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.
Good News is a small table created Norwegian designer Karl Marius Sveen for the furniture brand Mokasser. This simple and elegant piece holds your magazines and newspapers without cluttering the surface. The table is made of oak wood veneer and comes in three finishes: white, black and natural. A nice idea for a coffee or side table, especially when the space is tight.
This modular storage system from German design duo StudioMok rethinks the traditional stationary shelving idea. The boxes are held together with strong magnets, allowing you to create multiple configurations in a snap. The collection is comprised of simple rectangular components that can be put together to fit your needs or space requirements. The same magnets that hold the shelves in place can be applied to secure various accessories – bookends, lighting fixtures etc. Easily rearranged, the shelving system adapts beautifully to life changes and can be taken apart for moving and storage.
I’m in Europe right now, and I came across this interesting piece of furniture – mobile bed. A clever hybrid between a murphy bed and a loft bed, this piece can maximize space and create multifunctional areas (a concept particularly useful for shoebox dwellers). The bed is simply lifted to the ceiling when not in use, allowing you to enjoy the extra room. And, unlike murphy or loft beds, the mobile bed doesn’t require you to climb any stairs or adjust messy bedding. Simply lower it down when you’re ready to turn in for the night. Quite brilliant. Available for purchase here.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Donald M. Rattner.
In 1964 Andy Warhol made a huge splash in the art world with his Brillo sculptures. Blurring the boundaries between art and industrial production, Warhol asked whether these two previously distinct categories could remain separate in an age of mechanical reproduction and mass media.
Recently, the Andy Warhol Foundation teamed with the multi-disciplinary interior and product design firm Quinze & Milan to ask the question again today – only now it’s a piece of furniture that bears the famous logo. Made of plush and easy-to-clean QM foam, and measuring 15 3/4 inches in all directions, the Brillo pouf works as a seat, an ottoman, a pedestal or your own piece of post-Pop sculpture. Purchase here.
Leviathan Table has been created by German designer Michael Bernard. Minimalist and aesthetically pleasing, the piece features removable lightweight legs, made from wire-tubing. The table is easy to put together for a dinner party and take apart for storage. Clever.
Sgabo is a collapsible piece created by Italian designer Alessandro Di Prisco. This stool is both attractive and functional, and it’s ability to fold flat makes it a solid contender for a small urban apartment. It can provide an extra seating or serve as an impromptu side table. The folding is done with a single fluid motion. The seat features ergonomic holes for your fingers (nice!). Sgabo is available in four colors – white, yellow, light green, and light blue.
This upcoming furniture collection holds a lot of promise for an urban dweller. Envisioned by studio New York Functional Furniture (NYFU), the line consists of transformable, compact pieces, ideal for cramped city living. Each item is designed with the dual (sometimes triple and quadruple) purpose. I especially love the storage infused desk and imaginative transformable seating. Watch the video after the break to see these pieces in action.
If you have a tendency to pile up books near your bed or couch (I do) – you will love this bookcase. Designed by studio Reverso for furniture brand Cattelan Italia, the piece takes this piling habit and turns it into a visually pleasing object. DNA Bookcase lets you arrange your books into a double spiral, imitating a DNA cell diagram. Filled with books, the shelving itself becomes invisible, making the whole arrangement look like a book sculpture. Lovely idea, wishlisted.
Multifunctional Desk is a concept project, developed by Polish designer Agata Nowak. A comfortable workspace by day, the piece unfolds into a dining table big enough to accommodate six persons. “The multifunctional desk is designed to help solving the problem of living and working in small spaces, – designer says. – Users can easily adapt the desk to their needs, and transform it during the day.” In its folded state the piece is very compact, and by simply unfolding one side – you can easily create another workspace or extend the existing one. I also love the secluded feel the desk has with both sides lifted. A useful feature for working in a room, where other activities take place.