The Arch Bench demonstrates how ranged arch structures work and carry a heavy load

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

Benches are common in public spaces like playgrounds, airports, and malls. They are a convenient place to sit while waiting for someone or rest after walking. Benches also serve a decorative purpose, adding a style to the surroundings or a room. They come in different types like a garden bench, indoor bench, storage bench, or planter bench. We have seen a lot of well-designed pieces and have a few favorites like those minimalist yet elegant and come with designs that will make you think. The Arch Bench here is an ideal example of that.

Designer: Shinya Oguchi

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

Benches are ubiquitous like chairs, but they can be more useful as they can sit more than three people. Industrial designer Shinya Oguchi revisited “what makes a bench a bench”. He experimented on different widths of the bench, using paper mock-ups. He found a solution for a new structure for a bench that would also look beautiful like a sculpture: the arch shape. This then resulted in a new furniture concept called The Arch Bench.

The Arch Bench’s design seems impossible to ordinary eyes, but making this a sturdy item is the arch structure. Arches generally work by transferring and distributing the weight through the arch to a supporting foundation. As a result, they can support mass placed on top of them. Used in this conceptual piece, the structural strength of the arches has allowed the bench to carry a heavy load and offer more support to the seat.

From afar, The Arch Bench appears like an arcade with two arches in the middle and one half-arch on each side. The converged points below serve as the legs, giving more support to the structure. There are a total of five divided parts screwed by short bolts, firmly holding the bench together.

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

So the bench can carry the load of three persons, but is it comfortable enough to use? It probably is because of the gentle curves on the seat compared to those with flat seats. According to the designer, the seats are curved in response to the arch structure, inviting people to rest and sit on the bench, even for a while.

The Arch Bench is a minimalist piece of furniture with thin lines and a lightweight appearance. It uses a very thin sheet of metal known for its lightness and durability. The metal sheet is cut and curved to produce the ranged arch structures. The bench comes with a white matte finish that looks like a sheet of paper.

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

The Arch Bench is one beautiful sculpture-like piece of furniture that takes advantage of the arch shape and a super thin but strong medium. Its minimalist design shows that balance and proportion in furniture design are essential. Everyday items with a streamlined style like this bench give a sense of calm, order, and strength in this stressful world.

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

The Arch Bench Shinya Oguchi

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Doze side table lets your dog stay beside you while you work

While most dog owners would probably love to just play with their fur babies all day, most of them have to do some work at certain times during the day. If you work at home, then most likely your dog will park itself beside you while you work. It would be nice if they had a pretty nice spot beside you that will make them feel comfortable and at the same time will be of some use to you as well. There are a lot of pet furniture out there but this one says it is a home furniture that can serve as a bed for your dog.

Designer: Ashleigh Davies

Doze is a side table where you can put some of your stuff while working, like a notebook or the cup of coffee or glass of wine to energize you or just some pieces of decoration. The space for your stuff is actually a removable tray that you can attach or remove. It’s also not a full tray and more like a piece of wood so it would be hard to put a lot of things on top of it. The entire side table is mostly made from plywood so there is a sustainable aspect to it.

The important part of this furniture though is the semi-enclosed space that is made for your pet dog. Whether they just want to rest in it or play on their own while keeping a close eye on you while you work, the dog bed seems to be pretty comfortable. It has a customizable bed cover that is made from hypoallergenic memory foam so it is both comfy and also good for their joints and bones. Memory foam is known to distribute the user’s weight and remember their shape.

The side table that is also a dog bed benefits both the pet and the owner. For those times when you can’t hold them or let them stay beside you physically, this is the next best thing. Hopefully it will also help you in your productivity and not make you want to doze off yourself when you see your dog comfortably napping in their bed.

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Traditional Korean Tables get a modern day interpretation with a microarchitecture inspired design that nudges conversations

Silence is an idea that doesn’t always connote something positive to a lot of people. Depending on the people you’re with or your personality itself, it can be something awkward or it can be something refreshingly comfortable. For those that might find those moments a bit unnerving, having some white noise or at least some music to fill in those silences. A new concept using microarchitecture or a combination of the fields of furniture or architecture aims to solve this problem that some people may encounter.

