Clairvoyant Table

Clairvoyant Table

I’m totally turned of by psychics but I’ll confess – I’m a big fan of magic 8 balls & fortune cookies, – mostly for the amusement factor & their overall simplicity.   The Elymas table works much in the same way, functioning as both a nifty side table & friendly fortune-teller. The user simply turns the dial to a desired category, presses the button, & receives a small piece of paper with a brief prophecy on it. The only requirement: a minute of contemplation. – Outlook Good.

0 Designer: Adam Huntington

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

When it comes to unique seating, the Millipede by Michael Samoriz takes the cake. This arthropodic stool looks like a science experiment that escaped and headed straight for the bar. I’m still not sure how many legs it has, but it’s a lot, and the user will feel more like a “rider” than a “sitter.” Though the legs look randomly placed they are situated to provide maximum stability, so unless the rider is rocking to and fro with wild abandon they should be just fine. Me likey.

0 Designer: Michael Samoriz

Organic Form, Architectural Structure

Organic Form, Architectural Structure

Operating structurally like large cradles, the Phil lamp and coffee table by Ignacio Garcia are sure to be attention grabbers in any living space. The lamp’s geometric exterior delicately envelops the light adding softness and casting symmetrical shadows to the surround space while the coffee table’s balanced proportions and soft lines merge nicely with the rigid glass surface.

0 Designer: Ignacio Garcia

Do It Your Damn Self

Do It Your Damn Self

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for flat-pack and DIY designs that aren’t so obviously DIY or flat-pack. Alternatively, the PrimO chair by Petyo Ivanov Denev offers no excuses or apologies for it’s bare-bones, self-assembled style… and it’s still rad.  This multipurpose chair maximizes the efficiency of production, transportation, storage, and price with it’s 18mm thin plywood flat-pack design that you can put together yourself, because after all… you’re a big kid now. My new favorite expression: DIYDS.

0 Designer: Petyo Ivanov Denev

Seating - Shaken, Not Stirred

Seating – Shaken, Not Stirred

This modern design, inspired by the classic shape of the martini glass, brings hard and soft elements together to create comfortable and flexible seating. Screwless and glueless, the only components of the Martini Chair are it’s plywood seat, back, and base, and binding elastic string held firm by metal locks. All it’s missing is the perfect garnish. You.

0 Designer: Zoran Svraka

One to Five

One to Five

One to Five is an installation comprised of ten previously unreleased chair designs by Viennese designer Thomas Feichtner. All of these are presented as printouts of 3D models done at a scale of 1:5, and they will be shown at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 in Milan’s Zona Tortona district. This is an experiment which seeks to present designs not as finished projects but rather as processes which have yet to be concluded allowing producers to become part of the development process almost from the very beginning.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

Break It On Down

Break It On Down

Let’s be honest, there’s kinda this unspoken understanding that products that are made for efficient transportation will usually reflect it in their design… and not always in a good way. The Complect coffee table is a union of simple home assembly and high quality construction that merge to create a practical flat-packing table without sacrificing style. Complect features bent plywood legs and a solid walnut table top that break down to a height of under 3.5″ and can be assembled within minutes using a common screwdriver. Gotta love this one!

0 Designer: Matt Finder

All in One, Two Three, Four

All in One, Two Three, Four

This puzzling design by designer Sanjin Halilovic isn’t your average shelving unit.  It is, however, a modular furniture collection that become a table, chair, or lounge when broken down from the completed arrangement. The set’s four elements are constructed of wooden plaques fixed together with drvofix adhesive and finished in acrylic mat paint in fitting primary colors. While it seems more practical as a side table and chair set for my purposes, I love having options of alternative use for those times you’re itching to switch things up.

0 Designer: Sanjin Halilovic

Bee Charmin' Shelving

Bee Charmin’ Shelving

This modular shelving unit by Sam Holmes focuses on the use of a simplified metal connector to combine equally sized planks together to form it’s honeycomb compartments. The finished product is a geometrically efficient structure that uses the least amount of material possible to create a lattice of hexagonal cells that can be modified for the perfect fit within a space. Mmm, I’m suddenly hungry for honeycomb cereal.

0 Designer: Sam Holmes

A Bench with 5,000 Stories

A Bench with 5,000 Stories

I love anything with familiar fragments, which is why I love the Metrobench. Recycled from 5,000 NYC Metro cards, this intelligent design transforms a symbol of movement and speed into an object of rest and reflection. With help from Craigslist, designer Stephen Shaheen amassed all 5,000 cards, each with their own little untold story, in under a week. The sculpture was then assembled completely by hand, card by card. Expect more from this thought-provoking designer.

0 Designer: Stephen Shaheen

Infinite Configurations from Similar Proportions

Infinite Configurations from Similar Proportions

Our innate longing for uniqueness and individual identity is something deep rooted and naturally expressed in the things we choose to have around us. Designer Caterina Tiazzoldi’s Parametric Bookshelves are a response to this desire. The production process has been streamlined as such that user can input just 3 parameters (length, height, & color) and receive a custom tailored piece based on a single model. The result is formal complexity that is compatible with the standards of contemporary industry.

0 Designer: Caterina Tiazzoldi

Meditate On This

Meditate On This

Remember those egg-shaped Henrik Thor-Larsen chairs that were all the rage in the 60s? Well, this is kinda like that but a tad minimal and a whole lot more nimble. It’s the ZzZen chair and it rocks… literally.  There isn’t a single straight edge allowing it to roll back-and-forth or side-to-side. Durable and lightweight plastic make it functional as an indoor or outdoor chair while it’s low reclined seating position optimizes comfort. Yogis are sure to love.

0 Designer: Niels de Greef

Miter Lounge

Miter Lounge

This piece by designer Tom Fereday features clean lines, clear functionality, and an overall look of simplicity. The hand crafted American oak veneer with miter detail wraps perfectly around the natural wool felt upholstery, and the color is fantastic. It also happens to be perfectly compact.

0 Designer: Tom Fereday