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
Quartz has got a great article up called "There's a trillion-dollar global black market for fake 'designer' chairs." Anyone interested in the problem of design piracy, and how to combat it, should give it a full read. (Kartell, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen, Knoll, Carl Hansen & Søn / Graphic
[Mild spoilers ahead.] We've once again gone through last night's "Game of Thrones," lightening shots to catch invisible details. The show is broadcast to be so visually dark that it's often impossible to see what's happening on-screen. As an example, when Euron Greyjoy's ship finally shows up, what I
It might be tough for me to sell you an inch-thick cross-section of Douglas Fir for $125. But if I encased it in acrylic and placed a live colony of termites in there, maybe you'd give it a second look. That's the hope of the folks behind the Termitat, a
If you've got access to a lasercutter, some 4mm / 1/8" plywood and live or work in an untidy environment, Thingiverse denizen Mutsuki's got you covered. She's designed and/or remixed a host of organizational designs like these nifty Stackable Boxes: And this Customizable Parts Box: Or this all-purpose Portable Box:
Here's a rather unusual drafting table, designed and built by Montana-based Douglas LaMont: Called the Cantilever, LaMont's design is the first of what he's calling his Ex Machina series. As it turns out, his design choices were influenced by industrial history, and specifically a little-spoken-of relationship between wood and metal
As I've mentioned here before, when I was studying ID one of my (famous) design professors hated when people redesigned an existing object to be made from a different material. He'd surely hate this table, but I'd like to hear what you think. Australian company Elite Innovations is selling, in
In 1971 Victor Papanek wrote his seminal Design for the Real World, a book I'm hoping is still required reading for modern-day design students. (Sample quote: "Much recent design has satisfied only evanescent wants and desires, while the genuine needs of man have often been neglected by the designer." Still valid today, yeah?)
This wonderful mid century modern bar in teak was designed by Arne Wahl Iversen for IKEA in the 1960s. Although it's rare to find pristine examples of well crafted IKEA pieces from the 1950s and 1960s, they do pop up once in a while, and are found mostly in
There's been a lot of "buzz" around BuzziSpace and 13&9's award-winning BuzziPleat, aka giant ruffs that can be used as sound dampeners, lighting, and/or decoration. They look just like this... but are way more functional. Although pretty much anything would be—unless anyone can convince me otherwise, those neck things do not seem to serve a purpose.
This beautiful Danish modern highback reclining lounge chair was manufactured by Trensums in the 1960s. The designer is unknown but most of the design work for Trensums was done by Johannes Andersen. The frame features sculpted teak arms and spindle legs. The back of this chair can
It's been referred to as both the LCW, for Lounge Chair Wood, and the Eames Plywood Lounge Chair. Whichever you call it, it's a classic piece of 20th-Century design. This video is great because it not only shows you how the chair is made, but provides the back story on
This Danish Modern five-drawer rosewood dresser was designed by Henning Jørgensen for Fredericia Furniture in the 1960s. It's got beautiful woodgrain and the construction is high quality throughout. Each drawer features a stunning streamlined lip and two carved pulls. It's a rare find, on account of the
While the legs of any wooden piece of furniture often start out as perfectly rectilinear off of the table saw, sometimes that blocky shape doesn't work with your final design. Tapers are easy enough to do with a tapering jig, and of course you could turn them on a lathe,
Here in another great episode of "Let's Talk About Design," natural-born designer Chris Salomone tackles a tough one: A reader sends in a design for a dining table co-designed by he and his spouse, and the results are hackneyed. Salomone gives it a once-over, then starts adding his proposed changes
Editors Note: Teshia a contributor to Core77 and Chief of Staff at Berlin-based startup Senic, who are currently building their second product COVI. When we began building COVI, it was on the heels of of our first product NUIMO. NUIMO is a controller for smart devices like Sonos and Phillips
LUNAR cofounders Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw sought to create a sculpturally oriented bench that provided social interaction opportunities for passersby in outdoor public places and museum and gallery exhibition spaces. People have an innate desire to engage, interact and play, yet there are a limited number of public spaces
It's always fun to watch someone design out loud. Here Izzy Swan creates a folding table that folds into a storage unit, and he builds it primarily out of plywood scraps. This seems like it'd be useful for college kids or the itinerant, as moving a table is typically a
This gorgeous Danish modern rocker was designed by Holger Georg Jensen for Tønder Møbelværk in 1958. This piece is known as Model 97, and these surface occasionally, but this particular piece is a bit special as it retains its colorful original candy striped wool upholstery. There is not much
This type of chair was a build project for America's Boy Scouts since the 1930s, though they didn't design it. It's been referred to as a Camping Chair, a Bog Chair, an X-Chair, a Stargazer Chair, a Viking Chair, an African Chair—no one can agree on where the design first came from or what it ought be called.
Very rarely do people buy office chairs simply for the look of them—this type of seating belongs more to the office supplies department than it does furniture design. "Office chairs look like machines. They always look slightly aggressive. It's a bit like car design these days... [the chairs are] overtly
If you own your home, it may make sense for you to invest in kitting it out with solar power. But for the millions of folks who rent, it's not possible to go green in this way. That will change if SolarGaps, a system of solar-panel-laden Venetian blinds, work as
The Nebraska-based folks behind Levrack had a problem that those of you with shops will recognize. "Our shop was in need of a storage solution," they write. "Every type of shelving that we tried seemed to add to the clutter, and take up much needed wall space." You've undoubtedly seen
Kent Welsh runs Griffin Modern Furniture & Design, a custom production shop based in West Des Moines, Iowa. I was struck by the unique aesthetic of his pieces: The form factors are Mid Century Modern-ish, but the aesthetic is a cross between steampunk and military, with a dash of Cold-War-era
I was surprised to hear who was collaborating with the furniture company Bernhardt Design this year for their ICFF booth display, which is also perhaps precisely what intrigued me about it. On the first day of the fair, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, and finally NFL linebacker-turned-Brooklyn Nine-Nine star
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