Designer: Reina Mun

SilenceTop is a table concept that goes away from the usual wooden materials and look that conventional Korean furniture typically use. Instead, you get something that looks like it would be at home at a steam punk cafe except that it is a bit more peaceful than the usual furniture you see in that style. It uses glass and a transparent design that shows off the mechanical workings of the table. It is able to seat three people at the most with 75cm distance between each person, using the proxemic theory which allows optimal conversation between people.

But what really makes this table stand out is that it will fill in the silence that may occur every once in a while when you’re spending some time with friends or acquaintances. The social mode is activated when there are more than one person sitting around the table. When there is silence for a certain amount of time, a kalimba, a modern interpretation of the Mbira instruments from Zimbabwe. The initial sound is low-pitch semitone tines and the only way to stop it would be to start talking again. The more silences it detects, the faster and more “aggressive” the tones will become.

It also has a lone mode which is when just one person is sitting at the table or in the vicinity. This mode “respects” your silence and helps you embrace it by generating a mist that should be relaxing and bring “serene ambience” to whatever activity it is you’re doing on your own. Unfortunately, the mist will of course bring moisture and dampen the table itself so if you’re writing or reading, you might want to put some distance between you and the table.

I am pretty much comfortable with the occasional silences in between conversations with friends but I also wouldn’t mind having the relaxing tones of a kalimba permeate that silence. Some people will find the tones annoying though and may want to start talking again just to get rid of the sound. But it is an interesting concept for a table, especially now that we’ve gone back to spending time in person with friends and new acquaintances.

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The Sunbeam Side Table mimics that special moment when sunlight spills through the clouds


Sunbeam Side Table Mark Mitchell Serafini 4

A side table’s main purpose is to keep small things at home within easy reach. We often find at least one in the living room beside the couch or in the bedroom by the bed. It is often neglected, but it can be helpful for the temporary placement of everyday items like remote control, a smartphone, a mug, or a book. Many side table designs are available, and some are also multi-functional (will add link to a YD side table listicle). Most options offer more than an everyday table, but not many may inspire people like the Sunbeam Side Table.

Designer: Mark Mitchell

Sunbeam Side Table Mark Mitchell Serafini 3

The side table doesn’t have to be an afterthought as it can also be a significant element to infuse style into any room. It can bring balance and harmony to an otherwise bland corner. The Sunbeam Side Table is a primal example of that.

Sunbeam Side Table Mark Mitchell Serafini

The furniture piece beautifully captures the natural phenomena called “rays of god” with its design and gives a peaceful, celestial mood. “Rays of god” are sunbeams that pierce through gaps in clouds resulting in sunlight shining in all directions. As the name suggests, they present ethereal and beautiful images in the sky. Like rays of god, the Sunbeam Side Table offers a sense of poetry and romanticism you don’t often see on other tables in the market.

Sunbeam Side Table Mark Mitchell Serafini 5

Sunbeam Side Table is created from a collaboration between designer Mark Mitchell and Serafini, an Italian company known for craftsmanship and tradition when it comes to marble production. This piece is made from a single block of marble, making it very sturdy and stable. The material is skillfully carved to hold eleven spruce wood “sun rays” extending from the top point, sans the need for any glue.

The “sun rays” of the table serve as the tabletop, casting radial-patterned shadows on the smooth, angled marble surface when lit from above. One drawback of this elegantly designed side table might be its functionality. Because there are gaps between the wood “sun rays” tabletop, if you put a small object on it, it might slip through.

Sunbeam Side Table Sketch

The Sunbeam Side Table evokes a distinct charm that can bring a ray of sunshine to your room and to your heart. It enlivens the space and leaves you an image of heaven with the clouds and sunbeams, at least for me. Of course, it has a bit of mystery, but it can inspire and tell people there is hope and that tomorrow will be a brighter day.

Sunbeam Side Table Mark Mitchell

Sunbeam Side Table Sketch 2

Sunbeam Side Table Sketch 3

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Landr tablet promises you won’t slosh your coffee when you cut your bread

When your table looks like a steel bridge or a lunar lander, you definitely expect it to be as tough and as stable as one.

