Topographic 3D objects make use of ocean plastic waste

Charles Birshaw Topographic Coffee Table Details

Charles Birshaw is slowly becoming known for his impressive designs. He has a knack for coming up with new creations transformed from waste into desirable art. They don’t just appear as art but also with unique functions.

The last pair we featured was the modular mule that can be transformed into a clog. Again, the Modular Mule explores the boundaries of design. This time around, the designer introduces two new products: a coffee table and a 3D art decor.

Designer: Charles Birshaw

Charles Birshaw Topographic Coffee Table Details

The Topographic Coffee Table is made of ocean plastic. It is another product of material innovation and the designer’s desire to explore boundaries of design. The latest collection from Birshaw is the ‘Topopgraphics Objects’ series made from ocean plastic.

The London-based industrial designer aims to make lifestyle products that are more environment-friendly. Birshaw said, “The project stemmed from my current notion and thought process of seamlessly integrating materials that we particularly need to find a use for into lifestyle products. As opposed to the traditional design strategy to use less of a substance we need to avoid entirely.”

Charles Birshaw Topographic Coffee Table Concept

For the Topographic Coffee Table, the designer used Topographic maps as inspiration and basis for his art. Topographic models have been made to serve as a base for a table. It’s like having a diorama of a mountain or a place and having them displayed in the living room.

Another 3D model is also available, but it’s more of a wall-hung piece of the famous Mount Fuji. This one is also made of ocean plastic but now with a marble effect. The coffee table also has a similar effect, but you can’t really appreciate it up close.

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Charles Birshaw Topographic Coffee Table Sample

Two versions of the coffee tables are imagined and made. One table uses compression molded ocean plastic while the other takes advantage of the cast-ground plastic mixture. These products result from waste plastic separated according to colors and then melted to mold and create blocks. The blocks are then used to make the topographic models using a CNC milling machine. The final product is then enclosed or covered in glass.

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The designer Charles Birshaw continues to experiment with this topographic 3D art. The Mount Fuji wall hung shows us how recycled ocean plastic can be transformed into something beautiful. The 3D art wall art and coffee table can be considered functional sculptures because of their form and function. One serves as a beautiful and one-of-a-kind decor. The table is a furniture piece that supports your other stuff at home and is usually placed in the middle of a living room.

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This robot-powered gaming chair looks so comfy that you might want to sleep on it

We’ve recently seen a rise in gaming chairs that would make your gaming desktop rig cry. To call them a chair might be an understatement, especially since they look more like elaborate, extravagant, and over-the-top lounges outfitted with everything you need to play games and not get up except for bodily necessities. While those chairs almost always advertise gaming comfort, they honestly look more like hard and cold traps designed to keep you from getting up and finishing your games. In contrast, you might never want to get up from this gaming chair concept, but only because it might be too comfortable and too soothing to leave. And to arrive at that kind of experience, the designers took inspiration from the most unlikely source, a supercar like a Lamborghini.

Designers: Ryan Kim, Yaeji Hong, Dongwoo Han

Gaming and cars don’t really have much in common unless you consider the concept of speed that’s associated with both machines. That’s not to say they can’t learn from each other, and cars today are getting more technologically sophisticated, running on powerful computers that might also be found in PCs. The Moiin Robodesk Gaming Chair concept takes the sharing in the other direction, with car aesthetics informing how a gaming chair could harmoniously blend contrasting elements of warmth and cold, comfort and performance.

The chair part of the Moiin, for example, has the same leather materials that Lamborghini would use on the seats of its supercars. While existing gaming chairs do have cushions and soft materials to offer comfort to the gamer, this goes over and beyond the call of duty. And if that weren’t enough, the chair is actually a massage chair that could help soothe those aching backs and shoulders from hours of gaming on end. Not that you should be playing games for hours on end in the first place.

