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  • 03.31.11

Wanted: A Chair That Converts Into a Work Surface, With a Flip

Matali Crasset’s “Double Side” chair/desk debuts at Milan Design Week next month.

Wanted: A Chair That Converts Into a Work Surface, With a Flip

Matali Crasset, one of our favorite Frenchies here at Co., is set to unveil a clever little chair at Milan Design Week next month. Designed for the Italian label Danese, Double Side transforms from a chair into a desk (complete with a bench) in a snap; all you’ve got to do is flip the seatback. Have a look-see:

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It’s even got a shelf for storing your stuff:

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Double Side is a great design for small spaces or people on a limited budget. (Instead of choosing between a desk and a chair, you can have both!) Granted, the aesthetic doesn’t put hearts in the eyes. With its birch body and no-nonsense felt lining, it looks better suited to a finger-painting class than to our dream living room.

No mind. Danese clearly has its sights set on a bigger market. We could totally see this thing in public libraries, classrooms, and even offices. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a company took its decorative cues from a kindergarten.

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[Images via Designboom]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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