Tables and desks are some of the most rigid and most reliable pieces of furniture we have in our homes, or at least they’re supposed to be. There are times when manufacturing defects make them a little unstable, but some designs simply fail the “coffee and bread” test. These tables tend to jiggle and slide when you are trying to cut up food, causing coffee or other drinks to sway, slosh, or even spill. Taking on such a common problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place, the Landr dining and conference table tries to correct the design mistakes of common tables, promising enough stability that you can even place a lander on top of it to screw a light bulb.

Designer: Felix Monza

Of course, we’d rather you didn’t, but Landr’s designer is so confident in its stability to make such a bold and unqualified claim. Whether you’re cutting bread or standing on top of it, the table shouldn’t budge a single inch. At the very least, it wouldn’t collapse from under your weight, and it definitely looks like it could handle a rough lunar mission. That’s despite having a modular design that is also promised to be trouble-free to assemble.

The Landr’s design is both industrial and futuristic at the same time, owing to the barebones appearance of its steel frame and legs. If the crisscrossing pattern of the legs reminds you of steel cages, you wouldn’t be off the mark. As its name suggests, the Landr is heavily inspired by the legs of the Apollo Lunar Module as well as the roll cages of sports cars. Both vehicles embody stability and durability, and those are the characteristics that the Landr table wishes to convey, but in a more home-friendly fashion.

There is also a pinch of sustainability to the table, though it probably should probably be a long time before the Landr is ready to retire. It is mostly made of renewable or recyclable materials, like the steel frame that’s powder-coated rather than painted. Choices for table tops include ceramic, wood, and glass, with no plastic option in sight. Although the table is indeed recyclable, the designer hopes that owners will refurbish the table when the end of its use has arrived. Given its minimalist and timeless design, it will most likely fit in any context or time.

When it comes down to it, there is really no revolutionary invention or design involved in the Landr’s creation. It’s good old-fashioned research and prototyping, inspired by designs and products that have already been proven to work. That doesn’t make the result any less impressive or less attractive. The Landr’s unassuming yet eye-catching design clearly speaks to its best feature, removing any doubt that this table won’t wobble, topple, or fall down, no matter how hard that piece of bread is.

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This transparent rollable TV divides your living space and unifies your family

Rollable TVs are coming. It’s really only a matter of time before they become the next big thing after curved TVs and super slim panels. The idea for them might be to simply save space or remove distractions when the TV is not in use. That also leaves wasted opportunity, however, especially for the base that takes up space on a shelf or edge of a wall. In anticipation of this next weave of TVs, there have been some ideas on how to better take advantage of this new technology in the home of the future. One such idea pushes the TV from the edges to the center of the living room, creating something that visually divides the space but also serves as a focal point for people to gather around.

Designer: Kurz Kurz Design

There are plenty of reasons for a rollable TV to exist, but few of them can really be considered practical or essential. It definitely gives someone plenty to brag about, but its novelty will eventually wear off. And just like a regular TV, its usefulness ends when you turn it off, or in this case, when it rolls back into its house. That house is still there, taking up space, and it is begging to be used in some other fashion.

One potential use case is to have it act as a speaker since it will most likely be a soundbar already anyway. This Skyline concept for speaker manufacturer vifa, however, extends that even further by making the transparent screen peek just a little bit out of its box. This way, part of the screen can still be used to display something and, given today’s display technologies, use considerably less power than when the screen is enabled in its entirety.

In this “descended” or “risen” mode, the screen can be used to show calming fire or maybe an aquarium. The transparent display, which is no longer science fiction today, makes an excellent medium to show this kind of fake content. You can also use it to display a night sky or flowers, though those would look less convincing in that position. And, of course, you can also show family photos, calendars, or today’s weather, turning it into a smart display for everyone to see.

This kind of functionality actually makes the Skyline an excellent centerpiece in any spacious area of the house or, alternatively, a divider for those spaces. The concept includes a Hi-Fi speaker inside the large cabinet box, with fine fabric covers that make the piece stand out even if the screen is fully retracted. The only problem is that the display will be facing only in one direction, so it’s best not to show things that would have to be read in a particular direction also, like text.

The Skyline transparent rollable TV concept rethinks the purpose of this upcoming breed of TVs and flips the idea on its head. Instead of a TV that rolls down into a smart display of sorts, it is a divider that can become a TV when needed. This transforms what would normally be a piece of equipment into a piece of furniture, one that can change the way people live and interact in that space.