The gaming part isn’t going to be left behind and will easily remind people of the sleek and shiny surfaces of high-end sports cars. LED lights around some edges give it that gamer aesthetic that makes it look equally futuristic, but the polished appearance of the “colder” parts of the setup actually complements the warmer personality of the leather-wrapped chair quite nicely. It’s a harmony of opposites that you’d find so executed so perfectly in sportscars and supercars.

That isn’t the end of the wonders of this gaming machine, though. If that monitor and keyboard stand looks more like a robot arm to you, you aren’t that far off. Rather than burden gamers with having to manually adjust the chair to their comfort, the robotic arm does all the work for them, leaning in and back as needed. It’s the ultimate reclining chair comfort made just as smart and as sophisticated as the gaming machine that it’s running.

Of course, there might be some concerns about whether making gaming too comfortable could lead to an even more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, gamers might have the worst postures of all computer users, and having a desk and chair combo that not only encourages ergonomics but also adds comfort could at least help give their bodies a bit of a break. Admittedly, Moiin’s aesthetics might not appeal to all gamers, but those that love supercars and the Lamborghini design style might have found heaven in this concept.

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This movable seater can also be your small library on wheels

You probably won’t be taking this small mobile bookshelf outdoors, but you’ll at least be able to enjoy your favorite novel anywhere indoors.

Most of us have our favorite corners at home, our small areas of solitude and calm where we can curl up with a book and maybe even a hot mug of cocoa for comfort. It can be the couch, or it can even be your bed, any place that offers a smidgen of isolation that you could let you enjoy reading or thinking in peace. Not all places have such a nook or cranny, though, especially in more public indoor places like libraries. In those spaces, you might want to escape to a far-off corner of the room with your selected books to read, and this rolling cart for books lets you do exactly that and even offers something to sit on while you get engrossed in that new favorite book of yours.

Designer: Farhan Syahmi

Libraries are designed for reading books, of course, but most of them seem to make that a cold and alien experience that often scares off even bookworms. Long tables force many to uncomfortably share spaces with strangers, while chairs provide little comfort even to your back, let alone your posterior. There are exceptions to these, of course, with reading spaces designed to make reading feel enjoyable and comfortable, but most public spaces, including company libraries, turn the activity into something clinical and mechanical, more for dry studying than getting lost in the pages of a book.

Imagine, then, a library floor plan with more open spaces than unwelcoming rows of long tables, areas where you can pull up your own seat and read in isolation and privacy. You’d have to provide many personal desks and chairs, of course, which will inevitably lead to a lot of distracting pulling and pushing of furniture across the floor. That’s where Gambus comes in, presenting a sort of makeshift movable library within a library, one that you can silently roll around to your chosen spot and let you immediately sit down and read without missing a beat.

The movable library seater takes inspiration from a real gambus or qanbus, a wooden lute-like musical instrument with a large pear-shaped body and a narrow neck. The body of this Gambus seater is likewise made of wood, with a large cavern inside to fit a good number of books. The top surface serves as your seat so that you can sit down and read right where your books are. Alternatively, it can also function as a stepping stool to reach books on high shelves, though the wheels probably make that a bit risky.

The thin neck of the seater curves upward and ends with a tabletop where you can put the book you’re reading or even some of your stuff. You pull or push the Gambus using the tray, and the stem can actually function as a makeshift backrest as well if you’re so inclined. The Gambus is primarily designed so that you can pick a few books from library shelves and the plop down and read where you are (presuming you’re not blocking anyone’s path), but it’s not hard to imagine how the concept could be extended to create more personal reading experiences anywhere that has plenty of books and space to set up your own tiny fortress of solitude, even for just a few hours.

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This handheld printer concept reduces waste by printing on any paper size

If you could print on any size of paper at any time, you can probably help cut down on the number of trees that have to be cut down needlessly.

We live in a world that revolves around content stored in digital form, but we also still live in a world that exists in the physical and material realm. Giving physical form to those digital files still happens a lot, perhaps more than it should be, so the need for the printed page isn’t going away any time soon. Unfortunately, printing on paper is also one of the biggest causes of waste, especially when you consider the different paper sizes that are used throughout the world. If printing is inevitable, we might as well try to make it as efficient as possible, which is what this ideal printer is trying to propose.

