Marvin Reber's Inclusion Couch dismantles into a playground

Marvin Reber's Inclusion Couch dismantles to create an indoor playground

This sofa by New Zealand design graduate Marvin Reber can be taken apart and reassembled to form play apparatus for children (+ slideshow).

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

The five individual components that make up Marvin Reber's Inclusion Couch are light enough to be easily moved, turned over or stacked up, allowing children to arrange them how they wish.

"Primarily, the main function is to be a couch," said Reber. "The secondary function allows the individual components to be rearranged into a playful set of playground-like structures. The inherent couch-like aesthetics remain yet develop sculptural qualities."

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

Two green L-shaped sections of upholstered foam positioned at each end form both the arms and legs of the sofa.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

A 30-millimetre plank of ash-veener plywood rests on the lower horizontal portions of the legs, supported by a powder-coated steel stand in the centre.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

To create a comfortable seat, a removable blue mattress is placed on top of the plank. The body weight of the sitters anchors the components in place.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

These elements are arranged against a rounded backrest to complete the design, secured together with pegs that act as tenons slotted into the mortises cut into the base.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

When taken apart, the different components offer various options for playtime.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

The wooden base can act as a see-saw, or be propped at an angle using an upturned leg and used as a slide. The legs also create miniature seats for children.

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

"This is not a children's couch, nor is it purely for adults," said the designer. "It is designed to complement and satisfy the different needs that children and adults have without compromising on aesthetics."

Inclusion Couch by Marvin Reber

Reber created the sofa for his graduation project while studying a Bachelor of Product and Furniture Design at Auckland's Unitec Institute of Technology.