Your Furniture Design Moodboard: Winning Furniture Projects from A’ Design 2018

The purpose of this post is twofold. Not only is it a roundup of ten award-winning works that are worthy of your design inspiration mood board (go ahead and bookmark the page for use later!), it’s also a reminder that this is the last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition, a competition that covers almost all categories of design. Furniture consistently ranks in the top 3 of A’ Design’s award categories, and we’ve pulled 10 noteworthy design from a hefty bunch.

We look at the top Furniture Designs from last year, creating a compilation of what A’ Design’s stellar 211-member international jury panel is worthy of winning the A’ Design Award. While we’re at it, do check out what winning an Award does for your Design Career, and don’t forget to head down to the A’ Design Award and Competition page to register to submit your design entries for the Award. The last date of submission is the 28th of February 2019, and the awards will be announced here on YD on the 15th of April!

LAST CALL! Register to participate in the A’ Design Awards now! Deadline: 28th February!

A’ Design Award 2018 Furniture Moodboard
01. Cocoon Lounge Chair by Timmy Kwok
Sitting on the Cocoon is a strangely comforting yet new experience. It looks a little revolutionary, no doubt… but sitting on it gives you an experience that’s difficult to actualize in words. Rest your body against it, and it feels like a hammock, with its woven fabric. However, it doesn’t consume you, like a hammock would. Lie down in a hammock, and the fabric gives in to the shape of your body… lie in the Cocoon, and it feels like you’ve still got some lumbar support. It feels more like a recliner than a hammock. And then there’s experience number three. Designed with a curved frame, the Cocoon swings to and fro, unlike a hammock that swings side by side. The Cocoon somehow manages to combine rocking, lounging, and relaxing all into one beautiful seating device perfect for a lazy afternoon with a cup of hot cocoa.

02. Renaissance Armchair by Zaria Ishkildina
Playing beautifully with a visual illusion called Moire, the Renaissance Chair styles itself on the form of the curule chair, an Ancient Roman chair design that was reserved for the highest of dignitaries, and was often a symbol of status and power. Designer Zaria Ishkildina took the chair’s form, altering the material from wood to multiple stainless steel tubes welded together. The result, although is a wireframe, feels less like one, and more like a modern, minimal (in terms of material choice, rather than abundance) throne.

03. Exo Chair by Svilen Gamolov
The Exo Chair’s memorable postmodern-esque design is quite worthy of being on the mood board because it looks completely unique from the top, front, and side. Designed to look like a rectangle from the front, an intersecting square and circle from the top, and a relatively abstract shape from the side, the Exo’s experimental design immediately looks eye-catching and inviting.

04. Petalis Sound Amplifier by Ismail Gunes Otken
The Petalis is a decorative element with an unusual function. Formed out of thick aluminum sheets, the flower-inspired Petalis works like an acoustic mirror, directing sound-waves to a user, or to a specific area. Televisions or speakers with 360° sound are often at a disadvantage when placed near or mounted on a wall. The Petalis helps guide the sound being thrown towards the sides, curving the sound-waves (much like the cone of a trumpet or gramophone) and helping amplify it by focusing the waves rather than letting them scatter. The Petalis comprises multiple individual ‘petals’ that can be wall-mounted in any way that works for you, both aesthetically and acoustically.

05. Joseph Felt Chair by Windels Lothar
The Joseph Felt chair, interestingly, is made from a single sandwiched sheet/ply of felt and foam. Folded in its clumsy, crumply style, the sheet (although pretty thick) turns into a 3D form, forming an armchair complete with a backrest and two armrests. The entire chair is held together by three well-positioned rivets, and is highly reminiscent of a chair sketch by Nick Baker!

06. The Dialogue Clock by Evgenia Dymkina
The Dialogue Clock’s unique design draws attention to a few things. Firstly, its immediate separation of the usually concentric coaxial watch hands. Not only do the watch hands now exist one beside the other, they also turn the positive space into negative, making the hand a cutout in a white dial. This allows the two dials (hour and minute) to look like pacman-ish faces that rotate in their place, only facing each other twice in the entire day (at 3:45). The rather unusual design of the Dialogue clock also opens it up to a lot of other explorations. Can you think of a few?

