This self-compressing chair is a therapeutic furniture designed for individuals with autism

The Oto Chair, or Hugging Chair, is a piece of therapeutic furniture designed for autistic individuals with sensory integration disorders.

“As a designer,” Alexia Audrain says, “you have to be in contact with the user, their environment, their daily habits and always make tests before reaching a finished product.” Describing the process of creating a chair designed for users with autism and sensory integration disorders.

Designer: Alexia Audrain

Considering that 45% to 95% of people with autism have sensory integration disorders, designer Alexia Audrain produced a chair to help quell the effects of sensory overstimulation. The Oto Chair, or Hugging Chair, aims to actively recreate the soothing sensation that comes with being hugged or compressed for individuals with autism.

Putting “a sense of agency and dignity,” back into the design and build of therapeutic furniture was at the forefront of Audrain’s mind when creating the Oto Chair. Honing in on this aspect of its design, Audrain equipped the Oto Chair with a footrest and intuitive remote that grants control to the chair’s sitter. Outfitted with a resistance-foam cushion, sitters use the remote to activate the chair’s compression mode. To draw and construct the Oto Chair, Audrain turned to the community who would benefit most from its function.

Audrain says, “It was important for me to work with people who truly understand the condition, so I spent time with people who have autism, with specialized educators and psychometricians studying sensory processing disorders to understand their needs and their daily life.”

When designing the Oto Chair, Audrain also leaned on her cabinetmaking skills in conjunction with insight she gained from experts in the field of therapeutic furniture. Unlike other therapeutic furniture that’s made from plastic, the Oto Chair maintains a classic, beechwood build that gives it a sturdy and warm personality. Defined by a cocoon silhouette, the Oto Chair couples its unique shape with plush upholstery that absorbs sound and encourages sitters to “concentrate on their senses,” as Audrain describes.

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The Malicious Bar Stool, A Stool Inspired By Middle Age ‘Iron Chair’ Torture

What do you get for the castle owner who already has everything? How about a bar stool inspired by the iron chair torture devices used in the middle ages? You might not want to be around when they open it, though, or they may demand a demonstration – or threaten to throw you in the dungeon if you disagree. Castle owners are always so demanding.

Created by Merve Kahraman, the $3,700 Malicious Bar Stool is topped with 41 CNC-cut rounded aluminum studs finished in gold, which actually withdraw into the leather seat cushion when pressure (read: your butt) is applied. According to Kahraman, this creates “a very pleasantly surprising sensation.” I’m…not sure I want to be the judge of that.

Obviously, you should buy two of the barstools and modify one, so the studs don’t retreat into the cushion. Then have a friend get comfortable sitting on the unmodified version and swap them out when they’re in the restroom. The look on their face when they sit on those spikes! I mean, I can’t think of any better way to spend $7,400.

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Furniture designs with hidden details to perfectly replace your favorite IKEA pieces

I believe the true essence of a home is held in its furniture. Furniture has the power to make or break a home, set the mood and tone of a space, and capture and express the soul of that particular house. A great furniture design not only feels like a piece of art but also touches your heart. Once you settle on to it, or place your favorite book upon it, or simply brush past it, you need to instantly feel “Ah, I’m home!” This collection of beautiful and intricate furniture designs with hidden details aspire to do exactly that! Designed with extreme attention to detail, overflowing with love and care, and not only aesthetically but functionally pleasing, these furniture designs will be an invaluable addition to your living space, making you feel truly at home.

1. The Billow Desk

Designed by Casey Johnson Studio, the Billow Desk is a majestic wooden desk. Its most intriguing detail would be the shelving space, below the tabletop, which is billowed out from the front. It’s a storage unit that instantly calls for attention, and is at a distinction from the usual storage designs.

2. The ODU Desk

Designed by Annabella Hevesi, there is something about the ODU Desk that instantly puts me at ease. It’s just so well-designed! Clean, minimal, and soft, it’s a desk that almost gives me Japandi feels. (Japandi is a growing design trend that merges Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics.) It’s a warm wooden desk with a protective screen around it that ensures you have your privacy while working!

