Multipurpose furniture for every age by Tokyo’s Torafu Architects Inc.

Published:  August 27, 2014

Inspired by architectural thinking, Torafu Architects Inc. is a Japanese team that specialise in interior and industrial designs for work and leisure spaces. Their most recent responsive piece, dice, is crafted from plywood and coloured rubber — inviting users to roll and reinvent the purpose of the structure. Explained simply, “We designed a piece of furniture with multiple resting positions that can be used by young children up until they reach adulthood by rolling it over like a dice.”

Entirely adaptable, “This multi-purpose piece of furniture can be used in three different ways depending on which side it is rested. For example, in ‘desk for young children’ mode, dice becomes a desk with a built-in chair that offers an intimate space like that of a small room.”

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Not only intended for children, dice can also become a “stool” on which an adult can sit, and by turning it over once more, dice becomes a “side shelf” with a top shelf to place objects and a bottom shelf to hold books or magazines.

“Characterised by rounded shapes, dice possesses both easily adaptable functionality and a cute appearance fostering a feeling of gentleness. With every transformation, what at one moment were top or sitting surfaces come to fulfil in turn a functional or a structural role the next moment.”

Largely sentimental and intended to evolve alongside the user, dice avoids “the constraints imposed by single-purpose furniture”, as it transforms in alignment with the progression from childhood to adulthood.

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