May 31, 2011

Here is another eye candy for the avid readers and sitters – the Bookshelf chair by Beijing-based designer Wenshuai Liu. This minimalistic piece includes a bookshelf right below its seat, which resembles the good old school chair only far more elegant. It is nice to see that in the era of electronic readers, books are still going strong and giving inspiration to designers. Maybe even more than they did before…

May 30, 2011

Half lamp, half bookshelf, all brilliant… Called Readme, the piece belongs to German designer Peter Böckel. The shape of this unusual object resembles a lampshade with some characteristics of a small chest. The elegant hybrid includes two storage levels, one inside the ‘shade’ and another one – on top. The business part of Readme is made of steel and supported by four maple legs; the light is coming through the translucent top surface. The piece will be presented at DMY Berlin this week.

Since elementary school we know that gravity is a natural force that makes objects fall on people’s heads. US-based designer Alejandro Gomez Stubbs of Malagana studio employed gravity for doing exactly the opposite. The Equilibrium bookcase he designed is a combination of tilted shelving components that keeps things in place without the use of bookends. The modules are connected via hidden steel joints and look as if they are floating in the air. This weightless feeling is a disguise for a sturdy construction, that can withstand over 160lb. The piece can be assembled in minutes without the need of any tools or hardware, and, when disassembled, all pieces fit into each other for easy storage. The Equilibrium bookcase was shown at the American Design Club’s Use Me exhibition during the New York Design Week.

May 27, 2011

The 3:1 table is a cool creation by Chicago based studio TJOKEEFE. Their signature is in playing with geometry and distilling an object down to its essential parts. Powerful form and efficiency is what TJ O’Keefe, the founder of the studio, strives to achieve. This table, for example, is a clever geometric set of nesting tables, each of which can function independently. Even if scattered around the room, the pieces ‘interact’ with each other, creating a visual tension. The 3:1 table is made of matte powder-coated aluminum.

Yes, it’s that time of year again when urban people start fantasizing about great outdoors and indulge in monologues about nature being an escape from pressures of city lifestyle. It might be true in theory. Reality tells us that the only way we can survive in nature is by bringing comforts of our urban lifestyle with us. The nice people from SwissRoomBox knew this. They packed all our spoils in a clever compact box that can fit in any hatchback. The set allows to build cooking, dining, bathroom areas, as well as a double bed and even a lounging suite. Impressive! And the best part is – all components are slot-in and require zero tools for assembly. Swiss efficiency is no myth…

(Thank you Inga)

May 26, 2011

This colorful collection from DesignByThem is understated and fun. All three pieces – stool, bar stool and bench – fold flat for easy storage. And the assembly of the Butter Stool is literally a matter of seconds. The product is made from 100% post consumer recycled content, derived almost entirely from recycled milk containers. So it is eco-friendly as well as good looking. All Butter pieces are stackable, suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and come in 8 different colors. Can’t beat that!

May 25, 2011

This unusual pot is a collaborative effort of designer Godefroy de Virieu and landscapers Virgile Desurmont and Louis de Fleurieu, who found an alternative solution to bulky planters. A flexible pot, called Sac by Sac, is weightless, durable and can be used both inside the apartment, on a balcony or in a garden (if you are lucky to have one). The innovative material – a double layered geotextile with an Anti-uv and Antifrost treatment – has the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect, or drain; perfect for the plants and 100% recyclable. Fun and nature-friendly in all senses of the word, Sac by Sac is available for purchase at Matteria.

May 24, 2011

Mathew Otto of the NMU School of Art & Design created this clever chaise lounge in the effort to achieve sustainability through adaptability. The piece, called Construct, is indeed adaptable and can be transformed from daybed to pillowed sofa. By mixing the elements, we are invited to ‘construct’ a lounge piece to our liking. ‘The lounge stays new, never blending into the world around it and allowing the users to continually reuse it, rather than replace it,’ – says the designer. Smart.

The subtle humor of this piece made me smile. The Habitco‘s Day Maker bedside phone charger/alarm hub is made to resemble a common kitchen toaster. When it is time to wake up – the phone pops up like a slice of toast, and if you want to snooze – just push it back into its tray (you can do it even with your eyes closed). As a fully customizable alarm clock, Day Maker lets you choose the song on your iPhone (or iPod) you wish to wake up to. It is true that nothing says morning like a piece of toast popping in a toaster. Add your favorite Apple product to it – and it might just make your whole day…

May 23, 2011

Triplette Chair by French designer Paul Menand takes the whole new approach to the stackable chair concept. Instead of nesting on top of each other, the chairs seamlessly interlock, creating functional sitting. This 3-in-1 design allows for more flexibility without costing you in space. Makes a lot of sense for those who has count square footage.