Few objects are as ubiquitous in the New York City landscape as the humble pushcart. Whether to ferry packages up a skyscraper or transport a piece of artwork down the block, the assistive devices have come to represent the number of goods that flow in and out of the city on a daily basis.

It was also the source of inspiration behind a new versatile furniture series designed by interdisciplinary design studio Lim + Lu for Cornell University’s downtown Manhattan College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.

With the assistance of the school’s own students, lead designer Vincent Lim—a graduate of the school—created a collection of 12 pieces that each incorporate the famous hand trolley into the design. As a result, each piece is capable of transforming its function to suit the needs of the space. For example, a three-seater sofa can transform into a shelf or a coat rack when lifted into an upright position.

“Each piece is a hybrid; a modular urban element that functions as a kind of infrastructure mated to a customized artifact specific to a particular program,” explains Kent Kleinman, Dean of Cornell AAP. “Taken together, they are a microcosm of Cornell’s famous lessons in college urbanism.”

Find out more over at Cornell’s AAP Blog.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.