Ingenious Furniture Designs that transform to match every apartment’s need!

Modern-day apartments come with their space restraints, and to meet their new-age demands, we have these transforming furniture designs! A cocoon-based armchair that lets you fall back and separate from the noise to a student-friendly seating solution that unfolds into a futon when its time to sleep, these are some of the solutions we have in our collection. Whatever your space demands, there is a furniture design in your list that will meet your needs. So discover, get inspired and innovate some highly-functional and transforming furniture designs.

The Hush by Freyja Sewell

“HUSH provides a quiet space in the midst of a busy hotel, airport, office or library in an age of exponential population growth, where privacy and peaceful respite is an increasingly precious commodity,” explains Sewell. 

The SHO transforms from sofa to sofabed in seconds by taking control of the cushion by Pan Biwei 

The Ozzio Italia FIL8 table for 4 extends into a table for plenty by Giulio Manzoni 

Aalo 2.0 by Sejun Park

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.

The BACK TO BED sofa is multifunctional and modular enough to be an elegant lounger or a snuggly bed for the kids by Chang Kuei Fang

The SWING 2.0 by German Smart Living 

Chart, an innovative product which is neither a wall, shelving unit or room divider, but rather a multifunctional backdrop for varied and situational use designed by Ana Relvao & Gerhardt Kellermann

The Insect Table with a dual height functionality by Godar Furniture 

Exocet Chair by Stéphane Leathead at Designarium

The Hybrid Ladder by Bcompact

Everyone needs a throne – A Hammock Throne. Even if you don’t have trees!

The lounger, recliner, and couch have come of age – it’s the era to usher in better ways to sit… and feel like royalty. Thanks to the ‘Hammock Throne’, you can literally feel like that. One of the biggest problems with hammocks is that you need two trees (or poles) to hold them up, and typically they are placed outdoors. Even the home-swing doesn’t match up to the comfort of lazing in the comfortable embrace of a hammock.

Folks at Yellow Leaf are solving for this, by giving us the Hammock Throne. Kind of an indoor/outdoor hammock chair; this full-body contraption features a 360° swivel thanks to the anchor base. Simply sit back, relax and swivel all around on a whim. I’d put this free-standing hammock in my living room, where will you?

Designer: Rachel Connors

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MINIMALIST FOOTPRINT: You can tuck your Hammock Throne into a quiet corner, make it the centerpiece of your living room or bring it outdoors for the summer!

360° PANORAMIC SWIVEL: The Swivel provides maximum versatility and a 360° panoramic view. We designed the swivel using a sophisticated and high end CrossRoller Bearing for a super-smooth glide. (We’ve literally seen a 1-year-old push a 200 lb adult in a full circle!)

VERSATILITY – FROM “CHAIR” TO “FULL-LENGTH” HAMMOCK: Despite its low profile and minimalist footprint, the Hammock Throne extends from a chair into a full-size hammock when you kick back to snooze– You can recline more than 7 feet! Joe (pictured) is 6’2″ and he has plenty of room to spare!)

THE “ANCHOR” BASE: The pressed steel base is an anchor of stability. It requires 600 tons of pressure to shape the perfectly symmetrical base. TBH, this was one of the more complex elements to nail down, but super important to the overall relaxation experience.

“MARINE-GRADE” OUTDOOR DURABILITY: The Hammock Throne is designed to look great in your home, but made with the durability to live outdoors. Our solution-dyed Performance Yarn is the gold standard for outdoor fabric – 100% weathersafe and UV-resistant. For extreme durability, The Hammock Throne’s metal elements are powder-coated using Akzonobel, the same super-tough coating they use to protect the Siberian gas pipelines from the elements (that’s TOUGH stuff!).

SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED BEECHWOOD: Keeping in line with our commitment to positive social and environmental impact, our hardwood is sustainably harvested (and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council). The graceful curves of its bent hardwood frame are made from beechwood, which was selected for the beauty of its grain and the strength of its timber. Each millimeter of wood is precision-milled by a CNC machine for meticulous perfection.

