Title:
Rotary Piece of Furniture
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A rotary piece of furniture comprising a body (2) provided with at least one upper portion (3), one lower portion (4), one posterior portion (5) and a space (6) accessible at least through one frontal opening (7). Said rotary piece of furniture (1) comprises at least one support mean (8) of the furniture (1) and at least two arms means (9, 10, 11, 12) each having one end hinged to a respective side of the support means and the another end hinged to the furniture (1). The arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) allow to turn the body (2) at least 180° respect to the vertical direction to exchange the positions of the posterior portion (5) and the frontal opening (7) passing from a hiding condition (O) to an access condition (a) and vice versa.



Inventors:
Arosio, Pietro (Muggio, IT)
Application Number:
12/298217
Publication Date:
10/01/2009
Filing Date:
05/16/2007
Assignee:
ERNESTOMEDA S.P.A. (Montelabbate (PU), IT)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47B49/00
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Primary Examiner:
DOYLE, RYAN A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Ware Fressola Maguire & Barber LLP (Monroe, CT, US)
Claims:
1. A rotary piece of furniture comprising a body (2) provided with at least one upper portion (3), one lower portion (4), one posterior portion (5) and a space (6) accessible at least through one frontal opening (7); said rotary piece for furniture (1) having at least one support means (8) and at least two arm means (9, 10, 11, 12), each arm means having one end hinged to a respective side of the support means and another end hinged to the furniture (1) wherein the arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) allow the body (2) to turn at least 180° with respect to a vertical direction to exchange positions of the posterior portion (5) and the frontal opening (7) passing from a hiding condition (O) to an access condition (a) and vice versa; said support means (8) being provided with a fixing means (13) for fixing the support means to a wall, or to another fixed body, and being rigidly connected to an upper crossbar (14) and/or a lower crossbar (15) and/or rigidly connected to two lateral uprights (20, 21) where ends of said crossbar (14, 15) or lateral uprights (20, 21) are lateral with respect to the body (2) and have first means (16, 17, 18, 19) for rotatably connecting the arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) to the support means (8).

2. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the support means (8) are adapted for fixing to a wall (P), a separator, a column and similar.

3. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the support means (8) are adapted for fixing to a floor, a column and similar structures and have a hiding panel which contrasts with the body (2).

4. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the crossbars (14, 15) are interconnected by the two lateral uprights (20, 21) forming a chassis at least slightly wider than the width of the furniture (1).

5. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 wherein the two upper arm means (9, 10) are articulated to the upper crossbar (14) and the two lower arm means (11, 12) are articulated to the lower crossbar (15).

6. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 wherein the two upper arm means (9, 10) and two lower arm means (11, 12) are articulated to the respective first hinge means (16, 17, 18, 19) of the two lateral uprights (20, 21).

7. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 5 characterized in that the first hinge means (16, 17) at a side and first hinge means (18, 19) at the another side are constituted by respective tubular members (22, 23) containing at least a portion of the uprights (20, 21) of the respective sides and they are fit to interconnect respectively the upper arm means (9) and the lower arm means (11) to one side and the upper arm means (10) and lower arm means (12) to the other side.

8. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the second hinge means (24, 25, 26, 27) for connecting the arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) to the furniture (2) are fixed to the upper portion (3) and/or the lower portion (4).

9. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 8 characterized in that in the hiding condition (O) and access condition (A) the first upper hinge means (16, 18) and/or the lower hinge means (17, 19) form with the corresponding second upper hinge means (24, 25) and lower hinge means (26, 27) vertex of respective rhomb.

10. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 7 characterized in that the geometric segments comprised between the first upper hinge means (16, 18)and/or the first lower hinge means (17, 19) are orthogonal and divide in equal parts the geometric segments comprised between the second upper hinge means (24, 25) and lower hinge means (26, 27).

11. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the at least a space (6) comprises at least one among shelf, drawer, pull-out drawer, rack, bottle rack and similar.

12. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) are shaped in form of a very opened “V”.

13. The rotary piece of furniture according to claim 1 characterized in that the arm means (9, 10, 11, 12) are straight shaped.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to the technical field of furniture and it refers to a rotary piece of furniture provided with one or more spaces for containing objects, which can be reached and hidden by means of the rotation of the furniture.

BACKGROUND ART

There are known furniture equipped with doors fit to close the internal spaces.

A drawback of said known furniture consists in that the opened doors are bulky and can create obstacles or can interfere with elements of the furniture or of the room in which said furniture pieces are roomed.

There are also known furniture without closure, such as racks or wall-furniture which allow the reaching of the objects placed therein without necessity of acting on bulky doors or on complex and delicate shutters, folding doors or similar.

A drawback of the latter kind of piece of furniture consists in that their content cannot be hidden and it is not protected from the light.

Document CH 692 896 discloses a rotary piece of furniture comprising a body provided with an upper and lower portions, a posterior portion and a space accessible through one frontal opening. Said rotary piece for furniture comprises a support means and two arm means each having one end hinged to a respective element hinged to the support means and the another end hinged to the furniture. The arm means allow to turn the body around a vertical axis to exchange the positions of the posterior portion and the frontal opening passing from a hiding condition to an access condition and vice versa.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to propose a rotary piece of furniture to hide the internal content and without additional bulky parts in the access condition.