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Ten best desks designed for the ultimate work from home experience

I spend a substantial amount of my day on my desk, typing away to glory. Most of the time I also end up eating my meals on it! And binge-watching on some Netflix as well. And I’m sure that’s the case with most of us, since work from home became the new norm, and our home offices became our new hang-out spots. But having a great desk is really important! Simply a ‘good’ desk won’t do either. A great desk helps us work comfortably and effectively. It puts us in the right mindset, helping us achieve our daily productihevity goals and checkmark all the tasks on our to-do list! Not only should our desks be clean, but they should also sport an ergonomic and functional design! And good looks are an added bonus. And finding a desk that does all of the above can be a Herculean task. But worry not! We’ve curated a collection of innovative, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing desk designs, that will end your hunt for a great desk once and for all! From a beautiful wooden desk with subtle details to organize your things to a motorized standing desk that creatively hides your cables  – there’s a perfect desk in here for everyone.

1. The Pessoa Table

Minimalist desks are great at sneaking organizational features into hidden nooks and crannies, but this striking work table has those compartments and spaces hiding in plain sight.

Why is it noteworthy?

Given the desk’s simple yet beautiful appearance, it might come as a surprise to learn that its form is actually inspired by three very different people with very different personalities. Or, to be more precise, the desk is named after the famed Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, whose different “heteronyms” (he doesn’t want to call them pseudonyms) have different and sometimes extremely conflicting ideologies. But almost like a metaphor for that situation, the Pessoa table still retains a unified appearance and beauty, just as all of Pessoa’s seventy-five heteronyms spring from the same man.

What we like

  • Minimal + vintage looks
  • Features two containers that float in the back panel

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. The Axis Concept

With this more mechanical standing desk concept, you can enjoy the benefits of a healthier working lifestyle without breaking your back or your bank.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Axis concept uses a simple axis mechanism, hence the name, to move the larger desk surface up or down as needed. As a bonus, part of the desk actually remains in position and is a good place to put items you’re less likely to move, like supplies or desk organizers. It can even be a temporary bookshelf that stays in the back of your desk when sitting or beneath the table when standing.

What we like

  • The simplicity of this system means that manufacturers can keep the number of parts and materials down to a minimum
  • Sustainable materials can be used since it has no need for electronics or even plastics
  • Replacement parts could be easier to purchase, too, presuming owners themselves can’t make those out of standardized design

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

3. The Diag Desk

The Diag Desk is a minimalist, modern desk built to optimize desk space while incorporating storage elements like removable leather compartments. When it comes to desks, the simpler the better. Desks that are rooted in simplicity, either through a minimalist approach or by embracing Scandinavian aesthetics, typically offer a lot of practicality while maintaining a stripped-down design.

Why is it noteworthy?

Considering its minimalist build, more space can be devoted to the desk’s tabletop, where most of the desk’s purpose is reserved. The Diag Desk from Polish designer Marek Błażucki is one kind of minimalist design that integrates storage systems into its build, ensuring that users have ample desk space while still keeping their necessary stationery within arm’s reach.

What we like

  • Integrates ample storage systems into its build
  • Ensures stationery doesn’t fall off

What we dislike

  • There are a lot of visually similar desks on the market

4. The Nook Desk

The Nook desk right from its appearance and thereafter has a story of material molding, matte finish, and a simple idea that’s still more than an ordinary desk. The Nook desk surface, and nifty selves at the edges, hold key to the table’s idea of maximizing productivity with minimalistic use of material.

Why is it noteworthy?

New desks surfacing on our computer screens day in and day out are generally drenched heavily in the wave of maximizing gadgetry on the tabletop courtesy of cable organizers, built-in wireless chargers et al. Atkay keeps it simple and undistracting. His idea of a desk will therefore not revibrate with most hybrid/work-from-home taskforce. However, if you’re someone like me who loves the desk clear of clutter and only wants a book or two in close proximity; this is where the search can end.

What we like

  • Nook desk’s personalized design aesthetics shall help you have most of your reading/writing material well within your reach
  • The personalized design is achieved by separating multiple layers of plywood at the edges of the table, creating storage layers on the bottom of the tabletop

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Eleven Desk

Eleven Desk Details

Concept Eleven Desk

Eleven isn’t just a number or that fictional character from a TV series. Eleven can soon be known as a special desk designed to make working from home more fun and productive.

Why is it noteworthy?

The desk looks sturdy with the table top’s thickness and the legs. It has enough areas for everything you need for work. The table surface can accommodate your laptop, keyboard, monitor, and mouse. In addition, there is ample area for your books, documents, pens, and a mug. Underneath, there are hooks where you can hang your bag and headphones, plus another level for more stuff.

What we like

  • The desk is ideal for those who have a lot of stuff and needs some organizing to help them finish tasks on time
  • The table is buildable, which means you can quickly assemble this thing

What we dislike

  • The Eleven Desk is still a prototype

6. Spiky Desk

This Spiky Desk Concept for a work table and also a display table may not be as storage-friendly as some of the ones that we previously covered but it does serve as more than just a place where you put things on top. It doesn’t really have spikes as the name might suggest but the storage space underneath does have some uniquely shaped structures. They’re more triangles than spikes and they serve as a textured place to place some of your office supplies.

Why is it noteworthy?

The place under the main surface area is not that huge but can be used to store things like pens, rulers, scissors, and other office supplies, at least in the parts with the triangular-shaped spaces. These spaces are on the left and right sides of the table. In the middle is a flat surface where you can place things like your books, notebooks, documents, or even your laptop when you need to take a break and stop using it.

What we like

  • Functions as a work table and a display table

What we dislike

  • The table is pretty big, so it won’t fit into small spaces
  • It’s still a concept!

7. The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Concept

Gumpo Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk Design

Gerhardt Kellermann and Ana Relvao of RELVAOKELLERMANN understand the need for people to work eight or more hours each day at their desks. There is a call for more ergonomic tables as such help in providing comfort and increasing productivity, especially on hectic days when you are reminded to reduce stress and be mindful of your health. You can get a comfortable and ergonomic chair for proper support, but it won’t matter if your table isn’t of the right height.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk makes an impression with a distinctive silhouette—a wedge-shaped tabletop, a round cable tray, a flat foot, and side brackets that can cover the structure and technology. You can attach other parts like a screening wall to cover your work, a cable tray to hide the cords, and whatever accessories you need to get a job done. Whether seated or standing, you can work with ease, efficiency, speed, and comfort, thanks to the desk’s ergonomics, structure, and durability.

What we like

  • The Steno Sit-to-Stand Desk changes its height with a motorized mechanism, making it ideal for modern and industrial offices
  • This sit-and-stand desk could be the perfect solution for your work and physical needs

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Office Table

THE TABLE Singular Office Table

The Office Table designed by Pedro de Sousa can be THE office table for you. It’s an old design, but we like how it is timeless and modern at the same time. The table comes with different levels and surfaces that can be anything for the user.

Why is it noteworthy?

The main tabletop is where you place your laptop and monitor, keyboard, and mouse. There is ample space for your other stuff for the day, like documents you need to sign, your notebook, or reference books. On the right, there are additional levels for other objects. The longer one that extends to the right could function as a monitor stand. It could also be a place for more books. You could see more space on the right with another level where a lamp may be placed.

What we like

  • The table is made of wood that is curved around the edges, so there are no sharp points
  • It’s a mix of natural elements and colors that result from the smart choice of materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Asytron

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Release

ASTYRON Lightweight Transforming Furniture Information

The Asytron is a lightweight transforming furniture item designed by two industrial designers from Germany. This mobile workspace is made using a light construction method. The design aims to solve several issues digital nomads face and those that spend most of their long hours in the home office or a coworking space.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Asytron answers many concerns as it is dynamic, flexible, ergonomic, and even aesthetically pleasing. It’s a desk and chair in one but can be folded together to save precious space. It’s ideal for flexible offices and coworking spaces as you can easily assemble, pack, and transport the item.

What we like

  • Truly lightweight
  • Comes with a cushioning formation inspired by automotive racing seats
  • Integrated features include a USB cable reel, USB multi-hub,
    and inductive charging station for wireless charging

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

10. The Raak Mai Desk

The Raak Mai desk is a multifunctional, versatile desk conceptualized for designers.

Why is it noteworthy?

Preliminary inspired by the needs of designers, Rodríguez hoped to incorporate analog mechanisms that work to take care of digital tasks. While many of the elements of the Raak Mai desk can be adjusted manually, the overall structure of the desk was fitted to ensure the digital needs of modern technology could be met.

