Simply called "Pig Lamp" this product was inspired by the thought of saving electricity, a current issue for most developed nations in the world. The curly tail is in effect an energy saving light bulb in this cute design that is shaped like a piggy bank. Price: $89. Buy the product: here.
Known for his ultra contemporary furniture, Karim Rashid is now designing for Soft Line where he created this sofa called "Pierce". At first glance the backrest almost looks to be detached from the seating area. Though it appears to be scarcely attached in truth it creates a unique contemporary visual by not being burdened by typical furniture design principles. More information: here.
Seeing the Curl Bench by Stanislav Katz made me think about how creative we can be with colors in the home. I began thinking about the possibility of hot pink furniture and how that might look alongside my other possessions. The truth is that Curl Bench may be more appropriate in a public seating setting due to its shape, but maybe there is a place for hot pink in the creative decorator's arsenal. Product information: here.
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This decadent piece of furniture is called "Deco" featuring a great black and white upholstery pattern that dresses up a room and adds a touch of being more formal. Where most furniture is moving toward function and usage, Deco hearkens back to a time where flair and fashion superseded function. More information: here.
If we look back to the 1970s beanbag chairs were very popular. The round accessory seating came in many colors including some bold ones for that time period. Those models featured a round design where a "nest" was made which created the seating nook. This retro idea is a more modern version called "AMPLOA". The first improvement is having a backrest allowing the person to sit more upright. AMPLOA can come with an ottoman and is available in many colors for €250 here.
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If you are looking for bold colors to make a statement in decorating the home, then Curacao from Indera Furniture makes that statement. A few samples included in this article are its pink and blue offering which provide bold colors. Curacao is designed to be modular and moved around with ease. It could easily be setup as a bed for guests that could even accommodate two. More information: here.
I have to say that I love this bedside table from Porro Furniture called "Balancing Boxes". It was created by the Swedish design group "Front", whose four members include Anna Lindgren, Katja SÃ¤vstrÃ¶m, Sofia Lagerkvist and Charlotte von der Lancken. The concept of boxes providing storage and acting as a table top surface is an insightful idea. The way the boxes pivot on themselves melds both art and furniture into one statement. More information: here.
By nature a new restaurant has to be hip and trendy to take us away from our favorite eateries and take our business to a new place. "Restaurant Et Cetera" is a new project created by designer Jan Schreiner. In the images provided by Jan, we can see an incredible use of colors that really create some "pop". The use of pinks blended with darker background colors create an environment that is light and intimate at the same time. Without the brighter colors, the place would be a dark room not for the trendy, but for those that want to "not be seen". More information: Jan Schreiner.
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Taking inspiration from the sea, the Palomba Collection features three designer sinks by Laufen. The ocean provides an array of seascapes from it waves, shapes and underwater landscapes. Like other Laufen sinks these three embrace clean modern design principles which create an "updated look" in any bathroom along with a very functional product. More information: here.
Here is a beautiful reach in closet that was designed by Falegnameria 1946. It features long sliding doors where the white finish blends in well with the rest of the space. The long doors enable easy access to the custom storage that has five built in drawers, hanging storage for suits and dresses and many open shelves to the right. Via.
Tis the season of awards. Be it the Golden Globes, Grammys or Oscars, everyone has or will be awarding the best. So we here at Furniture Fashion thought of running our own little award ceremony where we award the most innovative. The contenders? Design prototypes or concepts that are yet to be a reality. Who knows maybe our little endeavor will inspire the Powers Of Be to mass-produce them. So drum roll please as we list our favorite concepts.
Most Productive Toaster - The Triple Toaster
No more waiting for your slice of bread as this toaster splits into three separate modules, so that you can enjoy all sorts of toasts simultaneously. The trendy design can be credited to product designer Craig Strangward.
