This sustainable + contemporary collection of bathroom seating was made using recycled cork

Bathtime is probably one of my favorite times of the day. It’s that precious hour of the day when I can indulge in self-care, and pamper myself without having to worry about the world. And I’ve realized that filling up your bathroom with thoughtful designs, only makes your time in it much more comfortable and smooth. And this collection of bathroom seating by Italian bathroom brand Agape strives to be exactly that! Designed by Marco Carini for Agape, the collection includes two seating designs created from recycled cork.

Designer: Marco Carini for Agape

The first design is called Vis-à-vis, and it is a light and sturdy stool that also doubles up as a tiny side table. The second design is Rendez-vous, and it’s a bench that serves as an extensive seating option for bathroom users. Both designs function as comfortable spots to sit and relax in the bathroom.

“Like in a child’s drawing, or a fairy tale by Gianni Rodari, these whimsical and playful elements show both lightness and originality of thought. In a world that wants everything neatly categorized and defined, these pieces celebrate their versatility and freedom of use,” said Agape.

The stool features a cylindrical form that is quite inviting to look at. It was made using heat-treated cork and has a rather curving form, that looks like someone smiling, according to Agape. The “smiling” shape of the stool is quite unique and allows it to function as a side table as well – one that could hold your excessive bathroom products. The bench, on the other hand, was created using hand-woven cork ropes, that are wrapped and intertwined between recycled aluminum tubing, which has a hearty brick-red tone to it. The bench is a larger and more extensive seating design as compared to the stool, and works well for longer seating durations.

Both Vis-à-vis and Rendez-vous were made using cork that was sourced from the material discarded during the production of wine bottle stoppers. Both designs are water-resistant and have been designed for residential and commercial purposes. They provide a tranquil and relaxing space to unwind and reflect in your bathroom.

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This uniquely flexible table can easily pivot to be your work space and storage area

Even though we’re almost back to normal when it comes to going back to work, or at least the office, I still want to make my house a work space. Whether it’s for my actual job or some of my side jobs, I want to have a space which gets me in a working headspace rather than a place where I will be tempted to watch Netflix or something. That’s why I’m always interested in seeing designs or concepts of tables or furniture that will help you become more productive or organized.

Designer: Ahmet Özdemir

The Route Table is a concept for a working table that can be turned into various things that can help you work. You can move some parts around and turn them into a work table, a bookshelf, or a storage space, and it can even be all three at the same time. It has two large main parts, one fixed and one movable. The latter can be used at different angles, depending on what you need it to be, with the mechanism helping you to turn it into the right piece of furniture for your current need.

The fixed part is simply a bookshelf or storage space with opal glass doors to protect the books inside or whatever you choose to put inside the “cabinet”. There’s also space on top of it with its high shelf arrangement, although that part will be covered if you move the table to close in on it in case you don’t need the table to work on. There is also a movable light fixture on the desk part so you can place it in the area where you’re actually working on, if you need a bit of extra light.

The movable desk part may be a bit too large or long for smaller spaces. But if you need a bigger table for your computer and all the work documents, then it’s the perfect size for you. It can be used as an extension of the storage or be placed perpendicular to it. And when you need more space in your room, you can just close it on top of the cabinet. This Route table concept comes in pretty handy if you need a more flexible kind of furniture.

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This multifunctional furniture design provides a sense of privacy to modern day offices

With offices opening up, we need excellent furniture pieces that provide immense functionality and effortlessly blend into the workspace. And one such furniture design is the Worklab. Italian design studio Baldanzi and Novelli designed the Worklab mobile office divider for Narbutas which provides a multi-functional element to modern-day workspaces. It combines multiple elements such as a media wall, mobile workstation, whiteboard, space, divider, and shelving unit.

Designer: Baldanzi and Novelli for Narbutas

The highly customizable furniture design is available in a wide range of colors, finishes, accessories, and side panels which come in an option of perforated metal or upholstery. The two combine to provide an intriguing visual elevation to the workplace. It has been equipped with castors, so you can easily move it from one place to another in the office, wherever the need arises. It features a pretty portable design! It creates a private space, or provides a division between spaces. It’s been crafted from metal for sturdy durability.

