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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Bentley unveils furniture line inspired by its cars

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Monday 14 October 2013

If you’ve always wanted to own a Bentley but couldn’t afford to, the next best thing is here—Bentley furniture. Teaming up with Club House Italia (the same Club House Italia who already offers home furnishings from Fendi and Kenzo), Bentley is now offering an incredible range of furniture that combines ‘the traditional élan of the […]

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Meet Salvador Dali, furniture designer

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 17 September 2013

In the swinging thirties, famous surrealist Salvador Dalí hung out with a number of cool people from varied disciplines in Paris, including furniture designer Jean-Michel Frank. He sketched a bunch of furniture designed for Frank, including the Leda chair and low table in the 1935 Femme à latête rose.

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Build: design your own modular shelf

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Friday 13 September 2013

These modular shelves need no explanation other than this: ‘BUILD is a multi-functional, lightweight, flexible and toxic-free shelving system that permits you to ‘design’ your own composition’. To us, they simply look amazing. Behold and decorate.

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Fallen Tree bench: an oak meets sleek design

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By Sara Halas in New Design on Friday 13 September 2013

A fallen oak meets sleek design in the Fallen Tree bench, created by designer Benjamin Grain-Dorge. On one side, he supports the bench with branches that are virtually unaltered. On the other, a simple piece of glass. The way he’s found a balance between the two is astounding.

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Floating objects in a room

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 30 August 2013

In Pamem Pereira’s This Is A Love Story installation, objects in a room are lifted and suspended in mid-air — a spectacle that symbolizes the unshakeable relationship between what’s material and what’s spiritual.

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Larger-than-life furniture so oversized, you’ll need to climb on them

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 28 August 2013

All right, we think we’ve found just the place to get all our furniture from. The only problem is, we’ll need a bigger place. We’ll also need one of these magic ‘Drink Me’ potions so we can grow ten times bigger to at least get our butt on the darned chair. Robert Therrien is the […]

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Aquatic Chairs by designer Sam T. Smith

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Design on Friday 9 August 2013

A series of chairs inspired by the forms of aquatic life created by designer Sam T. Smith. Made with plywood and canvas and held together with wing nuts, the simple aesthetic shows design where form inspires function, rather than follows it.

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