Do More Nesting in Your Nest
Nester is a Canadian company that makes adaptable, transformable furniture that would work well in small homes. The two pieces on offer are the Kameleon table and the Repeater chair. The former is a table that transforms from 15″ x 61″ console, and is expandable to a 61″ x 42″, 78″ x 42″ or 96″ x 42″ table, depending on the number of internally stored leaves that are inserted. The Repeater is a four-in-one nesting chair system. The chairs fit together like matryoshka dolls, with larger chairs concealing the smaller ones below.
The Kameleon reminds us of a more utilitarian version of the Goliath table by Resource Furniture, as it permits an expansive dining surface for the occasions you need such a thing. While a little smaller in its expanded length than the Goliath (96″ vs 115″), its internal leafs cut down on storage space.
The Repeater’s stealth concealment of four chairs is pretty nifty. With the smallest chair appearing to have more than adequate width for an adult (albeit a slim one), there seems little functional sacrifice to this setup.
Perhaps the biggest check against Nester products is something Lloyd Alter brought up on Treehugger, which is the material choices. The Kameleon is made of powder coated aluminum and steel (a wood top will be available soon) and the Repeater is all powder-coated aluminum. These industrial-strength surfaces would make them quite durable, but tactilely cold and, in the case of the chair, possibly slippery (we look forward to checking them out at ICFF). We might also make the Kameleon a bit skinnier in its expanded form, as 42″ is pretty wide for a dining table (though this might not be feasible from an engineering standpoint).
Both the Kameleon and Repeater are available for sale direct from Nester, starting at C$1295 and $899, respectively. See more details on their website.