3. The Gallery Table

Designed by Patryk Koca, the Gallery Table displays 4.8m of unparalleled craftmanship. The unique wooden piece was inspired by maritime construction! Almost resembling a ship, the versatile and long table is perfect for intimate gatherings.

4. The Line Light

The Line Light by Matthew McCormick is a streamlined and sleek lighting structure that extends elegantly from the ceiling. It balances intricately off the ceiling, providing a gentle yet powerful presence to any living space.

5. The GING Chair

The GING Chair by WAY Object Studio is a solid wooden chair, that manages to be sturdy and minimal at the same time. Seamless joints and exceptional craftsmanship make this chair sleek, modern, and a light addition to your living space.

6. Record Cabinet

Designed by Nick Pedullá, this beautiful record cabinet was crafted from Tasmanian Blackwood from Britton Timbers. An exquisite tambour door, and brass grills give the cabinet a unique and eye-catching aesthetic!

7. Tie Stool

Three slabs of plywood have been artistically twisted and bent to create a geometrically intriguing furniture piece called the Tie Stool. Designed by Deniz Aktay, the unique stool is a far cry from the boring conventional stools we have all grown so accustomed to.

8. Kin Design’s Bar Stool

The connect bar stool by Kin Design features three solid oak legs, which hold up a contrasting footrest. The footrest is a little pyramid of brass that sits comfortably beneath the round seat, tucked plushly between the wooden legs. The brass is a little hidden detail that provides a stark yet stylish contrast to the otherwise somber and simple stool.

9. Baldwin Hills Stool

Designed by Sean C. Flaherty, the Baldwin Hills Stool is a beautifully crafted three-legged stool with intriguing patterns on the seating section of the piece. The three legs feature a rugged and organic texture that adds a rustic element to the stool.

10. Nick James’ Oak Cabinet

The detailing on this beautiful oak cabinet by Nick James is simply exquisite! The otherwise minimal and simple cabinet is instantly lifted up by the stunning craftsmanship displayed in the intricate detailing.

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This chair constructed from steel wire is hardly recognizable from the chain-link fence it’s built into!

The Invisible Chair from student designer Lee Hyokk is a chair that’s constructed from and incorporated into a steel-link fence.

For centuries, designers have been redefining what chairs could look like. Forming new concepts for a piece of furniture that has been around for longer than a millennium is a big ask, but the chair’s patterned history also opens the door for daring new possibilities to emerge. Dubbed Invisible Chair, student designer Lee Hyokk constructed their chair, “that’s almost invisible,” out of a chain-link fence.

Fences generally require a lot of building material to be made and once finalized, fences are merely designs “that exist for objects other than themselves,” as Lee describes. Hoping to incorporate more than just one function into the chain-link fence, Lee noticed the design’s potential. Following intermittent periods of sketching and ideating, Lee took a small lot of chain-link fences and reorganized some wires to form the silhouette of a chair.

Malleable by design, some of the chain links that form the fence’s grids were removed or re-bent to build the shape of a small armchair. Emerging from the fence’s center area, Lee constructed a four-legged armchair out of the fence’s preexisting chain links. Camouflaged by the repetitive grid system, the built-in chair is difficult to spot unless you’re looking for it.

Describing this purposeful approach to building the Invisible Chair, Lee’s design is highlighted in an Instagram post from [@student.design], “‘Invisible Chair’ uses the characteristics of a fence to lower the accessibility of stimuli (e.g. ‘resting’). It’s difficult to recognize its existence when viewed without intentionally trying to recognize it.” Despite the chair’s seemingly anonymous presence, Lee designed it to provide a moment’s rest when one might be hard to find.

Designer: Lee Hyokk via Student Design

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This minimal seating design functions as a personal enclosed pod + provides you with privacy!

Most of us stay in shared spaces with our family and friends, and as wholesome and comforting as that can be, sometimes all one truly needs is some privacy! In an attempt to “create personal space and sanctuary in shared spaces”, Megan Yeo designed ‘Mado’. Mado is more than just a piece of furniture or a partitioning system, it functions as a frame for our mannerisms and body language, helping us express our boundaries.

The minimal piece was created via a quick ideation process involving cardboard models, sketching, and a metal fabrication process consisting pipe bending, drilling and 3D printing of parts. The end result was a malleable design that can be transformed according to your needs.

