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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  17 Mar 2014  |  Comments (3)

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More details on IKEA's forthcoming PS 2014 Collection: It seems the Swedish furniture giant had hired a gaggle of designers "hand-picked from around the world" to complete the line, and while some are relative unknowns, at least four are not: Both Rich Brilliant Willing and matali crasset were commissioned to add their respective design spins to the youth-based collection.

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Brooklyn-based RBW's statement on their two objects, the Storage Table and LED Stool Lamp, are as terse as their designs are clean:

A few words can describe the idea behind our two works: seamless, lively, transform. Other thoughts: simple, active /dynamic, mutate/metamorphosis.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  12 Mar 2014  |  Comments (2)

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We've got very little hard information, but it seems a handful of European and Scandinavian individual bloggers have been seeded with photos of these forthcoming IKEA designs. The Swedish furniture giant will soon be releasing their IKEA PS 2014 collection, a new line designed "for a home in constant motion, always ready for new situations and furniture needs."

The pieces are quirky to be sure. For one there's this peculiar narrow bench, intended to be a used as temporary butt-parking station while you take your shoes on and off, and it takes up a minimum of space:

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There's this odd pendant lamp (pictured at top and below) that brings to mind an exploding Death Star:

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Posted by erika rae  |   4 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

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The first thing I thought of when I saw this trio of tables was of that one terrible Dixie Chicks song, "Wide Open Spaces." But that pretty much nails it when it comes to this series, titled "TOP Tables," from Olze & Wilkens. The Berlin & Freiburg-based duo deftly translates the scale of the lightly stained woodgrain to create the winsome scenes. From swimsuit-clad sunbathers on a sparsely populated beach to cabins against a backdrop of fresh snow, it takes just a couple well-placed elements, digitally printed on plywood, to suggest an aerial image on the otherwise unassuming tabletop.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  24 Feb 2014  |  Comments (1)

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As eight million of you saw, Resource Furniture's already got a good grasp on hideaway bedrooms, living spaces and workspaces. So it's no surprise that they're marching through the rest of the house and tackling a more complicated space: The kitchen. They've just announced their new Stealth Kitchen modules, which turn full-sized appliances into unassuming cabinetry at the flip of a few panels.

In as little as six linear feet, Stealth Kitchen incorporates all the necessities of a high-end, modern kitchen—refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven, cooktop, sink, counter space and abundant storage—all cleverly concealed behind a wall of cabinetry that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

The product is new enough that as of yet they've only got this teaser video up:

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Posted by erika rae  |  20 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Bert Loeschner has a thing for garden chairs. You know, the ones we buy, use for a couple of family get-togethers and eventually leave in the lawn to slowly disappear into the weeds—my family has a green version that's been sitting underneath a tree in our yard since I was in elementary school. While these plastic fixtures typically recede into the background as they take on the patina of dirt, precipitation and time itself, Loeschner has taken to elevating them above and beyond the banal. With a lot of twisting and a little humor, Loeschner manages to replace the image we have of the common deck fixture.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  19 Feb 2014  |  Comments (5)

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When we say Ikea has two furniture lines for the record books, we mean they've got one for the records and one for the books. While the Billy is the world's best-selling piece of furniture for housing printed tomes, it is the grid-like Expedit that is the record collectors' essential buy, second in importance only to their turntables. And it's no surprise why: The individual Expedit compartment's standard, relatively narrow 13.25" width and stacked verticals provide the support needed for heavy vinyl. Those with LPs stored on more conventional, longer-span shelves typically experience more SAG than a Hollywood film production.

So it caused communal dismay when a record collector learned that IKEA was discontinuing the Expedit in his home country of Germany, the first to lose the line; upon posting his concerns to IKEA Deutschland's Facebook page, he received confirmation that come April, the Expedit will be kaput.

A replacement has been promised: The Kallax, which seems identical to the Expedit, yet has thinner sides and rounded edges (purportedly for the safety of children!)