“It is a handy tool for managing the flow of people and presentation of services, making it ideal for educational institutions, libraries, banks, and post offices,” said Narbutas. Besides providing an element of privacy, the Worklab is also pretty great in these COVID-19-stricken times, since it creates space between the working areas of employees, reducing the risk of contamination. The Worklab is also quite versatile since it can be used for public spaces and creative workshops as well, not just office spaces. The design’s modern aesthetics allow it to effortlessly blend with different spaces.

You can use Worklab as a conference wall, whiteboard, temporary workplace, or shelf, or use it to create a private space wherever it is needed the most. It transforms your workspace into a flexible, active, and adaptable environment that can adapt to the constantly changing needs of employees. “The idea arose from the need to have a dynamic workspace and to break free from orderly office schemes. It has been designed to fit in all those spaces that need to be modified on demand,” said Baldanzi & Novelli. Worklab is excellent for modern-day office spaces, especially for those that need a dash of dynamism, flux, and innovation.

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This side and coffee tables have sustainability and simplicity ingrained in their DNA

Once upon a time, buying a table involved troublesome and inconvenient shipping arrangements because the furniture either comes pre-assembled or didn’t have any way to disassemble it anyway. These days, however, it has become trendy to buy flat-packed furniture, especially if they come with minimalist designs. These are easier to transport, sometimes by the buyers themselves, and are possible to take apart store away when they’re no longer needed. The trade-off, however, is often the complexity and difficulty of assembling the things on your own. Fortunately, more creative furniture designers have come up with new ways to simplify that process, and these wooden tables demonstrate how an easier process doesn’t exactly make the furniture less stable.

Designer: Ivan Nuño

Thanks to the prevalence of minimalist designs and the popularity of stores like IKEA, it isn’t uncommon these days for many people to prefer tables and chairs that arrive at their doorsteps in pieces. Logistics like transportation and storage can be cheaper, and it’s also not that much work for those already used to putting things together themselves by hand. The latter, however, doesn’t cover the majority of buyers that need simpler steps to follow. Unfortunately, simplicity can sometimes also mean fragility, and some might find their tables loosening in critical areas.

To correct that problem, Studio Nuño designed a new type of joinery that it says reduces the assembly time down to just a few minutes while still maintaining structural strength to bear the weight of everyday use. You simply insert the legs into the slots beneath the tabletop, slide in a supporting piece, and screw that piece down with an Allen wrench. The legs come in three or four distinct pieces for the side table and coffee table, respectively, so there are no confusing angles or combinations to worry about.

Although not an inherent property of flat-pack design, many products that come in this form often have a pinch of sustainable design as well. Studio Nuño, however, takes it to a whole new level by making sure both the product and its packaging are environment-friendly. The wood for the tables, for example, is made from Baltic birch plywood coated with high-pressure laminate made from recycled materials, while the joinery uses recycled steel. The packaging is devoid of single-use plastic, using 100% recycled and biodegradable materials. It even uses eco-friendly tape to keep things together.

Studio Nuño’s tables don’t skimp on the aesthetics either, fully embracing a minimalist design that blends well with any theme you might have running in your home. Simple and sustainable, this coffee and side table pair offers a fresh look at how furniture doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful or sturdy. At the same time, its simple assembly also proves that you don’t have to sweat too much to have a sturdy and reliable table for your use, whatever that may be.

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This outdoor furniture collection is made from recycled plastic but feels and looks like wood

I wholeheartedly believe that stools deserve to be given way more credit than they get. Stools are often overlooked, maybe because they occupy minimum space, and aren’t really overbearing. But these traits are what make stools so great in my opinion! And a stool and table collection that recently grabbed my attention is Nardi’s Stack stool and Combo table. Designed by Raffaello Galiotto, Italian furniture brand Nardi launched a stool and table collection that features a linear design complemented by strips of wood.

