Transforming Furniture

Convertible Coffee Table is Perfect for Cramped Apartments

Convertible Coffee Table is Perfect for Cramped Apartments

Deciding to live in a small space in an urban environment is a great first step towards reducing your carbon footprint. Making the move, however, may present some frustrating day-to-day living challenges

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Cardboard Moving Boxes Transform Into Sturdy Eco-Furniture

Cardboard Moving Boxes Transform Into Sturdy Eco-Furniture

Most of us have been re-purposing cardboard boxes since childhood, transforming them from containers for transporting objects into forts or secret hiding places. With her project entitled “Move!”

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‘Baby in Table’ Furniture Design Evolves as Children Grow

‘Baby in Table’ Furniture Design Evolves as Children Grow

Parents are all too aware of the revolving door of quickly outgrown furniture that goes hand in hand with raising a child. Incessantly purchasing furniture is taxing on both the environment and the

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Silla Guarda 2 in 1 Chairs Shed Their Skin for a Surprise

Silla Guarda 2 in 1 Chairs Shed Their Skin for a Surprise

Imagine inviting a dinner party of six into a formal dining room with only 3 chairs. The horror! Well, it's really no problem with the Guarda Inside-Out Chair by Zanic Design. At first glance it's a

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COFFIN SHELVES: Furniture for Life (and Death)

COFFIN SHELVES: Furniture for Life (and Death)

In certain cultures, it's customary for the dead to be buried with their possessions. For a change, how about being buried in your possessions? That's the twist that William Warren put on his cheeky

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Flytipped Furniture by Alexena Cayless

Flytipped Furniture by Alexena Cayless

Alexena Cayless of British design collective Farm Designs recently exhibited her wonderful fly-tipped furniture collection at Eco Age and Beyond the Valley in London. Alexena scours the streets for

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OVETTO RECYCLED RECYCLING BIN

OVETTO RECYCLED RECYCLING BIN

Taking the idea of recycling to its logical conclusion, Italian architect, designer and art director Gianluca Soldi presented the Ovetto Recycling Bin, a recycled recycling center, last week at the London

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Self-Sustainable Chair: Dress inflates into a chair for your butt

Self-Sustainable Chair: Dress inflates into a chair for your butt

Ever come across one of those ideas that is so brilliant and crazy - it makes you wonder why no one has done it before? Artist and interactive designer, JooYoun Paek takes the cake on that front with her

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EMOCJA SIDEBOARD Adapts with Interchangeable Pegs

EMOCJA SIDEBOARD Adapts with Interchangeable Pegs

Sometimes sustainability comes in the form of adaptability, making objects able to accommodate evolving styles or tastes. Polish design studio Emocja had transformation in mind when creating the Bufet

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COFFIN TABLE: Memento Coffee Table Casket

COFFIN TABLE: Memento Coffee Table Casket

Worrying that you don't think about death enough in your day-to-day life? Pratt student Charles Constantine is looking to change this and inject a bit of morbidity into the daily routine, with his new

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COVER POUF: No-Waste Furniture by Alain Bertreau

COVER POUF: No-Waste Furniture by Alain Bertreau

Designer Alain Bertreau creates simple furniture that cuts out excess materials and effort, leaves an overall serene and minimalistic impression, and packs light. We've covered Bertreau's Instant Chair

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TRANSPLASTIC Furniture by Campana Brothers

TRANSPLASTIC Furniture by Campana Brothers

Fernando and Humberto Campana, the Brazilian brother design duo, have long been known for their unique combination of craft-meets-contemporary, recycled-meets-high design furniture. This past summer, they

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ANNIE Shopping Cart Chair from Reestore

ANNIE Shopping Cart Chair from Reestore

“Annie” is a shopping cart turned into a comfy cute chair from reclaimed design gurus Reestore. We’ve all seen old decrepit shopping carts left by the side of the road, and it is a sad,

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SHAPE-SHIFTING CHAIR: Caterpillar by Anna Bullus

SHAPE-SHIFTING CHAIR: Caterpillar by Anna Bullus

We love designers who get their inspiration from the unexpected, and we love transforming, 2-for-1 furniture even more! Check out the Caterpillar, a flexible piece of furniture inspired by bicycle

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MARTINO GAMPER: 100 Chairs in 100 Days

