Books on Earthquakes...

Books on Earthquakes…

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.

0 Designer: Smansk

Lean and Clean Balancing Machine

Lean and Clean Balancing Machine

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.

0 Designer: Denis Oh

Wonka Seat

Wonka Seat

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.

0 Designer: Adele Rotella

Desktop/Laptop Desk for Giant Freaks

Desktop/Laptop Desk for Giant Freaks

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.

0 Designer: Sung-kyu Nam

You Make Whales Cry, Meanie!

You Make Whales Cry, Meanie!

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! 

0 Designer: Bo-ha Huh

Bench/Deck Chair

Bench/Deck Chair

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.

0 Designer: Chih-Kang Chu

Video Gamer Throne

Video Gamer Throne

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.

0 Designer: Fredrik Olsson

Infinite Loop of Style

Infinite Loop of Style

Most of us have only been exposed to the concept of infinite loops while on hold with your credit card or phone company, but infinite loops can also be a beautiful and less frustrating concept not involving a phone. Aesthetically popularized by M.C. Escher, Escher himself would be feverishly sharpening his pencil if got a gander of this infinite loop forming table.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid

Furniture concepts by Lime Studio

Furniture concepts by Lime Studio

Lime Studio will be showcasing new designs at the Salone Satellite, Milan from 16th-21st April 2008. They will be showing a range of furniture that explores material and their usability in furniture. Some of the designs to be seen include a triangular coffee table series mixing ceramic and metal; a bench combining wood and marble; an oak desk with an 8mm top; and a wall leaning shelving unit using LG Hi Macs.

0 Designer: Lime Studio

Tree, Wood, Teeth And All

Tree, Wood, Teeth And All

In 2005 a mighty hurricane smashed into Sweden leveling forests and destroying the livelihood of local loggers. Many of the felled trees couldn’t be saved and were left to rot. As a testament to her father whom tried to fight the big corporations looking to cash in, designer Eveline Johansson used wood from the fallen trees to create a chair with no screws or glue and names it after him, Roger Sven Jorgen.

0 Designer: Evelina Johansson

Habitual Bedside Table

Habitual Bedside Table

The traditional bedside table doesn’t always fit how we spend the last few waking moments in bed but it’s not something we think about either. Designer Stephane de Sousa wanted to design a minimalist bedside table in powder coated steel to address what we really need – a waterproof surface, bookshelf, and a simple way to remember where you left off on last night’s reading.

0 Designer: Stephane de Sousa

A Very Sticky Chair

A Very Sticky Chair

Don’t worry glue is not the operative here. It’s called the Sticky Chair because well, it’s a bunch of sticks jutting out from cross center. Design Samwoong Lee intentions were to create a form that looked like active movement; an explosion from a center point creating new space by shooting in every direction.

0 Designer: Samwoong Lee

Spindly Legs

Spindly Legs

The Spinning Coffee Table is a misnomer since it’s the legs that actually spin. Designed to be fun yet functional, each leg is made of up blocks supported by a center rod. The blocks come in all sorts of colors and shapes. Make the table as high or low as you want. It’s totally eco-friendly too because it’s made of reclaimed materials like wood, plastic, and paper.

0 Designer: Hongtao Zhou