Designer: Nardi

Crafted from 100 per cent recyclable regenerated polypropylene, the furniture collection has been designed to look like traditional timber furniture. Lightweight and sturdy, both the stool and table can be easily lifted, handled, and transported from one location to another. And the fact that it has the appearance of wooden furniture only adds to its list of pros! The furniture pieces are also completely weatherproof, making them excellent for outdoor use.

The stool comes in two variants – Mini and Maxi. Both of them are stackable, and occupy minimal space once they have been set aside and stored. The stools feature a unique spiral form, which allows them to interlock with one another, creating a rather minimum and compact footprint. “The spiral design is not a mere aesthetic whim, but the search for a shape that perfectly meets the need for rotational stacking, going beyond the classic design of the outer strip,” said Raffaello Galiotto.

The table is called Combo, and it features a sturdy round top supported by four narrow legs. You can opt for a taller table, which is called the Combo High. The Combo High has been equipped with an extension component, which allows it to be extended. It can be positioned on top of the legs. The tabletop has been crafted by Nardi in such a manner, that it maintains a perfect rigidness, that is unaffected by the passage of time, and exposure to elements such as wind and water.

“With a linear design and thick sections inspired by strips of wood, the Stack stool, and Combo table stand out for their sturdiness, safety, and ergonomics,” said Nardi.

The furniture pieces are available in the ‘Terra’ finish. The name has been coined due to the earthy brown and matte texture of the finish. Terra has a rather vintage-like effect to it, further defined by tonal streaks marked through the plastic. Unlike conventional stools and tables which have a rather smooth finish, the Nardi collection features a rough texture much like wood.

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Top 10 well-designed stools that are the smarter alternative to chairs

I’m at a point in my life where I’m team stools over chairs, and I truly believe stools deserve to be given way more credit than they get. Stools are often overlooked, maybe because they occupy minimum space, and aren’t really overbearing. But these traits are what make stools so great in my opinion! I mean, they’re compact, and a great space-saving furniture option for our modern homes. They are also super portable. And, we’ve put together a collection of stool designs that not only provide a healthy seating experience while promoting a good and stable posture but most of them are created from sustainable materials as well. From a sculptural multifunctional stool made from wood to a wild stool that invites nature into your space – these well-designed stools are the furniture pieces you need to add to your home.

1. The Plastic Translation Stool

Called the Plastic Translation Stool, this intriguing stool design attempts to reinterpret the lines of a plastic stool, creating a form that is similar and yet completely unique, allowing the wooden stool to possess its own unique character.

Why is it noteworthy?

The wooden legs alone, however, won’t be enough to offer the same stability as the plastic counterpart, so an additional element had to be added. This element comes in the form of Birch plywood buttresses. These buttresses distribute some of the force evenly across the beechwood legs, which, in turn, hold the buttresses together. The result is increased architectural stability and visual amplification, which gives the design an upgraded look.

What we like

  • Doesn’t require screws or nails to be assembled
  • A more sustainable option to the plastic stool
  • It’s like a fun design puzzle

What we dislike

  • Options to customize the stool are currently missing

2. The Fels Stool

The Fels Stool by OUT stands out from most of the stools on the market as they’re quite aesthetically pleasing. They’re a stark contrast to the boring wooden stools we usually see in homes. They have a sculptural appeal to them, and they’re also multifunctional!

Why is it noteworthy?

The Fels stool is excellent for a variety of reasons. It’s been crafted from wood, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly piece of furniture. Secondly, although it is built from wood, it looks as if it’s been carved from stone! This instantly gives the stool a rather sophisticated and luxurious look to it, despite being made from a simple material – wood. It looks more like a sculpture than a piece of furniture, to be honest.

