Conventional table shuffleboards may have puerile ways of matching up with the decor of regular frat houses. However, the above pictured District MFG Shuffleboard traverses this ‘uninspired’ scope with its blatant industrial look that aptly complements the solid construction. The robust aesthetics of the high quality steel-made conception are achieved by some deft design techniques with handcrafted credentials like - stitched leather gutters (dyed variety) and a powder-coated frame. There is also a conscientious, upcycled side to the whole affair with those shuffleboards actually made from reclaimed oak tops.
Is it a bean bag, is it a hammock? No! It is both and none. Okay, now for those who have grown tired of our zen inspired philosophy; the above pictured conception is actually christened as the ‘Le Beanock’. And, yes; as can be deduced from this portmanteau, the comfy conception is a cross between a bean bag and a hammock. So, basically the scope is almost akin to a bed (instead of cloth material) suspended between ceiling based support members. And the great part about this 60′s inspired design is that given Le Beanock’s more ‘formal and bulky’ credentials, it can be used for a variety of home oriented areas including family rooms, kid rooms, balconies and of course the conventional pop-culture fueled backyard.
Lighting plays a major role when it comes to interior designing. You can find lighting fixtures such as pendants and chandeliers or portable lighting like table lamps that can brighten up your interiors with ample light while ornamenting the room with their beauty and elegance. Out of all, the flamboyant table lamps are extremely popular as these provide a portable lighting with a decorative flair. Here we shall be discussing about one of such table lamps that fascinates the onlooker with its charming glow of reflected light. Dubbed as Gradient Table Lamp, it is designed by Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon of the Dutch based WM studio that won the appreciation of the visitors at Salone Del Mobile 2013.
Simplicity is innovation – the dictum is aptly upheld by the Trix, a transforming furniture from Kartell (designed by one of Italy’s most renowned designers Pierro Lissoni). Basically comprising of three cushions held by (externally located) elastic rubber bands, the ‘dynamic’ form of the conception can be transformed into various shapes that cater to different functions. For example, with easy rotating motions, one can convert it into – a classy ottoman as well as a comfortable lounger. These connected cushions can also be arranged along the right angles to remarkably transform the Trix into a full fledged pouf that can hold two people.
Nothing beats a cup of freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning. But, many of us go to our favorite place to grab a nice cup of coffee. However, now it’s possible to make the same high-quality brew at home. The Swiss company Gotec introduces a new compact KISS espresso machine that will always let you enjoy a cup of café-style joe right at your home. KISS which is an abbreviation for Keep It Simply Swiss espresso machine, can also be called an abbreviated version of a big coffee machine.
Previously, we have harped about 3D printed bedrooms and even housing units. But this time around the 3D printing scope is on a much smaller albeit interesting scale. We are talking about the Aqueduct, a 3D printed mini planters that is conveniently modular in scope. Designed by Evan Grant, the ambit of the conception relates to a whole arrangement of these mini planters, thus forming a ‘collective’ planting mechanism. According to the designer, the ingenious working nature of this bigger arrangement is based upon the connections between each planter as a method of transferring water. So, by virtue of simple gravity, the upper level planter (when it is saturated) helps in transferring water to the lower level planter.
The essence of a multi-purpose furniture is obviously defined by its namesake prefix. However, it is the scope of the design that determines its effectiveness. In other words, we have come across customizable sofas and cloth drying tables. But Swiss designer Till Könneker notched it up a whole new level by creating the Living Cube – a collective design that incorporates a loft bed (for guests), an entertainment center, shelves for books and vinyl records, cloth rack, shoe rack and a completely hidden walk-in closet. Envisaged as the ultimate space saving storage area cum sleeping area, the entire contrivance can be easily housed in your bachelor apartment’s living room.
The acceptance of wood as a credible construction material has perhaps reached its zenith with the above pictured Woodcube. The building designed by German architectural firm Architekturagentur is not just a housing unit but rather a full fledged 5-storied apartment constructed from wood. In fact, baring some structural components like the foundation and elevation shaft, the architects have actually used untreated wood with simple wooden dowels for the entire construction process. In this regard, the carbon neutral design does stand as a testament to the ingenious utilization of natural materials, with its 1,479 sq m (16,000 sq ft) area and eight residential units within the super-structure.
When it comes to interior designing, use of textile is profoundly important Whether it is a curtain, carpet or rug, each of these objects give a soft as well as smooth finish to any interior decor. If textile décor gives an elegant and classy touch to the interior décor of a home, then why not create something functional out of it. This similar thing came to the mind of designer duo Monika and Kasia Gwiazdowska, and after an inspiration trip to Venice, Italy, they decided to create a furniture range made out of knitted and crocheted textile. Each of the furniture pieces in their Monomoka furniture collection is a unique work of art.
The Reece Bathroom Innovation Award is one of the most reputed and esteemed product design competition held in Australia every year. This competition aims to bring forward the most innovative, sustainable as well as technical designs that can be used in a bathroom. The Reece BIA is open for both students and professional designers and the winner is applauded with a worldwide recognition and a generous reward for their design excellence. The theme of the competition held this year was technology where the entrants were expected to include some technological aspect to enhance the bathroom experience. Out of the ten student entrants, Amanda Paukner was the winner with her design called At the Touch. While, Chris Connell with his Wind Rain Fire was chosen the winner among the ten professional entrants. Their innovative works are discussed further.