Sleeper sofas should be easy to operate and comfortable, if they happen to look sleek and stylish consider it a bonus. The Sleeper from Niels Bendtsen of British Columbia is a nice balance of clean lines and tailored details from the visual side, and a sturdy welded steel frame and fully supported back and seat that changes positions in one motion in regards to construction. Layers of different densities of high resilience seating foam provide maximum support and comfort and fabric covers are easily removable for cleaning. Sofa; 80.25" L | 38.5" d | 26" h Bed; 80.25" L | 42.5" d | 14" h Converts to a single bed. $2,226 From hivemodern.com
Is a fruit bowl ever really stylish, apparently so? The "Cocoon" series of designer kitchen accessories features an award winning style in mirror polished stainless steel and a nice home for your homeless fruit. Buy the Cocoon Fruit Bowl from PID Personal Interior Design. $155
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The MILK Desk that stands behind the concept that a desk should "hold a lot but show almost nothing" and that is all possible thanks to the internal wire ports and storage compartments of this super sleek computer workstation. The mere 55 x 25 inch provides ample work surface especially for today's smaller computer hardware, and there is even room for a sunken fish tank or potted plant to keep your mind on more visually appealing things than a computer screen. An electronically height adjustable base easily changes the aluminum frame from 28.7 to 48.4 inches and the left side offers square compartments that open on the top and bottom enabling the user to store anything from the typical office supplies, such as pen and pencils to electronics, such as an iPod. The MILK desk is the combined efforts of entrepreneur Soren Kjaer and Danish furniture manufacturer, Holmris Hansen A/S which was well received thanks to a viral web campaign that received 50k hits the first week alone.
Eclectic is the best word to describe the "Constellation" seating collection from Il Loft. The colorful series includes sofas, armchairs, and lounges that feature feather filled seats and a large backrest that is definitely shabby sheik. Il Loft specializes in designer furniture from Giorgio Saporiti, who is known as a "creative dynamo". Eye-catching, somewhat provocative colors play a central role in Giorgio Saporiti's life, and this can been seen in the way he lives and works. Despite being inordinately fond of "color", he prefers clean-cut furniture with distinct outlines. If you like the Constellation you have to see the rest of the visually explosive furniture from Il Loft 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.
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.
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
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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The Murphy wall bed gets a much needed dose of design from Boxetti. The Hide Away Bed features a combination wardrobe and bed with nightstand all in a space saving wall design. Boxetti creates entire living room, kitchen, and bedroom environments for those with a desire for style and a need for multi-function and space saving design. See more of the Boxetti collection here.
The DOMANI collection that brings new world applications to old world materials offers the "Cool Table" for relaxing and enjoying the nice summers days ahead. DOMANI who specializes in high quality pots for indoor and outdoor decoration added a well positioned and very useful ice bucket to the Cool Table for chilling your favorite beverage. Table 110 dia x 33 H Ice Bucket 49 dia x 18 H £1,896.45 inc. VAT Get it at e-berkeleyshop.com
Its that time of the year folks. The time to soak up the sun, work on your tan and drink some Mojitos. To achieve this kind of Nirvana in the backyard of your abode, its important your patio furniture is comfortable and stylish. Hence we here at Furniture Fashion decided to list some of the best patio furniture available.
The Cheshire Lounge Chair by Lifeshop Collection is whimsical, a tad quirky and a whole lot comfy. These moon-shaped chairs will get you in the mood for sure.
When it comes to outdoor furniture, no one does it better than DEDON. Case in point, the Orbit Loveseat which has a large canopy and a rounded lounge area for two.
Make a first and lasting impression with the Footie Patio Stones that are funky and make for a stunning flooring design.
The Heat Reflection Canopy may look something straight out of the Sci-Fi thriller "War of the Worlds" but we still covet it. Designer Russell Zoran Corder's concept aims at keeping your patio warm via the in-built reflection panels.