MARTINO GAMPER: 100 Chairs in 100 Days

Martino Gamper has a penchant for furniture: to be specific, chairs. In his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days, he takes apart a mix of discarded and systematically collected pieces found on London's street

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Oeuf Eco-friendly Convertible Crib

Oeuf Eco-friendly Convertible Crib

Here's a cute convertible crib with a modern aesthetic and the flexibility to remain useful as your baby becomes a toddler. The Oeuf Crib will take your newborn through their toddler years with the

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ECO TV PACKAGING TURNS INTO DIY FURNITURE

ECO TV PACKAGING TURNS INTO DIY FURNITURE

In its quest for ‘bigger and better’ technology, mankind is facing a mountain of expanded foam pieces and polystyrene packing material used to protect items during handling. Tom Ballhatchet, a recent

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MOLO SOFTSEATING: Expandable Honeycomb Chair

MOLO SOFTSEATING: Expandable Honeycomb Chair

Molo Designs' flexible honeycomb paper furniture has been a long time favorite of Inhabitat, starting back when we first discovered them in 2005 at ICFF, all the way to the Inhabitat Editors Choice Award

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EXPANDABLE FOLDING CHAIR – in video

EXPANDABLE FOLDING CHAIR – in video

This isn't a new idea by any means: we've showed you expandable honeycomb folding chairs before from Molo and Charles Kaisin Design. However, the joy of watching this video makes us realize that it takes

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ONE SHOT STOOL by Materialise

ONE SHOT STOOL by Materialise

Folding chairs are great in theory, but most traditional designs are often bulky and unwieldy in both folded and unfolded form -- defeating the whole point of impromptu seating. Now Belgian design company

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LEAF FURNITURE by Tejo Remy

LEAF FURNITURE by Tejo Remy

There's something so identifiable and charming about Dutch Design. Tejo Remy, one of the first and most influential members of the Dutch Design group Droog, has recently split from the collective to

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INSTANT CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

INSTANT CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

Alain Bertreau's Instant Chair is a plywood transformer chair that folds down into one small flat sheet for storage, but pops into a sturdy seat in a matter of seconds. Using the latest panel cutting

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MODULAR FENCE CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

MODULAR FENCE CHAIR by Alain Bertreau

Alain Berteau, architect, interior designer, and product designer has designed some fabulously efficient chairs that are noteworthy both for their ingenuity and frugality of material. The Fence Chair

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BONBON CONVERTIBLE DOC SOFA/BUNK BED

BONBON CONVERTIBLE DOC SOFA/BUNK BED

It's been a while since we talked about compact habitats, but it's one of our favorite topics. Efficient use of space is the best way to maximize your living quarters. It helps you conserve resources,

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ZEBRA CHAIR

ZEBRA CHAIR

We love a flat-pack design - it's easy to transport, unpack and assemble (usually). But once it's out of the box, most flat-pack furniture is pretty much the same as the standard 3-dimensional. If you

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POISSONMOBILE FOLD-UP CHAISE LOUNGE

POISSONMOBILE FOLD-UP CHAISE LOUNGE

With tomorrow being the all-American sunshine-basking, BBQ-eating, firework-watching extravaganza of the year, we thought it apt timing to feature an innovative lounge chair idea. Designer Sascha

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HIJACKING IKEA: Renegade DIY Projects

HIJACKING IKEA: Renegade DIY Projects

They say that mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery…. Some people take IKEA's Do-It-Yourself ethos very seriously! By ignoring the retailer's assembly instructions, designer Kieren Jones and

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ITBED

ITBED

As fans of flatpak construction, we are intrigued by the new Itbed design from It Design. Made from folded 7mm thick cardboard, the accordion folded cardboard bedframe is easy to collapse and store away,

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NONdesigns TOPO TABLE

NONdesigns TOPO TABLE

Being a cartography buff, I was immediately taken by the topographical landscape of this NONdesigns table. The TOPO table consists of a corian surface (standard in kitchen countertops) interrupted by

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JULIAN LWIN BIODEGRADABLE BIOTUBE BENCH

JULIAN LWIN BIODEGRADABLE BIOTUBE BENCH

Anyone who reads Inhabitat regularly will know that we are suckers for furniture with foliage. Julian Lwin has caught our attention before with his fabulously green, wheatgrass-studded Galapagos Coffee

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