Inspired by the chairs of our childhood, this modern lounge chair is a rattan-based derivation of the iconic Eames chair!

Inspired by the chairs of their childhood, Cuong Nguyen designed RU, a rattan cushioned lounge chair that weaves together nostalgic and modern elements to bring us back to the simple times of our own childhood all in the comfort of our living rooms today.

Remember the chair from childhood that everyone called dibs on? Whether it was the honey walnut wood rocking chair or the unmatched leather power recliner, the chairs from our childhood will forever bring on a feeling of comfort. What I’d give to sink back into my childhood family room’s chenille tweed corner sofa with a can of soda in one hand and the TV remote in the other. Industrial designer Cuong Nguyen took to the interior design of their own childhood for inspiration in visualizing RU, a rattan cushioned lounge chair that finds modern comfort in its nostalgic design.

Described by Nguyen as, “A bit of embracing crib, a bit of the curve of dragonfly wings, interpreted by rattan,” the arms and lower back of RU feature webbed rattan weaving to support the cushion’s taut upholstery fabric. Muted in freckled amber orange, RU is paired with an ottoman that can either tuck beneath the chair’s cushion, work as a footrest, or become an additional seat.

Both the lounge chair and ottoman are propped atop a cushioned base to embrace the comfort that RU was designed to provide. Named after the Vietnamese word for ‘lullaby,’ Nguyen conceptualized RU to be made up of materials from their childhood, namely rattan and what appears to be a tightly woven linen fabric.

While the wide size and the gradual slope of RU’s backrest hearken back to the 1990s when lounge chairs were all the rage and designed to swaddle you whole, Nguyen incorporated modern elements like slim, yet plush cushions and uniform upholstery to bring RU into the 21st century. All of these design features enhance RU’s comfort, but the rattan touches are the sure showstopper.

Noting his inspiration behind choosing rattan as a building material, Nguyen describes, “To me, lines and materials should be the storytellers in product design. Therefore, when you lie down on this chair, I hope that sweet childhood memories will come back to you and lull your mind to peace.”

Designer: Cuong Nguyen

Rattan armrests and backing support RU’s slim upholstered cushion.

The gradual slope of RU’s backrest provides plenty of space for lounging, a nice ’90s touch. 

While the rattan armrest and expansive backrest are design elements rooted in the ’90s, the slim cushion and uniform upholstery bring the RU lounge chair into the modern era. 

This incredible floor-lamp design surrounds your armchair with a ring, giving you a sliding, adjustable halo of light

The Ring Light is quite unlike any lamp I’ve ever seen. Sure, the name ‘Ring Light’ might ring a bell to some photographers (I couldn’t resist that pun), but this one isn’t a light that’s shaped like a circle… Instead, it comes mounted on a ring-shaped stand that fits around your seating.

The stand plays a few pretty interesting roles – Firstly, it really just acts as a wonderful accent to your furniture. The way the circular stand ‘outlines’ your favorite reading chair is just beautiful to look at, and brings visual emphasis to your seating in a powerful way. Secondly, the circular ring serves as a sliding rail for the Ring Light. The light sits on the rail and can be moved around anywhere, giving you a controllable directional light-source instead of a boring stationary one. You can adjust the light’s angle and direction simply by sliding it around, either for being able to read better, or for selfies with dramatic lighting! Finally, a nifty little side-table on the left of the ring lets you rest your books, phone, or cup of coffee/tea on it. Pretty neat, eh?

Designer: Richard Malachowski

The light works on its own too (you don’t NEED to add furniture to it), but it brings on a new meaning the minute you introduce seating to the mix. Given its size, it can only fit a single-seater within it, and really works with any sort of furniture-style, from an armchair to an ottoman, to even a beanbag if you choose. My only bit of advice is to watch your head when you get up!

This multifunctional side table transforms into a chair and make the most of tiny living!

