This exquisite design belongs to Paris based studio BETILLON / DORVAL?BORY. They took a tiny, elongated studio and turned it into a beautiful minimalist loft, serene and streamlined. The uniformity of color creates an illusion of a bigger space. It also serves as a backdrop for an unusual and clever lighting effect. The kitchen and living room features color distinguishing illumination, while the bed and shower merely uses monochromatic light. This contrast defines and visually zones the place.
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The D*Table, by The D*Haus Company, is bound to solve any table and storage solutions you might have. First, it’s 8 tables in 1. Yes, EIGHT. That means you change it up as you need it for most any situation. Second, it has handy features like a hole to sit a plant in, drawers to store stuff, and slots to rest your book in when you’re not reading it.
The table is composed of four components that are connected via removable hinges so you can use them separately or rearranged to form the shape of table you need.
The concept is based on mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney’s discovery that you could turn a perfect square into a perfect equilateral triangle just by dissecting the square into four unique shapes and rearranging them. Using this formula, the D*Table works just the same way to create the perfect adaptable table.
Flame is a sustainable kettle that is produced from %100 recyclable materials without any plastic usage. Originating in traditional copper-kettles, design combines copper and stainless steel in a harmonic way and parts are fit together without requiring a joining process. Combining a contemporary style with local and cultural elements, it matches perfectly with modern elegant kitchens.
Material selection also reflects the sensitivity on the taste of water. Also heat conduction is more efficient with copper, therefore energy is preserved with reduced boiling time. Carbon foot print is considerably lowered with elimination of extra processes and chemicals in production, low-cost materials and efficient usage of parts. Being also durable, Flame ages beautifully with its aesthetic texture and has a prolonged life as an object of everyday life. Having the potential of turning into an iconic stovetop kettle with a forged-copper look, it promises an eco-friendly and meaningful experience.
Flame can be used for local development, as it offers a product with an added value using local material and human resources. In regions where traditional hand-forged items are created, Flame shall be quite applicable and valuable. In this project, a glocal vision is embraced with an emphasis on sustainability.
If you live in New York, you probably know that apartment space is worth its weight in gold. Therefore any furniture that is compact, yet stylish is always welcome. With that in mind, designer Athanasia Leivaditou of Studio NL has created the “1.6 SM Of Life”, a desk that turns into a compact bed, which was inspired by her “experiences while studying and working in New York.”
During the day, the lid of the desk is pulled down in order to create more space. However at night, the front facade comes down to form the base and mattress of the bed. The right facade also slopes so that it can function as a headrest. The left side functions as a storage area. It’s also surprisingly compact at 2m x 0.8m x 0.8m, although the design varies depending on personal preference.
Speaking about her design, Athanasia said: “The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realized that each civilization may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.”
This 60 square meter apartment concept has been envisioned by Russian architect Vlad Mishin. The space is divided lengthwise by sculptural structure, which consists of several transforming blocks made from black metal framework and plywood. The shape of the blocks create a beautiful whimsical surface, it also fits the functionality of each dividing element. Thus, thee of these segments separate the living area from the study/bedroom area. One of these rotating blocks houses a TV, making it visible from either of these rooms. Kitchen equipment is hidden in a niche behind a hinged partition wall, which slides apart. Refrigerator is also hidden in a separate niche. Bathroom door finishes the wall. Nice work, I hope it gets built.
Flaye dining table by Austrian furniture manufacturer Team7 takes space-saving to a new technological level. Not only the piece extends by 100 cm, it does it painlessly in less than 5 seconds. Thanks to non-stop synchronised pull-out technology, the table transforms in one fluid motion from one state to the next and back. Flaye has landed the Innovation Award 2013, which surprises me not one bit. Check out the video to see how it works.
This neglected church, once part of the Sant Francesc Convent, was renovated by Catalan architect David Closes. Located in the town of Santpedor, Spain, it was the last building standing from the convent and was badly in need of repair. The projectturned the former church into an auditorium and multifunctional space for cultural events.
belTable by Marcin Pogorzelsk is a very clever idea. Instead of screws, glue or other assembly nastiness, the piece is held together by a single belt (belt, belTable – geddit?). ”Our designing goal was to minimize mechanism of a table and reduce problems with transportation and putting together at home,” – says the designer. Indeed. To put the piece together just thread the belt through the holes in each of the legs, and you’re done. The disassembly is equally a snap. Wonderful.
Duffy London always manages to surprise me – I mean, with designs like the Swing Table, how can your mind not be blown? Well, Christopher Duffy is at it again with the UP Balloon Coffee Table where golden balloons appear to hold up a glass tabletop.
The form of the Megaphone (roughly $520) by en&is is designed to amplify and optimize the best sound output. It uses natural acoustics to amplify the existing speaker on an iPhone. The designers wanted to juxtapose the electronic complexity of the iPhone with the low-tech simplicity of a ceramic horn. The amplifier is based on a thin wooden frame that allows the object to float off the table. This in order to increase the vibration of the object and to optimize the emission of sound.