Brazil-based industrial designer Ricardo Freisleben Lacerda either lives in a small space or likes thinking about how to reduce the size of furniture when it's not in use. Check out his Gaming Table, done as his graduation project from the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais in Barbacena:
Assuming the cantilevered tops are strong enough to support even my heaviest friends, I'd say that's a cool design for saving some space. It'd be a welcome addition to my space-tight Manhattan digs for having friends over, though we might be chugging rather than checkmating.
Another project Lacerda has worked on, this one in conjunction with fellow designer Andre Pedrini under their Oboio brand name, is their Nomad Closet.
While it seems intended for temporary duty, something like this would also be a welcome addition to a New York apartment, lacking as they often are in closet space.
While you might not be breaking all of the components down and fitting them into the box every day, it would make the initial shipping a breeze. And these guys get extra points for designing the parts to assemble without the use of tools.