Category: Furniture

Architecture

Handcrafted and industrial materials woven into highly expressive and functional pieces

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently having an exhibition entitled Design Currents. It opened last November and will continue to run until the 12th of March. The exhibit is the culmination of the work of three contemporary designers, Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, and Zanini de Zanine. All of them use handcrafted and industrial materials, turning them into functional and expressive pieces of art. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different objects. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different...
Art

The coolest PR firm in the entire world, Freuds, is beaming chock full of art

Have you ever wanted to work in a "cool" office? I bet that you have. Well, if you are any one of the employees in the London-based PR firm Freuds, then you're probably pretty contented with your workplace. As it turns out, this seemingly regular office from the outside is filled with eccentric and vintage artwork inside. The firm was founded by Matthew Freud (yes, he is related to Sigmund Freud). Once you get inside, you'll find everything from dinosaur remains to motorbikes to paintings to vintage furniture. There's an Obama painting, as well as art pieces by Banksy and Damien Hirst. When you view the office from the Fitzrovia side street where it is situated, you would never for a second mistake it to be uber exciting indoors. Whether you're in need of public relations services or not, you will surely want to take a peep inside their unusual offices. ...
Architecture

From the young boy in the backyard to “rattan’s first virtuoso”

A multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines, Kenneth Cobonpue made a name both in the local and international for his unique designs and roster of clientele that include names such as Queen Sophia of Spain and Brad Pitt.  Cobonpue’s trademark is the integration of locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes. His craft is recognized by different award-giving bodies around the globe like the American Society of Interior Design and French Coup de Couer to name a few. His designs have also appeared in films, music videos, and US TV series. In 2007, Kenneth was named by TIME magazine as “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was born in a Chinese family and was initially encouraged by his father to take up a business course. But his love for designing was developed at an early age when he used to play with various materials and create furniture pieces at his mother’s backyard factory. Although he followed...
Architecture

A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
Creativity

Company designs a stylish way to have more privacy when sleeping

You don’t have to go camping to sleep in a tent anymore. American company Privacy Pop has invented a privacy bed tent which you can install in your bedroom or anywhere you would love to sleep isolated and safe from the scary insects. That’s right. For this purpose, Privacy Pop has created a Bug Tent too. Privacy bed tent could be also a dream bed for those who want to isolate themselves in a shared room. Hiding from your roommates was never easier. Check this out. ...
Design

“25m2 of Syria” project from IKEA and Red Cross

There is another half of our population in this world that is not free to live happily and safely in their warm homes. The most urgent calls come from Syrian refugees that are forced to live in the improvised shelters. Currently, these are the homes for many thousands with no place to call home. What can we do about it? IKEA has recently partnered with Red Cross and decided to call its customers to take an active part in the story. They did this by featuring the room of a Syrian family as one of their showrooms. The project is called 25m2 of Syria and represents the recreation of a real Syrian house just outside of Damascus. The installation was created by advertising agency POL. IKEA customers are allowed to enter the room and taste the reality of this Syrian family life. Big companies such as IKEA are able to spend powerful messages to the society. The first step to every change is empathy. ...
Furniture

Designer sculpts trees into chair-like objects without chopping them down

The fascinating thing about nature is that there's no stopping its growth. Gavin Munro is taking advantage of that with his unique furniture. The Derbyshire-based furniture designer fashions trees into chairs through some strategic sculpting. Yes, it's possible and Munro has years of testing in his mother's garden to prove it. Full Grown is the art of sculpting wood, as it grows, into furniture-like shapes without the need for chopping 'em down. The process can take anywhere between four to eight years as Munro describes, "In essence, it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made firmer. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil, and sunshine as its source materials." Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. There's also...
Art

Vintage lightbulbs use flowers with phosphorous coating as filament

These vintage light bulbs are just as awesome creatively as the smart bulbs of today. Aerolux Light Corporation produced these fantastic novelty bulbs from the 1930s to the 1970s where they used flowers in place of traditional filaments. Contained inside a traditional glass light bulb were mixtures of neon or argon, some components have phosphors coatings to achieve the different colors. An interesting fact on Wikipedia states, "These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Because glow discharge occurs readily at 110-120 volts AC, one could use these bulbs in standard household lamps in the United States." Sold for a mere 20 cents back then, these bulbs are now on the market for hundreds. Check on Ebay or Etsy and watch the video below to learn more! ...
Design

Acrylic and wooden fuse to make a furniture vanishing act

Furniture that dissipates into nothing right before your eyes is a comfortable optical illusion. The cleverly-titled project, "My Old New Chair," by visual artist Tatiane Freitas is all about repairing broken furniture and replacing the missing parts with translucent acrylic ones. Inspired by the Japanese practice of kintsugi, Frietas' designs put back functionality into the chairs and, at the same time, acknowledge the history of each piece, putting back the missing pieces. Check out some of her furniture below and find more of her latest work on her website and Instagram. ...
Architecture

