A table reflecting the depths of the ocean

The Abyss TableA layered coffee table by Duffy London resembles the depths of the ocean.

The Abyss Table stacks blue glass on slices of light wood, which gives the impression of a sandy sea bed.

The glass echoes the effect of the ocean, as the layers appear to darken as they deepen.

The uniquely shaped table mimics the contours of the ocean and was handmade by Christopher Duffy’s team.

Find out more about the table here and tell us what you think of it.

Layers Cloud Chair

Designer Richard Hutten has debuted his brand new chair at the Milan Furniture Fair.

‘Layers Cloud Chair’ uses 545 layers of coloured fabric, which were individually drawn, cut and manually assembled.

The chair, inspired by Arizona’s Painted Desert, has a round and soft profile with a mesmerising circular pattern.

Hutten used Kvadrat‘s Divina fabric for the chair; Kvadrat displayed the finished product in their exhibition at the fair.

Find out more about the chair here and tell us what you think of it.

Nichetto at Stockholm Design Week

Italian designer Luca Nichetto has debuted some innovative new products at Stockholm Design Week 2014, including his ‘Notes’.

Nichetto created a series of sound panels, entitled ‘Notes’, for furniture manufacturer Offecct.  Made from recyclable felt and other materials, the different shaped panels can be easily arranged and decorated, lending themselves to dividing space as well as absorbing sound.

Luca Nichetto’s company, Nichetto & Partners, opened in 2006 and since then he has won several awards, including the ‘Interior Innovation Award 2013’, ‘IF Product Design Award 2009’ and ‘Grandesign Award 2008’.

Stockholm Design Week has been a yearly fixture in the Swedish capital since 2002 and incorporates the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, at which Nichetto exhibited the new products.

Nichetto’s other collaborations at Stockholm Design Week included Canadian shop Mjölk, De La Espada, and One Nordic Furniture Company.

Find out more about Luca Nichetto and his work here.

Marché des créateurs

A designer has co-created a multipurpose installation, ‘Marché des créateurs’, for a Luxembourg museum.

In conjunction with MUDAM, Noa Haim constructed 200 cardboard stools as ‘building blocks’ for a popup shop named ‘Marché des créateurs’.

Artists and creatives could arrange the stools into areas in which to sell their work – it only took one afternoon to build the entire shop from the furniture.

Haim said: We were trying to keep the design minimal, so visitors would focus on the goods for sale, while also forming a unique retail environment. The system was designed as an open system to allow maximum flexibility for the créateurs participating at the event – they could adjust their own stand according to their needs.’

After the shop closed, the stools were repurposed for the museum’s elderly visitors during guided tours, but will be reassembled into the shop in the summer.

Noa Haim is based in Rotterdam and operates under the title ‘Collective Paper Aesthetics’. Working primarily with cultural and educational establishments, Haim’s motto is ‘everyone can play a designer’.

Look at more pictures from the project here and tell us if you would like to see this kind of popup shop in our museums.

Designer transforms waste into unique furniture

Designer Piet Hein Eek, famous for making furniture from waste material, has taken his vision one step further by creating his ‘Waste Waste’ range.

‘Waste Waste’ uses the wood offcuts that are too small to be used in the original ‘Waste’ collection, in which he takes scrap material and constructs items from scratch. For the new range, Eek cuts the awkwardly-shaped remnants into 40mm by 40mm cubes and uses them as a skin on a design rather than the whole construction, cutting down on labour and time.

This method creates simple, strong pieces, such as round ‘pixellated’ tables, and each piece is unique due to the cubes’ original varnish or paint.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us if you would have one of these pieces in your living room.

2D squiggles that you can sit on!

Artist Daigo Fukawa has brought these 2D sketches to life by designing them as chairs.

His clever furniture challenges viewer’s perceptions because they appear to be purely 2D at first.

The furniture is sturdy enough to sit on – proving that looks can be deceiving with these designs.

Take a closer look at this range here, and tell us if you would happily take a seat on these.

Dine and play pool at the same table

Pool and dining tableAlways wanted to have a pool table but never have had space for one? Fusion Tables has created a perfect solution to that problem by combining a dining table and a pool table into one.

Essentially a convertible table, Fusion Table lets your dining space double as a cool place to hang out and socialize with friends or family after dinner.

The contemporary table features a multi-piece removable top that allows the dining table to be converted to a full-sized billiards table in just a minute, it also uses an invisible pocket technology, giving no hint to your guests about the secret feature of the table.

You can find this product and other bespoke tables here, let us know if you think your family would appreciate a bit of pool before and after dinner.

Pop-up garden along the Thames

Pop-up gardenPop-up GardenThe Design Museum has opened a pop-up garden in ‘The Tank’ outside the museum along the Thames. The garden is a joint venture with Swiss design company Vitra.

