Check this out, ladies and gents: IKEA concept kitchen 2025. According to company’s head of design Marcus Engman, it’s going to be all about the table. For EXPO Milano 2015, IKEA previewed a concept table called the Table For Living, which tells you what you can make with various ingredients and heats your food, no stove required. Very futuristic gadgetry, and no more excuses for not cooking at home. I like that.
Dynks is a modular shelving system by Polish brand Tabanda. The beauty of this product is in its multifunctionality and ease of assembly. You can build an attractive bookcase, no matter how big or small, in minutes with these blocks. I also love that you can vary the shelf width, which is great for a large variety of books and media. Available for purchase here.
The Nesting Shelf by Nendo is one of those “why haven’t I thought of it” objects. Simple and adaptable, it can benefit any small space. The construction of the piece is based on an ultra-thin horizontal section (just 4.8 mm) that slides inside the outer shelving. When expanded to its fullest the shelf doubles in size. Neat.
Jerusalem based young designer Michal Blutrich created Pile, a stackable furniture kit for tiny apartments. It consists of a table, a lamp, and a series of cushions, all you need, really, to accommodate a group of unexpected guests. Designer explains: “Stacking means to reorder elements from horizontal to a vertical and compact composition – creating a sculptural object. This ordinary but effective technique led to the essence of the work: A transforming furniture, with the gesture of opening up to reveal a space to meet.” Check out the video to see the product in action.
Growing up in Soviet Russia, I remember an odd piece of furniture that most of us bought to accommodate an occasional overnight guest. It was an uncomfortable pull-up chair that could be transformed into an equally uncomfortable (and mercilessly narrow) bed. This is why I am so excited about this witty evolution of the old idea by Moscow based designer Elena Sidorova. She aims at the same function, but approaches it with infinitely more pizazz and ergonomic kindness. The Flop chair looks comfortable and spacious, and it can be easily turned into a functional tween bed. And as a bonus feature, all the guest bed paraphernalia (pillows, comforters, and sheets) can be stored right here, inside the chair.
Simply called Library, this happy modular shelving system by Penghao Shan has a lot to offer to a limited space. The design is based on a simple principle: a leaning construction gets more stable as you put more wight on it. A wooden frame is the base of the shelving unit. You can use your freedom of expression to attach containers, a desk component, or shelves. Infinitely adjustable, Library can also be quickly disassembled and stored flat.
St. Louis based design studio Artifox has unveiled two space-saving items that compliment each other beautifully – desk and bike rack. Designers call their creations ‘artifacts’, emphasizing the uniqueness of their design: “We believe that as our world changes – so should the spaces we live in. That’s why we’re dedicated to the evolution of modern artifacts – adapting them for your life.” Both pieces are offered in the choice of walnut or maple wood. The desk comes in two heights, sitting and standing. It also features two-level cord control (compartment for your outlets and fasteners for keeping the remaining visible cordage neat), built-in docking for your devices, writable surface, adjustable legs, and a hook for your bag or headphones. The minimalist rack is made to look equally good with or without a bike. Both pieces are available for purchase here.
I am not the sort of person who can pass by versatile storage design. Aitio storage boxes, by Finnish brand iittala, definitely caught my attention. Sturdy and beautiful, the pieces are made from powder coated steel and work equally well in any room. Aitio boxes come in a variety or shapes and colors. Available for purchase here.
Cologne based design studio Kaschkasch created this space-saving beauty, called Fju. When folded down it serves as a small workspace. Folded up Fju changes it‘s appearance and transforms into a slim storage shelf. Fantastic.
Kitchen that is the size of a luggage? Yes, please. Perfect for studio apartments, this creation from Ana Arana provides an island for cooking and eating anywhere in your home. All essential components of a traditional kitchen are stacked in one small and versatile piece. Here is how designer describes it: “As a response to this growing trend of compact changeable lifestyles Gali is a revision of the kitchen. It is an essential part in the house but sometimes it occupies a space that not everyone would use in the same way. Gali is the intention of letting each individual distribute their space as wanted, having everything necessary to cook when needed but allowing the living space to embrace new possibilities.”