Top 10 cabin trends of 2022

Cabins have been a relaxing and quintessential getaway option for everyone for ages galore. They’re the ultimate safe haven in the midst of nature, if you simply want to get away from your hectic city lives, and unwind. If you want a simple and minimal vacation, that lets you truly connect with nature, without any of the materialistic luxuries most of us have gotten accustomed to, then a cabin retreat is the answer for you! And, we’ve curated some beautiful and super comfortable cabins that’ll be the perfect travel destination for you. From a tiny black cabin built from felled oak trees to a cabin that looks like a modern hobbit house – these mesmerizing and surreal cabins are the ultimate retreat, you’ve been searching for!

1. Hemmelig Room

Calling the bookworm’s oasis Hemmelig Room, or ‘secret room’ in Norwegian, Studio Padron built the entire tiny cabin from disused mature oak trees that were felled during the main home’s construction. From the outside, Hemmelig Room finds a geometric structure clad in blackened timber. Following the main home’s construction process, the felled oak trees were cut into large, rectangular log sections that were left to dry over several years before building Hemmelig Room. Inside, the blackened timber reveals the oak tree’s raw, polished form. From top to bottom, Studio Padron outfitted Hemmelig Room’s interior in nonuniform timber panels that merge with cavities to create bookshelves.

2. Road-Haus

Road-Haus is a 250sqf tiny cabin scaled down from a larger model designed by Wheelhaus, a tiny home company committed to modular and eco-friendly design practices. Set on providing the kind of experience he had growing up in log cabins constructed by his father, ​​Jamie McKay developed Wheelhaus. More than a company that designs tiny homes, Wheelhaus remains committed to building modular log cabins with small carbon footprints that offer travelers and residents a true escape into the woods.

3. Slope House 2

This uniquely-shaped house is located on sloping land and gives major hobbit vibes but through the lens of modern architecture. The design consists of a surface that starts from the ground and extends and forms the shape and defines the interior space. In the interior space, a glass strip starts from the floor and extends to the ceiling to maintain a visual connection to the entire space in fourth dimensions from the interior space. On both sides of the entrance, the two trees combine with the volume and define the entrance space giving it a harmonious, fluid aesthetic that connects the exterior, interior, and the surrounding landscape!

4. Wauhaus

Taking cues from the treehouses that defined our childhoods, Hello Wood, an international architecture studio based in Budapest, designed Wauhaus. Perched above a sloping hillside in Hungary’s Zala County, Wauhaus is a tiny cabin inspired by children’s treehouses that depends on four stilts to remain aboveground. Envisioned to be a private workspace or remote holiday retreat, the 20sqm Wauhaus keeps a low profile and the charm in the details. Reinforced by triple screws, Wauhaus rises above the ground on four wooden beams of varying heights to form a unique silhouette and standing profile.

5. The Woodpecker Forest Cabin

This cabin is a beautiful two-floored unit with a small balcony on the upper floor that provides an elevated view of the forest. Large glass windows also ensure that the cabin’s interiors get enough light during the day while also letting you experience the forest’s grandeur to its fullest. However, the Woodpecker Forest Cabin’s most delightful feature is the sheltered patio that sits right under the stilted cabin. A perfect place to lounge during the day, host campfires during the night, or even park your car, this patio enhances the cabin’s ability to let you truly reconnect with nature.

6. Kiani’s Gisoom Cabin

Defined by north and south-facing facades that are formed entirely from glass, Kiani’s Gisoom Cabin was visualized so that these facades collect the most amount of natural sunlight and are oriented for the best views of the surrounding forest. The glass facades are also complete with an expansive set of eaves that offer some protection on days when the sunlight might be too bright. Following the eaves to the shingled facades, dark brick comprises Kiani’s sloping roofs to bring out a direct contrast to the light wood that makes up the cabin’s eaves and interior spaces.

7. The Smart Lucia

The Smart Lucia gives a whole new meaning to “living in a glass house,” though the glass, in this case, is far from the fragile material that the idiom implies. The glass here serves as more than just a safe viewing window into Finland’s majestic greenery. The thermal glass, along with glass and floor heating, will save you from frostbite during the country’s notoriously unforgiving winters. Then again, there might not be much to see during that season anyway, unless you’re the type that does enjoy frozen sceneries.