Other object is to propose a rotary piece of furniture which allows an easy inside access and can be operated by using only 1 hand.

Further object is to propose a rotary piece of furniture with high functionality.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The characteristics of the invention are highlighted in following with particular reference to the enclosed drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates schematic axonometric top view of two examples of the rotary piece of furniture of the present invention, connected to a wall, one of which is in a hiding condition and the another is in an access condition;

FIGS. 2-6 illustrate top schematic views of a rotary piece of furniture of the present invention, in a sequence of successive conditions of passage from the hiding condition of FIG. 2 until the access condition of FIG. 6.

BEST MODE OF CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

With reference to FIG. 1, numeral 1 indicates the rotary piece of furniture of the present invention comprising a body 2, for example in parallelepiped shape and made of wood or its by-products, made of metal, synthetic material and its combinations. The body is provided with at least an upper portion 3, consisting of an upper flat face, a lower portion 4, consisting of a lower flat face, a posterior portion 5, consisting of a bottom plane, which delimit one or more spaces 6 eventually closed laterally by two sides.

The spaces are accessible by means of a frontal opening 7 and they comprise, for instance, shelves, drawers, pull-out shelves, racks, bottle racks and similar.

The rotary piece of furniture 1 comprises a support means 8, for example made of metal, fit to be fixed to a wall P, to a partition, to a column and similar.

The support means 8 is provided with a fixing means 13, for example of “C” shape, fit to be blocked to the wall, or to other fixed body, and with a chassis at least a little bit wider than the width of the furniture 1 and fixed, for example by means of welding, to the fixing means 13.

The chassis is constituted by an upper crossbar 14 and a lower crossbar 15 whose ends are lateral in respect to the body 2 and are mutual connected, for example by means of welding, by two lateral vertical uprights 20, 21.

The ends of the crossbars 14, 15 are associated to first hinge means 16, 17, 18, 19 for the rotating connection of arm means 9, 10, 11, 12. said arm means 9, 10, 11, 12 are connected in a rotating manner to the body of the furniture.

The arm means are, for example, made of metal and have a very opened “V” shape.

Each arm means 9, 10, 11, 12, as seen, has an end hinged with a respective side of the support means, while the opposite end of each of them is hinged with the upper portion 3 or with the lower portion 4 of the body. In particular the two upper arm means 9, 10 are articulated in respect with the upper crossbar 14 and with the upper portion 3 of the body 2 and the two lower arm means 11, 12 are articulated in respect with the lower crossbar 15 and with the lower portion of the body.

It is preferred that the first hinge means 16, 17 of one side and the first hinge means 18, 19 of another side are constituted by respective tubular members 22, 23 containing the uprights 20, 21 of the respective sides and fit to interconnect respectively the upper 9 and lower arm means 11 of one side and the upper 10 and lower arm means 12 of the another side in such manner to obtain more fluent and regular rotation of the body.

The connection of the arm means 9, 10, 11, 12 to the furniture 2 is carried out by means of second hinge means 24, 25, 26, 27 fixed to the upper portion 3 and/or to the lower portion 4 of body 2.

In the hiding condition 0 and in the access condition A, in which the body is almost parallel to the chassis, the first upper hinge means 16, 18 and/or the first lower hinge means 17, 19 form with the corresponding second upper hinge means 24, 25 and the second lower hinge means 26, 27 the vertex of a limb.

In particular the geometric segments comprised between the first upper hinge means 16, 18 and/or the first lower hinge means 17, 19 and the geometric segments comprised between the second upper hinge means 24, 25 and the second lower hinge means 26, 27 are mutually divided in equal parts and are orthogonal.

In alternative the invention also provides that the support means 8 is fit to be fixed to a floor, a column and similar and it has, contrasting to the body 2, a hiding panel.

The piece of furniture of FIGS. 2-6 is different from the pieces of furniture of FIG. 1 only in the position of arm means, which is symmetrical in respect to the position illustrated in FIG. 1.

The operation of the pieces of furniture in the cited Figures is similar and, making reference to the FIGS. 2-6, provides, starting from a hiding condition O, that the arm means 9, 10, 11, 12, under the action by a hand of an user, can turn the body 2 at least of 180° in respect to the vertical direction to exchange the positions of the posterior portion 5 and of the frontal opening 7 until reaching the access condition A and vice versa.

It is important to observe that the configuration of the chassis, of the arm means and of the position of the pivots allow to fix the body very close to the wall without that the rotation causes interference of the body with the wall or with the fixing means 13.

A simple and not illustrated variant provides that the fixing means 13 of the support means 8 rigidly connects the two lateral uprights 20, 21 whose ends have first hinge means 16, 17, 18, 19 for the rotating connection of the arm means 9, 10, 11, 12 to the same support means 8. This variant can have or not the crossbars and it is provided with two upper arm means 9, 10 and two lower arm means 11, 12 articulated to the respective first hinge means 16, 17, 18, 19 of the two lateral uprights 20, 21. The arm means 9, 10, 11, 12 of this variant are straight shaped.

An advantage of the present invention is to provide a rotary piece of furniture able to hide the content of its internal spaces and without additional bulky element in the access condition.

Other advantage is to provide a rotary piece of furniture which is easy accessible and can be activated also by using only one hand.

Further advantage is to provide a rotary piece of furniture with high functionality.