One Piece,Three Functions: Smart Design
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Legato Studio’s three person company is barely three months old, and they just debuted their launch product at the ICFF in NYC. It all started when Ashlee Conner and her husband made the financially advantageous decision to purchase an apartment in downtown Manhattan that had a small livingroom and kitchen, — Continue reading …
Legato Studio’s three person company is barely three months old, and they just debuted their launch product at the ICFF in NYC. It all started when Ashlee Conner and her husband made the financially advantageous decision to purchase an apartment in downtown Manhattan that had a small livingroom and kitchen, but no dining room. They agreed that should their family expand one day (it did, they have 2 kids), they would prefer a floor plan where the bulk of their apartment’s square footage be used for 3 small bedrooms. From there, they made it my goal to find a space-saving dining table. In Ashlee’s frustration of discovering that nothing really interesting existed design-wise or appropriate size-wise(most tables were either conversions from coffee tables, or cumbersome murphy bed-type pieces – neither would work well in her space), she spent some time looking for just the right person to create something that would suit her needs. That person turned out to be contractor/designer and now partner, Matt Lee, who brought along Bret Sorkness as engineer / project manager. With their finished product, the three knew they had something special, so they decided the day before the deadline to apply for a booth at ICFF and form a company. In weeks they applied for a patent, created an operating agreement and company vision, logo, website, designed their booth…and last but not least, created a prototype of the table.
So what makes their space-saving table so unique? It is fully functional in all three of its forms. It starts as a bench with optional storage underneath, it can be locked in its middle position and used as a ergonomic workstation for a tablet/ipad (tablet is hooked to top of folded table, and rests at an angle). Finally in its last position, the piece becomes a full size dining table with seating. It glides from one position to the other with ease, even when it is made with heavy materials like stainless steel. Using different surface treatments, it can be used as an indoor or outdoor piece, and its mechanics allow it to be completely custom in both sizing (2 to 10 feet) and materials. Last but certainly not least, Legato continued the theme of staying green (one product, three functions) by using Plyboo (laminated Bamboo plywood) for the surface material, and a water-based lacquer finish. They received great feedback and interest at the ICFF, and are looking forward to what they think will be an exciting year for their Brooklyn, NY based company. More here.