What we like

  • Hosts an array of different modes, allowing users to adjust the desk’s height, tilt, and storage capabilities according to their working needs
  • Users can angle the desk to their desired tilt for accurate drawing sessions

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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Chairs designed to be the culmination of ergonomics, style and comfort

We often underestimate the importance of a great chair! When in reality we really shouldn’t. We spend the majority of our day sitting on chairs, whether we’re working in our home office, enjoying a meal, or simply sitting and reading a book for leisure! Hence, this piece of furniture needs to be not only comfortable but ergonomic, and aesthetic as well. And we’ve curated a collection of chair designs that meet all these criteria!  From an oddly appealing armchair that comes with a nested design to a modular chair that transforms into a workspace – these innovative chair designs are not only a boon to your back, and help you maintain a healthy posture, but are also super comfy to sink into, and will perfectly match the interiors of your modern homes. Enjoy!

1. Hug

Aptly titled ‘Hug’ for the way the elements hug each other, the Hug Armchair is pleasing to look at, inviting with its warm design and eye-catching colors, and comfortable, thanks to an all-cushion construction that you practically sink right into.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair is (at least visually) made from 5 parts, with a rainbow-esque color palette to help separate them while giving the chair a unique theme. Starting off with a seat and gradually moving over to the large backrest which envelopes the entire chair, the Hug looks like a set of nesting kitchen containers or spoons (the ones from Joseph Joseph, no less)

What we like

  • The chair’s overarching personality envelops you in a hug when you sit on it
  • The Hug Armchair acts as a unique conversation piece for an interior

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

2. D-Tach

D-Tach is a versatile stool that transforms into a small workspace designed to accommodate today’s mobile work culture. With each day, our world seems to become more and more mobile. Mobile offices, working from home, and freelance careers are increasing in popularity as we move away from corporate offices. With work culture making such a big shift towards mobile lifestyles, our home offices and furniture should reflect that.

Why is it noteworthy?

Industrial design student Andrew Chang decided to create a chair that fits the bill. D-Tach is a modular stool design that functions as a traditional office chair, only to disassemble into parts that provide a small working space on the go.

What we like

  • Transforms into a small workspace
  • Fits into most modern offices

What we dislike

  • We’re unsure how comfortable would the small workspace be to actually work in

3. The Neo-Primitive Chair

RIMOWA Lee Sisan Neo-primitive

RIMOWA Lee Sisan Neo-primitive Aluminum Chair Exhibit

Sisan Lee has teamed up with premium-quality luggage brand Rimowa for a collaboration that was meant to be showcased at the “As Seen by” exhibit in South Korea.

Why is it noteworthy?

The designer utilized Rimowa’s very own grooved aluminum sheets, the same ones used on the brand’s prized carrier luggage pieces. He also thought of using tree branches and then transforming them into aluminum using sand casting–resulting in a luxuriously-styled chair that will probably make you remember you’re not yet traveling as you used to.

What we like

  • It may look brittle, but like the famous Rimowa luggage series, the Neo-Primitive Chair is made with strength and solidity
  • The Neo-Primitive Chair is considered an organic piece of furniture as it brings together nature and manufactured articles

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. The O6

Named after the O-shaped backrest that gives the chair its distinct lightweight design, the O6 is the result of a 2-year collaboration between Benjamin Hubert’s LAYER Design and Allsteel.

Why is it noteworthy?

The chair’s name also pays a hat-tip to the six key interactions that enable the user to configure the O6 for ultimate comfort. These adjustability controls include the vertical movement of its armrests; multi-directional movement of the arm pads; the vertical and horizontal movement of the seat; the tilting backrest; and the adjustable lumbar support. “The controls are streamlined and intuitive, enabling ergonomic comfort without visual complication”, says LAYER Design in their press release.

What we like

  • Designed to harmoniously blend into your muted office setup
  •  Users can customize the chair’s design by choosing from as many as 22 different colors of Spectrum mesh for the back and seat and six 4-Way Stretch mesh back colors

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Nodding Chair

As someone who loves to read, and read for long periods of time, I know that wooden chairs are the least comfortable ones to sit on while finishing a good book. And I’ve also tried to read while on a regular rocking chair and that made me dizzy since the constant big movements are a bit too much for my poor eyes. But staying put in a chair can still be uncomfortable and you need some type of motion while you’re reading. This product concept seems to be the perfect one for bookworms like me.