The garden, with its overgrow grass, features designs from some of the biggest names such as Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton. It also provides a space for visitors to sit and enjoy the area and sights.

All the pieces featured are also on sale at the museum shop or online here.

Target builds giant dolls house in station

Doll HouseThresholdIn an experiential stunt of the grandest of scales, American retailer Target built a life-size dolls house in the middle of Grand Central Station in New York.

The installation, which was created by Deutsch Los Angeles, is a showcase of their Threshold home décor line and features between 3,500 and 4,000 products, with staff on hand for demonstrations and help.

The dolls house was built in just 54 hours by fitting together interlocking 4-by-8 panels creating a 1600-square-foot open-plan house, as well as a patio and lawn area.  This space allows Target to show-off their latest lines in their entirety, which would not be possible to do in stores, and will give some great exposure with over 500,000 people visiting the station every day.

You can find out more about the installation at Ad Age here.

The Chalk Room

Chalk RoomChalk RoomChalk RoomDesign studio JamesPlumb has followed up their refit of East London based store Hostem‘s shop floor with a new showroom in the basement of the same building.

A dimly lit room, decorated with some unique furniture, The Chalk Room is currently dedicated to Hostem’s bespoke service, made-to-measure clothing and accessories, but shoppers can also order furniture from JamesPlumb including a chandelier made from clusters of antique lampshades and a chest of drawers built from stacks of suitcases.

To create the downstairs room the studio opened up the space, painted it dark and dimmed the lighting, creating a calmness by making the corners and edges of the walls disappear.

Some of the unique furniture they have provided for the space includes a Chesterfield sofa that has a table coming out of the centre and a wardrobe that appears to be falling over. 

Find out more about their work with Hostem at dezeen.

Photographs by Thomas Giddings.

Milan Design Week 2013 Showcase

Pure shoeTools for Life3 Nuns StoolMilan Design week took place at the beginning of the month, an event that showcases the latest designs from around the world, with a focus upon furniture.

Many architects have worked in collaboration with manufacturers to design pieces to be shown here, and so ArchDaily has compiled a list of what they feel are the Best Architect Designed Products from the week.

The list includes work by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line, where he explored fashion, creating Pure – a high quality trainer that idolizes “purity of form”.

Also featured is Tools for Life,  a new furniture range designed by OMA for Knoll and Ron Arad’s 3 Nuns Stool for Moroso’s American Collection.

Take look at the full list here.

A desk system for collaboration

SynthesisSynthesisSynthesisDesigner Seth Moczydlowski was thinking of educations establishments when designing the Synthesis Collaborative Desk, but we feel that there is serious potential for a wide range of applications. 

Each desk stands alone or fits snugly in a group of five for collaboration. The blend of wood and vibrant colors creates an interesting visual contrast that defines individual space when working together. Stackable, durable, and lightweight, they’re a great solution in any creative environment.

They were designed as part of an open-ended assignment that was themed around nature and the concepts of isolation vs. togetherness. Fulfilling this brief Seth states “In the classroom, students are required to work individually, as well as collaboratively at different times of the day. My desk design allows both functions, while providing an aesthetically pleasing environment for learning.”

Let us know what you think of them; would you like to use them in your office?

Space saving seating

Cube 6Cube 6Cube 6A system of stools that slot together to form a cube has been designed and built by Naho Matsuno.

Cube 6 is a product made from birch plywood and maple and the cube is 350 x 350 x 350mm when slotted together, and creates 6 stools or tables when taken apart.

Perfect for those who love to entertain or are short of space. The clever use of rails allows the stools to easily slide together and come apart when needed.

The is also a 3 stool version.

Fancy a seat with some style?

Hex stool Hex stool Hex stoolCreative furniture company Sixinch is giving away their amazing Hex Stool.

It’s very easy to enter; all you need to do is email them at pr@sixinch.eu with your name by the 28th February, and you will be entered into a draw to win one of five of these funky bits of furniture.

Sixinch specializes in the design and manufacturing of high concept foam coated furniture and architectural products.

Find out more here.

Talk to street furniture in Bristol

HLP ConvoHLP collageThe winning project of the first Playable City Awards will allow residents of Bristol to text lamp posts, post boxes and other street furniture.

“Hello Lamp Post” is an interactive art project, that allows users to text a number with the message hello, the objects name and the identifier code used on all street furniture. In turn they will receive a reply from this item, leading to either a conversation or possibly a game.

The project was conceived by London-based Pan Studios and locals will be able to start conversing with bus stops and more from June this year.

You can download the full proposal here.

