We've covered the portable Sitpack at their launch, and commented on the product's potential utility in industrial design education. Now the designers are back with a killer upgrade called the Sitpack Zen, built with hi-tech materials and intended for longevity. The design changes make the Zen both stronger and lighter
Even if you build furniture for exacting rich people and have a white-glove service deliver and install it, chances are slim that the client will take an extra-precise engineer's level to it and use lasers to site it. But this group of specialists who are hired each year to provide
Interesting furniture design from a man with an interesting background: Alain Gilles is an ex-banker who quit finance to study industrial design. Since opening his studio he's worked on both product design and furniture, and his Frame Sideboard, designed for Italian manufacturer Bonaldo, has caught our eye. The "frame" sideboard
Sometimes a client asks you for something that's a pain in the ass, but by pushing yourself and engaging that design brain, you're able to make gold out of it. Daniel Chaffin Furniture Makers, based in Louisville, received an unusual request for a dining table: "The client wanted to
Remember this adaptable bed frame by Detroit-based company Floyd? Well, after two years of waiting, the team has just unveiled a striking table to complement it: Not only is the table pleasant to look at, but it's also made with natural materials, including real birch wood and an all-natural linoleum
Here's a great, free resource for you furniture designers or architects looking for different ways to join materials together. A book called "Cassell's Carpentry and Joinery," first written and illustrated in 1854, painstakingly details all of the joinery techniques--many of them forgotten--that builders used for centuries to create our furniture
If you were shown a sketch of a design like this, to be made from solid wood, how would you make it? Consider that the radii of the slats are concentric, so that they cannot be separately laminated from a single mold. Well, the Croatia-based designer/builder (the chap behind
Do you remember the clever mechanism designed by Sander Lorier that enabled an office chair to turn into a lounge chair? He's now redesigned and refined it, creating this very cool piece of furniture that's now up on Kickstarter: The space-saving chair, and the engineering that went into
Marcel Breuer designed his Long Chair and Short Chair for the Isokon Furniture Company way back in the 1930s. This year the UK's Victoria and Albert Museum brought their cameras into the Isokon Plus workshop in London, to show you how the Short Chair's main component is built today. Check
In 1989, Jim Rose graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago with a background in sculpture, jewelry and casting. In the mid '90s, Wisconsin-based Rose and his wife took a roadtrip to the East Coast, and along the way they stopped by some Shaker museums to check
You remember this couch that folds into bunk beds? That one, called the Doc, was featured in our most popular video of all time. We've long known that that piece, and many of the others in the Resource Furniture showroom where we shot it, was designed and manufactured by
A' Design Award & Competition, one of the most well-known international annual juried competitions for design, is currently accepting submissions for its next cycle. The prestigious awards program covers a wide range of creative fields to highlight the very best designers from all countries in all disciplines. Entries to the
As someone with a messy desk, I so want this feature added to it: This desk was designed and built by Rob Day and Jeremy Kehoe, whose firm was called Carroll Street Woodworkers. They also designed this nifty bureau with push-button functionality (and I have zero idea how the mechanism
Last year we looked at Deskbloks, a design for modular desks that was a disaster on IndieGogo (just €27--not €27,000, just €27--raised on €30,000 goal). This year another design team has learned from those mistakes and come up with a similar-but-different system called Modulos:
A desk design with attachments giving it added functionality based on use. From residential to small office, the concept can evolve and be expanded on based on need. Attachments include a task lamp, a side pocket system for extra storage, a privacy screen and more.
