Now this is just delightful – a coffee table that transforms into a dining one with two swift movements. MK1 by British studio Duffy London is more than meets the eye. It is multi-functional and perfect for small spaces, as it miraculously converts from one mode to another, adapting to changing social settings. The piece is made from solid oak, ash or walnut and high grade birch plywood from sustainable sources. It can be produced in a number of finishes. Watch the video after the break to see how easy it is to operate.
This serving and carving set by Norm Architects is a real lifesaver when you need to through an elegant soirée. Comprised of four stackable components, it allows you to cover several entertaining scenarios. Use the bamboo cutting board with its discreet center opening to allow liquids and juices to drip down into the tray and not onto the table. Place the cooling pad in the black melamine tray, then place the white porcelain dish on top to attractively keep foods chilled while serving. Or use the tray and dish separately for handling larger culinary presentations. When not in service all four pieces are compactly stacked within the serving tray for maximum space saving. Very clever. A great gift idea too. Available for purchase here.
Israeli animator Joseph Tayyar created this stunning mobile home by transforming a solar powered truck into a dwelling. Inspired by a television program about homes on wheels, Tayyar decided to build one of his own and used his knowledge of design and carpentry to do so. The result is rather remarkable. This comfortable and beautiful pad lacks none of the modern conveniences. It includes sleeping quarters, kitchen, dining area, sitting room, toiled, shower, home office. The walls are seven inches thick and offer ample insulation. Wooden surfaces throughout the kitchen and the bedrooms give the place a warm and finished look. For more information on this project you can check out Joseph Tayyar on Facebook.
Photographs by Ilan Nachum
If you are on a market for a new bulletin board (and if you are like me, you constantly are) – check out this piece by Portland based studio iLoveHandles. Smorgas is an organizational tool that is as useful as it is aesthetically pleasing. All magnets are hidden inside the wooden surface to create a really smooth streamlined finish. The kit includes several different attachments – pegs for your pictures and notes, hook for your keys, box for your pens, and shelf for your phone and wallet. You can buy them separately and use on your fridge, front door or any other metal surface.
This gem of a piece graces the Berlin live-work apartment of Mira Schröder, exhibition designer for experimental design group BLESS. A spacious desk by day, it rotates into an instant bed! What a great idea for a studio apartment. The desk can be used as a cure for office fatigue. The attachment on the side provides storage and allows to quickly put the work-related stuff away before the transformation can take place. Contact designers directly for pricing and availability.
This innovative piece, called Mirror 2.0, has been created by designer Robert Grynkofki. The smart piece uses voice command, face and gesture recognition technology. Two LCD displays are placed behind a one-way mirror with a camera for face recognition, sensors for motion control and a microphone for voice control. It informs you of the weather, news, it can display your e-books and play your music. Getting ready in the morning sounds much more entertaining with this clever thing. The project is Reece 2013 Bathroom Innovation Award entry.
(via yanko design)
London based designer James Tattersall creates simple and elegant designs, one of which I’ve featured in this blog. His other creation, Hook Shelf, is a clever way to add storage to the entryway without adding the clutter. The piece is a combination of a bookshelf, clothing hooks and a drawer. The elements coexist harmoniously in this beautifully crafted object. The shelf is only 27” wide, which makes it a great contender for a small apartment.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
STACT is a modular design that stores wine in both a useful and attractive way. The product consists of individual panels with cut-outs for inserting an aluminum mount that cradles the bottles with minimal material support. Panels are mounted directly on walls, and by being butted together can be extended to any desired length and height. The play of panels, supports and bottles make a striking decorative effect, transforming the need for storage into a visual enhancement.
Panels measure 11 1/2 x 15, and come in a variety of colors and finishes, including Electric Orange, Piano Black, Pure White, Walnut and Zebrano. A single panel holds nine standard sized or champagne bottles, while a pair of adjacent panels can hold up to twelve. All hardware needed for installation comes in the package. STACT originated as a Kickstarter project, and was designed by award-winning San Francisco creative Eric Pfeiffer. Purchase here.