coated finish or a mirrored chrome finish.


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3. Living with Dot Karl side table and lamp, from Tatler Homes Curates

Uniquely designed to serve various functions, this piece from local furniture retailer Living with Dot is simultaneously a lamp and a side table. The tall angular lamp is the perfect light source for reading on the couch, with the integrated side table an ideal choice for holding books and beverage refreshments.


4. Barisieur tea and coffee alarm clock, from Synced

Coffee enthusiasts, this one’s for you. If you love waking up to the smell of coffee, the Barisieur is an automatic coffee and tea brewer that also functions as an alarm clock. Wake up to the perfect pour-over by either setting the machine to start brewing five minutes before the alarm or exactly as the alarm rings. For those who tend to hit the snooze button, you could also set the machine to brew from five to 15 minutes after the alarm rings.

Besides a powerful 500w induction boiler, the clock also features an automatic light sensor, a USB-led phone charging port, and a removable wooden tray to serve coffee in bed.


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5. OpenBook chair by Studio Tilt

What do you get when you combine a chair and a bookshelf into a single solitary piece, to create a dream reading nook? The OpenBook chair. Created by London-based design and architecture practice Studio Tilt, the ingenious chair features stacked bookshelves on one side and a hanging newspaper rack on the other.

One side of the chair is padded to provide comfort and cosiness, the opposite end offers room for a laptop or coffee mug you can reach out to while being seated.


6. Hay New Order Table Combination 401, from Danish Design Co

Part desk and part shelf unit, this multipurpose piece from Danish design label Hay makes for a sleek workstation that also optimises the use of space.

The shelf unit features a closed storage space tucked below, with steel sliding doors helping to keep the dust away from important bits and pieces. Adjustable shelves in the storage space can be adjusted according to your needs.


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7. SP01 Michelle floor mirror by Tim Rundle, from Space Furniture

Created by London-based designer Tim Rundle, this freestanding floor mirror is a versatile accent piece. Featuring a full-length mirror in smoked glass with an arched tubular metal frame, the stylish piece also comes with a sleek marble tray that’s perfect for holding compact items like keys, small decor pieces, and other trinkets.

The tray, as well as the accompanying column base, is available in either black Marquina marble or white Carrara marble. 


8. Tí Furniture Murphy wall bed with desk and shelving, from Tatler Homes Curates

A desk by day and a bed by night, this Murphy bed is perfect for rooms that double as a home office. The bed frame, crafted from durable plywood, is sturdy and strong enough for various mattress types. A whisper-quiet soft-opening mechanism ensures that there are no creaky screeches whenever you convert the bed into a desk, and vice versa.

The wall-hung bed also features a locking safety mechanism that anchors the bed securely against the wall when not in use. Whether it’s a desk with a shelf or a bed with storage, the flexibility of this space-saving design will definitely come in handy.


9. Risom Magazine side table by Jens Risom, from Danish Design Co

Designed by Danish-American designer Jens Risom in 1949, the Risom Magazine side table is an exemplar of multifunctional Scandinavian design. As its name suggests, the chic minimalist piece features built-in storage at the side—perfect for storing magazines, newspapers, and books. The contemporary piece is available in two finishes, lacquered oak or black lacquer.


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10. Momoax Smart desk lamp, from Selfridges

Besides featuring different levels of task lighting to suit your needs, the Momax desk lamp also utilises its energy to offer mobile device charging at its base. Available for both wired and wireless charging, the smart desk lamp can be managed with voice commands or via the soft-touch control panel.


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