90° Furniture Makes Your World Super Flat!

90° Furniture Makes Your World Super Flat!

So you aren’t satisfied with your folding chairs, huh? You say that your sleeping bag isn’t cutting it anymore. You want true flatness. You want to be able to really fold your furniture up. Kaptein and Bolt will flatten it out for you. Here’s 90° Furniture for your paper-thin, flippy-floppy world.

0 Designers: Louwrien Kaptein & Menno Bolt

Slimdesk Hides All Your Office Supply Unmentionables

Slimdesk Hides All Your Office Supply Unmentionables

Another practical furniture design from Manuelsaez, the Slimdesk reconfigures a desk’s drawers top open on the top of the desk, rather than the sides. Also hiding a power strip and USB ports beneath its cherry veneer, the desk takes everything in to account, even using one of its hollow legs for cable management. Now if it only came with a IV caffeine drip and a bed pan, I would never have to leave my desk.

0 Designer: Manuelsaez

Stacking Awesomeness

Stacking Awesomeness

Miso Soup Design are designers of some sort. There is a lot of architectural speculation on their site which we chose to skip over. However of interest is their Za Stool, found in their furniture department. We’re not ones for furniture speculation, but this one looks simple and interesting. It’s a bent plywood stool, visually reminiscent of Sori Yanagi’s famous 1956 Butterfly Stool, with the exception that this one is stackable. Take the two halves apart, and voila! Stackable stool. Simple and brilliant.

0 Designer: Miso Soup Design

Wood Lock and Slides Together, Kinky!

Wood Lock and Slides Together, Kinky!

The Karma Chair is a stylish piece of furniture designed for comfort and simplicity. It’s ergonomically shaped for lounging but the real story is the construction. Made from 2 identically shaped pieces of layered and formed bamboo veneer. They’re individually finished with opposing mating details so they slide-lock together with simple hardware. Flat pack shipping means this thing is destined for IKEA which in turns means it has a 100% chance ending up in my living room. DO WANT!

0 Designer: Jeffrey Wollenzien

Specific Materiality

Specific Materiality

Blurring the line between sculpture, furniture, and millwork is one of our favorite topics. These days the categories are not as easily definable as they once were. First and foremost there is the influence of new technologies, which are sometimes turned into a style in and of itself. More interesting to me is the blurring of attention that allows young designers to simply ignore any form of category. That is why we are very partial to custom furniture masters at Martin Sprouse Furniture.

0 Designer: Martin Sprouse

Where Have All the Collapsables Gone?

Where Have All the Collapsables Gone?

A time-honored challenge. An elegant design solution. The Fil Quadrat Design Team brings us the NewFuTi for dining and after-dinner coffee. Collapsable to two configurations, the NewFuTi is good for more than just the diner on the go: it’s togetherness in both forms makes for a fitting bit of furniture in any persons living situation.

0 Designer: Fil Quadrat Design Team

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

All of Berlin in a Single Credenza

Presenting the defining moment in Credenzoligy. This credenza is made to read like a novel, telling the story of the history of the structures that made up historical and modern East and West Berlin. Sounds like it could be rough. But with detail and subject matter as rich as this, learning can be at once elegant and quite complicated.

0 Designer: Tina Roeder and David Krings

I Don't Wanna Grow Up, I'm a Big Kid Now

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Big Kid Now

It’s a rotating stool. That’s all to be quite frank but design isn’t just about function but also how it communicates to us; be it a futuristic envisage or a nostalgic herald. I think the Torillo stool falls into the latter. The top part of this stool rotates 360º. Just grab a hold of the horns and give it a whirl.

0 Designer: Diego Moreno

Everybody Mamba!

Everybody Mamba!

A group of young designers from Valencia, Spain have made their first appearance just recently at the Valencia Design Show ’08 in Spain. Obviously with an eye for design and creativity to boot, La Mamba Studios may be new to the design scene, but the feedback to their design style is extremely positive. This group of designers has what it takes to become accepted into the creative world of design – charisma, enthusiasm and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

0 Designer: La Mamba Studio

One Size Fits All, Herman Miller Embody Review

One Size Fits All, Herman Miller Embody Review

Over the past decade and a half Herman Miller has firmly established itself “the” company to go to with all your seating needs. The original Aeron Chair came to symbolize the dot com era. Any and everyone had to have one in office to be certified “cool.” The mesh design, fully adjustable design, and 3 sizes to choose from made it one of a kind. Flash forward 15 years and they’re set to do it again with the new Embody chair taking the one size fits all ethos by further improving a number of adjustable features. 

0 Designer: Herman Miller

Rubber Chair Takes Care of All Your Nagging Green and Chi Personal Problems

Rubber Chair Takes Care of All Your Nagging Green and Chi Personal Problems

Rubber tires. How I love thee. Let me sit on the ways. First, I love how you’ve been around the block. Second, it feels excellent on my bottom to sit on your tread. Three, I love the three R’s, today’s being Re-use. Rubber tires, let me introduce you to Jaime Salm, who has created the Rubber Stool to harness your power, and close the loop.

0 Designer: Jaime Salm of MIO

A Bench Just for Smokers

A Bench Just for Smokers

Smoker Bench kinda sounds like a drug related peripheral or an awesome grill with ample seating but its really a bench with integrated ash receptacles. Created by designer Fatih Baltas, Smoker Bench is a project of social responsibility. In many places in America, smoking in public is illegal. What’s a chain smoker to do? Even they need a comfy spot to enjoy the slow effect of black lung. Sorry, I had to go there.

0 Designer: Fatih Baltas

Be Green While You Lean

Be Green While You Lean

As you have probably noticed, sustainable designs are very important to me, and finding a functional green design gets me excited. The Barnacle Chair by designer Ania Wagner is made from sustainable wood and lined with a cultivated industrial felt. This chair allows the user to sit in it, similar to bucket seating or flip it over and multiple users can lean against it while seated on the floor.

0 Designer: Ania Wagner