Bikini Island by German designer Werner Aisslinger, created for Italian furniture brand Moroso, is a new approach to a living room couch. Instead of traditional mono-directional sofa, facing the common TV screen, this modular item can be arranged to accommodate different space uses.
Here is how designer describes his idea: “Life in the living room has changed quite a lot recently: families and their kids are ‘chilling’ with different activities: reading, downloading files, writing emails, gaming, chatting with friends, watching movies on a pad, relaxing, talking, thinking, meditating… The easy to arrange bikini-sofa landscape invites to find ones own composition due to space and activities.”
The piece is comprised of various soft volumes of three different heights. Additionally, small storage items, coffee tables, bookshelves, and other accessories can be integrated into the unit. The curtains allow to isolate certain segments and provide privacy – perfect for a single-room layout.
Just wishlisted this beautiful Harry stool from Stockholm based brand Massproductions. Inspired by traditional Japanese joinery techniques and Torii shrine gates, Harry is a stunner. Harmonious shapes and fine craftsmanship combine to make a charming piece suitable for many situations. You can use it as a side table, bed table, extra seating and more. Harry is available in two heights and five finishes.
Nesting tables are a good idea for small spaces for the obvious reasons – they are usually compact, allow multiple functions and additional storage, useful in any guest-entertaining happenstance… These particular tables, in addition to the appeals listed above, are gorgeous. Designed by Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon of Studio WM, the collection of nesting side tables, called Bombus, can lend an air of class to any room. Placed below each other they form a small cabinet. Designers gave each table a slightly different shape, corresponding harmoniously with the rest of the set. The tables are made from yellow poplar.
Cube 6 is a brilliant invention of designer Naho Matsuno. It allows us to solve the most common small space related problem – guest seating. This compact item, which in its folded state can serve as a stool or a side-table, unravels to reveal six stools. A perfect solution for a party situation! Made from birch plywood and maple, Cube 6 is minimal and sleek. And once you’ve mastered the puzzle, it should be effortless to put together. (more…)
I absolutely love these elegant and simple side tables by Stuttgart based designer Simon Busse. Thanks to their clever construction, the pieces fold flat when you need to store them. And when some extra tabletop space is required – you can assemble them in minutes. Here is how designer describes his concept: “Only if all its components interact the table stands firmly. Three flat wooden legs other form the basis and are brought into position by a connective element. A hook on the top side of the connective element holds a coloured elastic band – the marionette’s string. The band runs through the wooden legs towards a tabletop and turns into a carrying handle on the upper side. In order to lock this fragile structure, the tabletop is bevelled downwards, the legs are kept in position and the entire table stands firmly.”
This beautiful side table by German designer Philipp Beisheim is versatile as it is elegant. Comprised of three parts, it can be easily assembled and disassembled, and, thanks to its construction, it can take various shapes. Here is how designer describes it: “TOAD side table is an exploration in creating new forms by adding stability to an object. A single table segment cannot stand independently; it has to be connected with at least two other segments to create a stable playful configuration. This was one of the most important factors in determining the form of the table.” The piece is made from solid ash and features lacquered top in two colors.
The Takka table by Agnieszka Mazur reminds me of a piano stool I had when I was little. The principle here is the same – a humble butterfly screw locks the table at an adjustable height. This simple and smart construction makes the piece an ideal contender for a small urban apartment. Takka can serve as a side table or a dining table for two. The tripod-like base provides enough leg room, and the tabletop is just big enough for an intimate table setting. A great little item to have in a confined studio or dorm.
The Un-tidy side table by Milan based designer Kostantia Manthou provides a clever and unexpected extra storage for various reading materials. Thanks to its accordeon-like leather pocket, the piece expands, creating a bookshelf between two surfaces. Perfect as a bedside table and a reading chair companion, Un-tidy is flexible and can store as much or as little as you like. The item comes in a variety of finishes and several colors of leather.
I love the elegance and ingenuity of this piece. Tripod side table by Noon studio is comprised of only four interlocking details. There is no muscle required for the assembly of the piece. It can be just as easily taken apart for storage. The tabletop is ceramic, which is an unexpected and rather classy detail. The legs are made of birch or oak plywood.
Intersection is a small and innovative occasional table by Thomas Merlin. It can play multiple roles around the house and fold completely flat when not in use.
Here what designer says about the project: “The concept comes from the idea of connection between two elements which make up a table: the tabletop on one hand, and the other hand. The particular drawing of the table allows to fix these 2 elements by using a crossbar, which also serves as a carrying handle.”
Two identical metal sheets, three oak crossbars and four legs – that’s all it is to the construction of the table. Minimal elements, beautifully put together…