Though educated at France's Ecole Superieure d'Art et de Design de Reims, designer Seung Yong Song is based in space-tight Seoul. Song's solution for creating storage space and privacy is to take a common item, the chair, and tweak it in unusual ways:
Writes the designer,
I am looking in every nook and cranny of the room to find hidden spaces. Under the table, beneath the bed, above the wardrobe ... All the space in the room is completely full of odds and ends. There's no other choice. And I start building my object like the city's tallest building seen from the window in the room.
While the Object-A chair seen up top might not be practical in California or Tokyo, it makes good sense in tectonically-stable Seoul.
My favorite piece of his is the Object-O, inspired by the "dens" and sofa forts that children build:
At first I thought "That seems awkward to scramble into and out of," but there's actually an active enclosing mechanism: