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

Freshen up your plants and garden with these designs!

With pollution rising at newly alarming rates, indoor plants have been scientifically proven to purify the air naturally while adding a spark of liveliness to your home. In fact, Nasa did a Clean Air Study with results that said in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis, certain common indoor plants may also provide a natural way of removing toxic agents from the air around us. While you go about adding some greenery to your space, we have curated a list of planters for you to choose from. So get inspired, innovate and go green with your choice of planter designs!

The BouquetPOT packaging by Niangui Cai becomes a make-shift pot for your flowers.

The Oasis Multifunctional Table & Planter by Pei-Ju Wu 

The Brot by Benditas Studio is a lamp and planter combined into one slick, terracotta package

Aeva Hydroponic Systems by Conner Tidd & Kevin Jakiela for Inertia 

Nebl by Studio Rem is a series of planters encapsulated in frosted glass for Gejst Design 

Robert Planters by Estudio Floga 

Helen Kontouris’ Botanical Planter Screens provide a sense natural visual separation to indoor and outdoor spaces alike.

GROWTH, an origami-based, shape-shifting planter by Studio Ayaskan

Concrescence Concrete Planters by Vako Darjania 

Muuch Rhombus Modular Flowerpot by Estudio Floga 

Tako Planters by Fasa Desk Accessories 

Triflora Hanging Planters by Umbra 

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

Stay cool and sleep well with this incredible Weighted Blanket

How well you sleep at night can have a direct impact on our mood the following day… and nobody likes a cranky co-worker! So, a good night’s sleep can set us up for the day ahead? But how do we achieve this? Well, the Hush Iced Weighted Blanket is here to assist in the achievement of a deeper sleep, all year round!

Hush Iced provides all the benefits of a weighted blanket without the sometimes unbearable heat; the outside layer is made up of a Bamboo and Cotton blend that helps keep sweat at bay during the hot summer months, whilst simultaneously allowing the blanket to be soft to the touch and stretchy! This, combined with the weighted properties that have been proven to reduce stress levels, leads to a blanket that could help you feel a little more refreshed and ready to tackle the busy day ahead! With their 100 night guarantee you have 100 sleeps to fall in love, or your money back!

Designer: Lior Yaacov Ohayon

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Achieve a deeper sleep and reduce your anxiety with Hush’s new cool-to-the-touch, sweat-wicking weighted blanket.

Why Hush Iced

Hush Iced relaxes the nervous system by simulating deep touch pressure therapy — which increases serotonin and melatonin levels while decreasing cortisol levels — improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time.

Ultra-Cooling Speciality Cover

Did you know that when you’re getting ready to take a snooze, your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep? Science shows that room temperature should be between 68-72 degrees for the optimum sleep benefits.

Hush Iced uses the same advanced weight distribution technology as the classic Hush Blanket, but with a lighter, cool-to-the-touch cover. Hush Iced’s proprietary bamboo and cotton blend helps wick away sweat during hot summer months, while still providing weighted relief.

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I could totally go for this sturdy, collapsible paper bed

Just a mere 100mm thick when folded, the Extendable Flatpack Paper Bed is quite incredible for a few reasons. Made entirely from paper, the bed uses an accordion-style folding mechanism to allow the bed to extend and collapse when needed. The paper’s vertical layout gives it incredible strength, allowing it to easily take the weight of two people (up to 300 kilos, or 661 lbs) sleeping or sitting on it (the mattress helps distribute the pressure too). The bed’s foldable nature may give it the advantage of portability, but its foldable mattress allows it to also turn into a sofa and an ottoman stool when you need. Just fold the base and mattress along and you’ve got yourself a simple, sturdy seating device, with or without a backrest!

The bed’s corrugated cardboard construction allows it to be eco-friendly (paper’s quite recyclable, no?) as well as light. Weighing in at just a mere 14.5 kilograms (32 lbs), the Extendable Flatpack Paper Bed is probably the lightest bed (or even sofa) for its category. And it can literally slide behind your cupboard when not in use.

Designer: Pro Idee

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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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The Loom Chair becomes wall-decor when not in use

Named after and even designed to look like a tray pulled from a hand-looming machine, the Loom Chair comes with a wooden frame and a loom-style woven fabric in between. When opened out, the Loom becomes a relaxing deck-chair or beach-chair that one can sit on, perhaps sipping on a granita, with palm trees in the background. Fold the chair together, however, and it becomes a singular rectangular frame (that you can hang on the wall) with the seating fabric stretched from end to end like a canvas. The fabric even comes with a gentle gradient, giving it appeal, and making it truly look like beautiful wall-hung decor, allowing it to function as an aesthetic piece even when not in use.

The Loom Chair is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Kim Yousik & Yoon Junho

The QuadraOpus is any sort of furniture you want it to be

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The bachelor in me has nothing but appreciation for the QuadraOpus. Designed for small apartments with not enough space for a lot of furniture, the Quadraopus can be anything you need, from a shelf, to a table, to even a bench with or without armrests. In fact, the name QuadraOpus comes from the four basic needs the product aims at fulfilling… Shoe-rack, Storage, Seating, and Table.

The QuadraOpus by Anupria Singh, an industrial design student from India, form building blocks of domestic furniture. Comprising three wooden panels and four bent pipe members, the individual units of the QuadraOpus can be used as single entities, forming footstools, tables and mantelpieces, or can be stacked one upon other to make taller stools/benches, chairs, complex bookshelves, and much more. Their abstract shape opens them up to interpretation, letting you use them in a way that suits your needs best.

“Keeping in mind that the furniture is modular (and requires multiple units), white Sal wood was used to make the pieces. As it is a relatively cheaper wood this allows for the product to be affordable to those on a budget. Powder coated brass pipes were used, which were then painted white to complement the wood’s light color. The pieces are sturdy enough to stand on their own and can take up to 60 kgs of weight comfortably.” The product was developed in Auroville, a self-governed, experimental township and community in southern India. Designed to cater to the minimal, simple life of Auroville’s residents, the QuadraOpus dons many hats, becoming any sort of furniture its user needs. And when all is said and done, the individual units nest within each other to occupy less space, allowing you to stow them away for another day!

Designer: Anupria Singh

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