What we like

  • It functions as a side table as well
  • Looks like it’s been carved from stone

What we dislike

  • The stool may be too bold and quirky for some people

3. The CONECTO Stool

The CONECTO stool looks like a pretty ordinary stool when in reality it is not. It consists of two half cylinders joined at their flat side. These halves can be used in a modular fashion, allowing you to create bigger stools that can accommodate and hold more people.

Why is it noteworthy?

Joining the two halves on their curved side allows a square “cover” to be put on top for a more traditional stool. Putting half a cylinder on one side extends it a bit for a more comfortable arrangement, but adding yet another half on the opposite side creates an oblong bench. If, on the other hand, you put three full cylinders together in a triangular formation, you can have a bench that can accommodate as many as three people.

What we like

  • Modular and flexible design
  • A mix of brutalism and minimalism

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The Balanco Stools

The Balanco stools were designed during the pandemic to provide kids and adults with something to play and engage with! Besides being interesting playthings, the stools are great seating options, inspired by rocks and boulders. You can stack the stools in different forms and patterns, in turn creating art in the process.

Why is it noteworthy?

The idea for the Balanco stools came from the Japanese practice of stacking pebbles to create towers. Traditionally, the pebbles mostly consist of rounded forms, designers Lisa Lai and Joel Wong decided that chiseled rock-like shapes would create more visual dynamism while offering a variety of flat surfaces that are ideal for stacking and layering.

What we like

  • The poufs are deceptively light
  • The individual surfaces remain relatively flat, so they stack on each other rather beautifully
  • Inspired by rocks and boulders

What we dislike

  • Made from felt, there is a higher chance of staining this design

5. Wild Stool

Spanish designer Jorge Herrera and Spanish company Greenarea created a cylinder-shaped low stool with a transparent base that holds a miniature natural landscape. The unique stool brings nature into interior spaces with no maintenance needed. It allows you to enjoy nature indoors!

Why is it noteworthy?

Equipped with a natural wooden base, Wild Stool is available in three different seat options – birch, oak, or upholstered seat in sustainable Gabriel fabric for added comfort. The minimalistic design draws attention to the little garden inside the stool and also lets the seat blend seamlessly with existing furniture in your living space. Simple yet unexpected, this terrarium-turned-stool enlivens the space with wonders of the wilderness and gives you a comfortable seat as well.

What we like

  • Adds an element of nature to your living space
  • Natural objects such as rocks and sea shells can also be added to create a terrain that provides you with a sense of comfort, tranquility, and inspiration

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. The Tie Stool

The Tie Stool is made up of three bent plywood strips that effortlessly lock into one another, creating a tripod form that is comfortable to sit down on. Besides its unique design, the sheer simplicity of the stool, and the use of minimal materials make the stool quite a beauty.

Why is it noteworthy?

Fabricating the Tie Stool would require a few simple steps. The three plywood strips can, in fact, be split into 6 total parts (you can see the parting lines). The individual parts are formed using high pressure and temperatures that cause the plywood to bend and retain its shape, and cutting/finishing processes are performed on the parts to make them interlock into one another.

What we like

  • The entire stool can potentially be flat-packed and shipped to customers
  • It’s stackable

What we dislike

  • Its compressed design means it needs a tabletop to add more space on the stool

7. The Flightable Closet

The Flightable Closet is a pretty interesting concept as it is not just a suitcase but is also a mini closet (as the name states) with a clothes rack. It can even function as a stool in case you would need one while at the airport or in the room where you’re currently staying.

Why is it noteworthy?

The idea is to make your carry-on suitcase more than just an accessory where you try to fit in as many clothes and toiletries as possible. It is conceptualized both for frequent travelers and those who are living in small spaces and need extra space for their stuff.

What we like

  • The telescopic handle of the suitcase can also serve as your clothes rack
  • Multipurpose design
  • Perfect for frequent travelers and those who are living in small spaces and need extra space for their stuff

What we dislike

  • Need to test the actual weight it can withstand when an actual life-size prototype will be created

8. The Rubik Stool

The Rubik Stool can be turned, flipped, and combined, to create a versatile furniture design that you can use for whatever purpose you may have in your home. It is specially designed for homes that cannot hold space for a sofa or shelves to store magazines, books, and other items.

