Lim+Lu and CL3 Collaborate on Multifunctional Furniture for Cornell

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.

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