Today it’s not enough for designers to create pretty spaces. Constantly changing workplace and household needs—including more people and functions sharing smaller spaces—demand flexible solutions. For example, Bruno Mathsson’s table can seat ten people at dinner then collapse to a depth of less than ten inches for compact storage. Office workers now have the ability to adjust their desks to comfortable positions using the Principle (hi) Desk System, reduce noise distractions common to the cubicle environment with Herman Miller’s Quite Technology, and control multiple lighting sources centrally with Lutron’s GRAFIK 7000. The following products turn environmental obstacles into user advantages.