Living in tight city corners is a finicky job– you have to make the most of your space, no matter how small. Studio apartments and tiny living spaces can make it feel difficult to have control over the space because delineating different rooms without overcrowding the place can feel impossible. In designing a chair specifically built for small living spaces in the city, NG Architects created Spring, a multifunctional table that blooms into a chair with a backrest at the push of a button.

Spring comprises a cylindrical shape that increases or decreases in height according to its desired function. At its lowest height of 500mm, Spring serves as a simple side table with a natural wood top. Then, by simply pressing the table down, Spring’s built-in compression springs are activated and morph the side table into a chair with a backrest. By following the same pushing tactic, the Spring chair can reach its maximum height of 900mm, transforming into a table that can work as a centerpiece for a small studio space. While the main building material used to construct Spring is oak wood, the furniture’s compression springs are made from aluminum, while natural and white paint colors coat the sides and top of Spring.

Named after the Spring season, the chair’s transformation is reminiscent of a flower blooming. The clever use of built-in compression springs gives double credence to the chair’s name and provides the chair with multifunctionality without having to take up more space. Designed specifically for tiny living spaces, Spring uses modern building practices and classic design principles to create simple, yet multifunctional pieces of furniture that open up to meet your space where it’s already at.

Designer: NG Architects

Inspired by a flower bud, NG Architects built Spring for practical purposes in small living spaces, creating more functionality while not overcrowding the space.

Five aluminum springs hold a clamp lever that morphs Spring into its different forms when activated.

Move over, Iron Throne! This wooden throne is made from recycled pallets, but looks just as imperial!

Clearly, this chair wasn’t designed for your average living room! Titled the ‘Pallet Thief’, this wooden throne was created by Anton Brunberg in response to a question he once had – “How to still celebrate the pure joy of making and craftsmanship without having to use up the planet’s precious raw materials?”

Just by Anton’s calculations, there are roughly six billion pallets in circulation worldwide, most of which are made of wood. Each year, one percent of those pallets (approx 60,000) reach the end of their lifespan or are lost. By tapping into this industrial global supply, Anton discovered a way of turning unusable waste from one industry into raw material for another industry. The ‘Pallet Thief’ is certainly no ordinary piece of furniture, but then again, it’s a vision and a proof of concept for Anton, who aimed at showing the potential this recycled pallet wood has in the furniture-design world. It comes with hundreds of pallet planks joint together before the seat is carved out of the central mass. Further sanding creates a seating surface that’s perfectly smooth and comfortable to sit in, while it also showcases the planks and wood-grain as if it were a design feature. For that extra bit of flair, the wooden planks are left untouched around the edge, giving the chair the appearance of a sea-urchin sculpted out of wood… or a ‘wooden’ Iron Throne, if you’re looking for a more poetic comparison!

Designer: Anton Brunberg

Patricia Urquiola’s armchair design for Cassina explores the gender-bias through furniture

What are the first words you think of when you hear the word ‘masculine’? Chances are those words were a derivative or a synonym of words like hard, rugged, strong. Similarly, when you play the word association test with ‘feminine’, you’re more likely to think about grace, softness, elegance. Patricia Urquiola’s Gender Armchair for Cassina explores these characteristics and how they can coexist in furniture. The Gender armchair aims at addressing the bias of masculinity and femininity being defined the way they are. The chair lets you see what you want to see – it’s both hard, with a strong internal framework, yet soft, with padding. The armchair uses large volumes, which one may consider masculine, but features a gently curved silhouette, a common trait associated with femininity. The armchair, which pairs with a similarly designed leg-rest, explores the dichotomy of gender with colors too, using complementing colors that are a combination of subdued and vibrant.

If the Gender armchair reminds you of the Eames Lounge Chair, it’s perhaps by design. Both chairs approach their design the same way, with a combination of hard and soft – seen in the Eames chair’s hard plywood back and soft leather cushions. Patricia Urquiola, however, addresses it more directly with the Gender armchair, bringing this element of observation into the limelight.

