The ‘MEET’ is a self-driving virtual conference room from the year 2030

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Designed for Spanish automotive manufacturer Seat, Miguel Mojica’s automotive concept named MEET is a compact, aerodynamic, slick car for 2030. Its purpose (aside from transportation, of course)? Being a space for meetings of both formal and informal natures. As cars move towards an autonomous future, the car interiors change too, adapting to a situation sans a driver, or passengers facing the road. The interiors become more independent, and start becoming the focus of the car’s design. It’s perhaps for this reason that the MEET has a relatively plain outer aesthetic with little to no design embellishments, while the interiors tell a completely different story.

The outer aesthetic comes with a streamlined design that’s mainly metallic gray paint and glass, along with blue light-based detailing (there’s even a greeting light on the front), while the interiors come with magnetic levitation seats that can independently turn (I imagine they provide incredible shock-absorption too). Designed keeping in mind that 5G and AR/VR will absolutely uplift the smartcar experience, the MEET goes all out with a central gadget that’s adaptable to all ecosystems, which will supposedly serve as a support table, a computer, and even a hologram projector tailored to provide virtual reality experiences. I’d like a generous slice of that future!

Designer: Miguel Mojica

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Japanese Revivalism in a Rocker

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One look at the Logan bench and you’ll see that its Japanese through and through. The rocker takes inspiration from a variety of areas including the work of furniture maker George Nakashima, Japanese architecture, calligraphy, as well as design principles such as enso, balance and asymmetry.

Everything from the simplistic joineries to its upward curves edges are a nod to the signature look of Japanese structures. An aesthetic twist reminiscent of George Nakashima’s signature butterflies on the top surface of his works, the Logan bench’s dual plank seats feature laser engraved details of Japanese calligraphic strokes. A bench built for two, this elegant rocker aims to bring people together so that they might work in tandem to create their own motion.

Designers: Shwetha Iyengar, Srishti Singh and Aakanksha Gupta

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Anxiety Vs. Aesthetics

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When I’m putting together my own place, I have a few rules I tend to stick by, and one of those is to avoid any furniture designs or placements that might cause anxiety. For instance, I don’t hang any artwork above my bed because I believe it causes subconscious fear that it might fall during sleep (call me crazy, but I do live in an earthquake prone area!). Another example is no glass coffee tables because I like to avoid the stress of slamming anything down too hard or, heaven forbid, taking a tumble and falling into it. Whether you find these to be irrational fears or not, my point is… the Suction Stool by XYZ architecture probably wouldn’t make it into my collection!

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not good or even great. It’s certainly hard not to appreciate the design for its unique construction which utilizes levered suction cups that grip on to a thick glass plate. That, combined with a robust stainless steel frame make it mighty sturdy, I’m sure. You’d just better be braver than I if you’re going to keep one at home!

Designer: XYZ Integrated Architecture

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A Better Planet

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MZPA’s Planet chair just keeps getting better and better! The original and its big brother are followed by all-new innovative features that make it even more appropriate for the workplace.

Plants make people happy. Period. Designed with this in mind, new paneling options are available including ones with integrated planters for growing succulents, mosses, or other types of vegetation to uplift your mood and enhance your air quality. Other panels are now equipped with a white-board finish so you can doodle and brainstorm directly on the furniture the moment an idea pops in your head. Last but not least, an integrated light panel provides ambience and reading light when you need it. All are shaped in the same familiar triangular form. They’re proof that the possibilities are endless!

Designer: MZPA

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Active Ergonomics for Your Core

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From the makers of this core-building chair comes another iteration of the design with a new, sleeker look. Like the original, its symmetrical seat means you can sit in one of two ways: straddled as if you were on horseback OR in a traditional chair position. The new version, however, features a minimalistic blend of bent wood framing and a soft felt seat. Its shape forces you to balance – so whether you’re at the dinner table or your desk, you’ll be working on your core whether you realize it or not.

Designers: Aurimas Lazinskas, Vainius Markelis, Saulius Sestavickas & Vilius Kiskis

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A Chair for Me Time

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The Botan chair is the perfect place to sit when you need to get away from it all. With its encompassing thick walls and comfy (and acoustically absorbing) padding, it creates a cozy place to think, reflect, and enjoy some alone time. Of course, you can still focus on what’s directly in front of you while blocking everything else out, making it great for conversations in crowded places or for watching TV when other things are going on around you. In a stylish combination of metal, wood, rubber, linen and felt mix of materials creates a moody feel when your mood is wanting some “me time.”

Designer: Sergey Makhno

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Papasan Chair

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This far-out seating solution called Galaktika creates a cocoon of comfort for the user. First designed as an airport armchair, it provides both a cozy place to sit and entertainment while you wait, whether you’re at the gate for your flight or the lobby at the doctor’s office. Lined with ultra-soft cushioning and capable of being fitted with additional pillows, it envelopes the user while isolating them from external noise. A built-in swing arm outfitted with a flatscreen TV provides access to movies, games, airport traffic information and more.

Designer: Vasil Velchev

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Stunning Wood-But-Not-Rigid Seating

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It’s difficult to believe that a design as beautiful this is composed almost entirely of recycled materials. Named after the shape that makes up its two flexible seating points, 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. When they stand, it pops back up to form a planar surface with the rest of the bench again. It’s the softer side of wood seating!

Designer: Gaudutė Žilytė

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