At Resource Furniture, the newly opened Los Angeles store of the New York-based company, you don't have to be a Transformers-loving kid to appreciate the genius of the Poppi Book, a shelving unit that converts into a loft bed.
The loft bed is just one of the space-saving products by the Italian design firm Clei available through Resource Furniture, which specializes in streamlined, multifunction storage and sleeping pieces for lofts, studios and small rooms -- perhaps the home office that has to double as a guest bedroom.
I admit to being a bit mesmerized by the company's video for the Poppiboard, a desk that converts into a twin bed without a single thing needing to be cleared from the tabletop, and the LGM video, showing how a table folds into a shelf unit that spins around to reveal a pull-down bed.
The Los Angeles store, on Crescent Heights Boulevard just north of Beverly Boulevard, opened June 3. Fittingly, it packs an assortment of Clei furniture in just 1,600 square feet, along with chairs, lighting, rugs and accessories. For those who don't live in a loft but want the look, Resource Furniture also has ConcreteWall, a photographic vinyl wall covering with images of cement walls and bricks.