07. Darkside Stool/Side Table by Romulo Teixeira and Cintia Miyahira
Serving a reminder that inspiration can be found anywhere, even in the ever nourishing domain of art, the Darkside Stool/Side-Table pays tribute to one of the most influential music albums of our time, and its album art, that is an icon in itself. Made from Stainless Steel and Acrylic, the stool has all the visual elements from the background. The triangular prism finds itself at the base of the stool, made of stainless steel and colored black, while the prismatic material forms the acrylic seat on top. Lastly, the seven colors of the spectrum form supports for the acrylic seat (although there are only six here, to give the seating bilateral symmetry).

08. Dodo Multifunctional Chair by Mohammad Enjavi Amiri
‘Do’ means dual, or two, in Urdu and Hindi. The Dodo, by that definition perfectly describes this absolutely ingenious shapeshifting piece of furniture that shifts between two forms, and can go from chair to stool to coffee table, simply by folding one edge inwards on itself. Designed from individual beechwood slats, with stainless steel joineries and hinges, the Dodo chair can exist in two forms (open and closed), and just by doing that, can serve multiple purposes, from a barstool, to chair, to table, to even a bookshelf! Truly versatile piece of furniture, I say!

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A Simple Solution to Functional Furniture


We’ve seen items of furniture that are capable of taking on different uses and forms before, however the breath-taking simplicity of O-Table allows it to stand out from the saturated market, and this grabbed our interest.

The O-Table has been designed in two size variants, small and large, which just increases its functionality further! The large variant makes for a striking table that would become a conversation piece in any room, or it can simply be rolled to become either a unique clothes-rack or a decorative poster-frame!

The smaller of the two tables has been designed to work in pairs, elevating pieces of wood that contrast against their industrial, black finish. By combining both the small and large tables in excess of 20 configurations can be created, each carrying their own unique, yet equally striking, aesthetic!

Designers: Jeongho Ko, Hyoungseop Kim, Heesoo Kim & Youngjik Lee



Users can rotate the parts to transform the table for multiple functions. Also, the table can be easily moved by simply rolling it.







The small O Table can be combined with the large O Table to form more than 20 shapes with different functions and silhouette.







Increasing the Enjoyment of Shared Living


Whether it’s in a flat or a house share, co-living has become a significant part of the student lifestyle, whether this is because of the financial advantages or sociable nature, it is increasing in popularity amongst millennials. However, what living in compact spaces don’t always cater to, is a sense of privacy… and that’s where KŌDEN comes in.

KŌDEN uses its form to divide the shared spaces and create rooms within rooms! However, this is far more than just a sound-deadening, fabric-covered divider; mounted to one of the branch-like posts is the Ambient Projector, which can instantly change the quality of the ‘room’s’ambiance! This is achieved through a full -spectrum of LED lights and High Definition Audio and allows for the creation of tranquil spaces that feature gentle lights and natural sounds, through to dynamic environments that are filled with energetic music and pulsing lights!

This compact, easy to store and beautifully designed product could completely alter how we divide our rooms.

Designer: Martin Luu







The dividers provide control over the physical use of space. The combination of sturdy steel and soft, sound-dampening fabrics create a functional and aesthetic design meant for the home. Toolless assembly and light weight components allow the design to be easily set up and altered for different future uses.


Ambient Projector

With the use of digital sound and audio experiences, KŌDEN can instantly change the quality of a rooms ambiance. KODEN’s Ambient Projector transforms small spaces through light and sound. The wifi-enabled device gives habitants full control over the ambient experience. At the tap of a screen, users can fill the immediate area with full spectrum LED and HD audio. From dim lights and rain sounds for relaxation, to pulsing lights with high energy music, this connected device creates dynamic environments tailored to different co-living situations within the home.