Why is it noteworthy?

While rocking chairs are good for relaxation, they’re not always good for floors and if you’re like me, for our eyes and peace of mind. The designer thought of a new way to have a chair that can be comfortable and still let your body have its range of natural motion while reading, resting, or even writing (if you’re used to that). The Nodding Chair can be tilted forward and backward, letting you make smaller movements that won’t make you too nauseous.

What we like

  • Creates less pressure on the floor so you won’t get marks and scratches
  • Allows the chair to move with you as you occasionally change positions while reading

What we dislike

  • The seat itself doesn’t seem to be that comfortable as it’s just plain wood and there’s no cushion

6. Task Chair

This new Task Chair that the Australian industrial designer Marc Newson has come up with for the German brand Knoll is an ergonomic chair with a single-line silhouette.

Why is it noteworthy?

What makes it stand out, even more, is its cantilevered shape which makes it look like the seat is floating. At first glance, the seat may not seem that inviting but it does catch the eye and once the user actually tries it out, they’ll realize that the design makes it even more comfortable.

What we like

  • It comes with a tilt function that is actually hidden under the seat
  • The seat’s texture has also been refined so you feel like you’re sitting on something luxurious

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

7. The Cardboard Chair Process Book

Goldilocks was right–the comfort of a chair depends on many different factors. Everything from a chair’s frame to its upholstery and everything in between comes into play. At the end of the day, a chair’s comfort depends on what we use it for–a plush loveseat might be the perfect spot to nestle up in and watch a rom-com, but it’s not the spot for working at our laptops. It’s just not the vibe! Lissette Romero unlocked the vibe with a new design concept called the Cardboard Chair Process Book that constructs bespoke chairs from cardboard using a set of criteria collected from client interviews and anthropometric measurements.

Why is it noteworthy?

Built from 5 4’x4’ sheets of single-ply corrugated cardboard, the custom chairs require no hardware, fasteners, or adhesives for construction or assembly. Before settling on the chair’s overall structure and ergonomics, Romero imagines conducting client interviews to determine each chair’s main function according to the sitter’s needs. For instance, a client looking for a lounge chair to play video games will end up with a very different chair design from a client who’s looking for a desk chair to use for studying.

What we like

  • The chair is to be tailored to [the client’s] body measurements, personal aesthetic, and tasks that they will be performing while seated
  • Built from sustainable materials

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. The Zero Chair

Franck Magne Zero Chair Design

Franck Magne Zero Chair Details

For creatives, designing something will often inspire another project to start as soon as possible. Designs inspired by other designs always exist, and that is what happened with this new chair introduced by industrial designer Franck Magné after working on the layout of the Soleil & Papilles restaurant in Paris. He was doing the layout when he also started to imagine the tables and chairs that could be used. He was thinking of dining furniture pieces that could be produced locally for an important reason: budgetary constraints.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Zero Chair can be easily laid out on a standard aluminum sheet as some nine chairs can be made and laid out on a single sheet of aluminum material that is already characterized as recyclable. In addition, this aluminum is said to reproduce almost no offcuts, which is a good thing for those constantly checking the sustainability of a product. The Zero Chair has now been added to the designer’s Objets Publics collection which is a brand of furniture for public spaces, in partnership with SAG France.

What we like

  • The Zero Chair can be used both outdoors and indoors, so every dining experience can be safe and comfortable
  • The Zero Chair is also available in different colors that can match the interior of any room, restaurant, or establishment

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Collapsible Wood Chair

Quite unlike any of the folding chairs you may have seen around you, on the internet, or even on this website, this creative little number comes from Jon 117 SP, a designer based out of Léon, Mexico.

Why is it noteworthy?

Simply titled the Collapsible Wood Chair, the seating uses two almost-identical wooden profiles with a thick paracord weaving between the both of them to form the seat and backrest. The paracord does two essential things – not only does it make sitting feel comfortable (unlike wood or metal which feels rigid), but it also adds a flexible element to the seat where it folds together, allowing the chair to collapse flat when you’re not sitting on it.

