The Book of Secrets

Introducing Bookniture, the product that's taking compact furniture to a new level. Faced with serious space constraints in his hometown of Hong Kong, designer Mike Mak created this tome-shaped object that can be stored on a shelf, but fans out into a seat. Supported by an origami structure, it can withstand serious weight—200 lbs at least (trust us, we tested it)—and has many uses: a standing desk platform, a footstool, an extra seat. It's the kind of design object so delightful that it's worth having a party just to give you an excuse to use it. "Oh wait, there's no place for you to sit, Mark? No worries!"

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Bookniture, $86, bookniture.com.

Directed and Edited by Michael Russo

Special thanks to the MoMA Design and Book Store

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