German designer Florian Gross, whose work I featured in some of my previous posts, came up with a cool new lighting fixture – Kobe. Inspired by the hyperbolic cylinder, the piece consists of twelve oak slats, two aluminum disks and a lamp socket. To assemble the lamp simply clip wooden slats into the indentations of the two aluminum disks and twist them into position. You can change the height of the light and silhouette of the lamp to your liking. And it’s just as easy to take apart for moving and storage. Beautiful.
Seating and storage are the things any home needs more of. So Sweden based designers Kyuhyung Cho and Hironori Tsukue obliged and created the Oneness collection, consisting of two chairs and a low table that can be flipped, stacked and turned into a shelving unit. Designers explain their vision: “The multifunctional purpose and extendable system can enrich a variety of spaces from office to home, through its simple, combinable and modern form inspired by the fusion of East Asian and Scandinavian design.” The assembly is easy and intuitive – the structure is fixed by connecting each element with a clip inserted into small holes on the corners of the chair or table. This way you can build your storage as high and wide as you like by adding more chairs and tables. When the chair is turned upside down to make a shelf, it reveals a hidden space on the bottom of the back for books and other small objects. Oneness is made from Finnish natural birch plywood.
The D*Table, by The D*Haus Company, is a concept I’m really hoping to see produced. Composed of four components, the piece can be arranged into eight different shapes, allowing you to customize it according to your needs and space requirements. The parts are connected to each other via removable hinges, so you can take the table apart just as well. There are various storage compartments you can find in each segment – drawers, shelves, slots for books and magazines, even a hole for a plant. Nothing seems to be overlooked here. D*House had taken the idea for the table from the works of mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney, who discovered that we can turn a perfect square into an equilateral triangle (and many other shapes in between), by segmenting it into four pieces. Designers are now trying to apply this same principle to architecture. Check out their Kickstarter campaign to read more about the project and to reserve a table of your own.
Given my soft spot for bike storage and multifunctional design, I was delighted to encounter BH #2 – a beautiful bike stand by French designer Thibaut Malet. Minimalist and lightweight, the piece is a thing of visual beauty. It requires no screws and wall mounting efforts. You simply lean BH #2 against any sturdy vertical surface – and the installation is complete. Based on a ladder principle the bike stand is foldable to ensure easy moving and storage. The piece features additional shelves for your riding gear, entryway items or any small objects. The absence of metal hardware (the bike stand is made entirely of wood) adds to the clean simplicity of the design.
If your space is too tiny for a coffee table (happens a lot in NY) – here is a convenient and space-saving alternative: Couch Arm Wrap by Blisscraft&Brazen. The piece is made of solid wood and elegantly fits any standard sofa armrest. A perfect spot for a beverage, book or a tablet. And if your sofa is not a standard size – the arm wrap can be custom made to fit your particular dimensions. Beautiful idea well executed.
This Mondrian inspired vase by Danish designer Frank Kerdil is a real gem for artsy people living in small quarters. Aside from being high on visual impact, the piece breaks down into three individual parts. These containers can be conveniently grouped in different ways to suit your setting or tastes, or to accommodate differently sized flower arrangements. You can also use them separately. Brilliant! The vase is made of acrylic, which makes it a lightweight durable accessory. Available for purchase here.
The Kitchen Farming collection by Swedish brand Cult Design has been recently unveiled at the International Housewares Show in Chicago. The line of terracotta and ceramic pots was created specifically for growing eatable produce indoors. The pot designs include self-watering Evergreen herb pot and Grow Green – a box to grow shoots and sprouts in (perfect for healthy salads). The pieces vary in size, so you can build your kitchen counter garden as small or big as you like or as your space allows.