ISSUE 98  |  Hardscape The Easy Way

Portable Garden Furniture for a Tiny Balcony

November 19, 2013 2:00 PM

BY Erin Boyle

Problem: A balcony with hardly enough room to stand, let alone squeeze a table or chair. Solution: A portable table designed to balance on the edge of the balcony railing. Torafu Architects in Japan worked in collaboration with Ishinomaki Laboratory–a design co-op born of the devastation visited on Ishinomaki, Japan after the 2010 tsunami–to design a genius table for propping in tiny spaces. Even as the weather cools, we’re dreaming about the possibility of a little al fresco entertainment. Hot chocolate for two on the fire escape, anyone?



Above: A moveable arm wraps around the balcony railing and provides a counter balance to the tabletop.


Above: The table collapses for easy transport up to the rooftop or balcony.



Above:The Sky-Deck is available for sale through the Ishinomaki Laboratory online shop for 13,209¥.

Have a little more space on your balcony? Consider this Green Vitrine.