Good design odds are like rock star odds: Most groups are one-hit wonders, with one amazing piece that gets a lot of airplay before they seem to disappear. It's that rare band who can make an album you'll stick with the whole way through.
We just came across Stockholm-based design collective Outofstock's book, and to us, their furniture section alone is the portfolio version of Radiohead's OK Computer--just fantastic piece after fantastic piece. Here are a few of our faves:
Hues - Inspired by the overlay of colors in venn diagrams, this set of nesting tables is composed of waterjet-cut low iron glass tops that are sandblasted and coloured. Legs and support frame in painted steel.
Easy - A generously proportioned easy chair made of bent laminated plywood, with the front and rear leg structures stacked to form a stable brace support. Finished in maple wood veneer.
Raft sofa - A sofa suited for today's nomadic lifestyle and shrinking apartment sizes. The gaps between the solid ash rods allow for the seat and backrest cushions to be strapped onto it. Its raft-inspired base frame can be disassembled completely for easy transportation through narrow stairways and doors. Modularity is possible with a longer base frame and more cushions.
V-Shelves - A laminated plywood shelf that has a gentle "v" at one end to enable the user to display an open book. The two wall-fixation components that resemble books in shape and size also act as bookends.
Naked - An extremely lightweight chair that uses its structure as its aesthetic. The strength of this chair is due to action-reaction forces between the folded steel sheets and beech wood frame. It alsoflat packs in transportation and can be assembled without tools, resulting in a very low carbon foot-print.