Too many guests coming for supper? Time to put the Basic Table to work. Don't worry, we didn't ask a programmer from 1979 to design our home fixtures - it's just the name of this awesomely-designed, short-legged coffee table that can shift shape to a full-size dining area.
A sly dinner table in disguise, there's absolutely nothing to clue anyone in that there's more than a simple coffee table lying in your living room. It's one part awesome and one part disgusting. The latter, by the way, is because you'll be eating right where I put up my feet after I take off my shoes every night. Don't worry - I use foot powder by the pound. I smell "almost" fresh.
The Basic Table comes in square and rectangular versions. Square model measures 90 x 90 x 41 cm (L x W x H) in coffee table mode, expanding to 180 x 90 x 74 cm to accommodate dinner guests. Rectangular variant has 76 x 120 x 41 cm dimensions for living room use and 152 x 90 x 74 cm in dining mode.
It's constructed using MDF, with a choice of veneers (cherry wood, dark oak, or teak plywood). Other parts include aluminum feet for the dining table extension, chromium-plated brass hinges for the folding tabletop, pressed steel for the clever transforming mechanism, and epoxy-painted screws and springs.
Obviously, there's a lot of value to having a functional dining table in the living room. Who wants to go to the kitchen to eat, after all, when the TV and the Xbox and the sound system are all right next to the couch? No pricing listed, but it's available from NY-based Resource Furniture.