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Stool Designs that perfectly balance your sitting needs

Standing desks may be the rage right now, but we do spend most of our days sitting down. Staring with their initial 3-4 legged designs, the humble stool has come a long way with the designers experimenting on them. Our curation showcases all those experiments that did well, and they are so innovative! Running out of space – we have stools that pack flat and assemble without tools. Assembling is a concern – we have stools that assemble with a latch, a single screw as well as self-balancing stools for those of us worried about our health. You name it, this collection of designs has it all to keep your work, health and home space balanced perfectly.

Covered Stool by Youngmin Kang

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Ovini Stool by Weronika Żytko 

The Latch Stool by Christian Juhl 

Ching Chair No 2 by Ta-Chih Lin  & Yi-Fan Hsieh 

Frida, the flat-packing stool by Zanocchi & Starke 

The Mågen stool by Pernille Løgstrup Iversen, Rikke Palmerston & Fatima Fransson of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen 

Maple Stool by Line Depping 

Stecki, the stool without glue, by Henning Marxen 

Muista Active Chair by Aurimas Lazinskas, Vainius Markelis, Saulius Sestavickas & Vilius Kiskis 

SNO stool by Torstein Bakke and Caleb 

Bench Designs reinterpreted for the modern times

Benches are unique, in the sense that they are a quintessential part of our world, we use them more often than we realize, however, rarely does any thought go into the design aspect of the bench. Given their versatile nature, benches are widely used in all public spaces, from a mall, a garden to just any office setting, Our collection of bench designs is created from a range of materials, be it stone, concrete, to even steam-bent wood to inspire you to innovate and design your own bench design!

COMB furniture by Gaudutė Žilytė 

The DRIFT Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo Studio 

HexaSeat by Pouya Hosseinzadeh for Enison Co. 

The High Line NYC walk designed by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf

Twisted Concrete Bench by Badih Rameh 

Urban Shapes re-arrangeable stools and bench by Nort Studio

Steam Bent Bench by Bae Se Hwa 

Timber Bench by Matthias Pliessnig 

Breastfeeding Bench by 52hours

Fallen tree bench by Benjamin Graindorge 

Cabinet designs that are a twist on their classical counterparts

Steve Jobs said, ‘When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.’

If you have stuff, you have cabinets! But as a designer, we know that everything can be elevated to the next level. So even if a cabinet may have the ordinary purpose of storing all your things, the fact remains that they can also serve an aesthetically pleasing design, using a different mix of materials, designs and just plain oomph factors. We bring to you a collection of cabinet designs that are sure to be the attention grabbers wherever you use them!

Mesh Sideboard for Gliese Design by Mustafa Basaran 

Slap furniture concept by Nicola Conti 

Fan Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz 

Soft Cabinet by Studio Dewi van de Klomp 

Quasicabinet by Aranda Lasch 

Ju Hee dressing table and cabinets by Studio Fern 

The Training Dresser by Peter Bristol 

The movable structure of Dear Disaster Cabinet by Stoft 

As if from nowhere cabinets by  Orla Reynolds Design 

Whittle Away Cabinet by Stoft 

Who needs a butler with this side-table that holds magazines open for you!

This three-legged, chunky piece of furniture is Fido, an occasional side table that features an integrated magazine rack. The robust metal tubing that is used for Fido’s substantial framework gives this side table a solid and stable stance, allowing it to confidently sit alongside the existing furniture within the room. Contrasting the rounded form of the legs is the angular structure that forms the magazine rack; the form of the lacquered solid wood against the cylindrical tubing creates an element of suspense and interest. This has been further emphasized through the light finish that stands out from the matte-black legs.

The circular table that is elevated above the rack adds height to the item of furniture, as well as bringing the table to a more appropriate level. To add to its functionally, the orientation of the table can be adjusted to suit the user’s needs!

Designer: Davide Anzalone

Staircase Designs That Will Uplift Any Space: Part 2

We recently read an article where the staircase of a restaurant was demolished by the local authorities because it was constructed illegally. What this meant was, that the seating area on the first floor was inaccessible. Ingenuity struck the owners, and they hired a de-commissioned Double-decker bus and parked it in such a way that the patrons could climb up the stairs of the bus and reach the top floor seating. The point here is to look at staircases as more than just means of getting up and down between two floors. Designers put in a lot of thought and craft behind their staircase vision. We have curated some iconic staircases for you, so let us know what you think about them.

