How Rattan Garden Furniture Is Made

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By Alicia Thompson in Video on Tuesday 30 April 2013

I think this is a really interesting video because not a lot of people are aware of how a rattan garden chair is woven. A lot of people are under the illusion that this is done by machines, but it’s not. Rattan furniture is, in fact, hand-woven and it takes this guy six hours to […]

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Mini faux human skin furniture

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By Eugenia Viti in New Art on Monday 15 April 2013

When I first saw this, I was disgusted, and then I realized it wasn’t real and I was still kind of disgusted, but also full of wonder (there should be a word for that, grossed out and full of wonder at the same time). You would have to be a pretty morbid little girl to […]

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This tongue-shaped lounge gives you forty licks with your forty winks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Lazy day? Perfect for lolling about atop this giant tongue of a chaise lounge then. This classy flaming red furniture number by Melbourne-based Ross Didier comes without teeth, so the nightmares you have while dozing off on it, we imagine, will be quite manageable.

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Box On Legs: Perfect for your 7″ collection

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Saturday 9 February 2013

The Vintage Yard Sale is a sweet crew of Australians who sell amazing vintage items. Furniture, light fittings and skateboards are just some of the drool-worthy swag you’re sure to find on their site; all vintage, all rad. They do, however, custom-build a nifty little piece known as the Box On Legs. The box stands on two legs while resting against the wall and can be built in any size you need. We think it’s perfect for storing your 7″ collection… or CDs… or anything.

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Lock: a beautiful dinner table made from bamboo

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Wednesday 30 January 2013

Dinner table LOCK is designed from the qualities, possibilities and characteristics of its highly sustainable material: bamboo. The frame is built up from layers of flexible bamboo, while the shape is formed by the bamboo’s natural bending curve. The layers of bamboo curve through each other and entwine, locking each other in place. The end result is a mix of nature and mathematics, of possible and impossible: a super strong masculine dynamic shape that looks different watched from different viewing points.

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Furniture demanding to be zipped up

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 26 January 2013

Imagine being able to zip up your dresser table, like, er, a dress. The fine minds of Korean furniture design firm The Zoom have thought about that. And yes, as they are a furniture design firm, they’ve gone ahead to design a range of furniture inspired by zippers too. Bravo.

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Animal sculptures made from discarded furniture

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 25 January 2013

French sculpter Marc Sparfel twists and forms animal sculptures out of discarded furniture. They are equal parts whimsical and grand — especially the ones standing on their hind legs, looking like ancient Egyptian guards.

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High End table by Sigurd Larsen

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Berlin-based designer and architect Sigurd Larsen designs thoughtful furniture with clean-cut silhouettes. The High End Table, which he originally created as an art piece for a Berlin Mitte window display, has a high end that is symbolic of power play and how we communicate within a hierarchy.

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Abooba chair lets parents relax while kids play

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Tuesday 15 January 2013

If the constant energy of your children is making you a bit weary, we think we’ve found you a guilt free way to relax that will keep you and your children satisfied. The Abooba climbing chair has been designed to bring adults and children together in a comfortable and playful way – designer Jaewook Kim naming it after the Korean word for “piggy back”. Complete with climbing nets, supports and a comfortable seat for relaxing, the Abooba chair looks like a winner to us.

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Furniture made from shredded magazines

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Design on Wednesday 9 January 2013

Elle Décor and Italian designer Jens Praet have teamed up to create a new furniture range made from shredded, recycled magazines. Looking like they are made out of dark stone, the pieces are set in resin and have a wood like solidity. The table, bench, low table and bookcase really do prove what can be done with materials that would otherwise go to landfill. Maybe we will start seeing a lot more of these in the near future.

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Kei Harada’s marshmallow-like sofa

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Monday 7 January 2013

This might just be the most interesting sofa out there. Japanese designer Kei Harada created this marshmallow-like sofa with the idea that its shape is naturally inviting. I think he hit the nail on the head, because this is definitely one intriguing piece of furniture.

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Conceptual furniture design by Karolina Tylka

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Friday 4 January 2013

This conceptual coffee bench from Poland-based Karolina Tylka is definitely a design that we want. It’s sleek and functional design makes great use of space, although comfort may be an issue.

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Inventive chair design by Tomas Alonso

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By Samuel Szwarcbord in New Design on Thursday 3 January 2013

A new take on the traditional steam bent wood chairs by the talented and inventive designer, Tomas Alonso. The use of material echoes the classic Thonet chairs, but this reinterpretation is contemporary in its visual language.

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Alfred Coffee Table, inspired by waiter holding a tray

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By Nooschi in New Design on Tuesday 1 January 2013

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.

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A table that folds out like a map

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 17 December 2012

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.

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