I was contacted by this client from Dallas in America, to design him a coffee table that could also be used as an ottoman (foot rest). My main concern was to engineer a structure that could take the weight of a person. It's one thing designing a coffee table to hold a cup of tea and the odd magazine, but to design one that would support at least one persons weight is another problem.
In the end we kept the design pretty simple, a traditional form was chosen, with a metal framework hidden within that would give the table strength, and also help locate the tiling system I created that would allow the user to change the table to an ottoman when they needed too.
Here is the finished coffee / ottoman coffee table that I designed. I gave my client the photo-realistic computer renders to help him visualis the table, and supplied him the CAD / manufacturing drawings so that he could get his company to build it. The table is to be made from Walnut and stainless steel framework with leather upholstered tiles. The table has not been manufactured yet but once it has I hope to be able to upload some photo's of it.