Smart design hardly goes unnoticed. This Alfred Coffee Table, designed by Italian designer Giorgio Bonaguro, is an elegant table inspired by a waiter’s five fingers when holding a tray. It’s five legs, all with different dimensions and in different positions, delicately balance a round table top that represents the tray a waiter holds.
I chanced upon Swedish designers Sigrid Stromgren’s and Sanna Lindström’s collaborative work, the Grand Central Table, in an old copy of InDesign magazine the other day. Folded into its most compact state, the piece of work takes up very little space. But then it opens up — just like the foldout map of New York that inspired it — to make a pretty cool table. Has to be seen to be believed.
Benjamin Rollins Caldwell creates one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and home decor from any kind of material you can imagine. The materials used in his pieces range from plastic trophy topper figurines to clothing labels, and his work is sure to be a statement piece in any home.
Wow, kids get all the cool stuff. Over at Posh Tots, there’s a bunch of cool fantasy furniture, from cabinets with pinched sides to grandfather clocks with arms, that it makes us all a little jealous. We also spotted — prices start from $47,000, but hey, there’s free shipping — a princess carriage and an entire shoe that’s 9-feet tall (this one comes with doors and windows and would make a splendid playhouse). Oh well, at least we had a smashing childhood.
Outdoorz Gallery is a collection of furniture designers who create handcrafted made-to-order pieces with a quirky and unique aesthetic. Each piece is custom made because the Paris-based design collective believes that true craftsmanship is a rare find in today’s world of mass-production. But really, who wouldn’t want to lounge in a grass wheelbarrow?
One persons trash is another persons treasure. Madam Zaza brings to life those pieces that were once left in the back of the garage or on the side of the road. Restored back to life with a new twist. Just loving Madam Zaza’s work.
Vito Selma is a talented furniture designer from Cebu, Philippines. He has a very unique and spectacular style. The rhythm of the structure, and the dynamic of the form, make his furniture amazingly beautiful yet still very functional. No doubt he is among the top young designers in Asia.
I am a furniture designer based in Bangkok, Thailand, currently studying in a graduate program in woodworking and furniture design at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. XYLO is a table made from white oak, and the concept of XYLO comes from my interest in the idea of repetition by using multiple similar parta in creating a progression for structure and form. It is still practical as furniture.
I met Christine Wu personally last summer in Copenhagen, Denmark. We took a Scandinavian Furniture class together and we’ve been friends ever since. She just graduated from her BFA Design degree in Austin, Texas, and now she’s a furniture maker and designer in New York City. She is still pretty new to the furniture-marking world, but her skill is exquisite. This Mesquite chair has a beautiful live edge which goes along well with the whole design. The chair is very crisp and functional.
A masterful blend of utilitarian aesthetics, spartan but strong structures, and bare minimalism pervades designer Stephen Kenn’s Inheritance furniture collection. Couches, chase lounges, chairs and ottomans: everything is made from WWII military fabric, steel welded frames with a marbled brown finish, webbing belts and backing leather straps. Simple, dignified and gorgeous.
What, nuns with hot legs? This picture cracked me up when I chanced upon it on Flickr. I’m not sure where this is in the world, but if you ever see one of these bar stools standing on these hot legs in high heels and stockings, I want to know.
Sometimes we all need to ignore the fact that the rest of the world exists. Freyja Sewell’s HUSH, which can best be described as a “womb chair”, offers a personal and customizable escape from everything. Made from 100% wool felt, this cozy seating pod is perfectly sized for just you, your cat, and your cup of Earl Grey.
Designer Jay Watson has put the heat on one of his recent furniture creations, a table-and-seat ensemble that comes with a thermochromic finish. This means that anything or anyone who emits some sort of heat will leave behind some sort of thermal impression on the surface. If we had one of these we’d probably cut down on cold beer but still try to get our friends drunk so we can press their faces to the table.
I love Fredrik Paulsen’s furniture, how they look like fully functional prototypes, and that it appears that he gathers inspiration from tacky high street fashion and lumber yards rather than interior design magazines. I especially love his beautiful tie dye Easy Chair. Can I haz?
Cat lovers of the world, this is the sofa for you. Now you can lounge around while your cat keeps itself entertained for hours. The sofa features a long, connecting tunnel that also serves as an armrest and back support. Korean product designer Seungji Munhas got the idea for the design of this sofa by observing the behaviors of cats.