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Small Office Fits in a Box

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Ben a long time reader and one who regularly sends me ideas for blog posts. Recently, he sent this link to a unique design for a tiny office. When space is an issue in a tiny or small home this little office design would work perfectly.

The prototype was designed by an Uruguayan designer, Claudio Sibille. I like the way you can fit the chair into the cabinet and fold the work table down and roll the little office space into a corner. The quality of the wood is attractive and the design modern so it would work with most any decor.

I hope this design moves from a prototype to a production unit soon. If not take the the idea and design and build your own for your home. More images of the design here.

Photo Credits: Claudio Sibille

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Liz - September 16, 2012 Reply

It’s elegant, but I could never sit on that chair for more than 5 minutes.

    Hendrie - September 23, 2012 Reply

    yeah, design is only as good as its long term useability

Eldaka - September 16, 2012 Reply

Wow! That’s very inventive. I’ll definitly be keeping up with this one. Although I’ll need a pillow for that chair:)

Mel - September 16, 2012 Reply

I agree with Liz on the discomfort of the chair. I would also be hesitant to put my computer equipment on that table.

I like the idea of it, but I don’t think I would ever actually use it-except for the drawers. At that point, I would just get a rolling drawer set, fold up table, and fold up chair.

Great work, but still needs more work. perhaps make the box taller and add a cushion and curve to the chair seat. Also a more substantial base to the table-like a back piece that folds out and attaches to the back leg of the table, etc.

alice h - September 16, 2012 Reply

I absolutely love the way the chair fits into the box and presumably there’s some handy dandy hardware to lock the table into position. I could find a use for the desk but would likely have a multipurpose chair that just wanders around as needed rather than one that tucks away.

Tabitha - September 16, 2012 Reply

a few tweaks wouldn’t be amiss. it wouldn’t be too hard to put a more comfortable angle to the back of the chair, even while keeping the back side straight to keep the flush face when chair is stowed. could also stash a cushion in the hollow space above the drawers, or with some adjustment, maybe even upholster the seat.

Bob - September 16, 2012 Reply

A variant on this design has been used for many years by the military for field desks, and in the A/V industry for portable workstations. A common theme is to have the case lid serve double duty as the desktop.

Tina - September 17, 2012 Reply

I love this and would use it in my tiny studio where I could pack it all up when done so I have more workspace. All you need to do is add a cushion on your own for more comfort. Also unfinished would make it great for giving it my own look.

Justin - September 17, 2012 Reply

There looks to be enough room on the top shelf for a cushion to slide in when you want everything tucked away.

Harry Symonds - September 22, 2012 Reply

I like the concept but like so many others, that chair would kill you. There are such things as knealing chairs or bubble chairs that might work better in this occassion.



Tish - September 22, 2012 Reply

Not a new idea. I bought one of these about 10 years ago to use for a Christmas Season gift wrapping table. The drawers hold all the ribbons and the table folds out to create a wrapping area. I accompany it with a hanging rack that holds 10 rolls of gift wrapping paper and name cards. (I have 6 kids + spouses; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren so a dedicated ‘whip it out ready to go’ gift wrapping center is really useful. It works great but I swapped the chair for a comfortable one.

dew - September 26, 2012 Reply

Thanks. I love this!!!

Mary - September 26, 2012 Reply

I love how cleverly the laminated wood is used, making the pieces of this assembly look very strong and quite beautiful. The square strips of wood are easy on the eye. The flat seat promotes good posture, and one shouldn’t be sitting there too long, anyway. It would be a very good addition to my cabin, to go with the all-in-one computer I just ordered (great sale!). The desk has enough space for my wireless keyboard and mouse along with my books and hardcopies. The touchscreen monitor/computer would hang on the wall above. When I use the pc with the touchscreen, the keyboard, mouse, desk and chair can be stowed. Wow.

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