Audio plays a critical role in constructing the ideal environment. The ambient projector is programmed with focus and sleep sounds; rain water, campfires, birds whistling, white noise, and more. These ambient sounds help to drown out unwanted disturbances, without being too distracting themselves. The subtle noise is capable of improving focus, reducing anxiety, and boosting creativity.

Ambient sound can also improve social activities, releasing tension and imbuing the space with energy. Connected to a smart device, KŌDEN can stream music and other media, offering a unique and enriching experience.


The Transformer Shell Sofa Is Comfy As Hell


Imagine sinking into a couch that envelopes you from the sides and gives you true “quiet space.” This multifunctional couch called the Transformer SHELL Sofa is inspired by Art Deco and tries to mimic the modularity of the form. The sofa is encompassed with a ‘sink’, whose colors can be changed from a retro white and grey combo to modern dark grey and black. Teamed with accessories that are in brass and bright red, respective to the two color combos, the sofa is a delight!

Designer: Aleksei Danilin



BACK TO BED is IKEA’s Wet Dream


The newly crowned royalty in modular furniture has to be designer Chang Kuei Fang. The BACK TO BED sofa is multifunctional and modular enough to be an elegant lounger or a snuggly bed for the kids. The combination is such, that if you put four of the sofa chairs together, you can make it a warm bed. And if you’d like to, you can play around with the armrests, dividers and backrests to make new combinations.

As far as the details go, the sofa uses brass knobs on the undersides and substitute traditional metal connectors. A rubber or silicone band works with the knobs to give you the configurations you’d like. Change from a 3-seater sofa, L-shaped sofa, a single bed or a double bed.

The Chinese character ‘回’ signifies ‘to go back’, thus the name of this project.

Designer: Chang Kuei Fang



Familiar Yet Fresh Seating


Reminiscent of the Eames Eiffel-style base, Lazariev Design’s Star chair is a prefabricated seating solution distinguished by its steel rod sections and soft back and seat. The design is composed of four distinct sections that can be easily assembled by the user with simple bolts. The finished product produces a striking geometries complemented by vibrant colors. Sure to be a timeless classic, order them in solid hues or mix and match colors to suit your personal aesthetic.

Designer: Fydor Lazariev















Any Smaller and this Bed Could Fit in your Mailbox

Companies like Ikea had it all figured out a long while ago. Compact furniture is good furniture. You can transport more in the same shipping space, making logistics easier and cheaper, and even less problematic for the customer who wants to carry the furniture with them. Besides, with the practical explosion of online purchase, customers are more likely to buy things online than travel to a brick and mortar shop to see a product that they might then have to wait to be delivered to them. Even perhaps a two-person bed.

The Slash/Bed was designed to be so incredibly compact when shipped that its entire set of components fit into two boxes that are the same size-footprint as two large pizzas. Open the boxes and your entire bed sits within, ready to assemble. The Slash/Bed is designed in such a way that putting the bed is a one-person task and requires no power tools. The bed relies entirely on Japanese joineries, and the ‘Slash’ design allows each beam of the bed to be folded in half, but be strong when opened out, transferring minimal weight onto the hinge. In the places that use screws, the Slash/Bed relies on metal inserts, so the screws don’t puncture or damage the wood, making it easy to disassemble the bed too.

The bed’s made of sustainably forested Indonesian wood, which gets its Scandinavian touch with a minimal design and a minimal footprint that allows your bed to be practically carried by hand and delivered at your doorstep… a feat that Slash/Bed claims no other company can match. Normally fitting a bed through a narrow doorway or stairwell would be a monumental task (the Pivot Scene from Friends comes to mind), but the Slash/Bed can simply be carried under your arm to your bedroom, where you can simply open the bed out and have it ready in no more than 10 minutes. The bed promises a lifetime of use, thanks to the use of durable Indonesian hardwood. It can be used indoors as well as outdoors (I’m not the glamping kind, but I don’t judge), and once you nail the assembly (even though there aren’t any nails involved), the Slash/Bed can even be a total lifesaver when guests show up.

