February 10, 2015


This idea reminds me of Lumio, the book light I featured some time ago. Here too, we have a book shape, transformed into an interior object. Bookniture can be used as a coffee table, nightstand, stool, footrest, and more. Folded, it fits neatly on a bookshelf, taking virtually no space at all. A great concept! And a thoughtful gift too. Currently kickstarting.


April 18, 2012


As an unfortunate possessor of two left hands, I’ve always admired DIY projects from a distance. But this fun eco-friendly idea by Adrian Candela looks so simple, even I find it unthreatening. Maybe because the material for the project comes from used boxes, a low key resource. Even if you mess things up, so what? You were going to discard the boxes anyway. No pressure.

Adrian explains: “The scenario is quite common: You move into a new apartment, which usually requires the familiar trip to IKEA (or some other similar furnishing store)… The final outcome: A fully furnished place and a large stack of decent quality corrugated fiberboard (most commonly referred to as cardboard).” Thanks to the downloadable instruction, this cardboard is folded into a nightstand. The result is simple and elegant. What a nice way to save money, space and, if the effort is successful enough to repeat, a few trees…


March 2, 2012


These cool minimalist objects were created by Belgian designer Mathieu Guyaux. Based on identical solid white oak parallelepiped, each element underwent a specific cut (hence, the name) to give it its own identity. These different cuts allow a large number of applications. You can turn each piece vertically, horizontally, or sideways and use it as a coffee table, side table, nightstand, umbrella stand, magazine rack, pedestal, you name it… Simple, beautiful, refreshing (love the lacquered color detail) and very useful in any space, big or small.


June 10, 2011

PIN-UP Magazine and Phillips de Pury & Company recently embarked on an interesting quest – to reinvent the nightstand. Eleven designers were asked to submit their creative take on this humble everyday object. Check the video below and this slideshow for a quick view of the works.