Book + Furniture = Bookniture
A design based on origami structure with traditional book-binding technique makes the unique Bookniture both a durable and portable piece of furniture. *Video attached*
The principle purpose of this design is to increase accessible space in confined living areas. With this criterion in mind, Mike Mak’s main challenge was to create a piece that’s strong, flexible, and durable. Inspired by the strength of honeycomb board*, the idea was born into something unimaginably creative! A portable portfolio-size book that is lightweight and has the ability to be transformed into a stool, night stand, foot-stool, stackable work area, or elevated stand for a desk. Whether you are at home, the office, school, or outside at a picnic, Bookniture is a convenient way to increase your comfort.
The main feature of this unit is, of course, the transportability and convenience. Keeping true to the materials, the colour pallet is somewhat minimal. This can be seen as a good thing by some, as the design is not shy about revealing its true material.
To maintain the structure whilst open, the unit contains built-in magnets which secure the ends and create the open form. When Bookniture is stored in the bag, these magnets are safe to be placed beside your wallet, as they will not foul the magnetic strips on your cards.
Made from a felt material, the surface piece provides enough cushioning and rigidity to function as both a table and a chair.
One design aspect we felt that was overlooked with this item (based on the main selling feature) is the method in which the top surface is transported with the unit. Since the top is a separate piece that is not able to fit within the confines of the folded unit, it must be carried separately, thus increasing the possibility for loss coupled with the general annoyance of carrying two items.
The functionality of the design comes from the Patent Pending Origami Structure – composed of durable custom made cardstock panels. In order to get the desired origami structure certain materials had to be sourced; such as composite paper panel from America and Kraft paper. Moreover, Mak wanted to create a product that is going to be environmentally sustainable and fully recyclable. Surprisingly, given the material involved, and the “Green” nature of the item, Bookniture is actually resistant to moisture and is safe for outdoor use.
From various certified testing, the Patent Pending Origami Structure can withstand more than 2,205 lbs! All of this packed into a convenient 13”x 7” x 1.5” portfolio sized book!
The designer wanted to create a statement to position Bookniture as a convenient yet trendy item to have. We feel that true to materials look and branding, gives this product the edge Mak had desired to attain. You can also find Bookniture in New York’s MoMA Museum** store at a special price for its members!
We rated the value of Bookniture at a lower value score, as it retails on Amazon for $86.00. For a fairly novel idea, this pricing can seem to fit, but from the rational consumer’s perspective, it might be slightly pricey to furnish your house with.
Overall, we think Bookniture displays a well-thought design that is unique, stylish and practical. Perhaps if sales volumes increase we may see a future drop in the retail price.
** MoMA Museum