Designer: Christopher White

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Slash/Beds are built to last. The bold hardwood Slash is not only eye-catching and beautiful, but also where the bed folds in half, making it super compact while maintaining exceptional strength.


The Slash/Bed was designed to be so incredibly compact when shipped that its entire set of components fit into two boxes that are the same size-footprint as two large pizzas.


Slash/Beds don’t wear, tear or lose strength at the screws like traditional beds. It is made from durable Indonesian hardwood.

The Slash/Bed arrives in small shippable boxes, and is intuitively designed to be assembled by a single person without hassle.


What’s novel about the Slash/Bed is that it’s able to fold down smaller than any wooden bed on the market.


The iconic slash on all four sides is where the bed folds neatly.


The unique fold and slide system works efficiently and maintains incredible strength. The assembly is a breeze!


Slash/Bed – Pine/Rosewood


Slash/Bed – Trembesi/Mindi


Slash/Bed – White Mahogany



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A Homegrown Chair


(If by home you mean a lab, and if by grown you mean 3D-printed.) After the designers at Budmen Industries created their own 3D printer, dubbed the Budmen Builder, they decided to have a little fun. The result is a chair that balances form and function, fabrication and furniture. The result is Resolute.

Developed using CAD software, the Resolute chair is adapted for aesthetics yet sturdy enough to support a person weighing more than 250 lbs. Modern in composition yet organic in shape, the design is coated with structural resin for enhanced support and surface durability. This also gives it the stealthy black finish that adds to its liquid-like look.

Designer: Budmen Industries









These 2D perspectives unfold to form 3D furniture

Remember all the time spent creating a perspective drawing and trying to get those angles right? Well, this 2D form turned furniture will take you back to those moments with pure nostalgia!

South Korean designer Jongha Choi has created a line of space-saving furniture that can be hung on your wall when not in use. The collection, named “De-Dimensions” plays with visual forms, transforming a two-dimensional form into a functional three-dimensional object. Comprising of a stool and a table, each element can be folded away when not in use, making it an ideal choice for the increasing micro homes we see in the future. The furniture uses of mechanical fasteners that pop out to hold the aluminum frames in place and hold the three-dimensional form.

Describing his design process, Choi states that with the advent of 3D printing and moving towards more complex forms and structures, his idea is to challenge the older yet persistent flat dimension by questioning an images’ confinement to a flat surface.

Mr. Choi’s inspiration for this design comes from a weakness in one of his eyes, that compelled him to observe the world in a manner unique than the others. And as we see, De-Dimensions artfully plays with the objects, seamlessly transferring and blurring the lines of perspective, by looking like an interesting visual element when hanging on a wall to converting into a functional object when needed. A very interesting twist to the non-physical Virtual Reality space with these designs in play!

Designer: Jongha Choi






Top 25 Furniture Designs from 2018


Furniture hasn’t radically changed much in the last decade, leave alone the year. It’s one of those essentials that’s more or less untouched by technology… so furniture design doesn’t “advance”, per se. However, there’s always a new idea, material, aesthetic, or scenario waiting around the corner. From seating designed to make you healthier, to facades that also integrate plants into them, to furniture from repurposed car parts, to probably the very definition of innovation and creativity, Nick Baker’s Chair Sketches… 2018 was filled with a lot of creative furniture designs, and we can’t wait to see the new ideas that pop up in 2019!

At once sculptural and organic, Helen Kontouris’ Botanical Planter Screens provide a sense natural visual separation to indoor and outdoor spaces alike.

This desk encourages interaction from the user and allows them to configure a workspace that creates a personalized ambience, and is truly theirs.


The Ovini Balance Stool relies on a hemispherical cushion and a series of ball bearings to give you a seat that allows you to shift and adjust your sitting angle to keep your spine active and engaged.

This chair can only be sat on in a certain way, directing the user’s behavior and encouraging a seating position that keeps your back upright, and your legs folded inward. It increases blood circulation and joint flexibility, while strengthening bones, and keeping your back upright. It also aids digestion.

