Chubby Brothers Hidden Chairs Dining Table

Working in any kind of home or professional environment can be trying for a creative-oriented person, especially when essentials (such as a dining table, for instance) are needed for daily living. While even the wildest eccentric likes to sit down for a nice meal, afterward there’s still a bunch of goofy furniture sitting in the kitchen. What Brian Lee has made here is a definite score for those who wish to get the most out of their home or slightly public dining arena.

No, I don’t believe everyone NEEDS a dining table, but for those who DO, what choice do you have? The Chubby Brothers dining table turns itself into a beautiful sculptural piece when not in use. And when it IS in use, it is beyond comfortable (I’ve used it!)

As Brian Lee puts it: “A dining table with the idea of allowing the audience to gain a different perspective as an unrecognizable object when put together.” And once the chairs are pulled out, comfort for your butt! The Chubby Brothers dining table features Leaf spring seats on each of the four chairs. And once the chairs are pulled out, the table itself breaks down into six parts so that it might fit easily through doors. For the diner on the go!

Specs/
Wood (Ash)
Table 58L 42W 29H
Chair 17L 20W 28H

Designer: Brian Lee
Documentation Photographs by: Noel Worden

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29 Comments

  • zippyflounder says:

    Nice clean design, well crafted, ya got a fin up from me. I like the “tumble home” (thats a boat design term boys and girls) that seperate it from the other tables of this type. Ya i know its been done many times before, but kudo’s you thunk it, you wanged it out, and it looks damn nice…good luck kid.

  • e=rock says:

    i this tableaux and the description. thanks,

    e

  • e=rock says:

    i meant:

    i love…..

    i obviously can’t express emotions well.

    thanks, sister e.

    fantastic design.

    e

  • larry says:

    very nice design. i really like it very much.

  • This one is one of the amazing product of yours !!

  • Sam, Wisconsin says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Now we’re talking. Now you can unleash unlimited designs, generated out of this design; From practical to abstract, from storage to art form, from old fashion medieval to Victorian to modern to futuristic. You just started a trend and a full school of thought on it’s own. From the deepest of my heart I say; Congratulation’s..

  • zuy says:

    Why to transform a table + chairs in a massive box ?

  • zippyflounder says:

    I would like to add that the “leaf spring” on the seat bottoms are a nice touch, might put a layer of carbon fiber on the bottom to give you a bit of safety factor for ummmm fat folk.

    well done kids.

  • Jacques says:

    Wow, nice work on form development. You’ve created a big cuboid. At least it wasn’t too hard to draw it, eh? How am I going to clean below the table? Why do you prevent more flexible chair alignments by closing everything? Too bad that all the time spend for building this thing was a waste. You could have finished a 3d model in a couple of hours to see how it looks.

    Try again.

    • zippyflounder says:

      The form is functional, with a bit of snap from the material used and the curving of the sides. Its a funny almost anything is easy to draw, to build is much harder and requires the solution of a whole raft of problems that a “drawer” just glosses over. I think the designer knew quite well what he was going for with this object, down to the nitty gritty of HOW TO BUILD IT. Lets look at the notion of flexibiity in chair placement, yes its limiting however given the size of the table its only realy going to be comfortable for 4, so fixing the postions in a general optimum placement makes sense. How to clean under it, bit of 19 th century tech comes to mind, the vac cleaner, just suck the crud out. No matter how you cut it, this is worthy of a pat on the head/back what ever because IT EXISTS. Its not some phoney balony 3 d rendering of something that “might” exist, if only all the nasty details were figured out.

  • Jacques says:

    The table is really quite limiting. I have to place it somewhere in the center of the room. I can’t even put it with a short side next to a wall. The table is long enough for 2 chairs next to eachother on the longer sides – there’s no denying.

    Cleaning is horrible, not only do you have to pull out all the chairs, you’ll also have trouble reaching the some corners, unless you go around the table and “attack” it from the opposite site, which again, can’t be done, when I put the table along a wall.

    Those are problems that should be noticed at the beginning while drawing or at the tatest when mocking up a 3D model, before one puts the enourmous effort in building a working model. It’s certainly great craftsmanship, but it should have been put into a better design in first place.

    • Adina says:

      Have you ever cleaned under a table before? If so, you would clearly understand that all it takes is a little lifting and moving a few inches. Why is this any different? And if you really would’ve looked into it more to have a full understanding of what it is exactly that you are criticizing, you would have realized that the designer specifically made it with the ability to easily break down into a total of 13 pieces, not only for thorough cleanings, but for ease of packing, moving and shipping as well. And if that is too hard, you can simply remove the tabletop from the skeleton to run a vaccuum underneath. Sounds like cleaning hasn’t been easier.

      And perhaps the “limits” of the table that you talk about are what ultimately makes it stand out above every other table out there. You want ordinary-you can easily find it. Its going above and beyond ordinary in a concept all your own that make the difference between a good design and a great design, and then pairing it with flawless craftsmanship and aesthetics. Sounds like a lot to take on, but the designer clearly has done more than just that.

      • Jacques says:

        Yeah sure, I like lifting, moving or breaking down my dining table, just to be able to clean below. Great design! It doesn’t matter how you turn it – it remains an everyday object and it will collect dirt below. I can clean below other tables without lifting, moving or breaking down anything, so this case here has a clear handicap.

        If limits of a design are what makes a design stand out or what makes a design non-ordinary, your conception of design is so off, sorry. Design shouldn’t be limiting at all, it’s the opposite.

  • Rodrigo says:

    Good form.. but design is not just form!
    I think there is a lot of waste material here.
    And also the lateral walls, limitates the use of the table… if somenone else want to seat beside another person, he can´t

  • zuy says:

    My first question was Why to transform a table + chairs in a massive box ?
    Box design is trendy now in furniture but not that way. it’s not useful , arty or innovative…
    I think it’s not design for XX or less for XXI (waste of material)

  • M.S.W. says:

    The hidden chair feature used in this table is very close to the design used for the hidden chairs on back wall computer table/workstations on the Star Trek Next Generation bridge set (circa 1987)

  • joe says:

    This is a great design. i love it. I love that you turned an ordinary household item into sculpture. many people have asked why turn it into a big box? well, a big box of real nice wood looks a lot nicer than that clusterfuck of chairs and a table you call a dining room set.. that’s for sure. Cleaning seems like it would be easy enough, maybe not the EASIEST to clean out there, but sacrifices must be made for elegance. The crafstmanship looks wonderful and iIlove the leaf spring seats, great little detail there. good work!

  • Thats a really clever design for combining a dining table and chair set. Are they made from oak??

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