Designer: Patricia Urquiola for Cassina

A luxurious full-body massager with hidden speakers fits your interiors while keeping you stress free

The problem with purchasing a personal massage chair isn’t just the hefty price tag: it’s the hefty bulk of the chair itself. Massage chairs, especially high-quality ones, take up a lot of space. The Nouhaus, on the other hand, offers an enticing alternative: a high-quality massage packed into a space-efficient package.

Compared to similar products, the Nouhaus fits within a midrange price point, providing a deeply satisfying massage without breaking the bank. Standard massage chairs use either an S-track chair frame, which only reaches the length of the spine, the Nouhaus uses a hybrid L/S-track, which extends under the buttocks and thighs. The Nouhaus also features airbag massagers around the waist and pelvis, which offer a deeper, more relaxing experience. Also, like many higher-end chairs, it includes manual adjustments so you can fit the rollers to your body height.

The Nouhaus gives an incredible massage, but it also is a beauty in its own right. Even though the chair is quite large, it’s no bigger than your average recliner. Its plush cushions help create the ultimate relaxation experience. The chair even has Bluetooth speakers embedded in the headrest, adding to the immersion. Basically, if you could afford to upgrade your standard reclining armchair with a full-body massager, why wouldn’t you?

This Project is a 2020 Red Dot: Product Design winner.

Designer: Nouhaus

 

         

This armchair is actually made up of 3 separate chairs stacked together

Designed for people who enjoy solitary life but also love entertaining guests, the Social Chair by Yvonne Hung explores a new way to stack furniture. The chair’s design looks like a quirky armchair but look closer and you’ll see that each armrest is in fact a part of a separate chair. Disassemble the Social Chair and you’ve got one chair that turns into three separate seating devices for you and your guests! Dock them back and they come together to form one single armchair yet again! It’s lovely how Yvonne Hung has developed a method of making chairs useful even when they’re stacked into each other. A great addition to small homes in highly populated cities!

Designer: Yvonne Hung

George Lucas would approve of these armchairs!

A pretty big mea culpa for not having this up on the 4th of May, but this chair is definitely geekworthy, regardless of what time of the year it is!

Designed taking inspiration from Star Wars’ Imperial Tie Fighters, Kenneth Cobonpue’s armchair literally turns conceptual interstellar aircraft design into furniture design! The chair comes with a welded aluminum pipe frame, with woven polyethylene cord to give it its appearance of an Imperial Tie Fighter jet. The chair’s design is slightly modified for comfort and stability, but to a large degree, it resembles the jet, with its large, hexagonal wings that also double up as armrests/legs, and a body at the center which forms the chair’s seat and backrest.

Available in black as well as off-white, the chairs are quite literally a spitting image of those jets, and make a great addition to any Star Wars fan’s living space!

Designer: Kenneth Cobonpue

Darth Vader Helmet Armchair: The Dark Side of the Furniture

This Darth Vader armchair is the perfect chair for anyone who is allied with the Dark Side and wants to show it. Emperor Palpatine probably has one just like it in his office that he makes Vader sit in when they’re having meetings.

From the front it just looks like a modern black chair, cool but nothing super special. But from the back it is all Darth Vader. I think it should have a button that makes Vader’s breathing sound, but sadly it doesn’t.

Its maker, DSDStudio plans on making just 10 of these, so that is all that will ever exist. Don’t get excited about having one in your office or living room just yet though, because it will cost you $11,999.99(USD). And then there’s the small problem of having one shipped from Russia.


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Introducing, Isolationist Furniture

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The latest from Sitland, the Cell collection is aptly named for the way each piece encapsulates the user in a cocoon of calmness. Designed for today’s world, the seating allows you to be absorbed in what you do with no interruptions. The high-walls of the sofa/chairs give one a sense of security, while a charging port on the side of the chair just about makes it the most ideal chair to while away your ‘me’ time on your phone without having anyone peer over your shoulder.

The high-back design of the sofa and armchair also provide considerable audio and visual isolation in an elegant way. Depending on placement, users can interact one another, or with their gadgets without interruption while seated, or take a solo break in peace and quiet.

Designer: Sitland

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