8. City Cabin

Situated in one of Seattle’s most established residential areas is the ‘City Cabin’. Jim Olson, the co-founder of the acclaimed architecture studio Olson Kundig, designed this urban retreat for a longtime friend who absolutely adored his cabin in Puget Sound. Jim had been working on this cabin since he was 18 years old, and she insisted that it should be the inspiration behind her upcoming home. She also wanted to capture the unfettered and gorgeous forested feel that lingered within and around the home.”The client wanted to feel like she was living in the wilderness when, in fact, her home is on a regular-size urban neighborhood lot,” Jim said. And, City Cabin is a true reflection of that!

9. La Pointe

Nestled within Canada’s Poisson Blanc Regional Park is a micro cabin named, ‘La Pointe’. Designed by Montreal-based L’Abri, La Pointe is a serene little cabin that provides shelter to the visitors of the park. The triangular-shaped structure is a rejuvenated reinterpretation of the typical A-frame chalets that became so popular in North America in the 1950s. The A-frame cottage-inspired cabin can house up to four individuals, while also helping them stay connected to the pure undiluted nature all around. “It was important for the designers to create a simple, almost sculptural structure that would provide functional and nature-oriented spaces,” said L’Abri. And, La Pointe is a true reflection of that.

10. Nido

Nido is a tiny cabin with a 100-square-foot floor plan to meet Finland’s zoning laws that do not require a building permit for houses with a floor plan between 96 and 128 square feet. The cabin comprises two levels and keeps a low profile exterior, with unstained wooden siding and white painted frame elements that tie the cabin together with a touch of elegant simplicity. A bare ramp walkway composed of wooden planks leads to the tiny cabin’s entrance and connects to the cabin’s side deck. Inside, angled, expansive windows drench both floors with natural sunlight and compliment the home’s natural wooden interior and soft hues of the Nordic-inspired color scheme found throughout the cabin.

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This tiny home sports a unique shape and open-plan interior to suspend guests over the river’s edge!

Riverside Cabin is a tiny cabin with a unique shape and open-plan interior space to shelter visiting professors at the Universidad Austral de Chile.

On the banks of the Calle-Calle River in Valdivia, Región de Los Ríos, architects with Arce & Westermeier were commissioned to design and construct a shelter to function as a local professor’s riverside retreat. Located close to the Universidad Austral de Chile, the tiny home is called Riverside Cabin after its harmonic relationship with the Calle-Calle River. Brimming from the natural treeline that extends along the river’s edge, Riverside Cabin takes on an unconventional shape that embraces the home’s surrounding landscape and ecosystems.

Designer: Arce & Westermeier

In the initial stages of designing Riverside Cabin, the architects with Arce & Westermeier asked, “What kind of relationship with the river do we want: a traditional one, which seeks that each program enclosure manages to please itself with this unique geographical element? Or rather, one that selects where and how this visual pleasure is obtained?”

Upon realizing they’d like to explore the latter, Arce & Westermeier found Riverside Cabin’s unique look. Tilting one end of the cabin towards the sky elongated the internal volume and gave the ceiling lofty heights to accommodate the bi-level interior.

Inside the cabin, the ground-level hosts a bathroom that stands to the side of a space where the dining, kitchen, and living areas are combined. Then, moving up a few steps, the cabin’s residents are welcomed by the sleeping and study area that merges with an expansive floor-to-ceiling curtain wall that teeters off the river edge.

Dividing the cabin into two spaces, a wooden partition doubles as the bed’s headboard and the dining area’s seating arrangement. Maintaining an open-plan layout for the interior space, Arce & Westermeier architects wanted the main living space to be flexible.

Noting the spatial relationship between the two levels, architects at Arce & Westermeier note, “Thus, these different levels become both the living room and the seating for the dining table, in addition to functioning as a transitional space.”

Riverside Cabin is constructed primarily from dark, prefabricated metal plates that brace Chile’s rainy climate while offering a sort of cloak during the night. In contrast to the dark exterior, Riverside Cabin’s interior walls are clad in plywood to offer a warm refuge from the outdoors.

