A Coffee Table Book That Turns Into a Coffee Table Isn't the Worst Idea

We all laughed at Kramer's transforming coffee table coffee table book on Seinfeld (or maybe it was just the laugh track), but it turns out it's not actually a terrible idea. Or at least the version created by Mike Mak isn't. Using a combination of traditional book-binding techniques and a paper honeycomb structure, the Bookniture can actually support up to 375 pounds so it can be used as a portable stool.

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When folded away the Bookniture isn't exactly as compact as a paperback novel. But at 13-inches tall it's still compact enough to fit inside most shoulder bags designed to accommodate a laptop. And if you bring along multiple copies you'll be able to build yourself a complete portable office suite since the Bookniture can be stacked to create everything from tables, to desks, to seating.

You can pre-order one in brown for $60, or black for $63, but since the Bookniture is being Kickstarted you'll have to wait until Mak successfully raises the $50,000 needed to put the piece into production. Kickstarters that don't involve software or electronics typically tend to have a higher success rate, so hopefully the Bookniture will actually ship in May as predicted. [Kickstarter - Bookniture via Notcot]

Update: We were recently contacted by a representative from Vancouver-based molodesign who believe that Mike Mak's Bookniture is a direct copy of its own softseating furniture that the firm says has been in development since 2003. It's also very similar to Pinzaan's FlexibleLove furniture that uses accordion-style corrugated cardboard as well, although the appearance of a being a bound book when closed does appear to be unique to the Bookniture. So what do you think, is it a straight-up copy, or enough of a deviation on previous designs?

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