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This Bookcase Magically Stores Tables And Chairs

Ballet dancer turned designer Orla Reynolds drew inspiration from theatre scene changes.

Dave Pinter
Dave Pinter on June 21, 2012. @DavePinter

Personal experiences can offer unique new perspectives on solving design problems. Orla Reynolds spent time as a ballet dancer and transitioned to studying design. She recently graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland where she produced a bookcase concept called ‘As If From Nowhere’ which took inspiration from her earlier dance career.

The modular white series of boxes cleverly conceals a set of colorful tables and chairs. The furniture can easily be pulled out and set up in a room. Her idea came from how stage scenes are changed in the theatre.

As if from nowhere… is an independently functioning bookcase, that houses four dining chairs, and two tables, that when united create a dining table. The movement from bookcase to dining is like a scene change. It transforms the space like props on a stage. The dancers can be seen in the chairs and tables. These are made of such strong material that there is an expectation that they are heavy. But they are lightweight. They are streamlined creating an elegant silhouette.

As If From Nowhere by Orla Reynolds

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