Think Stink!

Think Stink!

Where there once was a tree, there is now a coffee table.. take that nature! Paying homage to or simply mocking nature’s grandeur, the “Stink Tree” coffee table by Dylan Gold is a beautifully crafted furnishing inspired by the silhouette of the Tree-of-heaven, also known as ailanthus, Chinese sumac, stinking shumac or simply, the “Stink Tree.”

0 Designer: Dylan Gold

Rox Bench

Rox Bench

For those of you who live in houses with restricted gardens where space saving furniture is paramount the Rox bench could be the solution for you. In the winter the unit collapses down into a storage unit where you can keep garden tools, children’s toys, etc. In the summer it opens out into a 3 seater bench and has two accompanying tables. Another feature is the built in solar lights, creating a cool night time effect.

0 Designer: David Andrew Bottom

Up Top Or Bottom?

Up Top Or Bottom?

The Daydream table looks like an ordinary shabby chic coffee table but it hides multiple trap doors for included vases that can go on top or down below – depending on your needs. Nothing I dislike more than being lazy on a Sunday afternoon on my couch with a bunch of vases blocking my view. Instead of angrily pushing them all to the floor, now they’re neatly tucked away. Out of sight, out of mind.

0 Designer: Yu Zhao

Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Splash Lounge Chair. Go Ahead, Dive In.

Ever look at macro photos of water splashes or super slow mo’ video of a droplet slamming into the surface sending ripples across a lake? There’s a moment in that 1/10 of a second when the impact creates a crater or sorts, as if you were small enough, it could neatly cup you. Inspired designer Michael Wendel created a 1/8th scale model called the Splash Lounge Chair, big enough for us to sit in.

0 Designer: Michael L. Wendel

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Pop Ups for the Pop Ins

Once again a designer is determined to make use of every square inch of available space in our ever shrinking world. Intended as a practical solution to cramped apartment living, designer Sandy Lam created the “Spaceless” hide-away patio furniture set. Have some unexpected friends? Don’t fumble around in your cramped closet for those folding chairs, just reach down and pull up a seat…literally.

0 Designer: Sandy Lam

Herbalicious Furniture

Herbalicious Furniture

Design student Elliot Mariess needed to come up with something new and off kilter for his degree so naturally he envisioned any space should and could have an aromatic herb garden. This simple looking dresser is more than meets the eye – inside is a whole garden living off a low wattage bulb. Not only do you get fresh herbs, but it naturally filters the air, keeps stank off your clothes, and makes us all look like green thumbs.

0 Designer: Elliott Mariess

Infinitely Fishy Design

Infinitely Fishy Design

Ok boys and girls, you may need to squint a little on this one. What you are looking at is a fishbowl design that looks as though MC Escher was hired by Superman to create a mini fortress of solitude for his gold fish Doug. Ha, you didn’t know Superman’s goldfish was named Doug, did you? Other than my early morning fact checking, the real clever aspect here is that this design loops the fish around in an infinite tunnel of water and glass.

0 Designer: BCXSY Studio

The Fastest Growing Grass Splits

The Fastest Growing Grass Splits

Split Bamboo is probably one of the most sustainable products we’ve seen in awhile. The entire manufacturing process consists of harvesting and scoring the ends of the bamboo stalk. While the stalk is still somewhat pliable – pressing in the ends creates a foot stand and loops; the perfect coat hanger.

0 Designer: Jinhong Lin

Comical Surroundings

Comical Surroundings

The 1960′s saw some truly amazing design, both graphically and industrial. Along with Roy Lichtenstein, famed Italian artist Guido Crepax is considered one of the fathers of the graphic pop art movement. His most famous character “Valentina” was a massive comic success and it’s title character is a sexual icon and his most famous creation.

0 Designer: Canevese Giuseppe

The Geometry of Living

The Geometry of Living

Well it’s official, cubes-that-turn-into-things is officially a trend. Maybe designers are inspired by last years Transformers movie, or the Borg on Star Trek, but these squared squares just keep on coming. The latest is by designer Naho Matsuno called “Cube 6.”

0 Designer: Naho Matsuno

Horde by Numbers

Horde by Numbers

Got a lot of stuff? Can’t remember where you put the power cord for that mobile phone you never use? Well designer Pietro Arosio for EmmeBi has your number. He just might be one of the first designers to think of something so obvious it makes my brain ache. He put numbers on these lovely drawer designs, making finding your stuff that much easier. That’s it! Numbers! Genius.

0 Designer: Pietro Arosio

Square is the new round

Square is the new round

What’s this? A giant jewelry box for “power-ups” in Zelda? Nope, it’s a fine example multi-function furniture by designer John Nouanesing. Calling it the “One To Three For Five (Seconds)”, this giant white cube table can easily split up into a pair of low riding chairs and a red table/foot stool/extra life. How long does this transformation take to complete? Well as the name implies, it takes five seconds and a deep desire to interdimensionalize your surroundings.

0 Designer: John Nouanesing

Shades of Surreality

Shades of Surreality

Are your objects of tactile reality not quite giving you enough depth, dimension and shading? Neither are mine and thankfully Swedish designers Front are exhibiting their “Shade” project at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during this years Milan furniture fair. Using standard silhouettes of common household items and shading them as if on paper, the designer states his intriguing designs are “like materialized illustrations.”

0 Designer: Front Design Studio