First there was the boyfriend body pillow, now there’s the hugging sofa

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 12 December 2014

For all those people who like the intimacy of another person but get too easily irritated by them, there’s a new sofa on the market. It’s called the Enveloppe sofa by Inga Sempe for LK Hjelle, and it features a curved and flexible backrest that wraps around you like a big, warm hug. When you’re […]

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Now you can curl up in a sheepskin bean bag… for $1,200

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 30 October 2014

Remember when bean bags were all the rage? And remember how they only cost around $20? Those were the days! In the 21st century, the bean bag has had quite the makeover and is being marketed towards the more luxury buyers, all thanks to a little bit of sheepskin. The Parker Wool Bean Bag is a contemporary take on the traditional bean bag, constructed of natural sheepskin from tanneries in New Zealand, Australia, and Northern European countries.

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A Boeing 747 jet engine converted into an incredible conference table

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 5 September 2014

I’ve seen many cool conference tables in my time (I lie, I haven’t), but this one has got to be the best. Who even thinks of these things? Southern California-based company MotoArt, that’s who. This company designed an epic conference table out of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet engine.

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Yikes! There’s now furniture than looks, feels and smells like, erm, human skin

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Design on Wednesday 13 August 2014

This is totally creeping me out but apparently UK artist Gigi Barker feels otherwise for she has created a line of furniture with pieces that look, feel and smell like human skin. Do we really need so much human contact? What’s more, she has also infused them with human pheromones and aftershave.

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Finally there’s a chair you can wear in those extra awkward social situations

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 August 2014

We’ve all been there–some super awkward situation when we’ve wished we could just suddenly evaporate from the scene. Well, now you kind of can. Kind of. Artist (and pure genius) Jamie Isenstein has created the Human Chair. Basically, it’s just what it sounds like: it’s a piece of furniture you can actually wear.

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Dessert furniture designed for sitting, not eating

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 4 August 2014

We love desserts. We love furniture. We love dessert furniture. There you have it. Can we move on and finally sit on all of these? Italian designer Diego Gugliermetto has a series of dessert poufs and sofas we really want to sink our bottoms onto, while Kabiljo’s cheekily-named Let Them Sit Cake is reminiscent of […]

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Ninja beds you won’t know are hidden in plain sight

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 18 July 2014

Ever since I chanced upon a hidden wall bed (you pull it up against the wall, where it then stays put for ages… at least, until you feel sleepy) in a friend’s home, I’ve been trying to find out who makes these things. As it appears, UK-based Clei does these space-saving beds, from simple pull […]

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This coffee table lets you see the depths of the ocean using layers of glass and wood

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Amaze and stupefy your house guests by showing them your coffee table has a magical portal, which leads you to the dark, mysterious depths of the ocean! Furniture design studio ‘Duffy London’ stacked together different glass- and wooden- sheets, creating a sort of optical illusion inside a table. Called ‘The Abyss Table’, it highly resembles geological map of the sea, except this one is much cooler at 3D!

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This interactive lamp simulates a thunderstorm in your living room

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 2 July 2014

‘Cloud’ is an interactive lamp created by designer Richard Clarkson, wherein at a touch of a button, the device brings in a thunderstorm right in your living room. Made to look like a cumulus cloud, the lamp simulates the rapid flashes of lightning and the deafening sound of thunder, turning the ordinary fixture into an entertainment device.

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The book lover’s throne that fits 300 books! We interviewed the designers who made it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

Bask in the glory of your massive book collection with the ‘Bibliochaise’, a throne that has a built-in bookshelf that can store as much as 300 books. It’s the throne every book worm has always dreamed of. In this exclusive interview, the creators of the ‘Bibliochaise’, Nobody&Co, talk about the inspiration behind it and how […]

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Why don’t you own a bike table yet?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 27 May 2014

Brooklyn-based artist Tyagi Schwartz designed this table that’s made with a vintage bicycle and topped with panels of rustic wood. While the bike doesn’t function as a bicycle anymore, imagine the excitement of wheeling this beauty out into the backyard during a get-together. It automatically scores you cool points.

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Cool furniture hacked from random IKEA furniture parts

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 22 May 2014

Sometimes you can tell which furniture is from IKEA miles away, based on aesthetics and the sheer conformity of its collections alone. Not so these ones: taking IKEA’s self-assembly concept to heart, Wiyono Sutjipto cobbled together some rather un-IKEA-like furniture using random combinations of spare parts and kit bits from IKEA. Don’t you just love […]

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Oops! Cabinet: a fully-functional cabinet with a huge hole in the middle

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 19 May 2014

You had one job, Mr. Woodworker, one job! Vancouver-based woodworker Judson Beaumont has created the ‘Oops! Cabinet’, a dresser that appears to have a giant cartoon-like hole in the middle, but actually is… yeah that is a giant hole in the middle. But don’t be fooled by the gaping hole, it’s all a clever design ploy.

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Finally, a gigantic nest-like chair fit for catching some caveman winks in

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 12 April 2014

Remember the time your ancestor climbed into a pterodactyl’s nest and had the soundest sleep of his life? No? Neither do we. Well, maybe Floris Wubben — who designed this nest-like chair out of wooden branches for aMAZElab — does. The form is interesting, but we’re not sure it looks very cosy at all. The […]

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Come sit on a chair that looks like an obese person’s skin

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 3 April 2014

Skinny is out, voluptuous is in. Besides, voluptuous looks more comfy to sit on. The ‘Flesh Chair’, inspired by the flappy and chunky folds of an obese person’s skin, was made by Nanna Kiil, a design student at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She made the chair not to offend obese people, but to actually put some positive light on their overweight bodies. Kiil says, ‘the intention is to explore the balance between the repulsive and the accommodating through voluminous curves’.

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