Iconic stool turns 80

Stool 60Stool 60 Stackedstool 60stool 60 mike meireOne of the most iconic and yet simplistic pieces of furniture turns 80 this year.

Artek’s Stool 60 is a familiar sight to many, and it is not really a surprise that this beautifully simple stool was designed by highly acclaimed architect Alvar Aalto. 

The unique design of the stool relies on the fact that it was the first 3-legged stool made of wood, and not tubular steel, with the iconic L-shaped legs taking years to perfect, the result being a simple and stackable stool that has survived the test of time for the best part of a century.

To commemorate the 80th birthday, Artek is releasing a series of the stools in the same colours that Alvar used in his designs at the time of their creation. They are also working with well known architects and designers to produce a new series of stools, with the first ones being released designed by Mike Meiré.  

There is a video showing the creation of his colourful stools below. Read the 80th Birthday press release here.

Morphing business card

Vintage Chair Business CardBentply Business CardBentply DesignVintage furniture retailer Bentply has come up with a rather interesting business card. 

The card is made from kiss-cut plywood and can be made into a mini bent chair – a replica of an iconic 1934 armchair designed by Gerald Summers.

A very inventive and fun way to get people to remember your brand, whilst also pandering to their creative side.

Find out more about London retailer Bentply here.

Boss launches innovation in privacy seating

Boss Design - CegaBoss Design has created a totally symmetrical personal seating unit that boasts advanced acoustic qualities.

Cega is formed by a profile cut tubular construction and features advanced internal heat welded vertical fluted upholstery. It has a contoured design has been developed to reduce peripheral vision and external noise, whilst the open top structure allows for the correct level of ambient light to pass through the system.

Cega is available as a static unit or as a 360 degree swivel alternative for enhanced privacy. 

A great piece of design and function – perfect for public spaces where privacy is required.

See more at Boss Design.

Office sector outlook

Our guest blogger Helen Parton takes a look at current office furniture trends.

OrgatecOrgatec, the biennial exhibition championing all things workplace, is rapidly approaching. Before you all head to Cologne, let’s consider how the office landscape has changed in the last few years.   

Now that even those so staunchly resistant to the open plan working concept such as the legal profession have wholeheartedly embraced it, what office workers are now crying out for is somewhere to think and be contemplative. Private phone booths, high back sofas, noise absorbing panelling, you name it, it’s all about finding a way for concentrated work to take place.  

Collaborative working still remains at the heart of how we work today but the break out space has to aesthetically please and sustain a number of functions nowadays – a few mismatched pieces of furniture will simplify not cut the mustard. When myself and Kerstin Zumstein wrote our book, Total Office Design, (published by Thames and Hudson in 2011) offices such as Microsoft’s Amsterdam headquarters by Sevil Peach introduced the idea of ‘activity-based working': work wherever you like in the building or even at home as long as long as the job gets done.  

Now in, increasing numbers of forward-thinking companies, you’re just as likely to see the CEO perched on a bench in the cafe as the boardroom and hardly anyone, apart from finance departments who need designated desks to crunch those all important numbers and print confidential documents, working nine-to-five at the same workstation day-in, day out.  

Another important trend in workplace design is a reaction to our continually wavering outlook to the economy. It seems that almost daily another report from another institution comes out saying we’re either teetering on the brink of economic collapse or actually it’s not so bad after all. Little wonder businesses are confused, which is why interior designers and facility managers are opting for furniture and fixtures that can adapt to a changing number of staff. Lots of the projects we featured in the book adopted this principle from the PostPanic production studios in Amsterdam to the Student Loans Company in Darlington.  

Flexibility, whether that’s in terms of where your staff are working or how many of them you employ at once is where it’s at in workplace design in 2012. Let’s see what solutions Orgatec presents to meet these demands.

Celebrating design ‘Before 1980′

Before 1980 fairHere’s a new fair to add to you calendar for the London Design Festival, but this one is not for those seeking out cutting edge design; this is one for those looking for retro.

The organisors say ‘Before 1980 is a fair that favours style over age and has invited like-minded traders to exhibit – whose stock style is distinctive and special, and whose displays are always creative and inspirational.’ 

Amelia Forster, organiser, says “Interior style magazines continue to reference and feature past design periods – this only helps to reinforce the idea that vintage offers a great level of quality and style without a large investment.  We have recognised the growing interest in vintage design and décor and its place in contemporary homes.”

“Before1980 will be a fair with an eclectic mix of antiques, mid-century and vintage – we hope people will be inspired by the looks on offer but feel they can really go home with something.”

The first fair features handpicked traders selling stylish pieces for the home and garden; it will be part of a series of seasonal events celebrating home style from Before1980. The fair is on Saturday 22nd September in the Central Library, Islington, London.

For more information click here.


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