Designed for small spaces, owners can transform it into a coffee table, stool or chair

With rising rent costs in major cities, many urban dwellers find themselves needing to adapt to smaller spaces. Design blogs now share many a small-space tip on how to make the most out of a cozy living situation. But the process would be a lot easier if the furniture pieces themselves were created with more flexible, space-saving elements in mind.

Created by Paris-based Singaporean designer JiaHao LIAO, 1+1+1 offers a viable—and clever—solution. The furniture object uses lines and angles normally found in traditional Chinese furniture from the Ming Dynasty, combining these with a modern outlook on design. Created for small spaces, it includes a three-piece modular system to offer users a variety of design possibilities.

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