In its open form, the wings of Mado are folded back, allowing people to sit, interact, and socialise. Whereas, in its enclosed state, Mado performs the opposite function. The wings can be folded inwards to create a private and comfortable pod, wherein one can sit and enjoy their own personal space. Mado’s height can also be adjusted, so it can switch between a low and high back seat, whenever necessary. The curved seating platform encourages us to sit in the centre, and lay in positions that are comfy and restful.

The seat has been designed to be low, drawing influence from the floor chairs in Japanese culture. It allows you to sit closer to the ground, and is said to promote relaxation and meditation – two things we all need a little more of in our lives!

Designer: Megan Yeo

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This adaptive furniture featuring a bed, seating and storage makes small spaces feel not so tiny

Living in a big city is all fun and games until you realize space constraint is a major all-too-real issue. Finding a modern functional apartment with adequate space and up-to-date facilities is a Herculean task, and if you find one, then you’re definitely God’s favorite. But for the all too unlucky ones, who end up with a cramped apartment, it’s always a great idea to add some smart space-expanding elements to your home!

One such example is Metre Architect’s ‘Gradient Space’. The 43 square meters studio apartment is owned by a young client, who loves having friends over, and also requires sufficient space to store her clothes, accessories, and other equipment. To create an apartment that can meet the client’s specific needs, Metre Architects set out with a plan! First and foremost, they added a glass wall, that separates the living and sleeping area from the kitchen. This prevents noise from the hallway from filtering into the kitchen, and any cooking smells from entering into the hallway.

The most significant addition, however, was a sculptural landscape, that serves as a bed, seating, and storage. The furniture/sculpture looks like it is cascading down the wall like a waterfall! The multifunctional design features multiple ‘gradients’ that can be used in various ways.

The lowest level of the sculpture is equipped with an upholstered seating area, an integrated side table, and an extra surface for a guest to sit on. The client can lounge about and work on the seating area, or binge watch some Netflix on the television screen mounted on the opposite wall.

A large table has been placed in front of the seating area, that one can work or eat on. A custom-made bench can be pulled out and sat on.

A built-in miniature staircase is located next to the seating area. The alternating steps allow the client to slide into bed, while also functioning as extra seating space for when she has guests over.

This mesmerizing sculpture has been equipped with plenty of storage space! Hidden cabinets in the stairs, large drawers artfully placed underneath the bed, and built-in storage sections under the television set all function as smart storage facilities! In fact, you can lift up the bed to reveal a small hidden storeroom as well.

The client says, “Sometimes at night, I will just sit here [on the balcony], enjoy a cup of tea, and play with my iPad. Even though it’s a very small apartment, it can be adapted to whatever the situation is.” Design interventions like the Gradient Space can completely transform modern-day apartments. They don’t necessarily have to feel small, with innovative and smart additions like these. Gradient Space is a major lifesaver for modern homeowners!

Designer: Metre Architects

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Meet the newest DIY flatpack stool that takes only 4 steps to assemble without any tools or hardware!

Small stools can come in handy anywhere. From empty art studios to crowded offices, stools can make the simple difference between sitting on the floor and having a seat. They especially come in handy when they’re designed for easy assembly and storage. Developed by Alondra Elizalde, That Stool is a flatpack DIY small stool designed with easy assembly to provide a practical means of having a stool anywhere, at any time.

That Stool is comprised of only a few parts: a seat rest, five legs, a couple of star-shaped spindles, and some connecting nuts and bolts. All contained within a flatpack corrugated cardboard box, the parts of That Stool are easy to assemble with no additional hardware required. Following the imprinted instructions on the underside of That Stool’s top cover, users will first attach each leg to the corresponding screws on the star-shaped spindles. From there, connecting fasteners secure the legs and spindles in place, providing a sturdy bolster for the seat rest to mount.

Assembled in only four steps without any additional hardware, That Stool is a practical and easy solution where small stools might come be needed at a minute’s notice. Whether you volunteer at an art gallery or tutor youngsters through an after-school program, That Stool is a simple and versatile piece of furniture that can be used anywhere, at any time.