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  14 Feb 2014  |  Comments (4)

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For their new offices on West 20th Street, creative agency The Barbarian Group wanted an office design that would live up to their catchphrase ("It's gonna be awesome.") Thus they commissioned L.A.-based architect Clive Wilkinson to design them an enormous desk—some 4,400 square feet—that the bulk of the staff would all use at once.

The crazy, undulating form has a CNC-milled plywood frame, which was flatpack-shipped from its fabrication center in L.A. to the office in New York; a resin surface was then poured on-site. But enough talk, take a look at this thing:

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Posted by Jeri Dansky  |  13 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Many of you who have designed desks have done so in a studio. But as a professional organizer for nine years, I've been inside hundreds of people's homes and offices and have made this simple observation designers could benefit from: Not all end-users will have space next to their desks for file cabinets, credenzas, etc. Those customers may appreciate a desk designed to provide storage, so critical papers and tools can be kept close at hand. There are many ways to provide this storage, using traditional techniques or more unusual approaches. Here are a variety of designs for you to check out, with the scale swinging both ways on the style-vs.-utility balance, as per the designers' tastes.


Traditional: Desks with drawers

The photo above illustrates a great example of updating the style of a basic design. The standard way to provide storage is simply to have drawers—on one side, or on both. The Horace Desk from Geoffrey Keating provides this while adding a dash of retro, combining sheet-metal drawers with handsome hardwood. Also note the elegant dovetails not only on the drawer fronts, but in the surface of the desk itself, where you rarely see them. And don't forget that if you're putting drawers on both sides, you'll want to ensure there's enough leg space left so the customer doesn't feel cramped and uncomfortable. The drawers may be various sizes, and some customers will want at least one drawer which accommodates hanging file folders.

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For an example on how a basic idea like drawers can get re-thought, look at the Cartesia desk from Colors—where the drawers can open to the front or to the side. This allows you to access two adjacent drawers at once—an interesting feature, though this utility can really only be taken advantage of in offices of particular and minimalist layout; since you need room to pull out those side drawers, the design effectively kills the possibility of placing more furniture adjacent to the desk. Note that the bottom three panels front one deeper drawer, and there's a small drawer at the top rear that allows stored items to use the cable feed slot.


Traditional: Desks with matching pedestals

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Some end users need to shift their workspaces throughout the day—for example, they might be sitting alone at their desks in the morning, then sitting side-by-side with a co-worker to collaborate on something in the afternoon. For situations like this, where more legroom is spontaneously needed, a mobile pedestal that fits under a drawer-less desk provides flexibility in how the storage is placed, but doesn't use all the under-desk space as well as built-in drawers do. The CBox Doppio from Dieffebi, designed by Gianmarco Blini, has a nice touch: the fitted cushion that allows the pedestal to serve as seating.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  10 Feb 2014  |  Comments (2)

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Not practical, but awfully cool: Austria-based Klemens Torggler is on a mission to re-invent the door, by breaking it into two sections and adding hinges that move in a different axis than you'd expect. Observe:

That one's called the Evolution Door and it's skinned in fabric; it's difficult to tell from the perspective in the video, but it appears the corners swing out towards the user in 3D space while in motion, then return to their original plane when open or closed.

A more basic, easier-to-comprehend version is Torggler's steel Stahltür model, whose motion is limited to X and Y axes:

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Posted by erika rae  |   7 Feb 2014  |  Comments (1)

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From self-balancing cubes to Pete Wegner's inverted city within a city, it's safe to say that we've seen our share of gravity-defying designs. Since then, we've found three projects that we can't help but draw similarities between. Here are a few more force-defying projects that we've come across recently.

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The Tbilisi, Georgia-based design studio is no stranger to sharp angles and head-tilting constructions. Their series, which takes its name from the acute angles of the pieces, consists a trio of reality-bending furniture pieces: a red chair, a console & chair and a blue table. While the photos are a little too "American Apparel" for our tastes with their leotard-clad models, we can't deny the conversation starter appeal of this series.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   5 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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From Seinfeld to Friends, from Rhoda to The Odd Couple, NYC apartments are always depicetd on television as being ridiculously huge. Of course that's a far cry from reality, but at least one show has not only got the scale correct, but has actually injected elements of space-saving design into it: Charlie's sub-200-square-foot studio apartment on HBO's "Girls."