Why is it noteworthy?

If what you need is somewhere to sit, you can have it upright with the seat on top. But you can also use the underlying part as storage for things like shoes, magazines, or whatever it is that you don’t mind being under your seat. If you want it to become a mini shelf, you just flip it over and now you have two layers where you can place books, toys, plants, or even some decorations. It’s not exactly modular but it can serve multiple purposes.

What we like

  • Unique seat + shelf concept
  • The furniture is specifically designed for spaces that cannot accommodate a sofa or shelves

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

9. The Bond

Bond Stool 2022

Bond 2022 Designer

This is just a stool, but its particular purpose is to make two persons live in unity. How? You open the stool system and separate the parts to seat two persons. Some people will probably not understand the point because the stools are too close, but the Bond can be perfect for couples who change residences frequently.

Why is it noteworthy?

If you and your partner love going out, you can sit together on the stools while you wear your shoes and before you head out the door. Bond is just to be closer to one another because, you know, some couples just can get enough of each other. The Bond stool system also features some storage space inside. You can put anything inside, like maybe your shoes or your laptop. Likewise, you can probably put there your purse or just about anything you don’t want to forget.

What we like

  • The Bond is mainly made of wooden material, so you know it’s durable enough to withstand the test of time
  • Space-saving form
  • Allows you to get closer to your partner

What we dislike

  • Standalone design that cannot be added on or increased

10. Rice Husk Stool

This reading stool is ‘rice-inspired’, which basically means that rice husk became the designer’s inspiration and material for this product. Agriculture is not something that is usually linked with furniture, so this stool is really quite a special one.  The round shapes of the actual chair seat and the stand itself give off a “harmonious emotion” between the bionic design and the human who will be sitting on it.

Why is it noteworthy?

When it comes to sustainable materials, he proposes using a mix of rice husk and carbon, breaking them down and mixing the materials together, and then using perfusion molding to shape it into the final chair design. The seat surface itself is made from braided straw but with the rice husk used as the base for the cushion. At the bottom of the stool, the straw is used as well. This brings the idea of sustainable design full circle, so to speak.

What we like

  • The stool looks like a sculpture with an agricultural spin to it
  • Sustainable + eco-friendly design

What we dislike

  • As a reading chair, it looks uncomfortable to be sitting in for a long period of time

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This distinctive coffee table blends contrasting elements to give it a unique character

Coffee tables today do more than just hold your coffee or your coffee table books. They have become both literal and figurative centers of a room, providing visual impact through their eye-catching appearances. Some coffee tables grab your attention with their exquisite shapes, while others prefer to do it through remarkable materials. This unique coffee table does both, creating a piece of furniture that could almost be described as sculptural art. What’s more noteworthy, however, is that it uses what seems to be opposing or contrasting materials, giving it a distinct personality that’s like a Yin and Yang of furniture design.

Designer: Donatas Žukauskas

There are some materials, both natural and man-made, that seem to be associated with certain emotions and concepts. Water, for example, can be calming and cleansing, while plastic is soft and pliable. Wood is warm and cozy, while stone, in its many forms, is cold and impersonal. These latter two might seem to stand on opposite ends, but they come together in a harmonious and even artistic way in this sculptural coffee table made of natural wood and a new concrete-like material.

The very shape of the table itself seems to convey this character of combining contrasting elements. The wide, irregularly-shaped wooden top is held up by three conical legs that end in very thin feet that seem to test fate. Its form has elements of both stability and irregularity as if challenging the mind to decide whether the table is steady or is ready to collapse on one end.

What makes this table even more interesting is that its concrete legs aren’t exactly made from actual concrete. Instead, it is a solid yet elastic mass that is actually closer to wood but was designed to look like concrete. It is made from paper mass, which is again the opposite of the rigidity of concrete, but mixed with various other materials to give it the desired texture, water resistance, and rigidity. Fusing this wet mass, which is poured into a mold, with the wood top proved to be a tricky task, but the result was well worth the trouble.