What we like

  • A unique take on a collapsible chair

What we dislike

  • We’re not sure how comfortable it would be to sit on the paracord

10. The Fly Armchair

A Gold Winner of the A’ Design Award, Pepe Lima’s armchair wasn’t born through material inspiration or exploration. It was the result of studies of deconstructivist compositions with the objective of creating a product with disconnected elements that paradoxically could result in a harmonious object. “The Fly armchair’s greatest differentials are its illusorily disconnected parts, which are presented as something exploded“, says Lima.

Why is it noteworthy?

It’s a common assumption that a chair is a singular frame of wood, lined with cushions at strategic places to make seating comfortable. The Fly Armchair shatters that notion by, instead, opting for multiple disconnected pieces of wood that are magically connected by the cushions and armrests. The wood frame isn’t a singular cohesive unit but is rather a fractured form that’s united by an unlikely hero – the ‘soft’ cushion. To an extent, that too was true with the Eames Lounge Chair’s design, although Lima made a more conscious effort to adopt that style here.

What we like

  • Clean + minimal aesthetics
  • It’s almost as if the chair’s ‘actual’ frame is wearing a leather cloak, while the armrests, legs, base, and back panel are taking the credit for bringing the chair together

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This minimalist single piece plywood table with storage makes for an undistracting workstation

When technology and designer creativity coincide, we are destined for a story that needs to be told. The first look at the Nook desk and you don’t conjure up a story; but on the second glance it definitely gets you into thinking, is that for real?

Not yet, the idea of conceptual designer Deniz Aktay is only a rendering of how a plywood table can be made interesting and multifunctional. The Nook desk right from its appearance and thereafter, has a story of material molding, matte finish, and a simple idea that’s still more than an ordinary desk. The Nook desk surface, and nifty selves at the edges, hold key to the table’s idea of maximizing productivity with minimalistic use of material.

Designer: Deniz Aktay

New desks surfacing on our computer screens day in and day out are generally drenched heavily in the wave of maximizing gadgetry on the tabletop courtesy of cable organizers, built-in wireless chargers et al. Atkay keeps it simple and undistracting. His idea of a desk will therefore not revibrate with most hybrid/work-from-home taskforce. However, if you’re someone like me who loves the desk clear of clutter and only wants a book or two in close proximity; this is where the search can end.

Much more than just another ordinary table to work on, Nook desk’s personalized design aesthetics shall help you have most of your reading/writing material well within your reach – cluttering the table surface to the minimum. The personalized design is achieved by separating multiple layers of plywood at the edges of the table, creating storage layers on the bottom of the tabletop. This sectional design and single-use of the material make two aspects likable about the table: it is more stable and better organized to enhance user productivity.

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Quirky stool with a tensile suspended seat gives you the effect of a bouncing cushion!

Dubbed the Swing Ao Stool, this little number by Takusei Kajitani explores a fun concept of using tension to emulate ‘softness’. Sort of how a hammock feels soft like a beanbag, although there’s no ‘cushioning material’ inside a hammock, the Swing Ao chair provides a level of flexibility thanks to the fact that the seat is, in fact, suspended from the chair’s four legs. The idea, says the designer, was born from a need to eliminate the sedentary lifestyle. “Most chairs have been designed on the idea that sitting is a static movement despite the human body is designed to move,” says Kajitani. “It forces our body to stay rigid for a long time.” To that end, the Swing Ao Stool promotes constant movement. Sort of like sitting on one of those yoga ball chairs, the Swing Ao Stool keeps you constantly moving, feeling like a cross between a stool and a pogo stick!

Designer: Takusei Kajitani

The chair’s unique design explores a special arrangement where the seat and the legs don’t really touch each other. Instead, they’re connected by a flexible stretchy paracord that lets the seat ‘float’, for the lack of a better term. This tension structure allows the seat to move freely in conjunction with the movement of the sitter’s pelvis like a small swing.

As a result of this unique arrangement, the Swing Ao Stool promotes the movement of the pelvis, spine, and surrounding muscles, activating your body’s functions like playing on a small swing and keeping you constantly moving instead of having you static. “And you can also sit on it as a regular stool with an 8-degree angle seat to maintain a healthy posture that prevents hunching over”, adds the designer!

The Swing Ao Stool is a Silver Winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2022.

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