Posts Tagged 'Furniture'

The Man Behind The Ikea Catalogue

The most important person in producing the 211 million worldwide copies of the Ikea catalogue?  Furniture impersonator Torbjörn Lundberg of course.

“I can be a sofa and an hour later I can be a lamp…”

Such versatility, what would they do without him?

Hilarious ad from Swiss agency Wirz Werbung Zürich.


Mobius Strip Table

Having recently moved house and bought some more furniture I wish I’d come across this earlier.

My love of fascinating mathematical models and shapes is no secret, I’ve even featured an entire world on a mobius strip before, but this item strikes the balance between the theoretical and the physical.

Lots of maths and shapes work well in theory, or on paper, but how do you bring them into the real world?

Introducing the very real and tangible Console Möbius from Pierre Renart.

mobius strip table

mobius strip table 4

Made from carbon fibre and covered beautifully in rosewood it would make a great addition to my living room.  The only downside, as Gizmodo put it, would be “if you start dusting it you might never stop”!

mobius strip table 3More furniture from Pierre here.

Rip & Tatter

When I originally stumbled across this it reminded me so much of a post I wrote last year that I couldn’t resist giving it a mention.  It’s a wonderfully charming twist on the hammer-forged DIY furniture, aimed both at children (for the whimsical playfulness) and adults (for the eco recyclable touch).

Rip + Tatter is a creation from Peter Oyler, sculpted out (in huge great tearing handfuls, I’d imagine) from industrial grade cardboard.  Great fun, and a great sustainable product.

Via my daily nip of sustainable lifestyle.

Equilibrium Bookcase

A beautiful piece of furniture to start off the week with.  Prepare to say goodbye to your bookends with these cantilevered modules finished in stylish walnut veneer.

Stacked on top of each other at single angled points, this rather unique item of furniture will provide as much of a talking point in your home as the function it provides.  It’s the fantastic work of Malagana Design, succeeding where many bookcases fail, in creating an impression of balance and lightness.

Designed to create an air of amusement and surprise, Equilibrium is able to hold up to 120lbs of books and magazines naturally tilted to eliminate the need for bookends.  Part of it’s appeal is the utterly baffling manner in which it stays upright and balanced, especially when you consider that can be completely disassembled in minutes with no tools or hardware!  The modules simply sit in absolute and perfect equilibrium.

It’s already been honoured with mentions around the world, in particular Lápiz de Acero in Columbia and Design+Modern+Function in New York.  Now the hat trick of accolades are complete with a glowing review on Inspirational Geek!

If anyone’s wondering what to get me for Christmas I’ll assure you now that you can’t go wrong with one of these bookcases.  I’m not fussy on colour.


In the hustle and bustle of Design Week in Milan 2010 I was lucky enough to attend Eurocucina with the brilliant folks at Miele.

The Eurocucina exhibition gave an insight into Future Technologies for the Kitchen (FTK), and the latest cutting edge products and appliances that will be available for our homes in the very near future with Miele, unsurprisingly, at the heart of it.  Plenty of product launches and demos across the whole exhibition, with new appliances we can expect to grace our homes in the very near future.

Interactive and sensor driven kitchen features:

Built in speakers everywhere:

Smart hobs that know and sense where you put cookware:

Whirlpool‘s Red Dot Winning Glamour Oven and hob range:

Walking around and taking in many of the stands in FTK I came to a couple of conclusions.

We are most defiinitely a touch screen generation.  From iPhones to Nintendo DSi’s, it is no longer a bonus feature or simply “nice to have” on a product, it’s expected.  And kitchens, it would seem, are no different.  Touch screen interfaces adorn a whole host of gadgets and appliances, with Miele shining as a standout example of this.  Intuitive, clean, clear and functional interfaces add fantastic usability to many of their products, not just touch screen for touch screen’s sake, which notably seemed to overcomplicate things and add unnecessary clutter to some of their competitors.

Secondly, people love colour change LEDs.  Now these are not unique components, nor are they often that functional, or even that surprising that they are everywhere (really, is it?), but they make members of the public go “oooh” and “aaah” very easily.  After which they’ll probably buy the product regardless of how well it functions.  Function is incredibly important in product design, especially so within the home.  Once more Miele gave reason as to why they are regarded with such high end products, visual and aesthetic touches enhanced their designs perfectly to suit.

This impressed partly because it has visual appeal, but mainly because it functions so well.
A concept central island unit, catering for all kitchen appliances.  Visually strong, and to a high level of detail design, housing everything in a sleek and stylish manner (even if it has somewhat missed a point of it being a minimal and space efficient unit, only to require a larger than your average kitchen floor plan to cater for it!).

Not entirely kitchen related per se, but across the way in the FTK hall Electrolux wowed me with their demonstration of a new piece of kitchen design software.  The software itself looked fairly straight forward and was aesthetically solid, though nothing mind-blowing, but it was the medium through which they showed it off.  A large glass display, rear projected with a touch screen overlay.  Minority Report eat your heart out.

(and yes for those of you looking closely, that is an iPad bottom left.  My first look at one in the flesh here at the show)

Outside FTK the exhibition extended for further than I managed to walk but I still discovered some fantastic works.  The Design area particularly interested me, some pieces were fantastic and others, well, were more bizarre than I managed to understand.  Notable highlights below:

SaloneSatellite also caught my attention later on in the day.  The stands here were generally smaller and simpler than the other big names in the
rest of the exhibition but it showcased a fantastic selection of emerging designers across the world.  A really good spread of representatives from the UK, Sweden and Germany, to Serbia, Australia and plenty from Japan too. Visual highlights below.

Surprisingly comfortable seating:

Vision – a digital camera with a finger framing interface:

Alessi Showroom:

I could go on and on, but I won’t.  Instead, plenty more photos on my Flickr stream.

The secret of efficient meetings

Having just sat through a stuffy meeting that unnecesarily ran over by 45 minutes I found myself drifting in and out of focus and generally wishing I was somewhere filled with fluffy clouds and marshmallows. With many of those around me also on the verge of nodding off I remembered this which I found late last year and thought I needed to remind the world about it.

Imagine if meetings were efficient, ran on time and only contained the important stuff.  Too much time has been spent sitting around in wonderfully ergonomic and comfortable Herman Miller chairs, generally being inefficient.  Until now.



Every company should have these.


The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection was designed by the Sid Lee Collective.

More pictures of the full collection on the Today and Tomorrow blog.

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