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

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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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Desk Purrrfection

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In all the desk designs I’ve seen over the years, this is a first for me! It’s called ‘Ascend’ and it’s been created for all the cat ladies and fellas out there.

Like any cat person will tell you, the moment you give attention to anything but your furry friend, they’ll find a way to lounge on your keyboard or knock over your utensils until it’s back on them! Designed with this in mind, the 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!

Designer: Dan Devine

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“Each ramp is set at a gentle 30° incline, so it’s accessible to cats of any age. On top there’s plenty of space to stretch out or curl up including a storage tray area with openings to hold charging cables in place. The Ascend Desk gives your cats plenty of options to supervise while you finish your work in peace,” Devine explained.

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“Manufacturability was a priority for the client, so care was taken to be sure it could be easily made by hand or by CNC.”

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YD Talks: The Making of SPUN, the most exhilarating chair in the world

I remember the very first time I walked into a Herman Miller outlet. I walked right past the Aeron chair, Yves Behar’s SAYL chair, and even probably the most iconic thing in the room… the Eames Lounge Chair. I walked past all these hallmarks of great industrial design, because I had my eyes affixed on the most interesting object in the room. I say object because you couldn’t really call it a chair. It was an experience. It was the Spun.

“There was no intention to design a chair”, says Thomas Heatherwick in the video above. The Spun was the result of an experiment, rather than a conscious decision to make a seating device. This experiment finally evolved into a chair that was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It was the furniture-equivalent of a rollercoaster ride. You feel uncertainty, surprise, thrill, joy, euphoria, in a matter of seconds, which is more than you can say of any seating device on this planet. Designed as an unstable seating device that could rotate on its rim and axis, the Spun literally spins you around, tilting you ever so gently that you get this feeling of almost falling over, but never actually ever falling over, thanks to some incredibly precise design engineering. The spinning action gives you a quick burst of adrenaline and a release of endorphins that bring about childlike joy no matter how old you are. The minute you complete half a rotation, there’s a sudden awareness as you feel you’re about to topple backward, but you never do. The immediate relief of anxiety is quite literally a stress buster, and the cycle continues with each subsequent rotation.

The Spun Chair was designed back in 2010 by Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studios for Magis (eventually finding a home in Herman Miller too). Stand it upright and it doesn’t look like a chair at all… it only becomes a chair when you incline it. The rotationally symmetrical Spun is a rare type of chair that finds itself fitting perfectly into domestic as well as commercial spaces, and indoors as well as outdoors. Made using rotational molding (so it’s hollow on the inside) with polyethylene, the Spun comes with bands or lines across its surface that serve multiple purposes. The lines form a texture that prevents you from slipping off the chair. They provide a gripping surface not just for your backside, but also your hands that are bound to grip the chair as you find yourself feeling stable at one moment and unstable at another. Forming an element of CMF, the ribbed lines give the Spun a distinct play of light and shade, while also quite literally making it look like blur-lines from the spinning chair!

Watch the video above where Thomas Heatherwick breaks down the creation process for Spun in a video directed by Juriaan Booij.

Designers: Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studios) and Magis Design

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A Puzzling Statement Piece

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On one hand, this design totally stresses me out with flashbacks to a game I NEVER came close to mastering! On the other, there’s no denying the charm of its familiar aesthetic. Inspired by everyone’s favorite 1980s toy, the Rubika bookcase is at once a modern statement piece and a nod to the past.

From afar, it looks like a three-dimensional cube. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll notice that it’s the same width as a traditional bookcase. This mesmerizing visual is created by a thoughtful shift of its cubbies’ shapes in combination with a blend of mixed woods. The result is at once playful and perplexing!

Designer: George Bosnas

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Furniture For Your Plant Friends

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There’s nothing that will bring a little life (literally) to your dwelling faster than a plant or two (or three, or four, or fifty!). However, not everyone is a fan of standalone planters and pots cluttering up their living quarters. The latest from Kekkilä, the Green series of home furnishings aims to provide plenty of room for all your favorite plants.

The designs, which consist of shelving, boxes, ladders and more, feature integrated containers and surfaces that make perfect homes for plants next to your books and other belongings. They take up the same size footprint that your standard furniture would occupy, only they give your space freshness and a natural component you can enjoy. Some units also contain built-in lighting to help plants grow indoors while providing illumination and ambiance to your room. Use them inside or out and put your green thumb to practice!

Designer: Pentagon Design for Kekkilä

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The Green Box is an airy structured growing box with a lid, which can be used a storage box off-growing season.

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The Green Shelf is a small-footprint stand with detachable shelves for creating a showcase of your favorite plants and pots.

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The Green Light works as an ambiance light and is attachable to the Green Box and the Green Ladder product.

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The Green Ladder is a three-tiered pot stand and it can be attached to the Green Light by stringing it to the fastening supports.

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The Green Trellis Line is suitable to be used as a stand-alone or as an add-on to the Green Box and it’s perfect for supporting climbing clematis. The Trellis Wave offers an eye-catching design feature to urban spaces and it’s perfect for supporting climbing plants which prefer more vertical support.

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When IKEA and NASA design homes together!

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Developed after research carried out by IKEA and NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station, the Rumtid is perhaps IKEA’s most ambitious project yet, to design inspired by extreme scenarios and the fragility associated with it, and designed for frugal living.

The Rumtid collection comprises four different product ranges that explore different issues: time, space, water and air, and is based on research carried out by the two teams to “explore the future needs of urban, small space living”.

The collections debuted at Democratic Design Days showcase things like a small, redesigned air purifier, a rather futuristic looking terrarium pod, innovative lighting solutions, and a modular, block-based furniture system that allows you to build furniture from scratch to suit your needs and requirements, resulting in not only a product that is tailor-made to your scenario and needs, but also efficient utilization and recycling of material because furniture parts can be interchanged, and furniture itself can be pulled apart and put together to form something new. “By cutting the tubes into different lengths and clamping them together we can build just about anything, be it sofas, wardrobes, beds, or something else completely,” added creative Michael Nikolic, who led a group of seven designers for the project.

The entire collection should debut by 2020 across all IKEA stores.

Designers: IKEA and NASA

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