Hammocks are so passé especially now that we have modern avatars of it. Check out the Knotted Chair by Droog, which is all that you need to enjoy a lovely sunny day.
Add a touch of romance by cuddling up with your lover and star gazing on the Clicquot Loveseat by Karim Rashid. This 2 metres long, 1.22 metre high and 85 centimeters wide seat has been inspired by 18th-century armchair.
Afroditi Krassa is behind this stunning solar powered patio table. The table not only soaks up the sun but also powers the house with some much-needed clean energy.
The Ducking Lounge Chair by Korean designer Jung Myung Taek, takes the art of lounging around a little too seriously.
How can we not like something, which has been inspired by the iconic Colosseum in Rome? Check out this "amphitheater" styled patio furniture lounge that can be enjoyed in several formations as the two curved areas, two end sections and center coffee table are all movable.
Don't run indoor to get some ice when you're enjoying a drink or two outdoors. Just get the Cocktail Patio Table, which has been designed by Sophia Voychehovski as the table has a cool drop-in ice bucket.
The Brown Jordan outdoor furniture is just what you need to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Italian based Varaschin manufactures this sculpturted UV, salt, and weather resistant seat.
This Butterfly Patio Chair will be a hit with the ladies thanks to its feminine twist. This patio chair offers a classic look for more traditional settings.
So next time you go furniture shopping for your patio or outdoor lounge area, don't forget to add these selections in your wish list as all the featured products are a perfect amalgamation of style and function.
Vladimir Tsesler has the perfect chair for the ladies. The "Living Chair" which is a tripod form is available in Electric Red or Feminine Pink to compliment its glamorous lines.
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Specialized racing car equipment manufacturer OMP of Italy who is well known for their involvement in Formula 1 and Kart series production takes it to the office with this super swank executive desk chair made from a Ferrari F360 Challenge car seat. In the grand scheme of life what's another $8000 for some serious cool.
Just to show our space challenged readers that there is hope for your small scale floor plans here is the [k3] expanding chair that easily goes from one seat to three in a flash. The Baita Design group from Rio De Janeiro Brazil works closely with concept designers to take what is and explore what could be. See more of the forward thinking designs from Baita Design here.
The modern Hanging Egg Lounge Chair is a little more stylish than your typical outdoor furniture and takes a classic style to your patio for some quality leisure time. Despite its cool casual look the Egg Lounge Chair includes serious features like a durable polypropylene resin weave, and extruded aluminum TIG-welded powder coated frame with fittings made from #304 exterior-grade stainless steel. 45.5L x 40.5W x 81.75H" $3280 Get It 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.
The True Love swivel chair and sofa designed by busk+hertzog from GLOBE ZERO 4 was a winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2009 and if tradition holds true this year's winners will share an equal flair. The rounded shape of the True Love is possible thanks to molded foam and the vibrant colors really make the curves pop. See more of the snazzy modern furniture from GLOBE ZERO 4 of Denmark here.
Distinguished by simplicity and elegance, Viccarbe has a philosophy that promotes a furniture collection for people who "live in the present and think of the future". The "Ad Hoc" chair from renowned designer Jean-Marie Massaud offers a delicate and artful look at a very non-typical design that reminds me of a spider web sinking into a cube. See more of the furniture from Viccarbe including the Fuori Bench that received a prestigious Red Dot Award here.
Since 1958 the molded plywood counter stools, bar stools, and chairs by Norman Cherner have been seen in some stylish settings. The counter or bar height stools are available with a wood or metal base with a seat that is made of laminated plywood of graduated thickness from 15 to 5 layers at the perimeter of the shell. Reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and molds these classic stools are strong, lightweight and like the original, made entirely in the U.S.A. Available in classic walnut, natural walnut, clear beech, 'Stella' Orange, ebony, white, red gum and any combination of finishes with custom finishes available. Cherner chairs and stools are also available with upholstered seat pads. Get them Here