This sculptural coffee table of opposites is definitely a sight to behold in a room, and of course, it’s quite functional, too. So yes, you can place your favorite mug and books on top without fear of breaking down. Its special character, however, doesn’t stop at its aesthetics. Recycled materials were utilized in creating this table, making it a sustainable piece of furniture and sculptural art as well.

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This twisting sculptural furniture design provides a new identity to conventional bookshelves

A bookshelf is an excellent way to enhance a space, however, it can be a rather straightforward and boring one too. Bookshelves when imagined and designed as part of a room aren’t given much importance or imparted with any exceptional qualities. At first glance, a bookshelf’s main function is to organize and declutter your space and provide a pleasant backdrop for your room. But what if you were to re-imagine this furniture piece, transforming it into an avant-garde style statement, rather than just a bunch of wooden shelves attached to a wall? Well, that’s exactly what Deniz Aktay did with Hullabaloo.

Designer: Deniz Aktay

The Hullabaloo is a stand-alone bookshelf that twists and turns in an eclipsing fashion. It’s built by arranging four cuboidal quadrants and twisting them, in order to create a full circle. Aktay calls it ‘a double bent Möbius strip’. In order to make it functional, and a great storage solution, he had to open each quadrant on one side, to create two similar quadrants. A translucent back provides the design with a  captivating sense of mystery, in turn motivating you to walk around the piece to get a better look at it.

We often hear the saying that ‘form follows function’. In this case, the function is fit into the form to create this spectacular furniture design, that seems more like a sculpture. The best part is that the shape doesn’t reveal itself in one glance, it takes you multiple glances from various angles to get a holistic idea and proper understanding of the piece. The aesthetics of the Hullabaloo have been given ample attention and then the function has been effortlessly yet carefully tucked into the spiraling quadrants.

The Hullabaloo is great for spacious spaces that have enough area to hold and host such a significant piece. It could function as a centerpiece or focal point of such a space, allowing you to walk around it and truly take in its form and striking aesthetics. However, if you’re someone who resides in a smaller space or tiny home, then the Hullabaloo may not be the best option for your living space.

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Top 10 coffee table designs that are the ultimate pick-me-ups your living room needs

I believe that the secret to a great living room is an excellent coffee table. Coffee tables function as the centerpiece of a living room, hence you need to pick one that truly livens it up, and sets the tone for it. And, once the perfect coffee table has been set, you can start building the rest of the space around it – a comfy sofa, cute side tables, exquisite lighting, elegant decorative pieces. They are all brought together by the right coffee table! And even coffee tables are getting more innovative, unique, and well-crafted by the day! From a quirky red cuboidal coffee table that effortlessly stores your books and magazines, to a coffee table that holds an electric fireplace and is the ultimate winter essential – these exquisite coffee table designs are all you need to completely bring together your living room, and meet your interior design goals!

1. The Bookpet

Designed to be a ‘coffee-book table’, the Bookpet is a visually exciting coffee table, that also doubles up as an excellent storage space for your books and magazines. It showcases a sculptural shape that evolves from a double-bent cuboid.

Why is it noteworthy?

The cuboidal form of the furniture allows for a sturdy tabletop at one end, which functions as the coffee table part of the design. In contrast, the rest of the piece has been integrated with little slits and nooks that can perfectly hold your favorite books and magazines. Bookpet has a compact and space-friendly size, allowing it to be ideal for tiny homes, and modern apartments with space constraint woes.

What we like

  • Compact + space-saving design
  • It looks like a sausage dog!

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

2. Wormhole Coffee Table

Wormholes can hypothetically connect two disparate points in spacetime via a tunnel. And they’re quite commonly found in science fiction! And this mind-blowing coffee table by Olivier Gomis attempts to convert the hypothetical wormhole into a physical manifestation.

