It is strange to think that not too long ago there were no such things as pixels. Before the invention of photography, artificial pixels (short for PICture ELements)simply did not exist. It wasn’t until the personal computer hit the mainstream did the word “pixel” become widely known outside of geeks, video/photographers and the CIA.
Designer: Christian Zuzunaga
Ok, I will try to avoid the obvious puns like, “this cabinet sure is out of this world!” or “hey, my furniture just mooned me…” but this design by Sotirios Papadopoulos for ENNEZERO is one heavenly creation. D’oh! I just did it, damn! Created using ecologically safe paint (ELI ecolightinside), this “Fullmoon” sideboard furniture has the ability to “create special effects” in the dark.
Designer: Sotirios Papadopoulos
Design at its core has always been the exploration of spacial reference that may bring harmony or solutions to problems. The Dialogue/Monologue concept takes it a step further by focusing on the communicative aspect of design.
Designer: Sylvain Favardin & Ludmila Korenarova
How many times has this happened to you? You are in your living room with a stripper giving you a table top dance, when inspiration hits you! What would be better than one stripper dancing on your coffee table? Of course, two! Unlike your rented guest, not all things in life are flexible enough to change with your moods or needs. Designer John Truex clearly feels my pain and thinks life’s objects should be more adaptable.
Designer: John Truex
Once again we ventured down the rabbit hole of design and stumbled upon this interesting Wonderland inspiration called “Fungus Chair” by China’s Mad Hatters, MAD Design. Architect Ma Yansong, designed this public seating area for MAD as part of a public art project at the Zhangjiang business park in Pudong, Shanghai.
Architect: MAD Studio
If Barbie’s Dreamhouse had to suffer through an earthquake, what might her bookshelf end up looking like? That must have been on the minds of Swedish designers Smånsk. They showed a prototype of their Skew bookcase at the Greenhouse young designers showcase at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last month. Up until recently, an image of stability and order, bookshelves seem to be the muse for ever increasing wacky designs by product designers the world over.
If you are like me and live in a place that has pressed dirt for walls (a.k.a. dry wall), the idea of hanging art, window shades or especially a book shelf, is not only an engineering feat in itself, but also a serious anxiety inducer. These types of walls seem to crumble at the very idea of being punctured by a screw, nail or dirty look. In a perfect world, all walls would be made from super durable, screw loving materials.
Designer: Denis Oh
The word luxury is more a fluid concept than some absolute definition. My definition of luxury will most probably differ completely from that of say an Inuit Tribesman living above the arctic circle. We are used to seeing some luxurious elements mixed together, but only in our general idea of proper context. eg., a Cadillac interior would have associative luxurious elements such as rich wood, hand stitched leather and polished metals.
Designer: Adele Rotella
As concepts go, most designs stand on their own merit and need nothing else to exist for them to hopefully one day go into production. Then there are the more rare concept designs that are completely dependent on yet other concepts to be created in order for the first to exist. Got that? So now that we got that out of the way, check out the “DesCom” by Sung-kyu Nam. Completely dependent on the existence of a giant Samsung media centric laptop computer, this desk beautifully and simply integrates the computer (almost) seamlessly into the desktop surface.
Designer: Sung-kyu Nam
Reduce, reuse, recycle. We should all live by that mantra but it’s easy to forget, so we need sculptural furniture pieces like this to remind us. The table has a panted scene of fish happily swimming but sucio! There’s trash in there too. The oceans is a toilet you can’t flush so eventually all that crap sinks to the bottom and hurts an entirely different ecosystem. In other words, your trash makes whales cry. Stop it!
Designer: Bo-ha Huh
With the functions of a bench and a deck chair; it can be seated by only one person or shared with others in public space. In order to keep the balance and stability when folded, the original 4 legs are increased to 6 legs. With this 6-leg modeling, the body looks like a standing dancing lion when it is folded. 4 pieces of solid wood are glued, cut into 2, so it still matches when folded.
Designer: Chih-Kang Chu
So somewhere between perfecting your gnome’s damage spells and trolling for a “lucky lady” on myspace, you managed to win the national lottery. Yay for you! So what is the first item you purchase to commemorate your new adventures into nouveau riche displays of ostentation? Of course, this beautiful one-of-a-kind video game inspired chair by Fredrik Olsson.
Designer: Fredrik Olsson