The Poster lamp from the Japanese studio YOY is an example of minimalism at its finest. The lamp is comprised of a small LED and a single sheet of paper, curved in a shape of a lampshade. The LED peeks through the curve and illuminates the wall around it. You can easily mount the Poster lamp with pins or tape, like you would a piece of paper. You can even decorate it with various printed designs. But I like it most in pure white. Just a simple, beautiful object, seamlessly melting into its function.
Manolo is a multi-functional storage frame, created by Italian designer Ilario Branca. It features a simple grid of 64 knobs, that hold various accessories. You can turn this piece into a shelf, bookcase, coat hanger, bedside table and more. Manolo comes in two orientations, square and rectangular, and in four colors, green, yellow, brown, and white. The product includes two shelves and a hanger. Additional accessories are also available. Check out the video after the break to see more uses of this clever storage. Available for purchase here.
French design studio Fabbricabois is the creator of this inventive coffee table that doubles as a pet bed. Comprised of seven pieces of wood, the table is held together via rubber bands, without any glue or fasteners. It ships flat, assembles in minutes and provides a cosy sleeping space for a cat or small dog. What a fun idea! The pet area is lined with the soft washable cushion, and two angled spaces on the side could be used as additional storage.
Here is another tiny house story that made me feel warm and fuzzy. Jenna and Guillaume managed to escape the rat race by building a tiny cabin on wheels, in which they travel and reflect on their adventures creatively, Guillaume as a photographer, and Jenna as a writer. Here’s how she describes the beginning of their tiny house story: “Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers that allowed us to maintain that lifestyle. I was beginning to believe I’d never be able to pursue my passion for writing and Guillaume felt the same way about his photography. Then we came across tiny houses. These artistically designed tiny dwellings inspired us to upend our lives and pursue our dreams. We came up with a game plan: 1) Build a tiny home, 2) Travel around North America for one year, and 3) Create a travel journalism portfolio about alternative lifestyles. He’d photograph. I’d write.” You can see and read more about Jenna and Guillaume’s travels on their blog, which I find truly fascinating. Check out more photos after the break.
This sculptural and visually appealing shelf, called Små Ting, was designed specifically for the little items that seem to always clutter our spaces, especially in tiny dwellings. Designer Johanna Paulsson describes her idea this way: “Our need for storage is personal and constantly changing. Today we often live in small spaces, have many things AND live a hectic life. My desire is to ease the temporary storage of small things that occurs in everyday life.” I love the versatility of the shelf, it can find its place in any area of your apartment. It can also be fitted with a mirror or hooks, but I quite like the look of it without any additions. Just a piece of wood, rolled to hold things. Simple, functional, and aesthetically beautiful.
This clever adjustable table, named Wooden Cloth, has been created by Swedish designer Nathalie Dackelid. The piece grows and shrinks easily to accommodate different uses and situations. Thanks to its corrugated underside, the leaves of the table can retract to the exact length you need, perfect for accommodating a few extra friends for dinner, or freeing up a little extra space to dance. Check out the video after the break to see this piece in action.
Renters, this is your lucky day. Remember the pain of never having a pendant lamp above the correct area and inability to fiddle with the electrics? This product puts an end to that pain. The Little Bishop ceiling hook, designed by Melbourne based studio Hunter & Richards allows you to hand any cord based pendant in any spot in your home instantly and without special tools. Genius. The product is currently Kickstarting.
Bike Dock is an aesthetically pleasing bike storage solution, designed by the Berlin-based design studio .flxble. It is handcrafted from birch wood and constructed in such a way, that allows you to fold the rack away, when not in use. “The design of our bike rack is simple, minimalistic and elegant, – designers say. – In the Bike Dock, we combine modern and traditional techniques in a novel way and use in the manufacture an innovative bending process by which we make the birch wood flexible.” The two belts, that give the piece its stability, come in white, black, grey, brown, and read. Available for purchase here.
A beautiful flat packed planter, made in NYC from reclaimed sails? Yes to that idea! Designers Miriam Josi and Stella Lee Prowse, together Garden Apartment studio, created Nomad, an eco-friendly planter with us, urban gardeners, in mind. The piece is adaptable to a variety of environments. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, or be transported to the window for more sunlight. You can even choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden. The open ended design leaves the placement up to the user. Available for purchase here.