Modular lego-inspired furniture that can be hacked, customized, refurbished, & relocated

I remember my reaction when I saw the first iteration of Aalo back in 2018. It was simple, sophisticated, and honestly made me wonder why nobody ever thought of making furniture that literally ticks every box. The Aalo’s system was clever, and using just a handful of parts, you could quite literally build whatever you want. The same parts could make one table, or could be pulled apart and re-joined to make two benches, or even a shoe-rack.

From a business stand-point, Aalo was a complete win. Build a handful of parts and imagine the designs using those parts. The possibilities were literally endless. From a user stand-point, the Aalo allows you to make what you need. Need a standing desk? Check. Need a clothes-rack with a stool on the side? You could just use the same pieces to put together anything you needed. Plus, Aalo was designed to be pulled apart too, which made relocating a breeze. Traveling to a city for 6 months? You can shift all your furniture in a flat-packed box and piece it together with ease at your destination. This unique approach to modular, shape-shifting, easy-to-relocate furniture also made the Aalo incredibly sustainable and eco-friendly. People wouldn’t need to discard old furniture to buy new ones. And if something ever broke, you just needed to replace the broken part, not the entire piece of furniture. Aalo wasn’t designed with a landfill or a product-grave in mind. It figured a way to reject planned obsolescence.

Designed by a former Lexus Engineer who found himself shifting cities a lot, Aalo developed and evolved over time to become Aalo 2.0, the same product in essence, but designed to be stronger, made from finer materials, and work anywhere, including outdoors. Going a step further to make the range more durable, and therefor last for possibly a decade longer, Aalo 2.0 fine tunes a few things while sticking to its original philosophy. The products come flat-packed, much like IKEA’s furniture would, but unlike the Swedish home-decor giant, Aalo 2.0 is also designed for ‘disassembly’. This ensures that when you travel between cities, shifting jobs, your entire lifestyle travels WITH you. Aalo 2.0 comes apart as conveniently as it’s put together… with connecting panels and joineries that tighten with a single tool, the Aalo 2.0 can be assembled, disassembled, or even repurposed into newer items of furniture. Its Lego-like simplicity gives you the opportunity to be creative with your furniture, building exactly what you want, and its sheer genius is that designer Sejun Park devised a clever Nordic-style minimalist design language that shines through no matter what piece of furniture you make. Whether you use Aalo 2.0 to make a footstool, wardrobe, planter-stand, table, or even modular shelf, every product looks like a part of Aalo’s visual family.

The 2nd edition of Aalo goes a few steps further to ensure the best possible UX. Aalo’s online builder allows you to create your own furniture designs and get a catalog of the parts you need. You can even use it to experiment using parts you already have, allowing you to let your imagination go absolutely wild. Just like its predecessor, Aalo 2.0 aims at being a sustainable alternative to regular furniture. Designed to be as much as 99% recyclable, the parts are made from the highest quality zinc and aluminum (making them 40% stronger), and are coated with a premium-feel VOC-free powder coat that maximizes Aalo’s use, allowing it to be used outdoors in the sun or the rain. The powder coat also has a minimal impact on the environment, reducing its footprint while contributing to the product’s ability to be almost completely recycled… an eventuality that seems pretty unlikely considering how Aalo 2.0’s also designed to hack and overcome planned obsolescence, and to even be perhaps the only range of furniture that you can easily travel along with!

Designer: Sejun Park

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Reconfigure, Reuse & Recycle. Aalo 2.0 is a Lego-like furniture with beautiful design that moves and changes with you for life.

Buy Once, Reuse Forever

Create 100+ designs from just 15 parts. With their Lego-like assembly, you can easily add or remove parts to fit your changing space needs, so Aalo 2.0 can move and evolve with you.

Simple Assembly & Disassembly

Aalo 2.0 uses only one type of hardware and tool, and can be assembled in just minutes. Put it together, take it apart and change it up over and over with ease!

Durable & Stainable

Aluminum and Zinc construction with premium powder coating finish for maximum durability, while being 99% recyclable.

Simply add or remove parts to give your furniture a new form and function.

Reconfigure & Reuse

Combining years of experience in manufacturing engineering and product design, we developed an entirely new type of furniture system with a unique interchangeable parts design. It’s a modular furniture like you’ve never seen before.

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Simple Assembly

No matter the shape or size, Aalo assembles with just one tool (standard hex key) in just a few minutes. We thoughtfully crafted every aspect of Aalo to be as simple and easy to work with as possible.

For table/bench tops, snap fit (new feature!) panels together, and finish by fastening it to the beams.

Durable & Sustainable

For Aalo 2.0, they upgraded their previously Aluminum connectors with Zinc material, to achieve 40% more load bearing strength and x6 times better impact strength.

The rest of the beams and panel components are made with the same Aerospace-grade Aluminum we’ve been using from the beginning, with only about 1% of our total parts being made out of plastic materials.

3-in-1 Side Table can support more than 470 lbs

All of their metal parts are finished with premium textured powder coating. Aside from being one of the highest grade finishes available for furniture (in both scratch-resistance and durability), powder coating produces ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds during production unlike other common painting processes. This means no harmful chemicals are released to the environment during the finishing process.

