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

Modular lego-inspired furniture that can be hacked, customized, refurbished, & relocated

I remember my reaction when I saw the first iteration of Aalo back in 2018. It was simple, sophisticated, and honestly made me wonder why nobody ever thought of making furniture that literally ticks every box. 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.

From a business stand-point, Aalo was a complete win. Build a handful of parts and imagine the designs using those parts. The possibilities were literally endless. From a user stand-point, the Aalo allows you to make what you need. Need a standing desk? Check. Need a clothes-rack with a stool on the side? You could just use the same pieces to put together anything you needed. Plus, Aalo was designed to be pulled apart too, which made relocating a breeze. Traveling to a city for 6 months? You can shift all your furniture in a flat-packed box and piece it together with ease at your destination. This unique approach to modular, shape-shifting, easy-to-relocate furniture also made the Aalo incredibly sustainable and eco-friendly. People wouldn’t need to discard old furniture to buy new ones. And if something ever broke, you just needed to replace the broken part, not the entire piece of furniture. Aalo wasn’t designed with a landfill or a product-grave in mind. It figured a way to reject planned obsolescence.

Designed by a former Lexus Engineer who found himself shifting cities a lot, Aalo developed and evolved over time to become Aalo 2.0, the same product in essence, but designed to be stronger, made from finer materials, and work anywhere, including outdoors. Going a step further to make the range more durable, and therefor last for possibly a decade longer, Aalo 2.0 fine tunes a few things while sticking to its original philosophy. The products come flat-packed, much like IKEA’s furniture would, but unlike the Swedish home-decor giant, Aalo 2.0 is also designed for ‘disassembly’. This ensures that when you travel between cities, shifting jobs, your entire lifestyle travels WITH you. Aalo 2.0 comes apart as conveniently as it’s put together… with connecting panels and joineries that tighten with a single tool, the Aalo 2.0 can be assembled, disassembled, or even repurposed into newer items of furniture. Its Lego-like simplicity gives you the opportunity to be creative with your furniture, building exactly what you want, and its sheer genius is that designer Sejun Park devised a clever Nordic-style minimalist design language that shines through no matter what piece of furniture you make. Whether you use Aalo 2.0 to make a footstool, wardrobe, planter-stand, table, or even modular shelf, every product looks like a part of Aalo’s visual family.

The 2nd edition of Aalo goes a few steps further to ensure the best possible UX. Aalo’s online builder allows you to create your own furniture designs and get a catalog of the parts you need. You can even use it to experiment using parts you already have, allowing you to let your imagination go absolutely wild. Just like its predecessor, Aalo 2.0 aims at being a sustainable alternative to regular furniture. Designed to be as much as 99% recyclable, the parts are made from the highest quality zinc and aluminum (making them 40% stronger), and are coated with a premium-feel VOC-free powder coat that maximizes Aalo’s use, allowing it to be used outdoors in the sun or the rain. The powder coat also has a minimal impact on the environment, reducing its footprint while contributing to the product’s ability to be almost completely recycled… an eventuality that seems pretty unlikely considering how Aalo 2.0’s also designed to hack and overcome planned obsolescence, and to even be perhaps the only range of furniture that you can easily travel along with!

Designer: Sejun Park

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Reconfigure, Reuse & Recycle. Aalo 2.0 is a Lego-like furniture with beautiful design that moves and changes with you for life.

Buy Once, Reuse Forever

Create 100+ designs from just 15 parts. With their Lego-like assembly, you can easily add or remove parts to fit your changing space needs, so Aalo 2.0 can move and evolve with you.

Simple Assembly & Disassembly

Aalo 2.0 uses only one type of hardware and tool, and can be assembled in just minutes. Put it together, take it apart and change it up over and over with ease!

Durable & Stainable

Aluminum and Zinc construction with premium powder coating finish for maximum durability, while being 99% recyclable.

Simply add or remove parts to give your furniture a new form and function.

Reconfigure & Reuse

Combining years of experience in manufacturing engineering and product design, we developed an entirely new type of furniture system with a unique interchangeable parts design. It’s a modular furniture like you’ve never seen before.

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Simple Assembly

No matter the shape or size, Aalo assembles with just one tool (standard hex key) in just a few minutes. We thoughtfully crafted every aspect of Aalo to be as simple and easy to work with as possible.

For table/bench tops, snap fit (new feature!) panels together, and finish by fastening it to the beams.

Durable & Sustainable

For Aalo 2.0, they upgraded their previously Aluminum connectors with Zinc material, to achieve 40% more load bearing strength and x6 times better impact strength.

The rest of the beams and panel components are made with the same Aerospace-grade Aluminum we’ve been using from the beginning, with only about 1% of our total parts being made out of plastic materials.

3-in-1 Side Table can support more than 470 lbs

All of their metal parts are finished with premium textured powder coating. Aside from being one of the highest grade finishes available for furniture (in both scratch-resistance and durability), powder coating produces ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds during production unlike other common painting processes. This means no harmful chemicals are released to the environment during the finishing process.

They use stainless steel fasteners to complement our Aluminum & Zinc body, so that you can take Aalo outside for even greater versatility.

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Wirelessly charging side table gets your phone juiced while you snooze

Wireless chargers are rapidly becoming a common piece of kit within our homes, however the vast majority of these have been designed to work with existing side-tables and desks which can lead to a disconnected aesthetic. This is where TWORAY stands out, as it pairs the convince of wireless charging with the usability of a side-table.

The wireless charging element of TWORAY can be found on the elevated platform; the charging tray can comfortably charge three devices without the abundance of wires that normally comes with the charging process. To enhance its usability even further, the charging tray is removeable for it to not be limited to being solely used by the bedside.