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I don't watch the show and don't know if the apartment still figures into the storyline, but a couple years ago the L.A. Times ran a feature on the fictional apartment's design, cleverly created by production designer Laura Ballinger Gardner. While it is in fact a set, it's pretty stunning how simultaneously realistic and tasteful it looks. On top of that, the design solutions to small-space storage and living, from the bed-topping loft-lounge with storage stairs to the "Mondrian-inspired birch plywood" storage wall to the bedsprings-cum-pot-rack, would be a welcome addition to many an NYC studio.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   3 Feb 2014  |  Comments (1)

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Those of you who watched yesterday's Super Blowout might have found more interesting viewing on the sidelines. You may have spotted, between the bouts of non-action, the chunky-looking benches you see above.

As their size and conformation indicates, those are no regular benches. With early weather forecasts unable to rule out a cold snap, and because it was popularly assumed that Denver was going to show up and actually play some football, keeping the players warm on the sidelines was a concern. So a Florida-based company called Athletic Recovery Zone was commissioned to deliver their Recovery Zone benches, which blow hot air out of the bottom and headrest, encapsulating players in a cocoon of warmth.

The benches first hit the market in 2010 and were originally designed to create the opposite effect: Brian Cothren was contacted by the Jacksonville Jaguars because their yankee players couldn't cut the swamp-like Floridian humidity. Cothren's aluminum, air-conditioned design kept the players from wilting on the sidelines (even if they didn't do a damn thing for the Broncos), and he successfully launched ARZ to produce them.

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The Recovery Zone benches are rented, not sold; installation requires a forklift and for ARZ technicians to route plumbing and electrical into the units. They can be switched from hot to cold, and in addition to sports venues—for college ball, the PGA, NASCAR and the like—ARZ is now targeting "the harshest of indoor or outdoor workplace environments" in the commercial and industrial sectors. Smelting operations, oil and gas rigs, and even paper mills are places where workers are exposed to extreme temperatures and could use a little temporary relief.

ARZ claims that the temperature relief is proven to boost employee productivity and morale. But we're guessing they're not going to sell too many in Colorado.

Posted by Jeri Dansky  |  30 Jan 2014  |  Comments (6)

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I'm Jeri Dansky, and I've been a professional organizer since November 2004. I help people whose clutter is driving them crazy—and I help the mostly organized do even better. I work with clients to de-clutter and organize their offices, closets, garages, entryways, kitchens and more. I've been blogging since 2006, often focusing on interesting products that address various organizing challenges. When other organizers are looking for products to help their clients—products that go beyond the basics of plastic bins and such—I'm often the person they ask for help. So while I'm not a designer myself, I've been interested in design (especially as it relates to organizing) for many years, and I'm very appreciative of the great work I often see.

In this new column for Core77, I'll be using my experience to show you cool, inspirational stuff on the storage/organization front each week.

If you're designing a bed for urban customers—or anyone with a small home—every bit of extra storage helps. So instead of wasting the space under the bed (or leaving customers to find boxes or baskets that fit underneath), you may want to incorporate under-bed storage into your design. There are two basic ways such storage can be done: with drawers or shelves along the base, or with a platform that lifts up to provide storage underneath.

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My house was built in the 1960s, which mean the bedrooms are small, and a queen- or king-sized bed takes up most of the floorspace. So I'm glad my bed has a base with built-in drawers, but I'm delighted to see designers creating much nicer products than what I've got.

The lovely bed shown above—part of the LAX Series from MASHstudios—has something you seldom see: wheels on the drawers. It has four of these rolling drawers on each side.

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I spoke to the brand manager at MASHstudios about this design, and learned that most people ask about those wheels, because it's such an unusual approach; most storage beds use normal drawer slides, with the associated hardware. But this was an aesthetic choice the company made; for the LAX Series, it specifically tries to use "as little hardware as possible" and to avoid things like visible mounted tracks. The wheels are made of polyurethane (or something similar), and shouldn't damage most floors; the company has not heard of any such damage problems.

