Transforming Furniture

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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MOBILE LIVING

MOBILE LIVING

Sunday night we attended the Mobile Living event, which proved to be a smashing example of a well-conceived hybrid exhibition. The theme "mobile living" took a comprehensive view, including not just

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STUDIO DROR’S PICK CHAIR

STUDIO DROR’S PICK CHAIR

As far as flexible furniture goes, the folding chair is as old as they come, the first one dating back literally thousands of years. You don't expect to see much innovation in such a well-established

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BAMBOO SLIDE TABLE

BAMBOO SLIDE TABLE

Bamboo continues to be an Inhabitat favorite, and we especially love bamboo furniture that unfolds to provide variety in tight spaces. The Bamboo Slide Table was specially designed for those with

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VENTO DOOR

VENTO DOOR

The Vento Door by Akira Yoshimura combines the functionality of magazine rack with the utility of a door, creating something stylish out of the mundane. The inspiration for the Vento door started with

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DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

DESIGN EXHIBITION: LIVING IN MOTION

Its easy to think of flexible, and multi-functional design as a modern innovation; a product of our increasingly fast-paced and mobile lifestyles. Yet human societies the world over have been wrestling

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MEBEL FURNITURE: LUBLIN PIVOT TABLE

MEBEL FURNITURE: LUBLIN PIVOT TABLE

One good way to move toward sustainable living is to own less stuff. That's why we're excited about Mebel Furniture's clever multi-purpose Lublin Pivot Table. This two-piece table swivels on an axis to

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VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

VESTAL DESIGN’S CONVERTIBLE KITCHENETTE

We can't say enough about the benefits of a compact living space. It's an instant clutter eliminator, a life-size jigsaw puzzle, and a laboratory for experiments in feng shui. But the best thing about

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FUTABA CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE

FUTABA CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE

In Japanese, the word "Futaba" means two leaves sprouting from one seed. That sounds like a less violent version of the expression "killing two birds with one stone." I love the way that just one word

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PACMAN DINING TABLE

PACMAN DINING TABLE

As a kid growing up in suburban California, I was obsessed with the Pacman table in our local Chinese restaurant. I could care less about the myriad stand-up video games in the nearby arcade, but I

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HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

HARD DRIVE COFFEE TABLE

We love efficient, multi-tasking furniture here at Inhabitat, so we were excited to discover Grand Idea Studio's Hard Drive Coffee Table. The design recycles an original hard drive from an early storage

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ANDREA ZITTEL

ANDREA ZITTEL

If you've ever dreamt of retrofitting your tiny apartment with an all-in-one space-saving life-changing furniture solution, you have a friend in Andrea Zittel. Currently based in Joshua Tree, CA, Zittel

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MEALBOX

MEALBOX

If you think design for take-out is just about plastic forks and chinese paper cartons - think again. The Mealbox by Igland Design is furniture design for take out. It allows you to bring your table and

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BERTRAND PINCEMIN’S ARTICULATED SHELVES

BERTRAND PINCEMIN’S ARTICULATED SHELVES

Ever longed for a shelving unit that can fold into different sizes and shapes? I know I have ? especially when in the process of moving, redecorating, or dealing with oddly shaped rooms. Happily, French

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OTTO CHAIR

OTTO CHAIR

It seems a lot of contemporary designs take inspiration from the classic toys of our childhood; the Turn Your Head pirolettes and the Lovetann modular home are just a few we've covered recently. The Otto

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TURN YOUR TV INTO A LAMP

TURN YOUR TV INTO A LAMP

Not sure what else to say about this one other than its deceptively simple. If you want to bask in that cool glow of your cathode ray tube, but don't want the distracting flicker of images, then the DVD

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ASWOON BENT PLYWOOD FURNITURE

ASWOON BENT PLYWOOD FURNITURE

Aswoon/Susan Woods Studio in Brooklyn designs and fabricates furniture and architectural additions for interiors and exteriors, as well as providing a platform for high-end artists and designers. The

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OOOOOOOMs

OOOOOOOMs

What is it about the Dutch and design? Why is it that most witty and thought-provoking designers these days all seem to be coming out of the Netherlands? Tord Boontje, Jurgen Bey, Hella Jongerious,

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CONVERTIBLE “POUF” TRANSFORMS FROM CHAIR TO BED

CONVERTIBLE “POUF” TRANSFORMS FROM CHAIR TO BED

At Design Within Reach I spotted this fabulous 3-in-1 furniture piece which converts from bed, to chair, to table. Called a "pouf" (and I'm not really sure why) this space-saving sleep solution is

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MODERNIST MURPHY BEDS

MODERNIST MURPHY BEDS

Readers of Inhabitat may have noticed that I have a thing for folding furniture. Transformer furniture is just so much more space-saving and efficient than regular furniture. I really feel that all

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THUMB PUZZLE TABLE

THUMB PUZZLE TABLE

I spotted this puzzle table, by Douglas Homer at ICFF. (Yes, I've had a really hard time catching up with all the cool stuff I saw at ICFF ). I love this interactive table, which is based on a

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TRANSFORMER ROTOR TABLE

TRANSFORMER ROTOR TABLE

I'm a big fan of transformer furniture these days. Any furniture that has fold-out parts and a variety of different configurations is A-okay in my book. This Rotor Coffee Table from Design Within Reach

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