Twisted Illusion

Twisted Illusion

Even though it’s back has been severed and three of it’s legs have been slashed, this design is still standing pretty. It’s called the Cut Chair, and it’s is the latest victim of designer Peter Bristol’s wonderfully twisted imagination. A reinforced beam anchored to a plate beneath the rug stabilizes the cantilevered seat while three cleverly placed dismembered legs give the illusion that the chair has just been magically sliced apart. A story-inspiring and striking design.

0 Designer: Peter Bristol

Fascinatingly Simple

Fascinatingly Simple

I have been admiring this design all day, and driving everyone around me crazy talking about it and making them check it out. What can I say? I’m fascinated by the Rising Chair! It looks more like a sculpture than a chair, and what makes this combination rare is that it’s flat-pack ready.  Designer Robert van Embricqs achieved the organic form by pulling up slats cut into a flat wood surface to see how the material should naturally mold to make the seat, back, and base. Intricate yet functional, the result is evidence of the special connection between material and designer.

0 Designer: Robert van Embricqs

Sensible Seating

Sensible Seating

I love me some bamboo… in the garden, as a wall, as an edible shoot, & when it’s incorporated intelligently into interior elements like the Bamboo Cell collection. This Red Dot winner brings traditional and modern materials together to create seating that is organic in form as well as durable and enduring. Utilizing bamboo in a nontraditional manner, the collection allows the user to appreciate, from a different perspective, the characteristic hollowness of the stalks shown through the stool’s resin top as well as the fibrous texture of the exterior on the bench’s seat. 

0 Designer: Fanson Meng

 Bloated Objects

Bloated Objects

This table isn’t prego and no, it didn’t eat too much. It’s the Bloated Desk and it and it’s siblings the Bloated Shelf and Bloated Coat Hanger, are, well… they’re just sort of bloated! This intriguing take on the familiar incorporates a fairly simple process to achieve the form – no complicated molds and no seams are used in production, instead, sheets of leather are filled with expanding foam, inflating the leather to make naturally unique pieces.

0 Designer: Damien Gernay

Bench Tweets

Bench Tweets

Kudos to the British Royalty for recognizing the potential of social media! Gizmodo’s Kat Hannaford reports that invitees have been encouraged to report the event live via Twitter and mobile uploads! This brings me to the project at hand called TweetingSeat, an exploration into the potential for connecting physical and digital communities.

0 Designer: Christopher McNicholl

Stretch Bench

Stretch Bench

The Stretch Bench by designer Tak Euy Sung is an exercise in molded birch plywood to the extreme. I regularly associate this style with the great Danish classics and of course Charles and Ray Eames but this design feels distinct. There are 17 layers of plywood carefully bent to create a continuous flow across the surface, only meeting at the corners to create a solid structure. So beautiful.

0 Designer: Tak Euy Sung

Clip Chair, Clamp Table

Clip Chair, Clamp Table

Presented by De Vorm at this years Salone de Mobile in Milan, these designs incorporate the best in environmental friendliness & functional simplicity. The Clip Chair is a solid & refined design that incorporates it’s attachment components as a distinct feature that contrast directly with it’s wooden elements. The flat-pack Clamp Table features legs threaded into a simple metal clamp that can be mixed-&-matched with a favorite table top transforming any flat surface into a functional workspace.

0 Designer: De Vorm

Clairvoyant Table

Clairvoyant Table

I’m totally turned of by psychics but I’ll confess – I’m a big fan of magic 8 balls & fortune cookies, – mostly for the amusement factor & their overall simplicity.   The Elymas table works much in the same way, functioning as both a nifty side table & friendly fortune-teller. The user simply turns the dial to a desired category, presses the button, & receives a small piece of paper with a brief prophecy on it. The only requirement: a minute of contemplation. – Outlook Good.

0 Designer: Adam Huntington

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

Creepy Crawly Seating Creature

When it comes to unique seating, the Millipede by Michael Samoriz takes the cake. This arthropodic stool looks like a science experiment that escaped and headed straight for the bar. I’m still not sure how many legs it has, but it’s a lot, and the user will feel more like a “rider” than a “sitter.” Though the legs look randomly placed they are situated to provide maximum stability, so unless the rider is rocking to and fro with wild abandon they should be just fine. Me likey.

0 Designer: Michael Samoriz

A Tack for a Beach Chair

A Tack for a Beach Chair

The Tack bench and chair series by Monocomplex is a new approach to convenient beachfront seating. The sharp pointed bottom half makes it easy to place the chair in the sand while side handles allow the user to effortlessly pull the unit out. Not only is it lightweight and transportable, but the center hole makes this design stackable for quick and easy storage. Sure to make bums happy at your next beach party.

0 Designer: Monocomplex

Organic Form, Architectural Structure

Organic Form, Architectural Structure

Operating structurally like large cradles, the Phil lamp and coffee table by Ignacio Garcia are sure to be attention grabbers in any living space. The lamp’s geometric exterior delicately envelops the light adding softness and casting symmetrical shadows to the surround space while the coffee table’s balanced proportions and soft lines merge nicely with the rigid glass surface.

0 Designer: Ignacio Garcia

Enlighten Chair

Enlighten Chair

You don’t need to sit under the Bodhi Tree to attain enlightenment. Sitting on the Hidden Lights Chair may suffice. It provides you more than the proverbial halo, so be sure you make the most of it. A simple swing of the frame makes all the difference between darkness and light! So choose your reading material carefully!

0 Designer: Giha Woo

Do It Your Damn Self

Do It Your Damn Self

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for flat-pack and DIY designs that aren’t so obviously DIY or flat-pack. Alternatively, the PrimO chair by Petyo Ivanov Denev offers no excuses or apologies for it’s bare-bones, self-assembled style… and it’s still rad.  This multipurpose chair maximizes the efficiency of production, transportation, storage, and price with it’s 18mm thin plywood flat-pack design that you can put together yourself, because after all… you’re a big kid now. My new favorite expression: DIYDS.

0 Designer: Petyo Ivanov Denev