Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

Dutch firm Studio Makkink & Bey has created a collection of furniture for a nomadic future including a backpack that becomes a sofa bed, a carrycot that becomes a table and a walking cane that turns into an illuminated screen (+ slideshow).

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

Conceptroom Huisraad by Makkink & Bey is a range of objects that examines the concept of domestic interiors that are no longer attached to any one physical space.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

The items form part of Living Spaces, an exhibition exploring textiles in Dutch interiors at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The pieces "depict a future scenario in which the individual travels light and stays comfortable," said the team.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

As part of the display, Makkink & Bey created three objects that utilise natural materials and animal fibres combined with multiple uses.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

WarmteWeefsels, meaning "heat tissues", is a carrycot that turns into a table. In its former state, the cot comes with a pair of adjustable handles and blanket.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

To convert it into a table, users remove the blanket, slide the handles to their widest setting and flip the whole thing upside down. The blanket can then be used as either a rug or table cloth.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

VouwPlaats, or "fold place", is a knitted mattress and chair you can carry around as you would a backpack.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

The user wears a woollen jacket attached to the frame to carry the VouwPlaats around.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

By placing it on the floor, the rolled up mattress acts as a seat and the frame acts as a backrest.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

To convert the piece into a bed, the user simply unclasps the two straps holding it together and rolls out the mattress.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

The VensterLicht, or "window light", is a portable room divider and a cane. When closed, the VensterLicht is a chunky walking stick. Inside however, is a four-legged stand and strip-light with a piece of silk cloth attached. When unravelled, it creates a full-length screen.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

Each piece provides individuals with, "expandable, foldable and lightweight furniture to travel with, as they traverse boundless interiors – our shrinking world," said the designers.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

This isn’t the first time Studio Makkink & Bey has created multifunctional furniture; last year they created SideSeat, a mash-up of a desk, shelves and swivel chair in one.

Studio Makkink & Bey create furniture for a nomadic living room

Living Spaces continues at the TextielMuseum until 11 May.

Photography is by Tommy de Lange, commissioned by the TextielMuseum.