You read that right. This table can really cook. German designer Moritz Putzier thought of everything when he created his amazing Cooking Table. The table was his diploma thesis project — it’s the Swiss Army Knife of tables. What you’re about to read may change the way you look at tables forever (if they can cook, what else can they do?!).

Putzier’s design will be honored with the 2014 Interieur Award, to be presented at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium this October. The Cooking Table is a stylish and functional table that could be a huge win for small spaces and cooking schools alike if it ever hits the market. “The project calls the rigid conditions of our daily kitchen lives into question and suggests a new way of cooking and dining.” says Putzier.

At first glance, it’s a typical counter-height table with a stool. But can a boring ol’ table make you an omelet? Nope.

Nearly every part of the Cooking Table is multipurpose. The table starts as a fully functional, comfortable prep space. The stool/bench is specially designed for sitting or leaning, and the height of the table makes it ideal for knife work. Several sleek, modern ceramic bowls are included for prep and storage, with wooden lids that double as cutting boards.

The real magic, however, is in the ability to transform that prep space into a working cooktop. The table is equipped with cooking modules that slide along a hidden track in the center of the table. When you’re ready to cook, simply click your gas burners into place and fire ’em up. For safety, there’s a ceramic bowl that’s part of the burner design which surrounds the flame to insulate and protect the table (and you) while you’re cooking.

After you’re finished cooking, simply wipe up your mess and set the table!

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