Being able to choose where you want the shelves to be positioned is just the beginning! The ‘zones’ allow for the unit to be used as a wardrobe, storage for wine glasses, shoe shelving or even a small desk!


The Twofold can be both a wall-mounted shelf or a desk with such relative ease, it seems simple yet striking.

Designed to blend in with your existing home atmosphere, this is what happens when Scandinavian design values meet modern hydroponics.

Made from original Porsche 911 body parts, coated in Arctic Silver automotive paint, and finished with Custom Made American Walnut attachments that complement the car’s contours beautifully, the 911 Writing Desk takes the iconic car’s rear end, converting its boot hood into a writing surface that doubles up as a cabinet for storing your stationery (using a spring-loaded hinge that lifts the boot lid up).

Given the hashtag of #nickschairsketches, Baker uploads unusual conceptual chair designs almost every week. The chairs showcase inventiveness that one rarely sees in furniture design, as concepts take inspiration from quite literally anywhere. Scroll down to see a few of our favorites.

This interactive furniture piece features a crank and loosely connected slats that can be rolled up or rolled out to save space or make room for more people!

COMB is constructed from blown out bike inner tubes and plywood leftovers. The bike tubes form the stretchy surface for the honeycomb-shaped sections that sink in to create a comfy, form-fitting seat when one drops down.

The latest from Kekkilä, the Green series of home furnishings aims to provide plenty of room for all your favorite plants.

Studio NINE’s Lego compatible furniture aims at being a playground for your children.

Features grooves on either side to hold and keep your pens, pencils, stylus or other writing utensils from rolling around. It also has openings dedicated to propping up your tablet, phone or other slim techs for easy viewing that takes up less desk top real estate than laying them down flat.

Designed to bridge the gap between the office environment and communal lounge areas, the large seats are orientated in opposing directions to subtly create privacy for the users.

This lux chaise lounge is named Câliner after the French word for kissing and cuddling! The designer’s intention was to give romantic partners a moment of intimacy, quality time, and a chance to be present and together.

Twoway is an air purifier but 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.

It’s free of any superfluous elements yet highly functional as a workspace with its organizational details and elevated, usable paper/utensil tray.

This bench is composed of just nine elements including five leg beams, three support slats and a clear top. Without any screws or glue, all pieces can be assembled in seconds and fit together snugly to create one robust and sturdy unit.

The Swan chair takes elegant inspiration from the creature of the same name. Though contemporary in construction, its atomic legs give it a familiar mid-century feel.

The living hinges allow SHIFT to seamlessly transform into a practical yet minimalistic shelving unit and adapt to fulfill the demands of the situation.

The WEE beautifully merges together both a working desk and a playful swing to create an item of furniture that allows the user to stay both productive and active during their busy day!

This wood desk has been crafted with multiple ramps and landings for cats to perch up and play. If you can’t fight ’em, invite ’em!

New Zealander Ben Young’s forte is hand sculpting clear sheets of float glass and different solid materials like concrete and steel. His works are inspired by oceans and seas; and their relationship to land.

The crisp, clean geometry beautifully combines a fish tank, plant pot and sculpture, seamlessly. And most importantly, it does this without compromising the habitability of the environment for the fish.

The Aalo range of furniture travels with you and lets you call multiple places home. Aalo’s unique assembly system also makes it hackable, reusable, and customizable.

Dichroic Film, that both scatters and reflects light, is attached to a transparent plate that’s made from polycarbonate, the combination of these two materials is truly mesmerizing as the light is actualized by a rainbow of colors.

With a series of vertical cuts and a support at the base, the Karekla looks flat before you sit on it, and when you do, takes the shape of your backside as it bends with your weight.

It carries a form that is inspired by cybernetics and science fiction, this is a truly visually exciting and modular place to work.

The client of the table has free reign over what vehicle gets machined into the table – this includes planes, trains, and automobiles.


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