This ultra-chic Paris micro studio is part home, part transformer

December 27, 2017 by  
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The old adage “necessity is the mother of invention” is never more appropriate than when trying to design a beautiful home in an extremely tiny space . Paris-based Batiik Studio managed to create a spectacular home out of just 118 square feet by outfitting the entire space with transforming furniture. Batiik’s Marie Josephine apartment is the epitome of space-saving architecture and design. In the kitchen, most everything of use is hidden behind a minimalist façade. The fridge and oven are hidden behind a retro flexible wall, and the countertops and cabinet doors swivel open to reveal hidden storage. Seating is also covert – a cobalt blue table folds down flat when not in use. Related: Cool micro studio in Budapest makes the most out of 344 square feet The compact studio certainly befits from Batiik’s minimalist design approach . Neutral colors keep the space light and airy, and beautiful archways add character to the apartment while delineating spaces. A loveseat couch doubles as a fold-out bed, and a small table pulls double duty as nightstand and coffee table. An invisible closet is hidden behind another arch. + Batiik Studio Via Apartment Therapy Photography via Batiik Studio

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Cool micro studio in Budapest makes the most out of 344 square feet

September 25, 2017 by  
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Space-efficient design is of the utmost importance when creating livable tiny spaces like this beautiful 344-square-foot studio located in Budapest, Hungary. The compact space was designed by Studio Bunyik for the homeowner who likes to socialize at home. Using bespoke furniture pieces by local company Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop to designate individual spaces, the design team shrewdly created an open floor plan that manages to make the most out of the small interior. The micro space was outfitted with all of the comforts of home, including a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, study, and lounge. The spaces are all divided with singular furniture pieces , creating a comfy and functional living space that doubles as an office during the day and entertaining space on the weekend. Related: At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces The wooden furniture was all hand crafted by a local furniture company, The Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. All of the furniture was designed to give the homeowner a space for all of his hobbies and passions as well as functional pieces like his work station or wooden ladder that leads to the sleeping loft. + Studio Bunyik + Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Via Dwell Photography via Bence Farkasinszki  

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This quirky pink hammock doesn’t need trees to rock your world

March 14, 2017 by  
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Get ready for warmer weather with this quirky new hammock from Lithuania. Unlike traditional hammocks that need two support posts, this bright pink hammock has a curved boat-like base that lets the structure rock independently in place. Agota Rimsaite was inspired by the need to create a comfortable hammock that, in addition to being easily used on-the-go, doubles as a soccer goal. The hammock’s base is made out of curved wooden rails that make rocking possible without hanging the structure from two posts. Inspired by the shape of a surfboard, the innovative hammock design integrates perfectly into a beach atmosphere. Sturdy cross-woven polyester straps offer total comfort when lounging about and its curved design sits up above the ground, avoiding the usual mess that comes with lying on a sandy beach. Related: Sweet desk hammock lets you take a “nap in a snap” However, once you’re well rested and feel the need to get in some fun exercise, you can flip the Panama Banana over on its side to create a soccer goal for an impromptu game. The designer calls her dual-use creation the perfect flexible furniture for “active relaxation,” and although inspired by long days at the beach, it can also be used in the comfort of a large park or private backyard. + Agota Rimsaite Via Design Milk

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Eco-friendly DIY modular furniture can be reassembled over and over into different pieces

September 12, 2016 by  
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Designer Stefano Guerrieri aimed to create DIY furniture kits that people can use to creatively modernize their office spaces. He started PlayWood , a company that offers innovative 3D-printed polyamide connectors that can attach user-supplied boards together to make imaginative desks, planters, or bookcases, to name a few. As the connectors don’t damage the boards, modular furniture made with them can be taken apart and reassembled to create different pieces. It’s easy to get creative with PlayWood and design custom furniture to fit your particular space. PlayWood connectors can attach boards at 90 degrees, 105 degrees or 150 degrees. They can be used with boards in varying thicknesses from 1.5 centimeters to 2 centimeters, or about half an inch to 0.7 inches. Users must furnish their own boards, but can use ” every kind of material with a variable thickness .” There are no power tools or even screwdrivers necessary to assemble the furniture; all a builder needs beyond boards and connectors is an Allen key. Related: Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture If at some point you move or need a new piece of furniture, the old piece can easily be taken apart and reassembled into something new. Not using that side table as much as you thought you might? You can take it apart and transform it into a trendy bookcase. Guerrieri believes in “ modularity and creative freedom ,” and wanted to offer creatives the chance to change their furniture as their businesses evolved. The furniture that can be built with his connector kits is also sustainable – not only can PlayWood connectors be reused several times, but they are recyclable and “ eco-friendly .” PlayWood offers instructions for furniture like a hexagonal bookcase, cube planter, roller sofa, or modular desk. Kits are fairly inexpensive: a hexagonal kit with two 150 degree connectors and four 105 degree connectors is currently on sale for 15 Euros, or around $16. A square kit with six 90 degree connectors is 20 Euros, or about $22. Connectors can also be purchased separately for 3.50 Euros, or almost $4. + PlayWood Via Yanko Design Images via PlayWood

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Vitra’s new museum will house a permanent exhibition of iconic furniture designs

June 23, 2016 by  
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Since its conception, the museum has had a number of temporary exhibitions , but its collection has never been on permanent display. Schaudepot aims to address this problem and act as a venue for presenting key objects from the collection to the public, including iconic pieces by Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Gerrit Rietveld, and 3D-printed objects from recent times. It will also function as the second access point to the campus. Related: Quirky Lamp Made from 80 Doll Sized Iconic Vitra Chairs and Tables The presentation will be complemented by a smaller temporary exhibition dedicated to the “Radical Design” movement of the 1960s. Scandinavian and Italian design, including pieces by Charles and Ray Eames , will be featured on the lower ground level. + Herzog & de Meuron Images via Herzog & de Meuron and Vitra Design Museum

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Take a break from the wired world with this awesome signal-blocking offline chair

August 14, 2015 by  
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4a Architekten transformed a 1926 Barry Dierks villa into an airy escape on the French Riviera

July 21, 2015 by  
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Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

June 15, 2015 by  
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Who knew tree stumps could have so many uses! Tasmanian furniture designer Duncan Meerding transformed ordinary tree stumps into gorgeous, weather-resistant lamps that can double as indoor and outdoor tables and stools,. The cracks in the timber of the Log Light illuminate an entire area with shards of light coming from warm LED strip lights fitted into the volume. Read the rest of Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cracked Log Lamp , Duncan Meerding , furniture design , green lighting , lamp design , LED lights , reclaimed timber , sustainable design , tasmania

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Matali Crasset’s Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

April 22, 2015 by  
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10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

April 22, 2015 by  
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