How many times have you been embarrassingly caught off guard when a cocktail party suddenly appears in your living room and there’s no place for guests to put their drinks? It’s a horrifying thought, but thankfully there are industrial design students like Christina Sicoli who are creating solutions to the problem.
Most of the time her Switch It lamp looks like your run-of-the-mill household lighting—complete with a black shade for creating the perfect ambience. But at a moment’s notice it can be lowered and transformed into a compact cocktail table as the shade flattens into a usable surface. We wish all of our furniture was this multi-functional, and we hope the next design project she tackles is a couch that turns into a 65-inch flatscreen TV. [Christina Sicoli via PSFK]