Designer: Alonso Bastos Durán

Of course, all printers these days can support a range of paper sizes, but those naturally require that you have a supply of those materials. Not much of a problem if you only ever print in one size all the time, but when you need to print something smaller, you’re stuck with having to cut and throw away the excess areas. That pretty much leads to waste, which, in the long run, worsens the state of deforestation in the world. Since it’s not really possible to just stop printing altogether, the next best thing is to be as flexible as possible.

The Printall concept does exactly that by adjusting its printout to any paper, even if it means a smaller size than your regular printer can support. That’s only possible, however, because the device doesn’t exactly function in the same way as a regular printer. You don’t have to feed it paper because it doesn’t actually have to apply ink on it like you would on a normal inkjet printer.

Instead, the printer uses Xerography, which basically uses electricity to charge black or colored powder so that they stick to surfaces. Also known as electrophotography, the dry copying technique offers a bit more flexibility, at least in what you can print on. That’s what makes Printall special because it could print on any compatible material, including things that might not be paper. You can even print on steel or concrete with the right materials. In context, however, it simply means you can accommodate the biggest and the smallest printer sizes with no exception.

Without the restrictions of physical paper, the printer can also break free of having to be tethered to a single location. In fact, Printall is designed to be portable and handheld, allowing you to print anywhere and on anything that is compatible with that same xerographic technology. That said, it does seem like you will need to be the one that guides the printer over the paper or surface, so it’s not exactly certain how accurate it will be. But since it’s actually just using light, it’s possible to also just step back, project your image on “paper,” and let the printout magically appear.

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A jigsaw puzzle table lets you take your food or work away with you

This table concept looks like a game, but it’s serious business that just happens to have a playful twist.

There is no shortage of ideas and designs for modular tables and desks, offering the ability to expand or cut back on their features as needed. In most cases, you actually lose a part of the table when you remove those modular parts, ending up with something like an incomplete puzzle. That’s definitely the case with this intriguing concept for a semi-modular table, one that is almost literally an oversized puzzle. But while most modular tables lose a bit of themselves in the process, this one actually lets you take a piece of it with you, hopefully, to bring it back some other time.

Designer: Siyu Lou

The Puzzle Table is both fascinating and admittedly a tad confusing. On the one hand, you can consider it to be a modular table because you can remove its parts without drastically changing the nature of the table. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t want to use a table with an even surface left by missing jigsaw pieces either. At its most basic, this is a table that happens to have removable trays built into its surface, with each tray designed in the shape of a puzzle piece.

There’s a bit of frivolity and playfulness involved in this otherwise plain white minimalist tray. When you remove a piece of that puzzle, you leave a gaping hole that’s impossible to ignore. Why you would take out a piece, however, is part of the narrative of the table, and it revolves around the kind of life you have at home or even in the office.

You can, for example, assign a different theme or purpose to each piece. One can be where you put your mug on, while a different and larger piece is for your laptop. Not all pieces are interchangeable, and it might be easier to just move the items on top around rather than carrying each puzzle piece. At the same time, it might be fun to color-code each tile and mix them up on different days.

Those tiles can also serve as something like food trays, where you can bring or take your meal in a cafeteria where empty base tables are laid out. A puzzle piece can also be a part of a meeting room table, where each participant conveniently brings in their notes and tools on a tray and then just slot them into the table. In less formal meetings, it could even become a sort of game or icebreaker.

The Puzzle Table does have provisions for different table sizes, though those will have fixed sizes determined by the puzzle pieces available. It’s a rather lighthearted way of looking at the idea of modularity that may be sending an indirect and completely unintended message about remembering to have a bit of fun anywhere you can take. Sometimes, that “anywhere” just happens to be the very table you work at, and this concept tries to make the best out of that situation.