Why is it noteworthy?

The shape of a table is already quite eye-catching on its own. It’s almost like a wooden plank that has been bent so that the two ends are on top of each other and then joined together by a double cone. These are then glued together with sheets of maple veneer in between, which give the appearance of those faint light lines that form the grid.

What we like

  • A lamp was installed in the center of the hole, giving the table an eerie appearance in the dark

What we dislike

  • You’ll probably want to keep things away from the part of the table that curves downward

3. Duffy London’s Table

This beautiful coffee table is the latest addition to the Abyss Horizon collection, and it makes you feel as if you’re going down an aquatic rabbit hole! It also gives the impression that it is free floating above the floor of your house. It features a deep turquoise color that has intersecting and playful lines, colors, and shapes running through it!

Why is it noteworthy?

The coffee table also has three curved legs to support the surface while its contoured base looks like it’s actually diving down deep into your floor. The clean edges of the table also enhance your view of the aquatic abyss and let you focus on the sinkhole at the center. Think of it as looking at all the different ways we see the colors of the ocean become different at the various depths of the water. But this time, it’s right in front of you at your table.

What we like

  • There are only 25 handmade pieces

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The Orbit Coffee Table

The Orbit Coffee Table is defined by multicolored and interloping legs. The design draws inspiration for the table legs from the orbits you find in outer space. If you compare the coffee table to the images you’ve seen in your school textbooks of planets orbiting the sun, you’ll realize that they’re actually quite similar!

Why is it noteworthy?

The coffee table features a round glass tabletop that is supported by three oscillating metal tubes. The tubes are interestingly intertwined, creating an intriguing visual mesh, which is further enhanced by giving each of them a different color. Aktay gave the tubes separate colors, to provide each element with a sense of individuality, and to help segregate them distinctly. This ensures that we notice and appreciate the unique construction of the table thoroughly.

What we like

  • Inspired by orbits found in outer space

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Dune Table

This beautiful center table concept is designed to make people feel at peace – with the help of loose sand. You don’t need to visit a beach or travel to a desert to enjoy the sensation of this, you can now do it in the comfort of your own home with the Dune table!

Why is it noteworthy?

The Dune table’s name makes clear its inspiration, which might not be immediately apparent simply from its form. Unlike a gently sloping dune, the table’s base rises and falls in an almost random pattern. This creates shapes, edges, and corners that wouldn’t be ordinarily possible with natural dunes. Along with its blue hue, however, it gives the table an almost mystical and otherworldly character that only adds to its soothing visual.

What we like

  • The tabletop also follows this amorphous design, forming an irregular shape rather than a typical circle or ellipse. It gives a perfect view of the man-made dune underneath, serving both functional and aesthetic duties

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

6. The Wait

Called, the Wait, this multifunctional piece of furniture features a horizontal slab of wood that interconnects a wave-like form, giving it a sense of dynamism and free-flowing movement. The coffee table/ bench is lying in wait, ready to jump into action at any given moment.

Why is it noteworthy?

The dynamism is also present in how the furniture can be used. It takes very little to change the function of the piece; simply removing one or both cushions frees the surface to be used as table tops. You don’t even have to stick to one or the other mode since leaving one cushion creates a half-and-half that serves both purposes.

What we like

  • Multifunctional piece of furniture
  • Excellent option for storage space in tiny apartments

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Circus Coffee Table

Much like its name, the Circus coffee table is an intriguing concept designed to bring people together in an active, interactive, and chaotic manner. Unlike conventional coffee tables, the circus coffee table is quite tall, and it can be used as a regular desk if need be.

Why is it noteworthy?

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.

What we like

  • Designed to be the center of attraction
  • Can function as a regular desk too

What we dislike

  • Some people may not like the unconventionality of the design

8. The Cloth Coffee Table

The Cloth coffee table is characterized by a curved bookstand that functions as the table’s centerpiece. The rather curvy personality of the table is seen throughout its bulky bold. The coffee table perfectly strikes a a balance between boldness and elegance, beautifully integrating soft and loud elements.