Come dark, the interior lights glower like a lantern in the night. 

The main priority in constructing the Riverside Cabin was for it to blend in with the surrounding architecture, without taking away from the available views of the river. 

The internal volume lifts up to bring guests over the river’s edge and provide the ceiling with lofty heights.

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This half-glass, half-steel cabin is designed with naturally insulating material to brace all elements

The Metal Lark is a half-steel, half-glass residence designed and built by Sala Architects as a multi-generational family holiday retreat.

In Northern Wisconsin, positioned somewhere on 140-acres of former farming fields, the Metal Lark is home to a multi-generational family looking for a holiday retreat. Designed and built by Sala Architects, the Metal Lark sits on a rugged plot of woodlands that were recently replanted with native prairie grasses by the home’s owners.

Designer: Sala Architects

Positioned downslope on a slight hillside, the Metal Lark’s location was chosen specifically for its overlook of a small, nearby lake, as well as the shade provided by the preexisting treeline that partially conceals the home from view in the gravel driveway.

From the gravel driveway, owners and guests can stroll over a wooden footbridge that leads right to the home’s entryway. Continuing through the home’s ground floor, the bridge leads guests to the home’s transparent backend, where floor-to-ceiling windows and doors open up to a spacious deck that cantilevers above the hillside.

Through the door, guests are welcomed with a mudroom within the ground floor’s 20’x20’ footprint, where they can shrug off the outdoor’s grime and remove their shoes. From there, a bedroom and bathroom can also be found on the ground level, while additional sleeping accommodations are located upstairs.

Ascending the wood-lined staircase to the home’s upper floor, the home’s residents can entertain guests in the glass-paned living room where the views are unmatched. A small, but mighty kitchen leaves room for simple meals and plenty of storage space integrated into the walls. Then, a writing desk provides a tiny space for quiet working or a reading nook.

On the home’s front facade, a raw, uncoated, corrugated steel wall conceals the home’s interior and rear views and offers plenty of insulation. Shielding the home from winds and unpredictable elements that come from northwest winter storms, the thick steel wall maximizes insulation all around.

In hopes of maintaining a small, overall carbon footprint, Sala Architects oriented the Metal Lark to optimize the intake of passive solar heating, incorporated summer shading via roof overhangs, and embraced natural cross-ventilation through triple-pane, operable windows.

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Nature-inspired chandelier combines botany and luxury into one stellar lighting design for your home

Hanging right above you like a branch of leaves on a tree, the Nana Lure Chandelier by Pelle adds tropical tranquility to your home. Inspired by the large overarching shape of banana leaves, the chandelier’s shades are entirely handmade from cotton paper, and come lined with LEDs on the inside. When switched off, the Nana Lure Chandelier has the allure of a tropical plant, however, when switched on, it turns into one of the most stunningly vivid nature-inspired lighting designs! At the risk of cracking a horrible pun, this chandelier certainly does drive me bananas!

Designer: Pelle

The Nana Lure Chandelier is a prime example of exactly what a chandelier brings to a table. Chandeliers aren’t utilitarian, they’re emotive. While most chandeliers communicate a sense of luxury, the Nana Lure expresses something more nuanced – the luxurious feeling of being carefree on a beachside, without a worry in the world! The lighting solution exists as a single leaf unit but can be bunched together to create leaf fronds that look like the upper half of a banana tree.

Each leaf comprises a handmade and handpainted cotton-paper shade, cut out to look exactly like a banana leaf complete with discolorations and even the ridges along the leaves. The shade is then affixed to a patinated steel frame that allows it to hold its shape, and the frame’s hollow inner is lined with an LED strip that faces downwards, illuminating the leaf from within to cast a soft light downwards.

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This black timber cabin takes cues from traditional building methods to create a coastal family retreat!

Le Refuge KE01 is a black timber cabin near the coastline of Keremma, France, built by Gayet Roger Architects to function as the firm’s co-founders’ family vacation home.

