This product embraces a boxy look that follows contemporary design principles in its clean lines and purposeful look. Called "Solitaire", these snazzy chairs come from Offecct Furniture. There are two variations in the event that you want an extra sidebar that could sit a laptop, remote controls or even a dinner plate. More information: 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 Where most furniture is moving toward function and usage, Deco hearkens back to a time where flair and fashion superseded function.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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Solid wood furniture takes on a whole new meaning after one look at these carved Cedar Wood pieces from Riva 1920. The Italian collection calls on the talents of some well known designers to create a look and feel that you will see nowhere else. Shown here are the LOVESEAT by Jake Phipps, the Maui Chair from Terry Dwan, and the Slonghè Lounge from Pininfarina. These are ideal as an accessory for both indoor and outdoor furniture as long as direct contact with the elements does not occur. As you would expect, each has unique markings, grains, and imperfection that are part of making a special one of a kind item. See the rest of the solid wood chairs, stools, and furniture items from Riva 1920 here.
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.
Here are the before, during, and after shots of the Grand Central table that folds out from 22 pieces to reveal a surprisingly large coffee table. Designers Sanna Lindström and Sigrid Strömgren offer two options for this compact folding table design that goes from a small accessory drink or end table to the much larger round coffee table. Perfect for those who are challenged by space and need the extra room on command.
Design G. Canevese must have a fondness for Valentina, "La donna e mobile" because she adorns this pop culture storage collection from Ennezero. This collection of storage cabinets of many sizes and heights was inspired by "the theories of the artistic movement called Radical Design, which began in the 1960's in Tuscany before spreading to other parts of the world. Objects and products were no longer designed in view of their mere function, but were transformed into actual "emotional media". Here ideas, thoughts and yearnings of an entire generation were exploited in a variety of ways". The rest of the Ennezero collection including all of the Valentina "La donna e mobile" can be seen 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.
Writing all the time on Furniture Fashion, it is not often that we come across round furniture arrangements compared to the more typical square or rectangular shapes. Offices and public spaces that are seeking round or circular spatial relationships in their seating needs may be drawn to this type of arrangement. This product is called "Kurve" and was designed by Niels Gammelgaard. The design inspiration for Kurve came from a garden complex in Barcelona, Spain called Park Guell. There a particular bench mimics the shape of a sea serpent. More information: here.
This great product is called "Stool 60" which offers a modular seating concept where the design and color creation is in the hand of the buyer. My first thought was using an installation of Stool 60 in schools or commercial businesses. The flexibility in creating different shapes offers a unique experience allowing for a room to be used for many different things based on how it is setup. More information: here.
This multi-media table looks very much like a typical coffee table, but upon closer inspection it contains two speakers and a docking station for an iPhone or iPod. The base of the table is a pyramid which is a rather unusual element as a foundational object in home furnishings. This piece was created by Stephane Thivend. Learn more about the product: here.
If you are shopping for a new dining table or a barstool set that is modern yet exudes a sense of warmth then check out the Delano 3-Piece High Dining Table/Barstool Set. Currently on discount at Crate&Barrel, the hi-rise dining table has a striking presence and wins you over with its simple yet thoughtful design. The pristine white multilayer lacquer top squares contrasts beautifully with the rich walnut veneer of the wooden base. You can order it online for $597.00 after discount from the Crate&Barrel website.
High style and a high back describe the "Bentley" sofa, the ultimate in comfort and modern elegance. The Bentley high back range easily caters to both modern and traditional interiors for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Distinctive and British in style the range is available in chair, love seat, and sofa with the option of polished aluminum (shown) or black painted feet. h 1080 d 820 w 2100, h 450 (mm) £1,883.53 to £3,956.23 inc. VAT From e-berkeleyshop.com
Since 1964 Seletti of Italy has focused on innovative and design oriented household products that also include a serious dose of creativity. At this year's Milan Design Week Seletti introduced Stack by Allessandro Zambelli as part of their "Augmented Reality" exhibit at Superstudio Group. The colorful assortment of locker style storage boxes and cabinets ads some hope for the dull cabinetry commonly seen in homes and commercial buildings. See more from Seletti and Superstudio Group.
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 are some rather unusual bookcases and shelving units for the person who wants to make a statement with their furniture. We like to show the fun side of home furnishings that take everyday items and more than meets to eye in some cases. Hope you enjoy! Also see our 15 Super Cool Bookcases for the Modern Home and our 30 Outstanding Bookcases for Home or Office
Extending Bookcase by Reinier de Jong
REK is composed of five interlocking components that can be compressed or expanded as needed. Whether you want to store a dozen or a hundred books, you don't have to have any excess shelf space or take up a full wall of your house with an empty bookcase. It's an ingenious idea and might be worth owning for the sake of beauty and novelty alone, but ultimately efficiency of space clearly isn't the true goal here; the shelves and walls are so thick and numerous as to neutralize any real space-saving advantage.
Sang Hoon Kim Curved Bookcase
Empty, this bookcase looks like a diagram of curved space from a theoretical physics textbook. Very cool. Filling it with books might present a few problems though. It won't fit snugly against any wall and there is no back to push your books against, which could certainly lead to a few strays falling into the crevice next to the wall. Still, Kim's design is striking and playful--- and this one seems pretty primitive alongside some of his other work.