Why is it noteworthy?

Doing minimalism before it was cool, Japanese and Scandinavian share a lot of common design principles, including a focus on warmth, groundedness, and a subdued color scheme for an overall calming effect. With aim of merging these principles together to design Cloth, Teixeira hoped to find a “balance between boldness and elegance, depending on the angle.”

What we like

  • An artful blend of Japanese and Scandinavian design philosophies
  • The curved bookstand is a distinguishing feature

What we dislike

  • Weighty/bulky design

9. The REVERSE Table

The REVERSE coffee table is not simply a coffee table, it also functions as a side table. You can reuse the same base and same table surface to alternate between the two kinds of tables.

Why is it noteworthy?

The only thing that changes is the middle support structure that determines how high the table can be. Simply reverse its orientation and you can either raise or lower the table, switching between its two functions. The one caveat is that the table’s height seems to be fixed in both situations, with no room for slightly raising or lowering the tabletop.

What we like

  • Doubles up as a coffee table and side table

What we dislike

  • Switching between the two modes can be complex and time consuming

10. Hearth

Called, Hearth, this innovative coffee table looks like a conventional and stylish table at first glance. But as you examine it deeper, you realize that it actually puts a modern spin on a rather ancient household fixture.

Why is it noteworthy?

In its dormant state, it already functions as a beautiful centerpiece for people to gather, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Twist that tabletop clockwise like a giant dial, and the slanted fins at the base open up, revealing the electric heater inside.

What we like

  • Multifunctional design
  • Functions as a beautiful centerpiece that warms up your home

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This leather-covered chair folds flat like a folder for easy storage

Most people dream of owning eye-catching furniture, but not everyone has room for fancy yet large tables or distinctive but voluminous seats. Space becomes even more of a problem if you find yourself hosting guests once in a while, but not often enough to warrant purchasing permanent chairs in your already cramped living quarters. Foldable tables and chairs have become solutions to this dynamic space problem, but most of these sacrifice aesthetics in exchange for flexibility. Of course, there are some exceptions, especially within the realm of speculative or concept design, where form and function are both treated with equal dignity. This foldable chair, for example, clearly has a utilitarian construction, but it still manages to throw in a few design elements that give it the same stylish characteristic as leather-covered furniture and stationery.

Designer: Jeongwoo SEO

Traditional foldable chair designs come in wooden or metallic forms, with hinges and pivots that allow parts of the choir, usually the seat, to fold up or down to create a more compact shape. Although it’s a practical and simple design, it’s definitely not the only way to fold a chair. Given certain factors, it might not even be the best solution.

The Folio Chair takes a different approach to the folding puzzle, requiring no hinges or screws to implement the mechanism. Instead, it seems to take inspiration from papercraft and art such as origami, where simply pushing or pulling a single part can change the object’s shape. In this case, pulling the top of the chair upward causes the folds of the seat and the back legs to straighten up and lie flat on the middle layer that serves as the supporting structure of the chair.

The end result is a very flat but long piece that is almost reminiscent of a folder, which is probably where its name comes from. In addition to being easy to carry around, whether by the handle or under your arm, it also makes the Folio Chair easy to store away. You even have a stack of them either lying down or standing up in a closet, depending on how much space you have.

The Folio Chair also has a distinct charm with its leather surfaces and stitch marking at the edges. This calls to mind not only the leather upholstery used on more luxurious furniture but also the leather bindings on some notebooks and organizers. To some extent, it’s a design that wouldn’t look out of place in an office, even though it’s clearly meant for more casual settings.

Despite its unique proposition, the Folio Chair might still raise some concerns regarding its practicality and safety. While it might be flatter than most folding chairs, it is also a lot taller when collapsed, taking up more vertical space instead. Depending on the materials used, it might also seem a little bit unstable, simply relying on physics and folding patterns to make sure the chair doesn’t collapse under a person’s weight.

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