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This Macintosh Pocket computer concept makes us wish we had a time machine

They always say that hindsight is 20/20, but that really doesn’t mean much when you can’t change what has already happened. Many of us would probably try to undo things or make different decisions based on what we already know happened, but that just isn’t possible. To be fair, our predecessors did the best they could, based on information they had at that time, and even the greatest visionaries couldn’t have predicted the ups and downs that would change the world for better or worse. The young Steve Jobs of the 80s, for example, probably never saw the iPhone or even the BlackBerry coming, so we can only imagine how things could have turned out if Apple had the knowledge and resources to make a pocket computer back in the days. Fortunately for us, somebody asked that same question and came up with a rather intriguing answer.

Designer: Rex Sowards

Apple did try to briefly venture into the pocket computer market, but the Newton was more aimed at Palm, which was a Titan in that niche market during that era. It wasn’t exactly pocketable by any standard, but it did try to introduce innovative ideas and features in the personal digital assistant (PDA) market that was thriving at that time. The Newton, however, barely lasted a decade, especially after it failed to meet the returning Steve Jobs’ infamously high standards.

This Macintosh Pocket isn’t a simple rehash of that failed concept, though. Instead, it takes its DNA from two unlikely sources. On one side, you have a QWERTY keyboard in a cramped space that has become synonymous with BlackBerry. On another side, you have the two-step chassis of a Game Boy Pocket of that generation, hence the “Pocket” in the concept’s name. At the same time, you still have the telltale design language of Apple from the late 80s to early 90s, like that off-white color scheme and Macintosh keycaps.

The concept doesn’t simply slap on a display and a keyboard on a Game Boy body and call it a day, though. There was a great deal of thought given to how the mouse pointer would be controlled for a device of this size. A touch screen and a BlackBerry-esque touchpad were both out of the question, and a Lenovo nib is probably just as unlikely. Instead, Sowards took his inspiration from the PowerBook’s iconic trackball, reduced in size, of course. He even took the extra step to pattern the button after the PowerBook’s design, making it curve around the trackball on one edge rather than being perfectly square.

The back of this device is equally interesting in how it hides the ports that were standard on the Macintosh Classic. The most logical positions for these would be on the sides, but that would have cluttered the gadget’s design, a big no-no for Apple. Hiding it behind a panel where the Game Boy’s batteries would have been is a rather sneaky way to keep the design clean without losing functionality. Unsurprisingly, there is absolutely no room for a floppy drive of any size.

It’s probably questionable whether the Apple of the 80s would have adopted such a design, even if they magically foresaw BlackBerry’s becoming the de facto standard mobile device in the business world. It’s still an interesting thought experiment, though, combining designs and lessons learned by various companies across various industries. The craziest thing about this concept, however, is that it is probably completely doable today, thanks to 3D printing and small PCBs. It won’t be able to run the old Mac OS, though, at least not legally, but it could still be an interesting foray into what could have been if the stars were just aligned differently.

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This modular bench concept gives bikers a place to park and sit

There is no shortage of ideas on how to give everyone a seat, especially outdoors. Of course, space for benches and chairs will always be a problem, whether it’s at a park or some vacant area in the middle of towering buildings. That’s not even considering yet those “in-between” places where people come and go a lot, only stopping by for a brief breather. Such resting places for cyclists, for example, are far and few in between, and they aren’t exactly designed for this segment of the world’s active population. That’s the very specific need that this bench concept is trying to address, giving cyclists a place to rest while still offering the option to accommodate a bunch of people at the same time.

Designer: Alonso Bastos Durán

Of course, there are public and outdoor spaces that cater to those who regularly take their bikes out, either for work, leisure, or exercise. In most cases, however, there is a single parking space for these bikes that are often a good distance away from where they might want to sit down and chill. Sure, that does force them to work their legs a bit more, but it might introduce inconveniences as well as concerns over the security of their metal steeds.

