This sustainable crib was made without using a single drop of fossil fuel

The challenge with designing the Fossil Free Crib wasn’t so much in the design, but was in researching the materials the crib would require. Almost every material available to designers today involves a fraction of fossil fuel… whether it’s crude oil used to make plastic or something as basic as the gasoline used in chainsaws that cut down trees. Ultimately, materials are transported from source to factory to consumer using petrol. Designing a crib is easy… designing a crib without using a single gram of coal, oil, or gas, that’s a real challenge.

Designed for Sweden-based sustainable energy company Vattenfall, the Fossil Free Crib is an effort to remove every bit of non-renewable energy from the product cycle. It involves making conscious material choices and design considerations. For instance, the Fossil Free Crib’s wood was sourced from an aging tree that needed to be cut down. The lumberers used electric chainsaws as opposed to gas-powered ones, and the wood was readied and transported using renewable resources only. The crib’s blanket was locally sourced and hand-spun using alpaca and merino wool, but the crib’s mattress proved to be a much tougher challenge, especially given that cotton needs to be shipped from parts of Europe or Asia. Instead, the design team looked to locally sourced linen, hand-spun from flax-fibers. The filling on the inside of the mattress needed relooking too, especially since coconut fiber wasn’t a material indigenous to Sweden, and foams would mean resorting to plastics. Instead, the mattress was filled with sheep’s wool, sourced from Texel island. How does one source wool from an island without using fuel?? Well, via sailboat!

In a conscious effort to question the use of every material, the design team at FROLIC saw themselves traveling almost 150 years back to look at materials and practices before the invention of plastics and the practice of mass-manufacturing. The base of the crib comes made from fossil-free steel, something that does sound contradictory, but was made possible thanks to a special plant that used hydro-electric power to process the iron ore. This steel was finished with a special bio-paint created from mixing potato-starch slurry with chalk, and well, for the rest of the potato, the skins were used to form a composite bio-laminate board that was placed right under the mattress for support!

“The first thing to note is that “fossil-fuel free” is quite distinct from “sustainable”, “C02 neutral”, “organic” and other ubiquitous terms used in environmentally conscious manufacturing. Our primary challenge was to interrogate the supply chain through the lens of fossil fuel use, which includes examining not just a product’s composition but its sourcing, transportation, and complete processing”, says the FROLIC team. The Fossil Free Crib was created as a prototype to test the possibility of successfully designing something without leaning on the crutch of convenience and opting for materials that utilize fuel. This was doubly challenging, considering the product was a crib for a baby, requiring it to not just be fossil-free but non-toxic, non-allergic, and extremely comfortable. The product was detailed in-house using CNC-machining (powered by electricity) to create soft forms within the wood, and was assembled using a natural hide-glue to ensure a sturdy build.

It’s unlikely that this process will yield a product that can be mass-manufactured… because the Fossil-Free Crib was made to challenge the very notion of mass-manufacturing! Instead, it hopes to usher in an age where the new generation is born into a world where fossil-free living isn’t a one-off exception, but rather a standard.

Designer: FROLIC Studio for Vattenfall

Student-friendly furniture designs that make your room insta worthy!

When you’re living alone, you tend to choose home spaces that are compact and tiny, befitting the needs of one. Hence, it becomes extremely important to fill up your living space with space-saving and efficient designs that help you make the most of your living situation. Designers have been coming up with cool and innovative designs that not only meet all your solo household needs but also manage to look pretty aesthetic! Check out our collection of bachelor-friendly designs that will take you one step closer to your dream home setup!

Designed to be compact enough to fit into any space, yet comfortable enough to have you sink right in with your favorite book, the Conch comes with a molded-plywood inner body and a dual-density foam outer body, giving it structure as well as supple softness. The chair’s form conforms to the contours of the body, allowing you to sit comfortably, while also conveniently having a storage unit right under you for everything from books to a cushion to other bric-a-brac. It’s the perfect reading spot for one!

The Drawer mini-fridge snugly fits underneath desks! Looking more like a piece of furniture, than a home appliance, Drawer can be easily placed under a desk or any other convenient nooks and crannies in your home. With sufficient space to store beverages, bottles and some food items, Drawer is perfect for a single-person household wherein refrigerable items are few. However, Drawer’s most interesting feature would be its cooling cup holder!

When it comes to kitchen appliances such as microwaves and ovens, they do tend to be bulky and space-consuming. However, the Wall-Mountable Oven is a smart microwave, that as its name implies can be mounted upon a wall. You simply press a button that brings down its front cover, which doubles up as the platform to place your dish upon. You then pull down the main cover, enclosing your dish within the microwave!

At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk! When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. It’s the perfect multifunctional piece of furniture for tiny living spaces!

The Bed For One by Dominic Wilcox is, well, perfect for one. For those bachelors who live by themselves, and have no need for larger beds, the Bed For One is ideal!  Though I do wonder where it truly stands when it comes to the comfort level, all said and done, it is indeed an intriguing one-of-a-kind bed design.