Somewhere in Keremma, France, just beyond the sea and behind a thicket of cypresses, a small sanctuary rises above the ground for a small family to find some respite. Designed to be the ultimate retreat for relaxation and rest, Le Refuge KE01 is a small black timber cabin with warm interiors by Gayet Roger Architects.

Designer: Gayet Roger Architects

Spearheaded by the firm’s co-founders, Anne and Aldric Gayet, the project was initially conceived to be an idyllic vacation home for the architects’ family. Measuring 850-square-feet, the black timber cabin was built in harmony with the surrounding landscape to brace weather conditions of all kinds.

Prone the flooding, the coastline of Keremma can be a tricky spot to build a home. Working with the natural topography, Le Refuge KE01’s final form is an asymmetrical cabin that’s positioned atop a raised platform that’s supported by four-foot-tall metal stilts. Rising to meet the height of the platform, a spacious, wraparound deck provides some lounge area on days when the weather permits.

Complementing the environment’s many cypress trees, Anne and Aldric turned to black Falun-style paint to coat the home’s exterior, which is clad in cross-laminated timber. Common throughout parts of Scandinavia, the Swedish pigment is used on cottages and cabins that have been in the area for centuries. Then, the home’s interior exudes a nest-like quality with warm, unfinished spruce cladding that inspired the architects to keep the interior design to a minimum.

Featuring only the essentials, the main personality of Le Refuge KE01 is found in its multiple floor-to-ceiling windows and bespoke furniture pieces. Built-in benches line the living areas throughout the home, while dining tables, shelving, and counters are also built into their respective rooms. Framing the integrated benches and storage spaces, windows of varying sizes punctuate each room, offering unfettered views of the untouched coastline just a few steps away.

Unfinished spruce class the interior of Le Refuge KE01.

Leaving the home to its bare essentials made room for sunlight to drench every corner. 

Inside, the home has a nest-like quality with warm spruce lining the walls. Outside, the black timber cloaks the cabin in mystery.

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Top 10 DIY architecture trends of 2022

There’s a new trend in architecture, and honestly, we completely approve of it  – it’s DIY! Imagine building up and creating your own home or holiday cabin! How awesome would it be to lounge about and live in the fruit of your own efforts? And don’t worry these architectural designs don’t require too much of an effort either! These simple DIY structures are often flat-packed or come with a complete kit that helps you with the entire step-by-step process. This collection of DIY architecture proves not only how simple and economical this technique is, but also how much construction waste and unnecessary materials it cuts down on! From a DIY tiny home on wheels that is inspired by desert architecture to a DIY A-frame garage – I hope these innovative structures inspire you to take on your own DIY architectural project!

1. Lola

Lola is a tiny home on wheels that’s part of designer Mariah Hoffman’s larger multi-disciplinary design studio and brand Micro Modula, one that explores “home, place, and the self.” Over the span of five years, Hoffman gradually transformed an old utility trailer into a 156-square-foot mobile tiny home. Born out of a daydream to build her own home, Hoffman built Lola to “learn all the necessary skills for [her] personal and creative survival.” Particularly spurred by the essentialist edge of desert modernism, Hoffman turned to construction materials that aesthetically met the bill and also provided some functional elements for the home to brace the seasons as well as the local critters.

2. AirCrete Home

In the quest to find the perfect substitute many alternatives like foamcrete, papercrete, and hempcrete were created. Now we’ve got aircrete – a foamy mixture of air bubbles and cement which is cost-effective to produce, DIY-friendly, and has the essential safeguarding properties needed for construction. Hajjar Gibran had the idea to create AirCrete homes and DomeGaia brought it to life. The aircrete mixture is a lightweight and low-cost building block that is fireproof, water-resistant, insect-proof, and serves to insulate the structure. AirCrete reduces construction costs by 10 times and is an easy material to work with for single-story homes.

3. The Den Garage

The Den Garage is a DIY garage floor plan from Den Outdoors that allows owners to build their own garage while following Den Outdoors’s blueprints. Presented in three different packages, Den Outdoors has available floor plans for two-car and three-car garages. The two-car garage spans 650 square feet while the three-car garage stretches a little further, covering a total of 950 square feet. Similar to the company’s collection of cabin designs, the garages maintain that same classic A-frame structure that exudes rustic energy without compromising the structure’s geometric, contemporary appeal. Adding to the garage’s modern look, Den Outdoors outfitted each garage floor plan with weather-resistant, floor-to-ceiling windows for owners to show off their cars without fear of the elements getting to them.

