At every furniture show or design expo (or convention in general) there are exhibitors that really know how to draw a crowd. Whether it’s freebies, booze, noise or a lot of razzle dazzle, it takes something to capture the attention of oft-distracted attendees.

On the afternoon that I attended the 2009 BKLYN DESIGNS show, the venue was swamped … and if there was one exhibitor that captivated the audience it was EcoSystems.

All the hubbub was over the Bada Table, a dining table made from reclaimed oak that transforms in seconds with the help of a credit card into a comfy-looking loveseat bench. A bit gimmicky, yes, and an obvious crowd pleaser thanks to the demos, but it’s a gorgeously crafted piece of furniture (check out the animated GIF) with no over-the-top razzle dazzle needed. 

I’m not as familiar with EcoSystems as I am with some of the other designers that showed at BKLYN DESIGNS, but I’m super impressed with this young firm’s five-part green design philosophy: The use of green materials like FSC-certified wood and bamboo, regional manufacturing to cut back on fuel costs, flat-pack shipping to curb waste, tool-free assembly and a no-waste policy (once a product’s “first life” is over, EcoSystems will fetch it to reclaim and recycle the materials).

The folks at Inhabitat awarded EcoSystems with a Best in Show award, and Lloyd Alter over at TreeHugger concurs that their showing was pretty amazing. Not my numero uno pick but still pretty Bada-ass. 

Images: Inhabitat

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.