Modern Staircase Design by Andrii Ortynskyi 

Objet élevé by Studio Mieke Meijer that merges a staircase with a space to work, collect and store.

Modern House with Indoor Wood Slide by Archology 

A minimalist staircase by B(ianchi) Compact Design 

‘Stripcase’ staircase designed by Ofist 

Glowrail by Light LabMAKE Architects 

Sculptural staircase by Francesco Librizzi 

The Itamaraty Palace at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Oscar Niemeyer 

Caroline Place by Amin Taha Architects + GROUPWORK  

Tønsberg House designed by Nyfelt & Strand Architects

Here are the hottest winning-designs from the A’ Design Award 2019

What makes the A’ Design Award stand out from others is its mission statement. It wants to find a common link between great design ACROSS all disciplines, and is committed to being a consortium or a common-ground for all sorts of good design. The A’ Design Award and Competition is more than just an awards program. It actively seeks good design, markets it, brings value to the project as well as the designer in the form of a wide range of value added services like a dedicated PR Campaign, a Gala Night with the world’s biggest design patrons and designers alike, a proof-of-creation document for your work, and even a platform to sell your design on.

The A’ Design Award’s perks aren’t just limited to winning designs, but also to participants. Your participation entitles you to a proof-of-creation document, inclusion in A’ Design’s Business Network, and the Design Fee Calculator service that lets you accurately price your design services for clients.

Judged by a grand jury of 209 elite designers and educators, here are a select few of A’ Design Award and Competition 2019’s winners. We’ve hand-picked some of our favorites from this year’s list of winners spanning categories such as Product Design, Lighting Design, Architecture, Furniture, Medical, and Social Design. Scroll down below to have a look at what’s making the waves this year in the design circuit! And don’t forget to register below to participate in the Competition next year to make the most of the opportunities that the A’ Design Award promises!

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YD Handpicks: Winning Designs from A’ Design Awards 2018-19

01. RoType Flexible Keyboard by Royole

The RoType is a neat, rollable keyboard. Unlike those hideous flexible silicone/TPU keyboards that you now find on novelty gadget shops, the RoType is slick, professional, and classy. With a miraculously transparent keyboard that embraces and becomes the surface you place it on, the RoType feels sort of like typing on air. The keyboard uses a special film which contains a hidden circuit. With a transparency of 92%, and a thickness of a dazzling 0.04mm, the RoType flexes, stretches and curls multiple times without deformation. The flexible hidden circuit allows you to type by simply touching the keys, giving it an incredibly feathery UX… and when not in use, rolls right back into the RoType’s robust metal case, which is practically 1/10th the size of a regular keyboard!

02. Hexa Passenger Drone by Maform Design

We’ve all secretly waited for drones to be powerful enough to lift humans, haven’t we? While VTOLs are still somewhere in the near future, the Hexa passenger drone is a pretty plausible concept that demonstrates how a drone that lifts a human could look. With 18 propellers arranged in two circles (12 outside, 6 inside), the Hexa has a flight time of around half an hour. Where would one be able to travel in that much time? Maform Design thinks the Hexa isn’t a transportation device but an experience device. Designed to give you the experience of piloting a vertical take-off and landing vehicle, Hexa’s all about allowing riders to experience the thrill and adrenaline of drone flight! Maybe with advancing battery technologies we’ll see the Hexa turning into a proper short-distance transport solution!

03. Right Angle Screwdriver by Qian Xiaowei and Ye Xinmin

Designed for portability, and to get into those tough-to-reach spots, the Right Angle Screwdriver is a neat multi-tool with interchangeable heads and the ability to maneuver itself into difficult spots thanks to its novel design that allows the screwdriver to bend 90°. The miter-joint not only lets you reach screws in recessed places, but the 90° bend even gives you the power to unscrew or screw with much more torque. The size of a pen, the Right Angle Screwdriver is an ideal piece of EDC for the tinkerer, and its multiple heads just extend the product’s versatility!