4. The Zome Building Kit

You don’t have to be an architect to want to build a bamboo structure of your own thank to the ‘Zome building kit’ by Giant Grass! The studio has made a DIY kit that is basically a larger-than-life LEGO project which can live in your backyard or be scaled up to create a community space. The ‘zome’ is a flexible space that can be used by children to hang out in the backyard, like a gazebo for you to entertain guests in, a greenhouse for seedlings, a creative space in the office, a quiet space for yoga at home, or a glamping tent – it can be anything you want it to be. This DIY kit is perfect for those who want to live sustainability and enjoy working on projects which result in a productive reward. The kit comes with all accessories needed – 350 precision-made bamboo strips, nuts, bolts, and an installation guide to make the 3m x 3m ‘zome’.

5. System 00

Backcountry Hut Company released a collection of DIY A-frame cabin kits that allows buyers to build their own cabins without construction permits and little to no heavy machinery. Each cabin ‘system,’ comes prefabricated in a flat-pack layout that can be assembled either by amateur or professional builders depending on the model. System 00 is described as Backcountry’s “essentialist A-frame shelter.” Stocked with only the essentials, System 00 measures 10’x10’ and was designed to welcome living spaces such as a single bedroom with room for one sleeping bunk, a meditation studio for yoga, or an open space for working on art.

6. EconOdome

Dubbed as EconOdome, each structure’s frame and triangle panel kits come pre-cut and partially assembled with detailed instructions – so better than IKEA and you get a whole home instead of just a couch! EconOdome homes are built similarly to conventional homes involving a foundation and the main floor. Once that is in place, the vertical walls and roof is added in. There are 130 triangular roofing elements that connect to form the dome which has 10 equal sides. To minimize waste, parts in the DIY kit are cut to fit precisely with no additional work required on that end. The wood also comes with pre-drilled holes for stainless steel screws and caps to make assembling it super easy.

7. Nathalie and Greg Kupfer’s Micro-cabin

Nathalie and Greg Kupfer’s micro-cabin is built from repurposed waste findings and secondhand furnishings, outfitted with rainwater collection sites and solar systems for off-grid living. Retired industrial designer and former paramedic, Nathalie and Greg Kupfer began work on their off-grid micro-cabin in Canmore, Alberta after receiving a plot of ranch land and a decrepit shed from two neighbors. Following the cabin’s fortuitous beginnings, the Kupfer’s conceived a layout for their snug, solar-powered, 97-square-foot micro cabin built from recycled and repurposed outfittings, amounting to a total net cost of only $50.

8. The Kabinka Cabin

A Hungarian company called Hello Wood has designed a tiny minimalist cabin that you can assemble yourself for creative space solutions or just an escape from your living room. The prefabricated cabins start at $10,200 and have been crafted in a way that anyone can put together, it is truly the ultimate DIY project. With the tiny home market ‘growing’ rapidly, the Kabinka cabin is positioned to be like IKEA furniture – easy to assemble with an aesthetic that is loved by most. The Kabinka cabin comes in four sizes that range between 129 and 215 square feet.

9. Den

Setting up camp has never looked so good and it setting up a minimal glamping cabin just got a whole lot easier thanks to Den! The cabin design studio has a range of flat-packed DIY-style kits that let you assemble your own A-frame cabin in a few days. The average size is 115-square-foot (10.68-square-meter) with models that are larger and smaller depending on what you are looking for. Once assembled, you can see the slanted wooden walls and a floor-to-ceiling triangular window just like how we drew a picture of a cabin as children. The space is minimal and can be transformed into a cozy getaway, a yoga studio, or a creative retreat! The prefab pieces for the cabin are made in New York and come with pre-drilled holes, all wooden structural parts that lock together, bolts, and even door hardware.

