This bench and coffee table is an interesting place for transient people and things

Not all seats are meant to encourage people to lounge for hours, and not all tables are designed to be permanent homes for stationery or decorations. There is furniture that is meant to be a brief oasis of rest for a person on the move or a temporary holding ground for stuff in transit. Benches, stools, side tables, and even coffee tables are examples of such furniture with impermanent functions, providing a comfortable pit stop that doesn’t require a longer commitment of time and effort. Just because people and things often pass them by doesn’t mean they don’t need to be attractive and interesting, and this combination of a bench and a coffee table is one such curious twist that seems to contradict its very name.

Designer: Ricardo Sá

Compared to other pieces of furniture, seats and tables often convey a sense of rest and stillness. After all, you have to stop to sit down, and an object placed on top of a table stays still unless you move it. Compared to a lounge or a sofa, however, a bench also implies a sense of motion after a temporary pause, where someone sits for a while and then resumes their activity. Similarly, a coffee table is often a place for cups and books waiting for a brief period before being picked up again to be used.

Wait, then, is the perfect name for a multi-functional piece of furniture that embraces these passages of time. But while the word itself carries the meaning of stopping briefly, the design of the bench almost contradicts this identity. A horizontal slab of wood intersects a wave-like form that gives it a character of dynamism and an illusion of movement. It’s like it’s lying in wait, ready to jump into action at any given moment.

That dynamism is also present in how the furniture can be used. It takes very little to change the function of the piece; simply removing one or both cushions frees the surface to be used as table tops. You don’t even have to stick to one or the other mode since leaving one cushion creates a half-and-half that serves both purposes.

There are more permanent structures to hold objects, though they’re not exactly designed to keep them there forever. The bottom spaces can hold books, magazines, or even the unused cushions, while the middle cavern can be a spot to hide phones and remote controls. The hump in the middle could be a place for a cup, though its somewhat curved shape doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Whichever way you combine the functions or whether your place it off to the side or in the middle of a room, Wait will be ready to give you and your stuff a place to catch your breath before heading off to your next adventure.