As rent in big cities rise and living spaces become more compact, this system enables the seamless transformation of interior spaces

MIT Media Lab and designer Yves Béhar have collaborated to create Ori, a smart furniture system which can turn a micro-apartment into a bedroom or living room just by touching a button.

Ori derives its name from “origami,” the Japanese art of folding paper to create objects. Guided by the principle that living spaces in highly populated areas have become too expensive, Ori’s breakthrough designs create dynamic environments that perform and feel substantially larger. The full-height unit incorporates a bed and a closet on one side, and a home office and entertainment area on the other. The module shifts forward and backward to create space, while a bench emerges from below the TV, and a full or queen size bed slides out from underneath the storage space.

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