10. Yakafu’s flagship DIY bakery

Kostas Chatzigiannis Architecture completed a Yakafu’s flagship DIY bakery in Anji, China. The brightly colored structure is bold and instantly attracts attention! Adults and children can learn how to bake pastries and bread in the double-storey building which is highlighed by terrazo surfaces and metallic detailing. DIY has never been so graphic and intriguing!

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This holographic display concept makes your NFT art buy look more interesting

If you are diving into NFTs and the digital media that comes along with them, you might as well have something that proudly displays that piece of NFT art you just bought.

If you thought cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum were already controversial, try throwing the word “NFT” around and see the debates explode like a long-dormant volcano. While discussions for and against the use of NFTs in the digital art industry continue to rage, there are already people that have accepted them as part of the future, especially with the Metaverse being pushed by companies and media. When that day comes, you’ll probably want a way to show off those NFT purchases, and this holographic cube definitely fits the theme.

Designer: ChenKai Zhang

Although NFTs can be used for anything digital, the biggest conversations revolve around their use in digital art. For some people, NFT-purchased art or videos have become something like a bragging right, not that different from the feeling you get when owning a piece from the great Masters of the trade. You can’t hang an NFT on a wall, of course, but the Holocube gives you a way to display these digital artworks in a way that matches the almost futuristic nature of NFTs.

Nothing says “the future” like holograms, and the Holocube makes it even more futuristic by having the hologram displayed inside a glass cube that rises from the box when activated. LEDs in the eight corners light up to add to this futuristic motif, though it doesn’t seem to be configurable to match the art being displayed. The idea behind the concept is to allow NFT owners to upload their purchases from their phones and have as many of these on display at home or in the office.

It’s definitely a visually interesting way to proudly proclaim being an NFT owner, though it might not work for all kinds of digital art or videos. Then again, holograms might have sufficiently advanced by then as well, presuming NFTs are still a thing. As forward-looking as these decentralized digital ledgers might be, NFTs, in particular, are also heavily criticized for their impact on the environment, making at least the current implementation controversial from a sustainability perspective. That said, there is also the possibility of blockchains like NFTs and bitcoin to advance in a way that retains their advantages while also reducing their carbon footprint.

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This prefab tiny backyard home in Los Angeles embraces the city’s semi-outdoor lifestyle

Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood welcomes a new tiny backyard home designed and constructed by Cover to embrace’s southern California’s semi-outdoor lifestyle.

Southern California is known for its sunny skies and Mediterranean climate. Without a cloud in sight and warm weather year-round, it’s no wonder most of LA’s residents spend their time outside and their homes reflect it. Since the climate in LA is similar to Spain, much of the city’s architectural landscape is influenced by Spanish Colonial Architecture. That’s why stucco and adobe are such common building materials for homes in southern California. LA-based AO Studio’s co-founder Oni Lazarus turned to Cover, a prefab home-building company, to build a backyard retreat that hones in on LA’s semi-outdoor lifestyle and the building materials that make it happen.

Located in Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood, the backyard tiny home was designed and constructed by Cover as a rental experience for Lazarus and her partner, Didi. Like most of Cover’s structures, the Highland Park tiny home is a prefab project. The architects at Cover oversaw each of the home’s design and construction decisions, creating an idyllic, semi-outdoor backyard oasis destined for the LA sun.

Sporting a prefab, panelized structure, steel framing gives rise to the backyard tiny home and its many dynamic features. While Cover designed and built the home, Oni and Didi still had a say in various interior elements. For instance, hydronic heating and cooling systems add to the home’s relaxed, Mediterranean profile. Then, custom-milled storage units dot the home’s living areas, providing a means to declutter and open up the home’s bright interiors.

Throughout the home, interior design elements are kept to a minimum to accentuate the home’s views of LA’s skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows that merge with an Accoya wood, wraparound deck. Complementing Oni’s and Didi’s main light-gray stucco residence, the tiny backyard home’s exterior is clad in subdued, gray fiber cement panels. The home’s soft, white facades coupled with expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows work to blur the barrier between indoor and outdoor spaces even further.

While the tiny home maintains a minimalist, open-plan interior, the subtle structural elements like floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that merge with a wraparound deck really help make the home feel more dynamic. Speaking to the home’s embodiment of semi-outdoor living, Oni and Didi say, “To us, it’s a lifestyle that we’re advocating—it’s not just a place to rent.”