Designer: Alondra Elizalde

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Oddly satisfying stool design uses just three interlocking strips of wood

The Tie Stool’s beauty lies in its sheer simplicity – of not just design but also materials. The stool comprises three bent plywood strips that conveniently lock into each other, creating a tripod form that you can easily sit on. The design could easily expand to accommodate more strips to create a 4-legged (or even 5-legged) stool, but the dynamic nature of having a tripod format really gives the Tie Stool its appeal. I don’t know about you, but I can’t unsee the Google Drive logo in the stool’s design!

Designer: Deniz Aktay

Fabricating the Tie Stool would require a few simple steps. The three plywood strips can, in fact, be split into 6 total parts (you can see the parting lines). The individual parts are formed using high pressure and temperatures that cause the plywood to bend and retain its shape, and cutting/finishing processes are performed on the parts to make them interlock into one another. The entire stool can potentially be flat-packed and shipped to customers, who would simply have to plug the pieces together to get a stool that’s as beautiful as it’s simple… and hey, it’s stackable too!

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Polar Bear Bench: A Touch of the North Pole at Home

Do you know what my garden has been missing? More gnomes. A person can never have too many garden gnomes, despite what my wife says, and she says the 20+ I already have are enough. Enough! There’s no such thing. But now all those gnomes are going to be running for their lives after I install this Polar Bear Bench created by Design Toscano and available on Amazon (affiliate link). Santa’s helper not included.

The Arctic Polar Bear is made from crushed stone bonded with resin and reinforced with fiberglass, with a realistic white finish. The bench measures 79″W x 36″D x 38″H, and weighs in at about 110 lbs. For reference, a full-grown male polar bear can weigh between 770 and 1,540 lbs, and I plan on being about the same after Thanksgiving dinner. Pass the pecan pie!

Now I just need to add some fake blood and a fallen reindeer and I’ve got the perfect addition to my outdoor Christmas display! Will it win first place in my neighborhood’s annual decorating contest? Probably not. But will it receive the most complaints? Most definitely. And that’s a better prize than any snow globe trophy could ever be.

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Furniture Designs that transform + function as clever space savers for modern homes!

Finding a spacious apartment in our urban cities is a rarity! And if you’ve managed to scrounge one up, then you’re an exception and a very lucky one that is! Because let’s be honest, our modern apartments can be pretty cramped. Space constraint is a major issue, and we often find ourselves squeezing through our own belongings. It’s the ultimate test of our maneuvering skills. However, transforming furniture designs are an ingenious solution to this issue of space restraints. And, we’ve curated a collection of super functional and space-saving furniture designs that promise to not only transform themselves but your living space as well! From robotic furniture that transforms from a bed to a home office desk to a work desk that can transform into a lounger – these innovative furniture designs promise to be the best investments of 2021!

Sustainable furniture design studio Ori adds a WFH apparatus called the Cloud Bed to the mix, merging an office and desk setup with a cantilevered lofted bed that descends to the floor to really hone in the mutability of working from home. In its initial form, the Cloud Bed features a working desk and table beneath a lofted bed. Built for hospitality interiors and personal spaces, this space-saving work from home solution was designed to cover a small footprint inside the home. UL certified to ensure the bed remains lofted and close to the ceiling during working hours, the desk area folds into itself, merging with the floor as the bed descends from its raised position. While it might be tempting to hop up to the top of the bunk bed and sleep from such a high height, the Cloud Bed, Table Edition comes equipped with an internal mechanism that lowers the bed to the floor once the workday is done. With the push of a button, the mattress and wooden bed frame lower down from its elevated post in time with the desk folding inwards toward the floor.

Dual-purposed by design, the Summit Sofa is made up of curved cushions with integrated magnets that allow them to attach to one another to form different sofa configurations and the sofa’s main magnetic board to create a minimalist piece of wall artwork. When propped up on its magnetic base, the Summit Sofa’s sinuous cushion modules fit into one another like pieces to a puzzle. When users would like to create their own sofa, they can remove the cushions from the magnetic base and attach modules together to create countless configurations. When the modules are attached to the base, the user’s living and floor areas remain clear for plenty of space. Then, on movie nights or when guests arrive, the Summit Sofa can be detached from the magnetic base to become a sofa.