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Some people may prefer to have fewer but larger drawers. This Knickerbocker bed from Wonk can be ordered with one or two drawers on each side; if you go with one drawer, it can be either the size shown above, or larger. Providing that level of customization is a nice touch, so customers can get the storage that works best for them.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  27 Jan 2014  |  Comments (1)

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Everyone from furniture builders to door manufacturers to IKEA understands the value of a torsion box. A torsion box is a completely flat, very sturdy and relatively lightweight surface, and anyone designing anything structural and rectilinear should understand its principles.

The concept is simple, even if construction can be tedious: Two flat, horizontal surfaces are sandwiched over a grid of crossmembers, and once the sandwich is glued shut, a rigidity much greater than that possessed by the individual parts is achieved.

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For furniture builders who require completely flat assembly surfaces, a torsion box is often one of the first things they'll build to kit out their shop; hence there are tons of craftspeople who've posted online tutorials on how to build one. Marc Spagnuolo, a.k.a. "The Wood Whisperer," put together a pretty comprehensive 20-minute-plus video on how he built his. Spanguolo shows you how to get past the dilemma of building your first torsion box, which is: how do you construct a perfectly flat surface, before you've got a perfectly flat surface to assemble it on?

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Posted by erika rae  |  24 Jan 2014  |  Comments (1)

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It's easy to create something that's appealing structure-wise, but nailing down a complementary texture is a lot tougher. Elaborate surface treatments can be overpowering, making it tough to recognize a design's clean lines; skip the texture and the composition risks coming off a bit passé. Julien Carretero's series of Stencil Aluminum Furniture seems to have found a refreshing harmony between the two instincts. The fabric-like rivets give a bit of depth to the overall structure—as well as the series' story, if you take the time to take a closer look.

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Carretero has managed to create a casting course that's a bit more straightforward and economical than the techniques we're used to reading about. By creating a mold that's lined with heat-resistant strips of fabric, Belgian-based Carretero is able to mimic the textile's composition in a much-simplified aluminum casting process. Check out this behind-the-scenes video:

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  16 Jan 2014  |  Comments (2)

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If you've got the bucks, an HD projector is a cool alternative to a television. It's about as unobtrusive as it gets, turning any white wall into a screen larger than the biggest LED or plasma screen you can buy. But installing a projector is a pain—I helped a buddy hook one up, and mounting it to the ceiling required us making a custom plate for it, then dragging the ladder back and forth to find the perfect spot for it, not to mention drilling into a stamped-tin ceiling. Then came the PITA of getting cables to the thing and having to drill supports for the cables along their length. And once it's up and running, if you find you need to make physical adjustments to the thing or de-dust it after a period of months, well, time to break out the ladder again.

Sony's brilliant design solution to projector hassles is their 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  14 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Time for our annual check-in with Reinier de Jong (see complete list below). The Rotterdam-based designer's REK expandable bookcase design is amazing enough that since its 2008 launch, it's experienced multiple popularity booms on the interwebs. The only downside to the REK is that you need a good amount of free space to put it in; de Jong's latest, the MODULAR shelves, can also take up a lot of space, but give the user the option of building them up over time.

The MODULAR's building block is a single and simple rectangular unit, fitted with holes on two axes for dowels.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   3 Jan 2014  |  Comments (1)

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I'm loving the design of the Mastro Table, created for Italian manufacturer DeCastelli by Viareggio-based Gumdesign. It's not just the clean look—it's the perfect, elegant simplicity of proper materials exploitation.

Take a sheet of iron and it's pretty strong. Bend the edges twice and it's even stronger, gaining I-beam-like rigidity. And now that you've bent those edges, a channel is created--the perfect place to slot a crossbeam for trestle legs.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |   2 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)

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One of last year's entries to make the 2013 roundup was this piano that was converted into a workbench. Any time you've got 300-plus pounds of antique quarter-sawn oak sitting around, it is of course better to recycle it into something useful, even if the music-generating parts no longer work; and the cast-iron parts can be hauled down to a salvage yard for some extra dough.