Most Innovative Washing Machine - WASHUP
What happens when you integrate a washing machine with a toilette-flush? The WASHUP stores the wasted water in toilette-flush tank, so that you can reuse it when flushing! This brilliant concept is a brainchild of Sevin Coskun.
Most Comfortable Bookshelf - Circular Bookshelf by Zhdanova Irina
Traditionally bookshelves don't have to accommodate your seating needs but designer Irina doesn't believe that as she has integrated six sofa pieces into the bookshelf.
Best Real E-Book Reader - Library e-book Reading Device
E-books may just be the future even though personally I think nothing beats the actual feel of a book. The Library e-book Reading Device also believes in this and works hard to recreate the experience of real books. It comes with two rotating mechanical rollers that stimulate page-flipping.
The Most Compact Dining Table - Kure Dining Table
Turkish designer Fatih Can Sarıöz believes that the family that eats together, stays together. Hence Kure is shaped like a pod, which can open up to accommodate six people to form a close-knit circle.
Most Thoughtful Coffee Table - 1FORMTABLE
A must have for all the cool kids. This one not only lets you display your favorite coffee table books but also lets you a house up to eighteen DVDs to show off your cinematic tastes.
Best Contender For The Wall Of Fame - Change It!
No it isn't just another brick in the wall and designer Amriko is behind this futuristic wall. This one is made of wall panels that can flash hues of black, white , red, blue etc. Customized it according to your room.
Coolest Refrigerator - Soft Refrigerator
The Soft Refrigerator is ideal for those who have space issues as it comes equipped with folding and adjustable cubage just like a Tupperware product. Just fold the fridge up when there is no food left to store! The on board retractile bracing and soft coat allows for this convenient size-changing.
Most Green Printer - Pencil Printer
The idea behind this nifty portable printer is to use the lead shavings of a pencil as ink. Confused ? Well don't be as there is video too that explains how this thing works.
Best Suitcase on Wheels - OBAG
The OBAG from Samsonite will take the weight of your shoulders thanks to its unique design concept. Apart from a giant wheel, the Samsonite OBAG roll-on bag features storage compartments and a collapsible handle.
Most Eco-Friendly Dishwasher - Water Efficient Washing Up Unit
The Water Efficient Washing Up Unit by designer Toby Fox believes in conversing energy and water as it features a tank , which stores and heat water while you do the dishes.
Most Thoughtful Kettle - Rotary Kettle
Designed specifically for the physically impaired, this kettle has a pick-up and pour method of operation. So to use it, you just need to rotate the kettle body.
"At the top, the kettle body can be rotated backwards and forwards without the unit being destabilized, as the center of gravity is built into the kettle's cradling recess, whilst at the bottom, the surface is gripped firmly with a weighted base plate, and rubberized stoppers."
Most Relaxing Pillow - Glo Pillow
Wake up with a smile on your face as with the Glo Pillow you won't feel like biting the head of your family members. The pillow uses an LED fabric substrate below the surface to wake the user using light and is a great alternative to a screeching alarm clock.
Most Functional Music Player - Dual Music Player
The Dual Music Player by Yong-Seong Kim doesn't want you to throw out your CD collection. But that doesn't mean that you can't groove to your favorite digital tunes. The player supports both CD and MP3 files and has great minimalistic form factor.
Best Lighting Product - The Light O' Clock
The Light O' Clock displays time in its own unique style. Designed by Alex Onoiu, the clock is sans hands and instead uses light beams to display time.
Most Eco-Friendly Shower - Electrical Ecoshower
A brainchild of designer Andrea Diaz, the shower has been designed to reduce electrical consumption by about 70% and promotes higher life-cycle efficiency. We also like it for its sleek design.
Most Drool-Worthy Chair - Porsche Chair
Inspired by the sexy Porsche 911, the Porsche Chair Concept by Rohan Verma will be lapped up by all car connoisseurs. The chair tries to replicate the side profile of the 911's window frame and we love the end result.