04. The Barisieur by Josh Renouf

The Barisieur is a concept that’s definitely garnered its deserving share of interest. Featured on YD as a conceptual one-of-a-kind product years ago, the Barisieur has developed a lot over time, becoming the award-winning product it is today. What is it? Basically the best alarm clock ever made, because rather than jolting you out of sleep with an alarming noise, it gently and effectively awakens your senses by brewing you a fine cup of coffee! The alarm is hooked to a water heater which transfers the water to a pour-over coffee filter that decants your brew as you awake to the aroma of coffee. Paired with a small vessel of milk on the side (and a tray for storing your sugar), the Barisieur proposes perhaps the most effective way to get you out of bed. With a hot cuppa!

05. Twig Dumbbells by Ji Hoon Lee

When you think about it, a twig-shaped dumbbell is rather ironic, right? The word twig is often used to describe skinny or scrawny arms or legs, while on the other hand dumbbells, well, they help bulk up arms. The Twig dumbbells are an innovative dumbbell design by Ji Hoon Lee. With a handle and three prongs on each side, the weight of these dumbbells can be changed simply by switching the prongs.
The prongs or branches of the Twig are individual weights. Different prongs come with different weights and you can simply switch them to make each individual Twig heavier or lighter… although they’re sure to always look visually light, thanks to their twig-like form. Wait! That’s probably the idea! To get you to psychologically lift more by fooling your eyes into thinking you’re lifting tiny, weightless branches! Pretty clever!

06. Sidekick Notebook by Tan Mavitan

The Sidekick is quirky, but has logic to it. An A5 notebook looks small on your desk, but open it and it doubles in size, becoming an A4, and occupying precious real estate on your desk. The Sidekick has no such problem. Its unusual shape and diagonal spine allows it to open into an ‘L’ shaped notebook that can easily sit at the corner of your keyboard, or your mousepad, or even tablet. The notebook won’t serve well for sketching, but makes a good note-taking pad, offering both landscape and portrait writing areas. Take notes, make doodles, or probably even sketch on it if you can, the Sidekick is that one notebook you won’t buy and put away only because you’ll love keeping it on your table to occasionally take notes, and to perpetually show off.

07. Tsutsumu Card Holder by Hirotaka Satoh

It’s incredible what one can achieve out of a single piece of leather. The Tsutumu card holder is made from a stamped piece of leather. That’s literally the only production process it went through (aside from the branding being stamped into it too). No glue, no stitches, no rivets. Just pure leather. Basing itself on the Japanese culture of wrapping valued items carefully (google Furoshiki), the Tsutumu comes flat-packed and can easily be folded into shape. Its design ensures it holds its shape while holding cards within it too!
Elegant, simple, stylish, and differently vibrant, the Tsutumu cases wrap around your cards in a way that looks beautiful and unusual. The leather ages with time, gathering a beautiful patina, but the case itself lives on for years and years!

08. Kurio Modular Shelfing System by Markus Hofko

Designed like a breadboard that you plug electrical elements into, the Kurio Modular Shelfing System comes with a universal base-platform that you plug planes into, to make shelves. Based on the size and quantity of items you want to keep on your shelf, you can build any layout you choose by simply plugging pieces together. Made from aluminum, the Kurio doesn’t use additional fixtures like screws or glue, just good old mechanical joineries that allow the planes to be pulled apart and rearranged whenever you choose!

09. Symphony Number 7 Chair by Chen Ting-Hsiang

Similar in spirit to the Butterfly Chair by Eduardo Garcia Campos, the Symphony 7 Chair is inspired by the softness and sweetness of the 7th Symphony by Beethoven. The rocking chair is made from a pipe frame, and comes with leather cushioning, combining comfort, strength, and an incredibly organic skeletal design that makes for a great silhouette. The chair looks even beautiful when paired together with another of its kind, creating a beautiful symmetry!

10. Grid Table by Mian Wei

Made entirely of interlocking wooden pieces, the Grid Table takes inspiration from Chinese wooden structures called Dougongs (Dou Gong). Dougong is essential to the timber frame structure of traditional Chinese building, as it binds the roof, girders and pillars together to distribute weight evenly. The Grid table brings that approach to table-design, with its top-heavy-yet-stable construction that does a great job of distributing the table’s weight, while also turning the Dougong construction technique into an artform, with its wonderful, Jenga-esque geometric aesthetic!

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