They use stainless steel fasteners to complement our Aluminum & Zinc body, so that you can take Aalo outside for even greater versatility.

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The 6 styles of coffee table designs

A coffee table is a long, low table which is designed to be placed in front of (or next to) a sofa or upholstered chairs to support beverages, magazines, books, decorative objects, and other small items to be used while sitting, such as beverage coasters. In Europe, the first tables specifically designed as and called coffee tables, appear to have been made in Britain during the late Victorian era. Later coffee tables were designed as low tables and this idea may have come from the Ottoman Empire, based on the tables used in tea gardens. However, as the Anglo-Japanese style was popular in Britain throughout the 1870s and 1880s and low tables were common in Japan, this seems to be an equally likely source for the concept of a long low table.

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Modern Coffee Table

It refers to furniture produced from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism.

Up Balloon Coffee Table by Duffy London

Part rug, part table, meet the Stumble Upon Coffee Table by Alessandro Isola

Contemporary Coffee Table

Though contemporary and modern may seem interchangeable, contemporary style refers to what is currently popular. Contemporary designs often feature stark interiors with bold, bright accents. Glass tops and metal bases are common features of contemporary coffee tables.

Abyss Horizon Coffee Table by Duffy London

Cottage Coffee Tables

In some ways, cottage style is as much a frame of mind as it is an approach to decorating. There’s an everyday ease in the way it celebrates imperfections, ordinary treasures and blended families of furniture. Cottages tend to be humble, unpretentious and full of heart — traits most of us would be proud to claim. Both cottage and country styles feature feminine lines and detailing, such as turned legs. Painted and distressed finishes are common features of country and cottage coffee tables.

Mills Table by Stephan Schmitz of adorTable

The Line Coffee Table by Baker Street Boys

Industrial Coffee Table

Industrial style evokes the purposeful look and feel of factory tools, utilising metal and wood in more rough-hewn, sturdy construction. These can pair well with loft-style living rooms, or stand in perfect contrast to softer surroundings.

Arc coffee table designed by Ditte Vad and Julie Begtrup for Woud Design

Mid Century Coffee Table

Mid-century modern refers to the interior design style that was popular between the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-century modern coffee tables are characterised by clean, simple lines and bent wood or molded plastic construction. Most of the time, wood furniture has a simple finish to show off its natural beauty.

The Parsons White Top Coffee Table by Homesense

Parsons Coffee Table

A modern square or rectangular table, a parsons table has four flush, square legs that are equally as thick as the flat top. The parsons table is a modern design created in the 1930s. Though it has a simple shape, a parsons coffee table can be embellished with upholstery or different materials to fit many design schemes.

Height and Width

The best size of your coffee table depends on the size of your sofa. For optimal balance and function, the coffee table should be around two thirds the width of the sofa. The height should be 5–10 cm below the height of the sofa seat. To give ample room for moving around, make sure there are around 45cm of space between the sofa and the table.


The original write up by Anna Samygina published on Medium can be found.

The World’s First 3D-Printed Conference Table

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Does your company’s conference room need a little inspiration? This far-out office furniture is designed to sex up your workspace. It’s entirely 3D-printed which results in smooth transitions and curves throughout. With its three-dimensional voronoi pattern, it sports an organic, liquid-like shape that’s sure to be a conversation starter and something to get your team’s wheels turning.

Designer: Roadmedia

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Gather Round the Urban “Campfire”

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Inspired by the campfire, this thoughtfully designed furniture piece aims to bring loved ones together in the living room. Dubbed Ignis (Latin for campfire), this coffee table features a built-in radiator in a circular shape.

In colder months, it becomes a gathering place for friends and family who can warm up just as they would around a fire. Set low to the ground, it aims to recreate this age-old experience in the safety of the urban apartment or home. In the summer months, the ceramic coating stays cool to the touch, making it appropriate for year-round use.

Designer: Daniel Davda

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Clean Air, Clean Home

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Fine dust that’s been blown across from neighboring deserts and the exposure to air pollution both contribute to the poor air quality that Asia suffers with. Products that offer a solution to this problem have been present within the marketplace for some years now, but they all carry a design which doesn’t allow them to integrate into the house’s décor.

Twoway is an air cleaner with a design that allows it to seamlessly blend into the room, this has been achieved by using the combination of fabric and wood which was influenced by traditional furniture.

Junyoung Jung recognized that the design needed to be flexible, so it can work in all rooms. For this reason, Twoway also offers a second function, a coffee table; the main body can rotate 90 degrees to create a horizontal surface, or it can be kept upright so it can sit flush against the wall, out of the way.

Designer: Junyoung Jung

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Bloop! (There It Is)

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Meet, Bloop… a coffee table that looks just like it sounds! Like a wooden water droplet frozen in time, this sculptural design is characterized by fluid transitions between interconnected parts, with soft-rounded edges, and refined details.

Crafted from solid wood, Bloop’s unusual form gives it a new, surprising and sophisticated balance point. The upward-rounded edges of both its base and top appear to float and flow between its thin leg which gives it a sense of lightness despite being quite sturdy.