Retro glamour in Leo’s Oyster bar

Leo’s Oyster bar is a relatively new hot spot in San Francisco. It “smells” retro with the botanical wallpaper, black and white tiles and floral decoration all around the place. The designer of the restaurant is San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk. “Quintessentially masculine space that introduces tension with feminine qualities,” says Fulk for the midcentury dining room. Owners of this place Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas have created definitely a unique experience for their customers. For more information about the restaurant, its history, and the menu, check out their website here. ...
Design

Globe Garden chair inspired by our tree-dwelling ancestors

Globe Garden chair is 1.7 meters high and was created 29 years ago by Norwegian industrial designer Peter Opsvic. The purpose of this impressive chair is explained through the idea of active sitting. When the chair was designed back in 1985 its intention was to break stereotypical norms of sitting which are usually harmful to our spine and back. The new version of the chair looks like a tree with roots and a treetop. All these elements support the upper body and leave more space for moving. The first designed Globe Garden chair was more suitable for the public places. New versions are more adapted to the everyday situations at home or work.  If you want to order one just for you, check this website. ...
Creativity

Amazing modular bookshelf transforms to fit nearly any purpose.

A bookshelf that can be reconfigured? Take my money! If you find yourself often moving around your furniture only to get stumped by that one shelf in the corner, this fold-up bookshelf by Laurindo Marta for WeWood might interest you. The shelf, called, X2 Bookshelf, is crafted out of 100% solid oak and features a modular design that allows its user to customize its shape and size any way they want thanks to 48 wooden slats that work together. Check out the shelf in action below and click here to learn more. ...
Design

New series of furniture by Martyn Thompson inspired by the Ionian Sea

This year's London Design Week yielded loads of fabulous exhibits. However, the exhibit by the Martyn Thompson Studio probably stood out the most! The studio unveiled a new collection of abstract textiles via a pop-up shop during the event. The patterns are reminiscent of previous works by Thompson. The oceanic patterns used in the fabrics were inspired by Thompson’s photographs of the Ionian Sea. The patterns are woven in 100% cotton on a jacquard loom. Thompson says he incorporates fantastic imagery into his everyday work. Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. ...
Furniture

Origami becomes lighting in these birds made from folded paper

Made of folded paper and brass, the Perch Light is a sculptural light form made by London-based architect and designer Umut Yamac. Lit from within, the perching bird is perfectly balanced on the post, and just the slightest breeze has it rocking back and forth on its post. The series began in 2014 as a floor lamp in an edition of 20, and the concept has since been expanded to a family of six sculptural lamps that hang in a chandelier style. This new series for Moooi was launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan. ...
Furniture

Furniture designer is influenced by Japan and Scandinavia

In a three-legged rocking chair design called Nobu, Danish furniture designer Rasmus Warberg uses a curved foot to create stability. The bent steel frame is mirrored with the chair seat’s circular curves and rounded backrest. Made from steel tube, ash wood, and leather, the design shows simplicity, precision, and airiness. Having studied design in both Japan and Scandinavia, his Copenhagen-based studio strives to create furniture that is unique in its visual aesthetic while pulling from the craftsman and design traditions of the two countries. ...
Creativity

Hammock hydration

A bath? A hot tub? A spa? You can have whatever you like. Thanks to Oregonian Benjamin Frederick, anyone can take a soak or stretch, inside your own home or in the great outdoors. Super portable, the Hydro Hammock is made from “waterproof high-tensile strength marine quality canvas”. All hammocks are made in the U.S. and range from $360.00 to $1500.00 USD. The original Hyrdo Hammock features one layer of material and comes in a variety of colors. On the flip side, the deluxe Hydro Hammock has two layers for added insulation in cold conditions or to make a “swinging water bed”. Want to learn more? Click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kxwA1SzCw ...
Design

Stop-motion film tells of a furniture-maker’s ancient processes

Furniture maker Jim Tolpin was turned into an animated character in the stop-motion short film by Andrea Love. Tolpin, who is the author of the book By Hand & Eye and a faculty member at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, explains design principles that predate industrialized concepts and were used by 17th and 18th century craftsmen. The charming video explains the premise of Tolpin’s concepts that measurements such as inches, feet, or meters are not necessary to create good designs. Instead, the focus should be on proportions: “The notion of well-proportioned is ingrained in the human eye and is rooted in the different elements of the piece of furniture having whole number proportions (like 1:3 or 3:5),” he says. ...
Design

From 2D to 3D: wall-hanging becomes furniture

Easily transforming from 2D to 3D these furniture pieces can go from being wall art to a sitting stool. The work is part of Jongha Choi’s 2015 Master’s thesis in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The designer’s interest in the transformation between two dimensions and three dimensions is conceptually rooted in a childhood problem with his eyesight and his difficulty judging distances. As these flat-stored pieces transform into a functional stool, it seems to be a trick of the eye. Watching the transformation in the video below, you cane see why this smartly designed solution is a practical product for small spaces. ...
Furniture

