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This Portable Office Morphs Into A Bedroom

The Fold-Inn delivers shut-eye to those locked into intense office hours.

Architects, designers, and overworked types everywhere would probably love to have a Fold-Inn at their disposal. But would the portable workspace–that’s also a bedroom–help with health and productivity, a modern manifestation of the siesta? A way for Rem to get his REM time? The cure for insomnia? Or would it just turn the studio into one big slumber party?

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The project, which was recently exhibited at Dutch Design Week, consists of collapsible plywood boards that, accordion-like, can be expanded and joined at right angles to form a fully enclosed room, or folded neatly into a thin case for storage. It’s surprisingly spacious and offers more privacy than your average hostel dormitory.


While the Fold-Inn is ideal, arguably even extravagant, for in-office catnaps, its creators, Dutch designers Lieke Jildou de Jong and Alei Verspoor, see longer-term business applications. They envision the system being used by workers who are in from out of town or keeping extreme hours on a deadline and may now pass the night in the office, flatpack in tow, rather than crashing on a couch or making a not-worth-it commute home or to a hotel.

“During the day the space could be used for conferences, flexible workspaces, presentations, etc.,” Verspoor explains. Should the work sessions and teleconferences go late into the night, the drop-down slat bed is always within reach.

For the more adventurous and anarchic worker, Verspoor fancifully suggests using the Fold-Inn to set up shop in vacant buildings (so you won’t have all that pesky rent to worry about.)

Currently, Verspoor and de Jong are finalizing the Fold-Inn design and working out how to produce the product in a serial manner.

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Sammy is a writer, designer, and ice cream maker based in New York. He once lived in China before being an editor at Architizer.

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