Andreas Hegert Book Shelf
No one would accuse Andreas Hegert's design of being practical but a little "form over function" never hurt anyone. These shelving units pierce through empty white space beautifully, but due to the irregular angles of its shelves, the only way to store books on it is with large bands. This concept probably wasn't intended to be marketable, but it would be interesting to see an attempt to make it so.
Obo Shelving by Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller's Obo modular shelving units are a great way to commune with your inner Lego man. Modular storage has always been a forward idea--- we very rarely buy storage for things (in this case books) that we're going to buy, just what we already have. Being able to reconfigure your bookshelf as new treasures are added to your collection each month is liberating from an interior design perspective. The modules come in seven color options and are sturdy enough to be stacked pretty much as high as you could want them.
United States Map Bookcase
This one-of-a-kind gallery piece titled "Oh the Farmer and the Cowman Should be Friends" (a reference to a number from Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!) is ideal storage for anyone who wishes to organize their library by each author's birth state. Each shelf is lined with mirrors which give an illusion of added depth. Many of artist Ron Arad's other works are equally eclectic furniture pieces worth checking out.
Moving Mondrian is named after Piet Mondrian, an early 20th century Dutch De Stijl painter whose most famous style interspersed blocks of color among irregular black and white grids. Looking at the bookcase its clear which design aspects were appropriated from Mondrian. But what is also striking is the shape of the piece, which places the center of gravity as low as possible, a necessity if you plan on carting something as top-heavy as a bookcase around the house. Whether or not you find such a feature useful is up to you.
'Brick' by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
The "Brick" shelving panels were originally designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to be used as part of a display for an exhibition. Laser cut from polystyrene, these shelves can be easily transformed into different configurations as needed. Though probably ideal for the displaying small items like shoes or figurines, with the right set of bookends the Brick units would make a great bookcase in a minimal modernist design environment.
Achille Castiglioni Joy Rotating Shelf Unit
This classic design is an expansion on Castiglioni's two-tiered rotating coffee table, "Basello." It can stand flat against the wall or each layer of shelving can be teased to a different angle to provide three-dimensionality. Castiglioni died in 2002, leaving behind a lifetime of pieces that straddled the line between sculpture and furniture without losing sight of functionality.
Platzhalter Expandable Bookshelves
Some prefer the order of stacking and re-stacking modular blocks, or simply moving as many books out of their house each month as come in. Others are more inclined to the equivalent of stuffing sheets of loose leaf into a notebook once it becomes full. The Platzhalter expandable bookshelf is for the latter group--- one look at it fully expanded and you'll know which you belong to.
Lago's Tangram Shelving
Lago's Tangram Shelves are simple and attractive, and can be manipulated into an endless number of forms. The idea is based on tangrams, a Chinese dissection puzzle involving the recombination of seven basic shapes to form figures. A quick internet search should give you an idea of just how surprisingly versatile these seven tiles can be and how many different directions you could take this.
Peter Marigold Split Box Shelves
Though it's unclear whether or not Peter Marigold's Split Box shelves are for sale, the concept is simple enough that pretty much anyone with an axe and a few spare wooden crates could construct their own. Marigold creates them by splitting a medium sized segment of branch laterally into four pieces. Since the sum of the angles created on these pieces will always add up to 360 degrees, you can use them as wedges to create individual shelves and then combine those shelves into whatever asymmetrical craziness you desire.
FlexiTube Modular Shelving
Another modular shelving product, this time in a form reminiscent of stacked bubbles. Perhaps the most fun aspect of this design is the illusion it creates--- spheres won't stack like this unless they're constrained at the base. The "stopper" for this piece is so subtle the eye misses it until you realize that it must be there (additional support comes from the frictional tension provided by the spheres' fabric exteriors. Sure you could cover a wall in these, but they're also a great way to break up large narrow spaces.
Sean Yoo Opus Incertum Bookcase
This Sean Yoo bookcase comes in four colors and can function as a modular set or as a standalone piece. It's especially intriguing because its shelves tilt in different directions, forcing you to stuff your books into odd configurations. This disorderly stacking is pierced by the striking solid lines of the shelves, which take the pattern of grout between kitchen tiles. It's a little bit of left-brain and a bit of right.
Hello Block Shelving by Kenn Archibald
Kenn Archibald's bookcase design integrates the modularity fad with the colors, angles and textures of the mid-century aesthetic. Each segment can be used on its own as a freestanding table or stool, or combined to provide as much storage as you might need. Best of all, though the blocks come in four standard colors, they can be custom painted or stained to order.
Polar Bear Bookshelf by iBride
This cool piece of functional sculpture is a freestanding two-sided bookcase with plenty of storage space--- and you can actually buy it though it's not cheap.
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Designer Fabio Novembre often uses human forms to give his furniture creations a universal theme we can all identify with. Nemo, the latest chair by Novembre features the classic theatrical mask to surround the user in its hallowed design to be used inside in your living room or as an outdoor chair. Made by Driade