Designer: Regular Company

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“Bloop’s unconventional form was created by shifting the axis of rotation of its base, leg and top – thus defining the table’s proportions, and giving it a new balance point,” says design studio Regular Company.

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“The organic joint between the leg and the tabletop reinforces its stability, a design that allows only one slim, vertical element.”

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Bloop! (There It Is)

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Meet, Bloop… a coffee table that looks just like it sounds! Like a wooden water droplet frozen in time, this sculptural design is characterized by fluid transitions between interconnected parts, with soft-rounded edges, and refined details.

Crafted from solid wood, Bloop’s unusual form gives it a new, surprising and sophisticated balance point. The upward-rounded edges of both its base and top appear to float and flow between its thin leg which gives it a sense of lightness despite being quite sturdy.

Designer: Regular Company

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“Bloop’s unconventional form was created by shifting the axis of rotation of its base, leg and top – thus defining the table’s proportions, and giving it a new balance point,” says design studio Regular Company.

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“The organic joint between the leg and the tabletop reinforces its stability, a design that allows only one slim, vertical element.”

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8 Geeky Coffee Tables

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Geeky coffee tables are cool so why settle for a boring coffee table if you can get a LED one or a superhero-styled one? Finding unique and special furniture for your home is fun. Today it’s easy to get great items that will upgrade your house. 

It’s amazing how a simple table can absolutely transform the room’s vibe and feel. You can use a geeky coffee table not just in your living room, but get one for your kid’s room. If you have a playroom in your house it’s also an excellent way to add some geekiness into your home. Below you’ll find 8 super geeky and cute coffee tables all geeks will love.

Batman Coffee Table

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If you are planning a man cave or just want to add some superhero sparkle to your home, this Batman coffee table can be a great addition. This table is just right, in color and in style. The table was crafted from hard maple wood, painted with a black stain coated and a high gloss polyurethane. To finish the look the legs are in powder coated hairpin, giving the coffee table its classic look.

Lord of the Rings – Coffee Table

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This coffee table is truly a work of art. Specially designed using pyrography technique, all of the table’s decorations were burned into the wood. The result is stunning: A one of a kind Middle Earth Map coffee table.

Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

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This controller table is probably one of the more famous geek-theme coffee tables out there. Over the years we presented here on Walyou several Nintendo coffee tables: From wood, glass and even plastic, but one thing all of them have in common is that they are super cool!

Jordan Coffee Table

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A very cool coffee table, perfect for the sports fans. It’s actually a storing box for shoes but can be used as very cool coffee table. You can store some magazines also. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition perhaps?

Pac-Man Coffee Table

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This coffee table is full of style. Combining the iconic yellow with the oak legs is super modern and totally IN. The Pacman table can also be perfect for your game room or your kid’s bedrooms.

Marvel Coffee Tables

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Colorful and oozing with retro, this Marvel Comics coffee table is all about chic and style. This table is also 100% recycled and hand-painted.

LED Coffee Table

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This modern innovative coffee table is featuring an impressive display of LED lights. It is battery operated, and you can easily switch it on or off to impress your friends (or dates).

Coffee Table”  8 Bit – Pixelated

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Forget about HD; this table is all about retro gaming. The 8-bit Pixel table is made out of a solid oak and was inspired by 8-bit graphics found in early computer gaming. Another cool fact about this table is that each side throughout the entire table has a different combination of hand cut cubes, so each side is unique, and no two sides are the same.

For more geeky and cool furniture check out our 21 Geeky Furniture Designs for Your Room and 17 Geeky Coffee Table Designs

Xbox One Controller Coffee Table: Are Those Thumbsticks or Footsticks?

Fans of the Xbox One console, here’s the next piece of furniture for your living room. Yep, this is a coffee table in the shape of an enormous Xbox One controller.

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South Carolina artist Scott Blackwell of WoodCurve created this jumbo controller coffee table, which does a great job mimicking Microsoft’s game controller. It measures 39″ w x 26″ d x 26.5″ h, which makes it about six times the size of the real deal.

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The table sits on skinny steel legs, which can be ordered in zinc-plate or a color of your choice. The custom glass top isn’t included, but seems like a necessity if you want to actually put your coffee on it.

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The Xbox One controller coffee table can be yours for $1199(USD) over on Etsy.

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Incredible The Legend of Zelda Mosaic Coffee Table

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Old school gamers will appreciate this beautiful piece of… living room furniture? Yes, it’s Legend of Zelda coffee table. A few months ago The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 30th anniversary. It’s incredible to see how popular and loves the game is still is, with so much time gone since it made its first appearance.

This is one of the best ways to add and old school stylish into your home, but doing it in a retro gaming chic geek kind of way. On instructables there’s a step by step guide on how to create this awesome coffee table.

This coffee table features the crest of Hyrule and is made out of 2400 tiles. In order to create this mosaic Ashley Smith used a cross-stitch pattern that you can find for free online. All you need to do is make sure you can easily see the lines so you know which tile to place where. There are a lot of methods on how to place to tile: just pick the best way for you. Overall, making the table cost less than $90.

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