Interior installations for intensive pattern immersion

Various Projects has collaborated with Print All Over Me and Wallpaper Projects for a series of interior living space installations that they describe as “furniture for easy living”. The series called Block Party includes foam sectional furniture pieces that are covered with patterned fabric that relate to the pattern-covered walls and floor. This immersive experience is not limited to the Block Party series. A grid-based installation at Design Miami placed wire-frame furniture within a room covered with graph-paper pattern. Various Projects has called these mind-altering installations a “performative approach to our everyday interactions with the living world around us.” ...
Design

The ping-pong table meets high design

Designer and furniture maker Sean Woolsey takes ping pong seriously. He reluctantly began playing at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped. “Making a pong table has been a dream of mine ever since I started making furniture,” he says. The design process began in mid-2015 where he brainstormed with his team about the ideal ping pong table. With the idea of something “simple and sleek”, the goal was to create a furniture showpiece that is a beautiful object while still meeting the specs of the International Table Tennis Federation. The result is a seriously fun play-space. And for the times when you’d rather dine than play, the center net is easily detached, leaving an open dining table. ...
Design

7 sculptural chairs by Peter Shire

Los Angeles-based sculptor and furniture maker Peter Shire was one of the original members of the Milan-based Memphis Group which is known for its postmodernist designs of bold colors and shapes. Shire’s sculptural furniture pieces show a playfulness with shape and structure. While Shire’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in many museum collections, the below chair designs have the whimsy of an imaginary world, as though they would be part of the set design of a child’s dream sequence. In an interview with Juztapoz Magazine, Shire explained why he likes messing with the line between art and function: “Fun. We’re Californians, we’re baby boomers, we’re in for fun, absurdity, exhilaration, and intoxication…” ...
Design

Furniture design firm uses 737 engine for elegant, shiny chair

What do you do with a scrapped commercial airliner? Repurpose its parts and use them to make shiny, elegant furniture. Fallen Furniture designed this brilliant chrome-y chair called the “737 Cowling Chair”, using a real Boeing 737 engine cowling. Sitting on top of a spun aluminum base, the chair is oriented as it would be on an airplane and measures nearly 6.5’ square. This isn’t he first time that the furniture company has used an airplane part because they specialize in “making functional objects from “reclaimed, authentic aircraft parts, from both military and civilian aircraft”. How's that for originality? Check out the cowling chair below, and find more work on their website and on Facebook. ...
Furniture

Adjustable chair uses a simple and elegant mechanism

The Hybrid Chair is a new product released by Studio Lorier, offering a multi-function solution with a height adjustable. The three-legged frame supports the chair form that is covered in woolen upholstery. The nature of the sliding mechanism on the chair’s angled spine means that as the height is adjusted, the chair’s tilt is also affected. In this short video on the company’s Instagram, we see the adjustment strap in use. Rather than seeing height adjustment as an end unto itself, the designers see how height can be a function of the chair’s task. The product description says that the chair can act as a desk chair, dinner chair, or lounge chair. ...
Furniture

Furniture from a single piece of wood

Robert Van Embricqs is the designer behind a new type of furniture where a table, chair, or bowl, unfolds from a single piece of wood. The furniture is made of woven bamboo beams. Robert’s design won a Reddot Design Award and has received a lot of attention. Check out the video and photos below to see how the furniture rises out a single piece of bamboo. ...
Creativity

French rocking chair that will knit for you

An old lady knitting on her rocking chair at the porch is a very common imagery. Now, thanks to Damien Ludi, Colin Peillex, and their knitting machine/rocking chair design, any man, woman, and/or child could knit a beanie with minimum effort and no knitting skills required. The beanie pretty much knits itself, because, let’s face it, you just can’t sit in one of those chairs and not start moving back and forth, turning any chilling out time into “productive moments of relaxation”. This smart design was created in the Low-tech Factory of ECAL University (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). See more of their student’s designs on their YouTube or Google+. ...
Design

Hang out in any weather with this lounge bag

Lamzac Hangout is an inflatable lounge chair that you can fill with air with a single flick of the wrist. Relax and enjoy the afternoon in the garden, a day at the beach, a trip to the desert, the snowy mountain, or two more seats in your living room when you have friends over. Any place, any weather. Once you're done chilling you can roll it up, and it weighs only two pounds. Check their website and Facebook to learn more about this, and maybe even get one in your favorite color. ...
Furniture

Innovations in relaxation

If a hammock and a rocking chair had a love affair, the offspring would be this new piece of furniture by students at the Pune, India-based MIT Institute of Design. This hammock-rocking-chair hybrid was made in just two weeks during a class. Students Harshita Murudkar, Shivani Gulati, and Mehak Philip worked collaboratively to conceptualize and build the piece. After welding the round metal frame, the trio then used three different weaving styles to make both the structure to sit upon and add decorative design elements. Combining the rocking motion of a rocking chair with the cradled sway of a hammock, this furniture mash-up is an interesting design solution. ...
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