11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces

May 21, 2016 by  
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Image via Exocet Exocet Chair by Stéphane Leathead at Design Arium Exocet is “a new kind of chair for all kinds of moments” — built for the natural curvatures of the human body, this ergonomically designed lounge chair can be transformed into a multitude of positions depending on your mood or activity. The patent pending design is available in several wood stains. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat The Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal This luxurious modular shelving system is ideal for the smallest of spaces. The series of customizable shelves can be configured in a myriad of ways in a variety of wood stains or glass. Anchored by a solid brass machined hardware, the mechanical connections can be simply adjusted for any desired shelf spacing. We caught this chic display at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Gali kitchenette by Ana Arana A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:21am PDT Ana Arana’s Gali kitchenette is like the Swiss Army Knife of culinary pursuits. Perfect for a kitchen-less studio apartment or tiny home, this all-in-one design is armed with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Urbano Loft Bed by Roberto Gil Roberto Gil’s new Casa Collection includes this instant bedroom and storage system. The 6-in-1 Urbano Loft Bed is a customizable system that includes closets, dressers, a desk, a fold-out guest bed, and storage stairs, all topped off with a king sized bed and nightstand. Made with an eco-conscious birch plywood, this ultra-efficient, space saving design is handcrafted in Brooklyn. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Expanding Dining Table by Sifas This expanding outdoor glass dining table from Sifas seamlessly transforms to provide more seating in a snap. Its weather-proof swiveling center instantly creates more seating only when you need it. The elegant design is suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, and is a definite improvement from the antiquated design of traditional expanding dining tables. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Balad h25 Lamps by Fermob French company Fermob recently released these handy wireless LED lanterns  that travel with you as you need them. The clever light can be hung from a lamp stand or detached and placed wherever you need extra lighting, whether it be indoor or outdoor. The best part is that they are completely wireless — after being charged on a USB cable, each light stays illuminated for 7-12 hours. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:03am PDT Murphy Bed by Michelangelo Designs Michelangelo Designs demonstrated the hidden design of this Murphy bed at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The graphic backdrop completely masks the fact that this couch and shelving unit hides a bed. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat 12-foot Tango Sectional Sofa Bed by Resource Furniture Here’s another fold out bed that instantly creates a comfortable night’s rest for guests. The 12-foot Tango sectional sofa by Resource Furniture easily unfolds into a spacious bed. It even includes a stylish headboard and the sofa’s arms double as nightstands. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Expandable Goliath table by Resource Furniture Another micro-loft product by Resource Furniture is this expandable metal Goliath table , which hides neatly away as a compact desk and seats up to 10 when expanded to full length. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Flip Tables by Mio Mio’s spunky Flip Tables can be configured in a myriad of ways. Comprised of four smart components, each layered side table can be flipped and combined in different heights, forms and colors, allowing the user to change up their environment depending on the situation. And you can rest easy knowing that all of the finishes are low-VOC , the wood is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), and the rest of the materials (including the steel bases) are both recycled and recyclable. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Slide Shelf System by Mio The makers from Mio also designed this eco-modular shelving system that shape-shifts depending on your needs. The collection of sturdy brackets, shelves and bins allows you to add extra storage at a moments notice. Want to see more trending designs from New York Design Week ? Check out our full coverage right here .

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13 gorgeous green lights to illuminate your life