Created from a combination of wood, plastic, and metal, Sipario is a compact furniture piece that can transform into a workstation that not only offers privacy but reduces noise as well. It was created to provide a more flexible means of working, and it does exactly that! It comprises of wooden strips that are in fact bendable! When kept open, Sipario functions as an open wall-mounted work desk, that occupies minimum space, while providing you with a comfortable nook to work in. However, when the strips are bent, Sipario transforms into a more personal and private workspace. In fact, the gaps in between the bendable wooden strips contain a layer of sound-absorbing fabric, that reduces noise and creates a peaceful and quiet environment that is conducive to your daily productivity. It allows users to pick and choose between an open and a more private home office, without making the process too complex or complicated.

In the unfolded position, FLUP works like a conventional mat or rug on which we can sit or step without interrupting the movement of people through the space. It transforms from plane to volume, from floor to space while changing the function with its shape. In the folded position, it works as a piece of minimal furniture – it can be used as a pouf, an auxiliary seat, a footrest, a nightstand, etc. It is a perfect example of space-saving furniture. What makes it better is that there is no assembly required, it is a singular element that transforms with folds into another object like origami. With micro-apartments being the new trend, flexible and lightweight furniture designs like FLUP are super handy. It is minimal, multifunctional, and can be flat-packed for storage – there is no reason to not love FLUP!

This intriguing concept for a vacuum cleaner is not only multipurpose in design, it is also sustainable in construction. The storage section of the vac is made from cork, which is biodegradable and has a warm ambiance to it. The vacuum pipes and other parts are designed in a manner to be stored within the cork shell that then neatly covers using a lid. The possibility of concealing the entire appliance from sight saves valuable space at home and leaves the vacuum to still be used in the open with a different purpose.

Loop is a modular furniture system with integrated kid-friendly features designed by industrial designer Buse Kaya for parents who need to keep an eye on their kids while working from home. From a chalkboard to a bead maze and tactile puzzles, each module that makes up Loop is designed for your child to play with while you work. Considering its modular formation, Loop can be configured in countless different ways. In one space, users can stack each module on top of one another to create a partition and standing desk space, allowing you to work freely while your kid remains entertained and within eyesight.

Finland has been long a proponent of flexible working conditions for quite some time now, and proof enough is their topping the charts at the UN’s annual World Happiness Report. With time the country has evolved its remote work methodology in the form of smart interior design. This ingenious home office christened “sshhh 3” by Evävaara Design is the perfect example. The Finnish functional furniture expert has launched their mobile workstation design that keeps ergonomics and acoustic isolation at the forefront. It’s like your portable work-from-home setup that can move to any area of the home in an instant. When you want to wrap up for the day, close up the business, and it sits like a minimalistic cabinet without any visual asymmetries.

The Accordion Lamp from Gingko is the perfect example of a lighting design that doesn’t just illuminate… it interacts too! It comes with two wooden ends and a pleated Tyvek-paper shade in between, allowing for the lamp to be opened, folded, and twisted, just like a slinky… a slinky that glows on the inside, thanks to the presence of LED lights! However, that itself isn’t the only trick in the Accordion Lamp’s book. The wooden ends of the lamp come with magnets embedded inside, allowing you to snap the ends together to create a little donut of light, or connect a series of Accordion Lamps together to make a highly interactive illuminating installation that can be arranged in a whole variety of designs, or even hang it using an accompanying magnetic lanyard, letting you spark some joy with your home’s decor!

The Smile, a new apartment complex in East Harlem designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) features smart furniture systems comprised of stow-away storage units, bed frames, workspaces, and wardrobes that rise into and fall from the ceiling on command. Built around a grid that’s mounted to each unit’s ceiling, the modular furniture systems are comprised of storage cabinets and bed frames that rise and descend according to the changing needs of each resident. When a component of the system isn’t in use, it rises and disappears into the ceiling to enlargen the unit’s available living space. Then, when one is needed, the furniture system recognizes voice commands, remote controls, and programmed settings to initiate a component’s descent from the ceiling to the unit’s floor.

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