Taking a page out of Prince's book during Prince's Unpronounceable Symbolic Moniker years, this transformable coffee table calls itself D*. D'Asterisk? Dusterisk? Well if you rotate it 90 degrees clockwise it kind of looks like a shit-eating grin with a dribble on its chin. Name and phonetics aside, The D*Table is a swell little piece of geometry and utilitarian home decor. Constructed of 4 distinct sections, each with a different storage function, its neutral cube form can be rotated and rearranged to fit almost any space or aesthetic preference. A total of 8 unique positions are possible. I know. That doesn't come close to the number of possible positions delineated in The Snuggie Sutra, but it's a lot for a coffee table. I verified this with my own last night. It can only transform from upright to sideways to upside down, and the second two settings are not particularly useful.
D*Table creator D*Haus terms their creation a "fully functioning 3D puzzle" with storage modules as follows:
- The smallest unit contains 2 shelves, plus a hole in the top that can hold a plant or bottle of some sort. D*Haus suggests Champagne on special occasions, but I would probably pick something else and make use of the hole every day.
- Next door to the shelving unit is a module with two long angular drawers spanning its length.
- The largest unit has wide, split-level shelving and book/magazine display slats.
- A large storage box with a folding lid comprises the final section. D*Haus points out that it's "great for hiding away items." And by that I assume they mean bacon lube, bacon condoms, and bacon jam. Because my parents are coming to town and I'm supposed to be on a diet.
The D*Table measures 27-1/2" x 27-1/2" when in square formation, and 41-3/4" x 41-3/4" x 41-3/4" as a triangle. It is available through Kickstarter in a few color options until May 15, 2013. Interested parties can also take a look at D*Haus' larger scale geometric feat, the D*Dynamic. Like the D*Table, the D*Dynamic is an entire house that converts from a square to a triangle, with several stops in between.
December 2013 Update: The D*Table met its crowdfunding goal and is now available for direct purchase through the D*Haus website--follow the link below.