It looks like a lot of folks are onto this. Vicky Neuman converted an old upright into a bookcase/desk, and exhaustively documented the process, with many photos, here.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  26 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77 2013 Year in Review: Top Ten Posts · Furniture, Pt. 1 · Furniture, Pt. 2
Digital Fabrication, Pt. 1 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 2 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 3 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 4
Insights from the Core77 Questionnaire · Maker Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Future · Food & Drink
Materials, Pt. 1: Wood · Materials, Pt. 2: Creative Repurposing · Materials, Pt. 3: The New Stuff
True I.D. Stories · High-Tech Headlines · The Year in Photos

When it comes to space-saving, transformable furniture, no one has a better eye for curating it than Ron Barth and his Resource Furniture distribution company. This year we got a take a look at video of their Transforming Micro-Apartment, sited at the Museum of the City of New York. Loaded up with cleverly-designed pieces by Italian manufacturer Clei, the 325-square-foot "Launchpad" boasts more functionality than places three times the size.

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On the other end of the spectrum in space-saving, we saw Seattle-based Steve Sauer's self-designed, self-built Pico Dwelling Micro-Apartment. Engineer Sauer sought to turn a virtually unlivable 182-square-foot storage unit into a home in its own right, and we have to say the Ikea-hacking bike nut pulled it off admirably.

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Ricardo Freisleben Lacerda's Space-Saving Table and Breakdown Closet were also big hits with readers. Coroflotter Lacerda is a Brazil-based industrial designer, and his Gaming Table and Nomad Closet, as they're officially called, are clever exercises in doing more with less space; and the Nomad Closet wins extra points for both breaking down into a tidy box and coming together without the use of tools.

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  26 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77 2013 Year in Review: Top Ten Posts · Furniture, Pt. 1 · Furniture, Pt. 2
Digital Fabrication, Pt. 1 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 2 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 3 · Digital Fabrication, Pt. 4
Insights from the Core77 Questionnaire · Maker Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Future · Food & Drink
Materials, Pt. 1: Wood · Materials, Pt. 2: Creative Repurposing · Materials, Pt. 3: The New Stuff
True I.D. Stories · High-Tech Headlines · The Year in Photos

For 2013, one of our most-trafficked furniture stories was a check-in with Hellman-Chang, the Brooklyn-based duo that's Bringing the Glamour Back into Furniture Design. Dan Hellman and Eric Chang are Core77 faves, as we've watched them achieve, in less than ten years, what much larger furniture groups have literally taken generations to reach. And they've also managed to accomplish some industry firsts, as we heard in a follow-up video, " From Small Shop to Big Time, from Small Screen to Big Screen."

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Across the country in Washington State, we heard from a creator of very different types of furniture. Homebuilder Ron Paulk not only told us all about his amazing mobile woodshop, but gave us the story of how he'd created an accidental product design hit with his Paulk Workbench (the plans for which can be ordered here).

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  23 Dec 2013  |  Comments (10)

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Confession: When I meet people who find IKEA furniture difficult to assemble, I write them off as idiots. I told this to my girlfriend (also an industrial designer) and she concurred; I don't know if it's because we ID'ers are trained to read drawings and put things together, but we both find the instructions exceedingly simple, the assembly straightforward and unchallenging.

Still, it seems a lot of people actually have trouble driving screws and nails. And for these folks, designer and Eindhoven grad Benjamin Vermeulen has a clever solution in his flatpack, no-tools-required Magnetic Assisted Geometry furniture line:

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  17 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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10jours10designers ("10 Days, 10 Designers") is the name of a recent design competition held by French furniture design house Minimalist Editions. The challenge was pretty simple: Each designer gets an oak slab, 400mm × 250mm × 28mm—that's roughly 16” × 10” × 1” to us Yanks—access to a CNC workshop and an ebeniste, and has ten days to come up with an oddments tray, or whatever you call that little key-holding dish by the front door of your house.