The Book Chair by Sou Fujimoto is in fact a bookshelf with a chair embedded in it! The chair can be slid in and out, due to a chair-shaped section in the bookshelf. When fitted into the shelf, the chair acts as a storage space itself. But when pulled out, you can hop onto it and read your favorite book in peace. This multifunctional piece of furniture is perfect for single-person homes whose residents are major readers!

The Low Table IV by Kai Takeshima has a little secret! Once you lift the tabletop, you can easily access a compact storage space, add its wooden Japanese-inspired aesthetics to the mix, and it could be the perfect minimal addition to your compact living space.

sho_bed_to_sofa_layout

sho_05

In just a couple of simple steps, SHO transforms from sofa to sofabed in seconds by taking control of the cushion! The design utilizes a unique metal frame that snaps together to hold a twin-size latex mattress in an upright position that’s perfect for sitting and reading. Simply undo the clasp and unfold the mattress to create a proper lounger where you can extend the legs and relax while enjoying the back support. With its small footprint, it’s perfect for the micro-est of micro-living spaces!

The Corner Desk is a space-saving compact desk that will fit perfectly in one corner of your home. Designed by Michael Hilgers, the powder-coated aluminum piece provides a private spot for you to sit and work peacefully in. Not to mention it saves a whole lot of precious space!

The Bloom Phone Vase by Stak Ceramics not only perfectly displays fresh flowers, but is also a cool spot to store your phone. Keep this on your bedside table, and wake up not only to your phone alarm blaring away but to some beautiful flowers!

This maki roll inspired chair is as fancy as the sushi you crave!

Nothing beats a plate of sushi, dipped in some soy with a pop of wasabi, according to me. It’s my all-time favorite food, and it’s quite exciting to see designers drawing inspiration from it! Jin Kuramoto’s modular chair Maki, has derived its name and inspiration from the Maki roll. I wonder what a furniture design inspired by Nigiri would look like!

The Maki easy chair is a simple and minimal piece with a rather interesting curved backrest. Not to mention the backrest is hollow! Though the hollow backrest is a tad bit unconventional and caused a few production challenges, in the end, its unique and innovative form is quite eye-catching! The chair can either be a lone wolf, serving as a solo seating space for one, or it can be joined with multiple other Maki chairs. They can be either combined in one single row or positioned such that they face different directions. The intriguing hollow, on the other hand, can double up as a place to stash my books, a throw or even make space for the pet babies who need to be close to you!

Kuramoto’s aim was to create something iconic and memorable, but at the same time fairly simple. The chair also derives inspiration from minimalism and rationalism, creating a diverse design that can be used in different spaces whether it’s at home or in your office. Though Maki’s modularity and flexibility are undoubtedly its highlights, for me the fact that it’s named after my favorite dish got all my attention in the first go!

Designer: Jin Kuramoto for OFFECCT

Click Here to Buy Now!

 

 

Ammar Kalo’s PVC Bench uses a composite material made from crushed, recycled drain-pipes

With an appearance that almost mimics the fragmented beauty of terrazzo, the PVC Bench by UAE-based designer Ammar Kalo relies on a new type of composite material developed by recycling old PVC drainpipes. Designed as a two-person bench, the seating design comes with Kalo’s signature organic aesthetic featuring legs and a base-support made from walnut wood, and its crown jewel, the seating platform, made from multiple PVC parts suspended in a tinted resin. The transparent resin reveals the multiple PVC shards in a way that seems to contrast the bench’s overall smooth, soft, organic design. Its multiple shards create a beautiful interplay of light and shadows, forming a surface that has a unique pattern, just like the wood-grain on the walnut members below it. The bench, like most of Kalo’s furniture, comes with simple joineries that don’t require any extra fasteners or binders.

The PVC Bench was commissioned by Bee’ah, the Middle East’s leading waste management company based in the UAE, as part of an ongoing collaboration to transform waste into functional design objects.

Designers: Ammar Kalo & Ibrahim Ibrahim for Bee’ah

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB

Elegantly French, this minimal hideaway desk is worthy of your home!

French designs always have a sense of sophistication and elegance to them. And Bastien Chapelle’s Elmer Desk is no exception. French Design Incubator helped pair up designer Bastien Chapelle with furniture manufacturer iRESISTUB, and they collaborated to create Elmer. At first glance, Elmer looks like a simple storage cabinet, and though it is one, it also doubles up as a desk!

The multifunctional piece primarily showcases a lot of iRESISTUB’s metalwork, with a sturdy black metal frame and two long metal legs. A squarish wooden door with rounded edges occupies the portion above the legs. When the door is shut, Elmer looks like a regular cabinet, upon which you can place miscellaneous items. However, once you open it, it reveals spacious storage space, with the door functioning as a neat little desk. Within the compact storage area, you can place your books, stationery items, folders and maybe even a tiny plant or two! The working surface is large enough to accommodate a laptop, books or other documents.

Minimal, warm and organic, the Elmer Desk is a quaint piece of furniture that could seamlessly merge into any home or workspace and is a stunning specimen of French design.

Designer: Bastien Chapelle and iRESISTUB