Designer: Cover

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IKEA sofa from Tommy Cash collaboration might make you crave for bread all the time

A piece of furniture that’s a bit uncharacteristic of IKEA might redefine what it means to be a couch potato.

Sofas, sometimes called couches, have long been associated with relaxation and comfort. In more modern times, they have also been associated with TVs, home entertainment, and the food that usually gets consumed during such passive activities. The kinds of foods commonly thought of when talking about couches and sofas usually range from light snacks to microwavable meals, but a new design that’s coming to IKEA turns that idea on its head and might make you crave for a different kind of treat.

Designer: gab bois for Tommy Cash and IKEA

Bread is not exactly the first kind of food that would come to mind when the word “sofa” is mentioned. Pastries are often messy and would ruin upholstery, while certain rolls are best eaten with other kinds of food that might also make a mess on the sofa. That said, bread is also often associated with soft and fluffy feelings, which may have been the inspiration behind this tasty piece of furniture.

Rapper Tommy Cash is probably better known in design circles for his eccentric and outlandish ideas, and this LOAFA sofa is a clear testament to that. Designed to resemble a serving of glazed bread rolls, the sofa really looks good enough to eat. While it looks comfy, it almost also looks a bit sticky, perhaps generating conflicting feelings when deciding whether to sit on it or not.

Curiously, the LOAFA’s inspiration came from something unrelated to food. Designers gab bois indicated that the sofa is a nod to designer Mario Bellini’s classic Camaleonda modular sofa. Then again, those do look a bit like dinner rolls as well, and it didn’t take too much imagination to knead it into a Camaleon-dough. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the LOAFA will be just as modular and will forever be frozen in its L-shaped form.

designboom recounts how Tommy Cash tried to garner more than 10,000 comments in order to convince IKEA to start selling the LOAFA sofa. The Instagram post already surpassed that number, though the famed furniture maker has yet to confirm if this piece of furniture is already baking in the oven. Given it will be IKEA that will be selling this pan-tastic piece, some people might end up biting more than they can chew for its price.

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Brionvega Totem rr231 stereo system transforms from minimalist art piece to functional audio machine

Even audiophiles might not be listening to music all day, so this modern take on a 70s audio system transforms into a piece of minimalist room decor when not in use.

As with almost everything in design, fashion, and culture in general, there has been a revival in interest and sales of vinyl records. Those naturally required the production of equipment that could play that old-school media and even recreated the little flaws that made them sound unique. Many modern turntables, however, are pretty basic and try to also recreate the look of their predecessors a bit too faithfully. One company, however, took inspiration from a design that was already way ahead of its time when it came out decades ago, reviving a stereo system that blends form and function in a truly unique way.

Designer: Mario Bellini (via Brionvega)

When famed Italian designer Mario Bellini created the original Totem rr231 back in 1971, he was already thinking outside the box, literally and figuratively. In contrast to the turntable designs of that period, Bellini included speakers to create a fully integrated and independent audio system. But rather than just create a set of separate pieces, the designer created a single piece that embraced minimalism ahead of current design trends.

In its “dormant” state, the Totem rr231 deceptively looks like a simple white cube with seems that run across its width and down the middle. Those seams, however, give way to two speakers, each with a two-and-a-half-way system, that swing out like the wings of a futuristic machine. Those speakers can actually be separated from the main body and positioned in other parts of the room to fill it with your favorite tunes.

The rest of the box houses the ProJect turntable and a set of buttons and dials that match the minimalist aesthetic of the Totem rr231. Unlike the original, this modern-day version naturally embraces current audio technologies, including Bluetooth connection for streaming from mobile devices. In more ways than one, Brionvega’s recreation blends the past and the present in a deceptively simple design.

Admittedly, the Brionvega Totem rr231 requires a bit more physical work to use, especially if you keep it closed in its box form. Of course, that has the benefit of having a minimalist piece of art in the room at no extra cost, but that user participation in opening the box also creates a sort of “ritual” that makes the act of listening to music more personal and, in a way, more human.

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