While the end products are pretty refined, they remind me a lot of those design school projects, where groups of students are given identical materials and yet yield a surprising variety of designs. Check out Lionel Dinis Salazar's artfully-kerfed "PAVO":

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Pierre Dubourg's pretty bi-level number leaves no doubt as to what the form was inspired by—it's called "Super Tanker":

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Posted by erika rae  |   5 Dec 2013  |  Comments (1)

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Duffy London is really good at giving everyday furniture essentials fun, design-savvy flair. Most recently, we saw their swinging table at this year's London Design Festival. The brand's versatility fits any home—if you're looking for a contemporary simple statement piece, you're covered. Bend a few joints, twist a few knobs or fold over a table leaf and you've got a totally different (and more complex) piece of furniture.

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This is the case with their new series of folding tables. What may come off as an angular space-saving coffee table is actually also an expansive dining room table. In two simple movements, the hidden legs and leaves that make up the coffee table pull out to become a 4.5' x 2.5' dining area. The MK1 Mini Transforming Table may come in at a steep price (about $1,080), but really it's like buying two tables in one, so you can't feel that guilty about it. For small spaces, this may be the table we've all been wishing for.

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Posted by Ray  |   4 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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When it comes down to it, good design is often more a matter of execution as opposed to the idea itself: Speculate as we might, a product must actually be in production in order for the world to appreciate its merits. And while few among us have the luxury of not having to compromise (Apple, for one, if Leander Kahney's biography of Jony Ive is any indication), these are precisely the instances in which the vision must remain coherent if the concept is to be realized in full.

Count Moroso among the vanguard of design-led brands. The Udine-based furniture company celebrated its 60th Anniversary last year, but as Creative Director Patrizia Moroso notes, they took the opportunity not to look back but to look forward. She personally toured their factories, "looking for the prototypes an the pieces that never went into production," for an exhibition in Milan last year. "All the things that go before the 'birth' [of a project]"—samples, prototypes, early experiments (some of which were aborted)—"it was very emotional, because I remember when the designer came and changed this detail, maybe he [or she] changed a lot..."

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But she doesn't dwell on that which could have been: When we caught up with her at Moroso's New York showroom in October, Patrizia was in a buoyant mood (thanks, perhaps, to a few espressos following a flight from Italy), as was Marc Thorpe, whose recent collection for the brand is currently on view at the space at 146 Greene St. Indeed, she was in town on the occasion of the opening of "Blurred Limits," featuring the young New York-based designer's "Blur" collection, along with the one-off "Ratio" table and a first look at "Morning Glory," which will officially debut at the Salone in 2014. We had the chance to speak to the two of them about their ongoing collaboration, which dates back to the "Mark" table from 2010.

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"I actually met Patrizia and in Italy in 2009, in the Fiera, but it was very brief," relates Marc, when asked about how they first met. "And then a year or so later, we were here [in New York] at an event, so I asked very humbly if I could show some of my work to her, and she said, 'Oh yeah, come have lunch...'" He recalls showing her a handful of renderings and prototypes, but one piece stood out: "That was the 'Mark' table, which was produced for a bar/lounge called the Mark." ("Easy to remember," Moroso notes.) "So she took everything to Italy and that's where it sort of began.

"A year or two later, we had the first conversations about the 'Blur' collection."

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Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  18 Nov 2013  |  Comments (3)

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If there's such a thing as a manufacturer's version of an otaku—someone who is fiendishly obsessed with one thing—it's gotta be Sugatsune. The Japanese company produces specialty hinges and closing mechanisms for all kinds of applications, and while that might not sound sexy, their Multiple Motion Sliding Door System that we looked at here remains the most innovative cabinet door solution we've ever seen.

If you think about it, standard out-swinging hinges aren't always the best solution, they're just the incumbent ones. Watch someone pushing a baby stroller and trying to enter a store, and witness how awkward it is—they must get close enough to the door to grab and pull the handle, but must then back up to let the door clear the stroller, then they have to squirt through the doorway and use their shoulder to prevent the door from closing on them. In instances like that, it would be better if there was a solution in place like Sugatsune's Lin-X Lateral Swing Hinge:

I realize that will probably never happen for interior doors, but at least they're making them for cabinets. Anyone in a wheelchair would probably appreciate not having to back themselves up just to swing a cabinet door open.

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