Grand Central Coffee Table Unfolds Like A Pop-Up Map

Folding coffee tables are nothing new. In fact, you've probably seen your share of them. But still every time we see a new one, its like awesomeness all over again. The Grand Central functions in a similar way, offering a full-fledged coffee table that folds up into a bundle you can stow inside a closet for easy storage.

The brainchild of designers Sanna Lindström and Sigrid Strömgren, the tabletop features a folding structure based on a pop-up map of New York (hence the name). In compact form, you can hide it inside tight spaces or equip for use as an end table; once opened to full size, it becomes a large, round coffee table that's bound to be a commanding presence in any room.

Because it was inspired by a pop-up map, Grand Central uses a similar folding mechanism consisting of 22 interconnected tiles. The actual change happens like a flower blooming, making the transformation process look more spectacular than your usual folding furniture pieces. In full form, the table gets four legs, which conveniently folds into two for a smaller footprint in compact mode.

It's perfect for those who need an occasional large table that you can move out of the way or even unfold halfway for a striking living room decoration. Not for sale, but they are currently showing it off at various exhibits.

[SannaSigrid via Furniture Store Blog]