For The Cardboard Lover

For The Cardboard Lover

No more pretending! Everyone knows that every person has used cardboard boxes for tables, chairs, shelves, tv stands, et-cetera. Tim Brown does not deny this. He makes it O.K. for everyone to keep a full house of cardboard goodness. Each Idea* product is a cardboard construction which opens and constructs into itself, creating the shelf or chair or whatever it says it is on the box. The box is what it is!

0 Designer: Tim Brown

I'm Your Venus

I’m Your Venus

Using recycled materials to be more kind to our earth is a good idea however the manufacturing process it takes to recycle these products are still using energy. What is the answer and how can we be more creative in the design process all the while creating sustainable products? Japanese designer, Tokujin Yoshioka has developed a process where he uses a fiber structure submerged in a water bath that encourages the growth of crystals.

0 Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka

When Molded Plywood Just Won't Do

When Molded Plywood Just Won’t Do

Visually, this chair by Kedar Naik seems like the perfect way to relax after a long day’s work. Its winding graceful lines seem to impose no constraints on the user’s body save its own natural form. That being said, the Glide chair’s only cited materials are aluminum and lacquered fiberglass, neither of which strike me as particularly comfortable. Perhaps this is a piece best put artfully in a corner and pointed to whenever one has guests.

0 Designer: Kedar Naik

More Chairs? No Problem. Let Me Fold Some Up.

More Chairs? No Problem. Let Me Fold Some Up.

The Biombo Chair is an idea whose simplicity makes it seem obvious. The wood chair, built over a hinged wood structure, when not in use is a folding screen (Biombo). The surface of the seat can be engraved with a graphic image that transforms it into a decorative object when folded flat. To turn it into a chair, you simply take it off and get all origami.

0 Designer: Daniel Milchtein Peltsverger

It's a Bathub. No it's a Chair. Wait What?

It’s a Bathub. No it’s a Chair. Wait What?

Lounge chairs and bathtubs have one thing in common, people relax in them. Beyond that the similarities end and you wouldn’t think it would be possible to fuse the two but designer Baek-Ki Kim has done just that. Seatub is a concept lounge chair, one that looks like your tub got up, walked thru a “shrink-er-rizer” and relocated in your living room. The inspiration behind it is abstract – the exploration of combining objects with different functions seems as distant as the old adage “apples and oranges”.

0 Designer: Baek-Ki Kim

Trigano Coffee Table, DO WANT!

Trigano Coffee Table, DO WANT!

The Trigano Coffee Table designed by Michael Laut is an architectural piece of modern living for any space. It is made with a large piece of acrylic bent 90 degrees, suspended in place by a wooden brace. The innovative and dramatic design provides for expansive foot-room as well as a striking visual statement.

0 Designer: Michael Laut

Stackable Seating made with Zero Defects

Stackable Seating made with Zero Defects

The Mebel furniture series has a set of stackable chairs made of molded wood or plastic. The ergonomic shape and portability make it ideal for hotel and office lobbies. What’s more, construction adheres to the six sigma philosophy, meaning zero defects – an idea I hope more furniture designers adopt.

0 Designer: Daniel Milchtein Peltsverger

A Seat for Meetings

A Seat for Meetings

Inspired by the mathematical harmony set out in Palladio’s own rules of architecture published in Quattro Libri Dell’Architecttura, La Rotonda is a table and chair set designed to recreate the perfect meeting place – a spot to exchange ideas, just like the famous monument it’s named after.

0 Designer: Andrea Di Filippo & Enrico Zanolla

Fold Magazine Racks

Fold Magazine Racks

Using bent, powder coated steel, Fold Magazine Racks emphasize the paper contents of a magazine. The shape is simple and lends well to its core function with a unique architectural element underscoring the design. I really like the simplicity and wouldn’t mind have all three colors in my home.

0 Designer: Benjamin Hubert

Sit Down and Relax

Sit Down and Relax

Mention rocking chairs and thoughts of summer evenings on the porch and cold Mint Juleps might come to mind.  This rocking chair and loveseat from Wilson Scott, however, throws together polyurethane mesh, a cutout spherical shell and curved steel piping for a distinctly modern feel.  Don’t know about you, but I could definitely see getting down on one of these and grinding out 10 hours on Xbox Live.

0 Designer: Scott Wilson

iFreeze, You Freeze, We All Freeze for iFreeze

iFreeze, You Freeze, We All Freeze for iFreeze

iFreeze is a chair designed by Jitrin Jintaprecha that is based on an Arctic iceberg. With a light hidden in the arm rests, sitting in the iFreeze will give you a sense of calmness and “coolness” while imagining sitting atop an iceberg. The seat cushion and pillows are covered in Pasaya, a unique textile used in Thailand. iFreeze was selected as “2005 Hot One Hundred” by ELLE Decoration Thailand.

0 Designer: Jitrin Jintaprecha

Sweeping Your Junk Under the Table

Sweeping Your Junk Under the Table

This table by Quentin Vaulot and Luiza Barroso attempts to visualize the creative process as it progresses from chaos to order.  Designed for creative professionals to store materials, notes, and tools underneath, the top surface upsets our often too linear thinking.  Esoteric design concepts aside, the utility of the table’s network of caging just begs to be filled with a trove of modern gadgets, if not the tangle of cords that go with them.

0 Designer: Quentin Vaulot

Float on to Sleep

Float on to Sleep

This design was inspired after Max Longin, mathematician and designer, had been sitting on a suspension bridge and noticed the nice, calming movement the bridge produced-a perfect sensation to fall asleep to. Float is held in place by four stainless steel cords that are connected to a frame of wooden rods and steel bows which can support a weight of up to 2645 lbs.

0 Designer: Max Longin