A significant requirement for the product was for it to seamlessly melt into the environment it is placed within and harmonise with the existing furnishings within the room. We think it’s fair to say that this has been achieved; with its elegant frame-work and conventional design language, it is sure to be a desirable product!

Designer: Chanyeop Jeong

This wireless charging tray is removable. With built-in battery, it allows you to enjoy the benefit of wireless charging anywhere besides the bed.

The wireless charging tray with three coils can charge three products at the same time. And the linear volume which extends in different directions eliminates heat accidents. Also, the lighting located at each coil position allows the charging position to be recognized in the dark.

This pure porcelain side-table gives the illusion of fabric

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A Gold Winner of the German Design Award this year, the Plisago side tables by Studio Besau-Marguerre showcase an unusual choice of material coupled with an aesthetic that isn’t common to the material either. It’s a confusingly attractive combination that makes your eyes question what they’re seeing before your hands touch them to confirm your guess, while you, all along, admire its strange beauty. The Plisago side tables come made from porcelain, a material that’s completely alien to the domain of furniture. The table also comes with a design that gives it the appearance of fabric. Multiple seams and folds adorn the side of the table, with their own imperfections, generated by a special parametric software. Its tactile, textile appearance gives it the feeling of tightly stretched, lightweight fabric, until you rest your fingers against it, only to feel the cold touch of porcelain. It seems unbelievable at first, but the designers at Studio Besau-Marguerre did manage to cast a porcelain model as big as this, something that requires technique, know-how, and a great degree of confidence and risk. The fact that the designers succeeded in pulling this off is an award-winning feat in itself, while the tense-fabric-like unconventional form of the Plisago certainly merits its own awards too!

Designer: Studio Besau-Marguerre for Fürstenberg

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A Table That Gives Sculptures A Run for Their Money!

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We think that the Pinji table is closer to being an item of fine art than a side table, and would be even more suited in a gallery than it is within the home… and that’s why we love it! The off-centered base provides the design with a wonderful sense of unbalance, creating an aspect of suspense that makes the design an attention-stealer! And we know what you’re thinking, ‘That it just makes it easier to knock over’, right? Wrong. That has been considered and the center of gravity has been moved to the bottom of the base!

I think we’d all be lying if we hadn’t at some point almost knocked a vase off a side table… well with Pinji, this is no longer possible; the base appears to intersect the top surface, providing a place for flowers to be positioned and our eyes to be drawn towards!

Designer: Tony Lee

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Compact Living Just Got Easier

With the living population within cities ever on the rise, an ever-increasing number of individuals are living in a studio or one-bedroom apartments. One of the most significant issues that these people face is the difficulty they have when trying to refresh the interior air! Introducing a conventional air purifier into the living space is a huge compromise on the valuable floor space, and for this reason, it is out of the question for some people!

Airea may just be the solution to the problem, as it disguises itself as a stunning side table! By combining the two objects the user doesn’t have to commit to giving up more floor space to the device! It carries a carefully considered design that features subtle surface detailing, an intuitive touch interface and it takes design cues from the ever-popular movement of Scandinavian Design.

Airea also holds a hidden feature… a top that’s capable of wireless charging your phone! Could this be the ideal side table?

The Airea is a winner of the Asia Design Prize for the year 2018.

Designers: Bongjung Kim & Sohee Kang

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Twist + Lock = Table

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Gotta love this side table for the simple yet sophisticated way its legs are integrated into the structure. Called TEN, it features 4 brass legs that are designed to be secured in three easy steps. Just slide the first T section through the slit, twist, and lock both T sections into the grooves. Do this for all 4 and voila! You’ve constructed an elegant side table with the least amount of effort! Most impressive of all is the way its legs are thoughtfully tilted outward, increasing its footprint while simultaneously drawing the viewer’s gaze toward the center.

Designer: Feng Li

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A Droopy Design We Love

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It’s the first heatwave of the year where I live, so when I first saw the aptly named “Melt” table, I thought, “Wow… this design looks exactly how I feel!” It’s thoughtfully designed as an end piece that’s as playful as it is functional. The neck extending from the base arcs at the top before coming to an abrupt end where a circular metal surface is suspended. Here, users can rest objects ranging from glassware to decor. A sculptural accent to any space, it encourages the viewer to ponder its story and how it ended up with a case of the bends!

Designer: OITO Studio

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It has only one leg, which is fastened to the tabletop from above, thereby outlines the shape of the arc, which is used as a handle for moving it in any convenient place for you.

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One of the important aspects of this product is its simplicity of construction, even though it seems rather convoluted. In order to assemble or disassemble MELT, you only need two screws that are clamped manually.

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Turning one of the most iconic album artwork into furniture

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Looking at the Darkside Stool/Side-Table, it isn’t particularly challenging trying to figure out where they took their inspiration from.

Designed clearly by fans of Pink Floyd, the Darkside pays tribute to easily the most influential album of its time, The Dark Side of the Moon. The Darkside Stool aims at deconstructing it, taking the elements apart, and rearranging them in a manner that seems like an aesthetic remembrance of an album that was “totally rock and roll”. 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). The fact that, without mentioning the music album, the stool makes such a strong and singular statement seems beautiful… and frankly, worth the A’ Design Award it managed to win!

The Darkside Stool is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2018.

Designer: Romulo Teixeira & Cintia Miyahira.

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Geometric Art in an Accent Table

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Constructed with geometric precision, VAI by designer Minseong Kim is a stealthy-looking side table solution rooted in mathematics. Its puzzling form is calculated using a standard tetrahedron formula to achieve a minimalistic aesthetic while maximizing stability. This pyramidal form is at once robust and light. The ability to nest reduces its footprint when storing and accommodates different spatial requirements. The resulting form is as sculptural as it is functional!

Designer: Minseong Kim

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