Corridor bicycle is a clever concept by Dutch design student David Roman Lieshout. He created a bike that is compact, easy to carry and store. “As cities are growing in popularity, housing is becoming increasingly compact and journeys more local,” – designer says. Corridor bike has a special semi-foldable frame, which allows you to press it flat against the wall and salvage those precious square inches. The project is in its developments stage at the moment, but you can subscribe for updates on designer’s website.
LEVIT8 is a noteworthy (and already fully funded) Kickstarter campaign that was launched by three Singapore-based designers. We all know about the benefits of standing up while working at the computer, and LEVIT8 offers you just that. Just unfold it atop of your actual desk (or any other working surface) and change your posture at will. Made from lightweight durable material, it is as big as a magazine, so you can easily travel and commute with it. Instant want.
This clever IKEA hack took less than $500 and 6 hours to accomplish. Lowly IKEA kitchen cabinets were transformed into a full platform bed with quite ample storage underneath. Wonderful use of resources.
This is just delightful. Created by a team of designers in Italy, PlayWood is a simple connector that allows you to create your own modular furniture from any kind of wood your want (or have on hand). The principle is simple: download the designs, purchase the PlayWood connectors, cut your wood into pieces (according to your chosen design), and build your very own piece. You can choose any kind of material with a variable thickness from 1,5 cm to 2,0 cm. A great way to DIY.
This knife holder by AMOD-DOMA Studio is a thing of discreet beauty. Made from magnetic vinyl, it adds style, saves space, and showcases your prized cutlery. Easy to apply too. Love the idea!
Designers Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa have teamed up with Japanese retailer Muji to create a set of ultra-simple cabins for Tokyo Design Week. All three houses cover the basics, such as kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and lounging area, and follow Muji’s Spartan approach to removing distractions and freeing space from the unnecessary objects. After all, a vacation cabin is there to unite us with nature, not things. See more photos after the break.
The Lux bedside table by British designer Jake Barker is a thing of beauty and dual function. The detachable light fixture can be used as a reading lamp, ambient lighting, or a low brightness nightlight. A simple touch of the metal plate in the lamp’s base changes the intensity. Perfect little table, especially if your bedroom is small.
Berlin based studio Ambivalenz created Fläpps leaning shelf, which to me is an example of simplicity and function combined. The shelf is easy to put together, it folds flat against the wall when not in use, and it can withstand quite a lot of things in its business mode. A design any shoebox dweller can definitely appreciate! Thanks to its clean lines, Fläpps can blend with any interior and benefit any room that need extra storage. The piece is made from birch plywood with metal hardware.
This small apartment, designed by Spanish architect studio PKMN architectures, is all about space and movement. Here the occupants can create their own ideal interior, as open or private as they like, just by moving the walls and partitions. Clever mechanics and unified color scheme make these transitions look and feel seamless, as if the space takes different shapes on its own, morphing along with the movement of the people in it. Watch the video after the break to see the process in action.