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This is one sizable piece of real estate in London which features a basement and two floors. The property is located on Swains Lane in Highgate and is offered by "The Modern House". The basement has a home theater perfectly designed since an absence of natural light is most desired in home theater design. The ground floor contains a garage with parking for two cars, a grand entrance hall and two bedrooms with bathrooms. The second floor has a reception room, two terraces, kitchen and dining area and one more bedroom with bathroom. More information: here.
Pictured here is "Sally" from the living room seating collection by In Mezzo. The frame is constructed of beech wood filled with polyurethane stuffing and topped with memory foam cushions. The two-piece version can be pushed together to make one long sofa or split apart into two different sections. Find the product: here.
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The modern sideboard pictured here is the "Vila Rica" from Etel Interiors. The thing that strikes me on this piece is how well the storage is laid out. The compartment on the top to store silverware, serving utensils and sterling silver is very accessible. I can imagine hosting a dinner party and needed something. With this piece, my needs would be met very quickly. Another interesting feature is that the design is transitional making this modern sideboard a fit in many other homes which may have a more eclectic mix of furniture. More information: here.
If you are more "new school" then you might be looking for a trolley or bar serving cart that is not the typical two-level on wheels version. This piece called "Toto" features a design that is more like a cube and departs from the two level prototypes. A nice feature on the serving cart are the storage sections which offer better security from something "falling off the cart" in case one has too many drinks. More information: here.
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If you have a flair for interesting shapes then these bookcases from Motusmentis may be just what your wall needs. Each has its own shape that is sure to draw the eye of any visitor to the house. The three bookcases are: Wallboarding, Kaktus and Kubicle. Learn more about them here.
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Alexandre Moronnoz created this outdoor seating concept called the "Interference Urban Bench". The urban benches are made from laser cut metal. The outer appearance creates a calm reflective surface upon which to sit and enjoy the outdoors. By contrast, the interior working shows disorder, movement and a lack of stability creating a unique overall theme to the piece. More information: here.
It can be said that "being primitive" takes design down to its deepest roots by breaking it down to its basic concepts. These designs come from Nucleo and feature three of their collections: Primitive, PH and Terra. Each of these themes provides a unique experience designed for both the furniture and art enthusiast.
Primitive: The workmanship makes unrepeatable and unique objects: made entirely by hand without the use of presswork and finished with non-toxic resins that reveal signs and imperfections. Living Primitive elements reflect on elementary forms used by Le Corbusier to create architectural and urban space. The return to structure is a twentieth Century leit-motiv, with artistic avant-garde, from Cubism, to Abstract art, to Constructivism, Suprematism. The art is free from 'enslavement' to the subject, able to translate the motions of the human soul with the pure colour or pure form.
PH Series: Inspired by molecular structures and crystal lattices created when atoms bond to one another, PH is a pentagonal modular made in expanded polyurethane. The pentagonal shape allows an ample number of configurations by drawing closer the various sides.
Terra: Terra is not a finished product, is an idea; we provide the cardboard frame and the seeds, the main ingredient, the dirt can be found everywhere on our planet. The armchair is born in your garden and becomes part of your landscape.
Terra! is not only a grass arm-chair, is an arm-chair of the world; if you are in a desolate suburb surrounded with cement, make it out of cement, if you live in front of an American highway, make it out of asphalt, if you are in the north pole use the snow. More information: here.
Thanks to ply woods remarkable ability to be bent and shaped, and today's laser and CAD technology the bentwood rocking lounge chair from designer Marietta Moraweg was possible. This most relaxing lounge chair has a rather artsy look when not in use.
These sliding wood doors were created by designer Rodolfo Dordoni for Molteni & C. The product is called Glide and features a series of panels and doors that make up the compilation. The overall design of the product is very minimal to create a blended look in a home where the wood compliments the interior décor. If you like to open up a home and allow the rooms to connect, these types of systems can be attractive as opposed to traditional doors which are narrow in comparison. More information: here.
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