The Pinajarro Bench is designed to address those concerns by allowing bikers to park where they sit or vice versa. In a nutshell, the slots between the metal bars of this triangular structure might be very familiar to cyclists as a place to rest their wheels and chain their bikes down. At the same time, however, the bench can accommodate wooden or metal seats that hang over the top of that triangle, allowing the same bench to be both a parking slot and chair for cyclists at the same time, letting them catch their breath while keeping an eye on their bike.

The concept, however, goes beyond a single configuration. For example, the entire bench can be occupied by seats only, preventing anyone from parking their bikes. Conversely, it can have no seats at all and functions purely as a parking space. The orientation of the seats can very, letting people sit beside each other or back to back. Even the seats themselves can have variations in design. In one scenario, the back of the seat can have a flat flap that serves as a tray for drinks or other items for people sitting on that side.

The Pinajarro Bench can be made from a wide variety of materials, but the concept has a particular bias for sustainable options. The base itself will always be made from hard steel to give the structure balance and strength, but the seats can be made from wood or metal. The latter might be a better choice for benches that will be exposed to the elements 24/7. Regardless of the materials, the concept offers a sustainable and rather ingenious way to give bikers their own special space while still keeping the doors open for other seating configurations. It might even inspire other people to embrace a healthier lifestyle, knowing that there is a safe and comfortable place for them to rest when they need to.

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This crib can become a couch when your kid is all grown up

Your child won’t stay a baby forever (though some might actually wish they did), so this modular furniture concept turns that sleeping place into a seating space when the time finally comes.

Parents sometimes tend to go overboard in buying things for their newborns, which is pretty understandable given how emotions can run high over our little ones. They don’t remain little forever, of course, and there will come a time when they will outgrow everything that you have bought for them. Clothes are one thing, but physical objects like toys, baby gadgets, and cribs are harder to get rid of without feeling a tad guilty. As adults, we also have a responsibility to make sure the world remains habitable for our children and our children’s children, and being able to reuse that crib helps drive that home, no pun intended.

Designer: Vedran Erceg

Baby cribs are designed with the comfort and the safety of a baby or toddler in mind. Everything else is secondary, but that doesn’t exactly mean that nothing else can be done to give the piece of furniture a fresh spin, especially one that will extend its use long after the baby has grown up. That, of course, requires that every part of the crib is reusable, which is the proposition that the Evolvie concept is trying to make.

Just like what its name tries to convey, the crib grows with its owner to some extent. That’s because Evolvie can be taken apart, and each of its different parts can be used for a slightly different purpose. At its most basic, the crib has a flat platform for the bed, a thick mattress on top of it, and two L-shaped pieces with bars that form the walls of the crib.

When you need a slightly larger bed, however, you can use a longer platform and mattress. The sides no longer meet at the edges, so you’ll need two wooden panels to connect them, one of which can be used as a door. Spread the base further, and you have the makings of a comfortable but admittedly odd-looking sofa.

What’s impressive about the concept is that there are other configurations possible that go beyond sleeping or sitting. The sides can be turned to become the legs of the table, with the wooden doors serving as a panel for sticky notes or a wall to lean your kid’s stationery on. It can even become a teen-sized bed, presuming you’re comfortable sleeping on something that narrow.

The concept leaves the door open for the materials to be used, but wood definitely plays a big role. It’s most likely that even the bars will be made of wood but probably coated with something safe for kids. There is also plenty of room for color combinations that will keep a child’s eye occupied for years to come. The flexibility and multi-purpose design of this crib are what make Evolvie really stand out, showing that even the most special-purpose products can become so much more with enough imagination and creative design thinking.

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This wood and metal coffee table tries to gather people around in an odd way

For today’s younger generation, the term “coffee table” might make them think of tables at coffee shops and cafes, but the real coffee tables aren’t exactly the kind you might see in these busy places. Sure, you can drink coffee off of it, perhaps in an even more relaxed and leisurely atmosphere than at Starbucks, but the coffee table’s low and wide form is commonly found as the centerpiece of a living area, often in front of a sofa. This concept, however, turns those conventions on their head and imagines a coffee table that gathers people around not just for conversations but perhaps also for work, just like they would at a cafe.

