Mechanical / Metamorphic furniture exists for a reason. That reason is when there is a need to get two functional pieces from just one piece of furniture. The Georgian Tilt Top table is a good example of mechanical furniture in its simplest form, where round tables used for dining, playing games or occasional tables have table tops that tilted away so the table can be pushed against a wall to save space. In its more complex form the Victorians managed to transform a childs highchair into a rocking chair, while a Library Chair was designed and built for the European bourgeoisie in the 18th centrury that transformed into library steps.
The practice of dual use furniture features heavily with baby and toddler furniture, where the need for a large array of products, with a relatively short required use, has meant that getting two products from one can save cost and space. The cot that becomes a bed and then a sofa, the table and chairs that becomes a highchair. The same ideal and necessity still applies today and, due to limited space in homes, the need for mutifunctional space saving furniture will continue.
Check out our contemporary take on the Library Steps Chair at Charlie Caffyn Furniture.