Ineke Hans' Drawer Table offers storage for slender items
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Ineke Hans' Drawer Table offers storage for slender items

Cologne 2015: Dutch designer Ineke Hans has incorporated slender drawers beneath the surface of this table to store items such as cutlery, letters or tablet devices (+ slideshow).

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

The Drawer Table's legs and thin top are made from solid wood. The drawers that slide out from beneath the table's surface are made from a felt-like composite produced from recycled plastic bottles.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

Ineke Hans designed the furniture piece so it can be used as both a dining table and a desk.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

"Tables have to be multi-taskers nowadays and serve as working, dining and socialising spots," said Hans, who has launched the product with Dutch furniture brand Arco.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

"The old kitchen drawer-table is in fact a very practical table to store things quickly when activities change, but not very elegant when materials for drawers and tabletop add up and compromise leg-space," she told Dezeen.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

The table is available in various lengths, dictated by the width of the drawers that each equate to one person's seating space.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

"Using recycled PET [polyethylene terephthalate] makes the drawers slide well and simply – and by moulding it, you can keep the wall thickness thin, creating more space for your knees and legs," said Hans.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

"People are amazed by the thin table top, and than flabbergasted when the rim also proves to hide spacious drawers."

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

PET also has acoustic qualities, which the designer cites as a benefit when the piece is used in office environments.

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

The Drawer Table was launched at the imm Cologne trade event earlier this week, where Inga Sempé showed seats clamped into shape with metal frames and Neri&Hu installed its vision for the home of the future.