If I had my way, every piece of furniture would serve two, three – no, fifteen – purposes. It only seems fair, right? On a good day, we’re answering no less than 1,413 rapid fire questions in our heads (admittedly most of them self-imposed, let’s be honest) ranging from ‘Where did I put my keys” to “Why is there a bird’s nest in the bathtub” to “How do you get blackberry stains out of leather shoes” to “What are we having for dinner?” So naturally, our furniture should be as multipurposed as we are. Right?
Right. Enter Torafu Architects, creators of the Koloro Wagon (and manufactured by ICHIRO). It’s a stack of baskets. It’s a grocery cart. It’s a wagon. It’s a side table. It’s a TV tray. It’s a toolbox. It’s an… everything.
I love the idea of providing our children with furniture that is meant to be explored – to be touched and turned and molded and changed until they discover and unearth a new purpose for it entirely.
Not only would it serve as a better investment in the present (furniture that doubles as a toy? genius), but I can only imagine the benefits that might surface in the future…
What if we believed that anything could change? That everything served a deeper purpose – one that wasn’t yet unlocked?
What if we believed that our furnishings and accessories and personal items and household utilities were just tables waiting to be turned, objects meant to be transformed with the help of our imagination?
What if we – as grown-ups – were able to conjure up memories of days spent problem-solving, searching for creative solutions to dilemmas that didn’t yet exist? What if we could reference that one toy that we ate off and then sat on and then looked through and then carried over and then, and then, and then…?
Wouldn’t that make us grow up searching for more? For deeper? For better?
I can only imagine.
Images via Spoon & Tamago
p.s. The train chair.