It is incredibly pleasing that the American turf can produce its own Jacobsens, Wagners and Kjaerholms. Meet Ryan Diener, a Cincinnati based industrial designer, whose works are inspired by the masterpieces of Scandinavian school. His latest creation – DK Stool – contains all attributes typical for the Danish design tradition. The piece is beautifully crafted, minimalistically shaped and made out of local materials. But the best feature of the DK Stool is that the top of it bends to accomodate the person’s weight, while the legs turn outwards for a better support. No mechanisms, no additional parts; all done by the physics of the form. Clever, simple and elegant… Can your stacking stool do that?
The subtle humour of this piece made me look. Bed Blend, designed by the Netherlander Roy Letterle (aka lero), lives up to its name. A bed and two chars are morphed into one minimalistic piece. The chairs serve as bedside tables and in turn start formation of a headboard with their backs. Both the form and the function of Bed Blend are stripped to their absolute essentials. Even the ‘blending components,’ two chairs and a bed, are quintessentially basic. One simple, rustic idea in all its bareness.
This candy-colored beauty is a collaborative effort of designers Igor Solovyov and Dzmitry Samal. A chair and a chaise lounge in one – a chair longe. The transformation occurs as the ‘lounge’ part slides under the seat via two railing mechanisms located on its sides. The gap in the middle is not only an eye-pleasing accent, it accommodates the steel handle that locks the chair in its position. Fun and robust, this piece fits perfectly in today’s rapidly changing environment. It can be displayed and used in its full lounging glory or ‘tucked in’ for low key gatherings or simply to clear some space.
It is not enough for our furniture to work, we also want it to work hard and multitask. As does this piece from Brazilian studio Baita Design. Reindeer chair and coat hanger is a perfect solution for any entrance area, especially a cramped one. You can sit, relax, take off your shoes and hang up your things without even lifting your bum. The chair is made out of polyethilene, which allows for any color imaginable. It also comes in three sizes to fit any space.
Book storage and sitting space are the things we always need more of in any home, especially a shoeboxy one. Here is a design idea that gives us both. Trick by Sakura Adachi, designed for Campeggi, is a book case that turns into a table with two chairs. It is compact enough to easily assume the either function. Or the two functions can be combined to create a reading station – a true luxury in any space, big or small.
How many times have you lost things in your chairs and sofas? Phones, jewelry, books… you name it! This clever idea from Daisuke Motogi embraces our old habit (along with all those items we wish to loose and then find in our furniture). The model is called Lost In Sofa and is equipped with numerous built-in pockets for your things. Lost In Sofa allows you to store remotes, reading glasses, books and papers, even drinks! The only drawback of this concept is that when situated in a cushy seat and surrounded by all your spoils – you may never want to lift your bum…
What can be more ruinous for your budget and space than children’s furniture? If only it could grow as fast as the owner does, all would be well… Moan no more. The new Stack Me Up chair from designer Ho-Chieh Hsu does just that – it grows. As your child is getting bigger, the chair can be elevated via application of books under the seat. The beauty of the concept is in its versatility – the chair can sit a child, but does not look like children’s furniture. Thus Stack Me Up can survive in an adult home, becoming a conversation piece, a customizable sitting solution, and a nice book display.
Source: Yanko Design
This neat idea from Cerekapery innovation lab combines a table and a chair in one stylish item. With an easy movement you can make it either one. The sweetch18 switches (alliteration intended) to give you additional sitting or table space. And because both versions of the piece are equally cool and functional, there are no sacrifices. Just convenience and visual joy. No wonder this table/chair has won a designer award in Paris already.
Living in small spaces takes discipline. Discipline means fewer things. Fewer things need to be smarter things. Designers Leonardo Fortino and Andrea Bartolucci, founders of the Spigoli Vivi project, created something that fits the bill. Helios is a chair by day – simple, functional and understated. But by night it becomes a table with a built-in light. A hidden power-cord slot allows switching the light on and off. Thus, Helios can be employed as a night stand for a visiting guest, a side table, a night light with storage… And this is what minimalism is all about – limited form, limitless function.