Flaye dining table by Austrian furniture manufacturer Team7 takes space-saving to a new technological level. Not only the piece extends by 100 cm, it does it painlessly in less than 5 seconds. Thanks to non-stop synchronised pull-out technology, the table transforms in one fluid motion from one state to the next and back. Flaye has landed the Innovation Award 2013, which surprises me not one bit. Check out the video to see how it works.
We’re all familiar with the idea of a pegboard for our kitchen and garage storage. Korean designer Saehee Her has built on that concept and created a fun and highly customizable TV entertainment stand. The system is made of wood, plywood and aluminum and allows creating various configurations. Thanks to the peg principle, you can build customizable shelving. Perforated storage units hide additional equipment and cables. The piece is easy on the eyes too. What a cool and playful way to organize our media storage…
There are no two things in higher demand in the house than seats and hangers. Imagine combining these highly useful items in one. Hanger Chair by Philippe Malouin is a cool and unexpected hybrid – half furniture and half closet accessory. The idea came when designer realized that “when space is an issue an object such as a folding chair will clutter up the precious available space.” So he figured out how to make a folding chair serve us even when not in use – put it to work in your closet. Why couldn’t I think of that…
If you are a reader of this blog, you know how I feel about untidy cordage piles. But with the number of gizmos we use daily comes the unavoidable multitude of cables and wires. We can leave them where they are, of course, and treat them as an OCD defying exercise; or we can implement MOS by Andrew Adams and Greg Petersen. The idea is simple enough – set the end of your cable on the MOS when it’s not in use and the MOS will magnetically hold it in place until you’re ready to put it to use again. Not all cables are created equally, however, and some do not respond to the magnetic field surrounding the MOS. For these cases, each MOS includes 3 magnetic cable ties that can be wrapped around these more troublesome cables adding the ability to be held to the MOS. Sweet!
Hamburg based studio Mirco Kirsch is the author of this clever item – Belt + Sound folding lamp. The piece is meant to be assembled from a single sheet of perforated metal. When the process is complete – you get an unusual looking lighting objects with the 180 degree range. And a titillating sense of pride for your successful DIY endeavor. See the steps illustrated after the break.
Leaning is a flexible and compact storage solution designed by Diane Steverlynck for Objekten. Mounted to the wall, it provides an easy access pocket for many types of items. You can install the piece in an entry area, kitchen, home office, even add it to your closet shelving arsenal. Soft felt sides add a nice visual touch. Leaning is made in Belgium from sustainable plywood. It is available in two sizes and 12 felt fabric colors.
This beautifully minimal shelf, called The Small “b”, has been created by Hamburg based designer Holon ID. The solid oak wooden frame is combined with the stainless steel mounting brackets. These brackets becomes invisible once the shelf is filled with books. As the result the books and the frame seem to be floating in the air. What a cool idea! There are 12 modular sizes available, so whatever your reading preferences are – artbooks, enciclopedias or paperbacks – The Small “b” will fit them all.
Ready Made Curtain by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat is a big relief for those of us who enjoy the look of quality window drapery and hate to fuss installing it. The system is reduced to the simplest idea – a hanging cord (instead of a traditional curtain pole), winding mechanism that allows this cord to fit any window, hanging pegs and several choices of fabric. The result – an elegant window treatment that is extremely easy to DIY. “We wanted to escape a hi-tech situation but we didn’t want to make something rustic or heavy either, – designers say. – The ambition was to create a new system that allows anyone to install a quality curtain in record time. Little skill and few tools are needed, margin for error has been considered and perfection isn’t an absolute requirement. In fact, the charm of the imperfect in opposition to the overly sanitised interior, is something we believe in.”
If you haven’t seen the famed Life Edited apartment yet – you’ll enjoy the tour. This 420 square feet concept pad in the middle of New York is a prototype for mass built small dwellings, where one room performs like six. And by performing I mean all the things most of us only dream about – dinner parties for 12, accommodations for 2 overnight guests, a home office, a home theater with digital projector and storage. Lots and lots of storage… I also love the overall clean minimalist style of the place. Check out the Life Edited website to see the apartment in more details, read the story and get more space-saving ideas.