At first glance this table looks like any other piece of minimalist furniture. But if you look at the intricate way in which it unfurls, you might notice a similarity with those pop-up city maps that neatly unfold with the flick of a wrist.

Of course, stood on a street corner, in the rain, somewhere in the middle of Manhattan you may not notice the elegant way in which a map of the city unfolds. But thatā€™s not true of Swedish designers Sigrid Strƶmgren and Sanna Lindstrƶm. No: inspired by the neat folds in paper, the pair created the ā€˜Grand Centralā€™ table.


Consisting of 22 connected pieces, the table gracefully unfolds into a minimalist table, measuring 30 inches across. The fold lines still stand out nicely once unfolded, reminding you of the inspiration behind the design.

Sadly the table is a design experiment rather than a commercial product ā€” but itā€™s still very pretty.

[Sanna Lindstrom via Ignant]