October 23, 2017

Lim+Lu and CL3 Collaborate on Multifunctional Furniture for Cornell

Push/Pull multifunctional furniture. Photography by Garrett Rowland.

Some alums give back with donations. But three graduates of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning gave their alma mater something better: a solution. William Lim, founder of the architecture firm CL3, teamed up with son Vincent Lim and wife Elaine Lu, partners in Lim+Lu on Push/Pull, a range of multifunctional furnishings commissioned for the college’s Manhattan studio during NYCxDesign.

A dozen modular hybrids, inspired by merchant pushcarts of yesteryear, serve dual functions. The three-seat sofa becomes a coatrack. A cocktail table rises to form a lectern; another morphs into a bookshelf. “It’s design created for the mobility of today’s city,” William Lim explains. Constructed from powder-coated steel with vinyl upholstery, the pieces are now available on the open market, Cornell crests not included.

Three-seat sofa turns into a coat rack. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Cocktail table becomes a bookshelf. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Push/Pull chair with bookshelf. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Chairs with shelves. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Cocktail table turns into a bookshelf. Photography by Garrett Rowland.
Push/Pull lectern. Photography by Garrett Rowland.

> See more from the September 2017 issue of Interior Design



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