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

Puzzle Chair

Puzzle Chair

The Pallares chair by designer Carlos Cordoba is the result of a research to develop new materials from natural fibers. Each chair is composed of 3 identical parts cast from a natural fiber tetera and polyester resin composite. The interchangeable parts can snapped together like puzzle pieces for easy assembly, disassembly, and storage.

0 Designer: Carlos Cordoba

The Idea Bench

The Idea Bench

Great craftsmanship went into making designer Craig Siebeneck’s Idea Bench. The dramatic curves are achieved by cutting Baltic birch plywood into a general figure, laminating layer upon layer, free-hand carving, and hours of sanding and smoothing. Phew! Originally prototyped  in bright blue paint, there’s no denying the warm and inviting touch of the  hand-rubbed oil finish seen here.

0 Designer: Craig Siebeneck

Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities

Using the stories of their materials to create new and strong narratives, the M.&Mme series of cabinets aim to provide a functional and relational experience for the subject. The porthole and repurposed bankirai wood ship-plank doors give a nod to their watery roots and present a nostalgia toward their previous lives. Even if Spanish-Mediterranean isn’t your style, you’ll love the craftsmanship.

0 Designer: Valentin Loellman

Cow Table

Cow Table

I’m all for quirky design, especially when it’s inspired by something natural or animal. At first I thought this peculiar table, called Office, was feline-inspired- but come to find out, it’s a cow. I can’t say it would be my first choice for a desk, but I do like the clean and simple form. Hmmm… maybe with some refinement Chick-Fil-A would be interested. I hear their cows play tennis too.

0 Designer: Kevin Krumnikl

16.5 Lb Room

16.5 Lb Room

The Light-room is a conceptual interior that addresses the underestimated idea of lightness as a sustainable solution. Composed of materials such as kevlar, silk, aluminum, and woven dyneema, individual pieces were designed to reduce energy consumption during production and transport, and minimize the use of materials without sacrificing style.

0 Designer: Bram Greenen

A Chair for Clingy Lovers

A Chair for Clingy Lovers

If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. When you’re away from your special someone the extra seat doubles as a convenient space, perfect for catching up on video chat.

0 Designer: Ilian Milinov