It might seem a challenge to make your small home look and feel beautiful without seeming cluttered, but to interior designer Joao Cabral of Route 3 Design Studio, it's the sort of challenge that gets him up in the morning. After a decade living in London, Joao has developed an appreciation for the art of small space living. This is what inspired his multipurpose furniture designs. 'I realised that living in a small space doesn't have to be boring and so my passion for luxurious small living was born,' he explains. On his return to South Africa, Joao teamed up with Crystals Furniture, a custom furniture design company based in Durban, to develop a few of his ideas. It's here that his multipurpose table came to fruition, which debuted at Decorex Durban in March. The design starts off as a compact coffee table, but quickly unfolds into a dining table, complete with benches for seats. The dual-purpose design means less furniture is needed, a perfect solution for a home that's tight on space. The aim for this piece, and the other designs he has up his sleeve, is to start creating cost effective solutions for small space living, particularly in shipping container homes. 'As an interior designer that creates solutions for small or difficult spaces, the first thing I consider is the intended function of a room,' says Joao. 'I view the room as a full three-dimensional space that can be manipulated on every level, in order to maximise the end result.' While the functional part of the design is set, the table itself can be made from just about any material you would like. The sample table on display at Decorex is made from supawood (a medium density wood composite board), sprayed with Plascon's 2015 colour of the year Marsala and then sealed with a glossy finish. You can expect to pay from R6 500 for one of these. In collaboration with Crystals Furniture, Joao has also created a day bed corner couch that includes storage and which can transform into a three-quarter bed. Visit route3blog.wordpress.com for more information.