Been working too hard and need to rest? Forget the couch or the office chairs. The 1,6 S.M. of Life is a convertible desk-bed that lets you catch a few winks right under its work surface. Created by Greek designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL, the convertible desk-bed looks a lot like your typical long rectangular work table, only the desktop slides out and the side panel opens to reveal the bed underneath.
The inspiration for the piece came from seeing her classmates put chairs together to rest during all-nighters. In a press release, she explained the main principle behind her design:
It was an inspiration that came from exhausting working hours of my classmates that did not have an apartment close to the university and they were putting chairs together in order to take a nap during the night at the graduate school. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta, or in interiors where there is lack of space or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.
The convertible desk-bed was a Silver A’ Design Award Winner in Unexpected Design Category in 2011.