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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Furniture recycled from milk jugs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 17 February 2014

If you’re going to lounge around on a lawn chair all day, might as well be useful and help the environment by using these furniture made out of milk jugs! Loll Design used the milk jugs’ high density polyethylene (DPE) to create durable, waterproof, and not to mention, well-designed furniture. Since it’s made of a […]

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Home hazard! Furniture tilting devilishly to one side

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 13 February 2014

Design studio XYZ Integrated Architecture, which is based in Tbilisi, Georgia, has a range of furniture products that tilt so much, it looks like they are on the verge of collapse. Exemplifying sheer edginess is the 60 prototype series they did a couple of years ago, so named after the 60-degree angle at which the […]

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Inventive gowns made from upcycled plastic bags

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Fashion on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Jolene Fung’s graduate collection for Central Saint Martins was inspired by mid century modern furniture. Her designs are created from upcycled plastic bags, but one thing’s for sure; they look nothing like garbage. Fung’s incredible gowns draw on the sleek functionality of mid century furniture as well as the decadence of Christian Dior’s ‘New Look.’

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Upcycled furniture made from car seats

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 30 January 2014

Just the other day, I saw this old guy and his grandson parked on detached car seats in in one of my jaunts about town in Nairobi. Which naturally made me think about car seat furniture. Which then led me to this Nottingham-based company that manufactures chairs and sofas from recycled cat seats. Each piece […]

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Glass table top levitating with the help of balloons

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 23 January 2014

Wow, wow. We loved Chris Duffy’s swing table and wolf shadow chair, but nothing prepared us for the cleverness of this table that looks like the table top is being lifted by helium balloons.

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Bold design work by Brooklyn’s Black Hole 929 studio

Michael Amter Contributor

By Michael Amter in New Design on Saturday 18 January 2014

Eli Elysée is the cutting edge force behind the Black Hole 929 studio, based in Brooklyn. The talented industrial designer and contemporary artist was born in Haiti and raised in New York City. Elysée recently won an impressive Urban Living Award in Berlin for his inspired Missing Link jacket, combining functional handles with fashion to […]

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Casting furniture out of a mobile foundry and trash from the streets

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 14 January 2014

How brilliant! Two designers have found a way to recycle discarded cans from the streets of Brazil’s São Paulo as swanky furniture. A mobile furnace, powered by waste vegetable oil, melts down the cans; while the melted aluminum is then poured into molds and casted as new furniture anywhere on the spot. In a trial […]

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A bed you can simply zip up and not make in the morning

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 10 January 2014

Okay, this is the only bed we all want now: the Zip Bed comes with a zipper that you can easily pull all around the sides to hide these messy bedsheets beneath. Even better, its minimalist design makes it quite the sleek stunner. Nobody ever needs to know we’re slobs.

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Cleverly designed drop-down bed by Funn Roberts

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 4 December 2013

Designer Funn Roberts recently designed a clever way of saving space in a 580 square foot cabin belonging to actor Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell of AMC’s Mad Men. He installed a retractable bed that is neatly kept in mid-air and can be easily pulled down. It is attached to a 300-pound steel counterweight that acts as a simple pulley system.

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Melbourne-based online and pop-up store The SuperCool

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Websites on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Welcome to The Super Cool, an online and pop-up store in Melbourne that reminds us of the coolest Pinterest board you’ve ever seen, and where everything is for sale. The site offers up everything from neon cushions to vintage match jars and will very quickly make your house the coolest space in town. That is […]

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