Designer: Ricardo Sá

The origins of the coffee table are steeped in mystery and hearsay, with different versions hailing from different decades, most of them from the late 1800s of the Victorian era. The one common element among all the stories is that the tables were closer to the ground, almost similar to Japanese-style tables. Over the decades, this has become the DNA of coffee tables, along with the association with books (hence the term “coffee table books”) and magazines. All in all, these specialized tables try to evoke feelings of relaxed reading, idle chatter, and leisurely drinking, definitely activities you’d associate with work.

This “Circus” coffee table concept, in contrast, is true to its name. It’s designed to bring people together in a more active and almost chaotic way. It’s taller than most coffee tables, tall enough to be a regular desk. In fact, it can even be used as one and has features designed to accommodate working on it.

The table’s jumble of shapes and materials is almost chaotic, just like a circus. You have a predominantly wooden table with metal components that add functionality to the table. The large circular hole in the middle turns the disc into a donut and reveals two triangular shapes that form the legs of the table. Instead of a solid cylindrical base, the table has metal bars and doors on opposite sides, creating further contrasts in terms of design.

Those aren’t just for show, though, with the bars serving as slots for books that you’d typically find on a coffee table. The solid panels, on the other hand, are doors for storage, as well as a way for charging cables to go through without dangling from the edges of the table. It creates a natural cable management system that doesn’t make it difficult to just unplug and go at a moment’s notice.

This coffee table is definitely not your regular coffee table, designed to be the center of attraction, both visually as well as practically. Although probably impractical in setups where a wide cough is involved, it can become the centerpiece of smaller living spaces that need both a coffee table as well as a working table. It can definitely bring people together, whether it’s for collaborating at work or for a friendly drink of coffee.

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A compass and ruler hybrid concept is the perfect upgrade for designers

Just because you can’t draw a perfect circle doesn’t mean your paper needs to be filled with holes.

No one can actually draw a perfect circle, at least not without tools. Sure, there might be exceptions that come once in a lifetime, but most designers, artists, architects, and engineers have to contend with less than perfect circles or, if necessary, tools that let you draw perfect ones. The compass, not to be confused with the navigation tool, is the most-used tool for that purpose, but it is also the worst one because of how it damages the material underneath. There have been a few attempts at redesigning this centuries-old drafting tool, and one of the latest extends an existing product with an ingenious feature that really changes the game even more.

Designer: Ilya Evtushenko

Not too long ago, a budding startup sought to do what very few in multiple disciplines even bothered to think about. The venerable compass has been around for centuries, but it was still the go-to solution for drawing circles, even if that meant putting holes in your paper. The Rotio was born out of the need to protect paper and other materials while still offering the flexibility and convenience of a compass.

Instead of a pin that will puncture a hole on a sheet of paper, Rotio has an “eye” that lets you see the center of the circle you want to draw. You simply press down on it to secure it on the paper, fit the tip of the pen or pencil into one of its holes, and then swivel away to your perfect circle. The minimalist metal design of the Rotio also ensured that it would outlive the often flimsy compasses produced for mass consumption.



This concept builds on the foundation that Rotio laid with a feature that is critical for engineers, architects, and industrial designers. These often need more than just the ability to draw perfect circles, they also need to be able to draw precise circles based on a certain measurement. The Rotio offered only fixed holes with very few markings, which is why this version uses a slider instead.


The body of the compass, which has been changed to a stadium shape, now has ticks marking different distances, just like a ruler. The biggest change, however, is the slider that will let you adjust where your pen goes, which, in turn, determines the diameter of the circle. You don’t have to settle for fixed points and even draw sizes in between those marks.

The concept even upgrades the materials that would be used for such a compass, giving it a spring-loaded brass button for its centering and similar materials for the slider and its knob. It is presumably still made of metal to help prolong the life and usefulness of the tool, not to mention making it more sustainable when it does reach the end of its days.

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