It feels like years since the IKEA x HAY collaboration was announced, and today after plenty of waiting, the Ypperlig collection is finally here. This expansive collection designed by Mette and Rolf Hay of over 60 objects such as stools, benches, tables, vases, and even candle holders, are each
It's hard to believe that years ago, it was common for living rooms to be arranged like this: The furniture was arranged for entertaining, for conversation, for "company." It was once common for friends to drop by, even unannounced, and for you to spread some refreshments around while you sat
This Danish modern sewing cart was designed in an era when many households had sewing machines. Castors allow the user to wheel it over to the work. The top provides a worksurface on which fabrics or patterns can be laid. The legs are designed with raised corners for an
This Danish mid century bar cart, made from Brazilian rosewood, measures 25" long x 17.5" wide x 22" tall. The top, which has raised edges, doubles as a removable serving tray. The bottom tier features three plastic bottle holders. Mounted on four original castors. _________________ These "Mid Century
My mother bought this bookcase sometime in the 1940's, I think. It was sitting in my parents living room for over 40 years before they downsized and gave it to me. I brought it to the shop because my apartment already has too much stuff but I liked having it
The concept for the +x Bookshelf originated as a shelving solution to match the angle of the pitched roof of our firm's office, located in a traditional Beijing courtyard house. From that starting point, People's Industrial Design Office (PIDO) continued to develop +x Bookshelf components into a flexible, modular shelving
Benjamin Hubert of LAYER design will be launching a furniture collection for UK furniture company Allermuir at London Design Festival's Somerset House. The three piece collection consisting of a chair, a barstool and a small café table will be amongst many projects at the center for engaging design discussion and
I don't know if every ID department teaches this, but for our first Prototyping class at Pratt Institute, we were required to design and prototype a walking stick that could somehow transform into a seat. It was a useful assignment that taught us a lot about both fabrication and sourcing.
Here's a great example of a guy who turned his hobby into a business, and how not having enough money forced a creative decision that made the business take off. In 1958, Pierre Koller was a Swiss 34-year-old that had grown up in Lausanne and Zurich. Fond of collecting
As our work environments evolve from stagnant cubicles to spaces that demand adaptability for the sake of efficiency and creative thinking, the objects around us should do the same. A need for flexible workspaces has led to the normalization of products in the workplace like the standing desk. The productivity
I came across this interesting series of videos in Ikea's archives. Called the "Square Meter Challenge," Ikea's designers were tasked with using Ikea products to create livable, functional, comfortable space in some seriously tiny footprints. They start off with on-screen drawings explaining the concept behind each space, then show you
These days our basic furniture needs are met very economically by factories, so if you are making furniture the reason is usually a personal challenge, a desire to work with one's hands, and a desire to push the envelope of what can be made with wood. This entry is about
This rare Swedish Modern boomerang desk in teak was designed by Goran Strand for Lelangs Mobelfabrik in the 1960s. It's very similar to (and probably designed to compete with) the version by Peter Løvig Nielsen for Hedensted Møbelfabrik. Among the similarities are the locking bar cabinet in back and the
Circadia is an all-in-one sleep system to track, diagnose and treat your sleep problem. It consists of a sleep tracker that uses NASA inspired radar technology to monitor your sleep habits and a portable wake up light that uses data from the tracker to help you wake up and fall asleep.
As the stereotype goes, women love shopping and men hate it. Thus Shanghai's Global Harbor mega-mall has installed two "husband storage" pods where wives can drop their bored husbands off. The single-occupancy glass pods are kitted out with a chair and a gaming rig loaded up with "retro 1990s games;"
Karl Lagerfeld is a very particular man. I bet you think he lives in a house. Wrong. He lives in two houses that are side-by-side, separated by a distance of 2.5 meters. One house is for him to sleep and draw in. The other house is where he eats his meals and receives his guests. Maybe you're lucky enough to be one of the guests invited over. You think you'll be invited into the sleeping-and-sketching house? Wrong. You'll be invited into the second house where his office is.
Suso Caamanho is a woodworker in Spain who has attracted a sizable following on YouTube. One of the more interesting things he has built for his shop is a compact work station that opens to reveal a table saw, router table, and scroll saw It's not one of those builds
Our most successful video of all time, with some 17-million-plus views, is of the transforming furniture at Resource Furniture's Manhattan showroom. Being seven years old the resolution is terrible, which we realize, but we at least showed the furniture doing its thing with minimal fluff and fuss. Here are three
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