May 21, 2016 by  
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Cloud Softlight Mobile by Molo Design Molo Design ’s billowy cloud lamps undulate like a soft canopy. The clusters of the hanging lamps form indoor cloudscapes inside your office or living room. Made from recyclable Tyvek, the accordion-fold cloud shapes are gathered around long-lasting LED lights, creating a softly illuminated sky in your favorite room. 2×4 Light by AlexAllen Studio The typical 2×4 piece of lumber is given a modernized twist with AlexAllen ’s beautifully simplistic pendant and wall-mounted lamps. A strip of recessed LED lights illuminates the 2×4’s lower edge, creating a surprisingly warm glow emanating from what appears to be an ordinary piece of wood. Modular Pris Collection by Pelle Pelle ’s modular lighting system can be configured- or reconfigured- to suit any sized room or work environment. The length of the sleek, linear arms is adjustable, and can be added together with jewel-shaped connectors to make for larger geometries. Anemone Machine Flower Mechanical Light by Modern Verve Made from durable porcelain that is meant to last the test of time, Modern Verve ’s Machine Flower is controlled by a remote control keypad, opening and closing at the touch of a finger. The motorized petals bloom and close to reveal and control warm LED light inside. Victo Lamp by Secto Design Finnish design company Secto transforms PEFC-certified formpressed birch into delicate pendant shades, which give a soft luminosity. Four finishes accentuate the form, which channels vintage vibes with its hoop-skirt shape. Ivy Series Chandeliers by Andrea Claire The Ivy Series  of dual-purpose pendant lamps totally transform between night and day- appearing like Calder-esque mobiles when switched off, and illuminating in translucence when switched on. Made from sustainable wood that can be painted in a myriad of custom finishes, Claire’s designs are perfect for the art collector that pushes the boundaries of design. Configurate by Archilume Inspired by the beauty of the hexagonal structures pulled from chemistry, Configurate is a modular system of LED pendants that lets design lovers create their own compositions of light with dimmable, energy efficient bulbs. Dunes by IN.SEK Brooklyn-based IN.SEK approaches sustainability by using durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of life- and keep their quality. Hand-cast concrete and reclaimed wood elements give their pieces a timeless, urban look. The Tracer Pendant by Luke Lamp Co Luke Lamp Co’s Tracer Pendant is a totally transformable LED light that can be reconfigured into thousands of shapes easily. Made from 12 feet of double braided nylon rope that encases a 2-foot LED module with a 30,000 hour lifespan, the rope-like lamp is fitted with magnetic brass fixtures that can be joined together to make loops, swirls, tight coils, or even be simply splayed into a straight line. LA2 Connected by Light Art Resembling a subway map, the LA2 Connected system of light fixtures can snake through corridors, turn corners, or add life to an open space. The modular system minimizes waste and uses cutting-edge LED technology. LightArt is the first lighting manufacturer to earn the LBC-Compliant Declaire Label, making them perfect for LEED-seeking projects. Scraplight by Graypants Available in white and natural brown, Scraplights are made from totally recyclable FSC-certified paper, produced from forests that replant more trees than they harvest. Dome 90 by Bover Design The intricate Dome 90 is a fusion of art and design: a lace-like sustainable wooden pendant that casts a beautiful pattern on the floor of any interior. More than 170 fragments of sustainable wood are hand sewn together around an LED bulb, creating a delicate interplay of light and shadow. Koi Pond LED Pendant by Tracy Glover Tracy Glover makes her expressive, emotive glass lighting fixtures by hand in her Pawtucket, Rhode Island studio. We found ourselves particularly captivated by her ethereal Koi Pond pendant light, which depicts a school of pearlescent Koi fish swimming together underneath four LED lights that allow the Clear Lustre, Aurora Lustre, Smokey Quartz and Steel Blue Lustre glass to dance and sparkle. Check out more of our green lighting faves on our Flickr stream .  

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New stem cell therapy could cure blindness

May 21, 2016 by  
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Upwards of 30 million people on the planet suffer from Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which causes pain and a black spot in the center of the patient’s vision that grows into eventual blindness. Recently, studies conducted at University College London reveal a possible cure for the first time in history. Professor Pete Coffey has been working to develop a treatment using a patient’s own stem cells for the past eight years , and the first patient to receive the treatment—just last August—is showing promising results. Coffey looked to stem cells to replace the layer of cells damaged by the progressive disease. AMD destroys the eye’s Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE), causing patients to experience a black spot in their vision which expands outward and leads to complete blindness . AMD sufferers also lose the ability to read and recognize familiar faces, altering their lives forever. The only existing treatments for AMD simply manage the discomfort associated with the disease, but there have been no breakthroughs for potential cures until now. Related: World’s first 3D-printed retinal cells could help cure blindness A 60-year-old woman with a severe form of AMD was Coffey’s first guinea pig. On August 11, 2015, surgeons at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London implanted stem cells that had been cultivated as RPE cells, hoping the new additions would step in and repair the degeneration. Six months after the procedure, Coffey was still hesitant to call the procedure  a win, despite improvements. “We are assessing her vision — we need more information to make conclusions,” said Coffey, who hopes patients can get their lives back. “Recovery is possible… there is a window when you can put the cells in and recover the patient’s vision. I would hope they can recognize their families again.” Via CNN Images via Sam Bald/Flickr and Wikipedia

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Modular BUILD Blocks Can be Stacked Up to Create Flexible Shelving

June 27, 2013 by  
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BUILD is a lightweight modular shelving system based on a single geometric unit. The versatile blocks can be stacked up to suit a wide range of functions – from shelves to partitions. Freestanding or mounted on the wall, BUILD adapts to your needs. The individual blocks can also double as boxes or stools. BUILD is made from materials that are non-toxic, VOC-free, allergy friendly, and 100% recyclable. A system can be installed and reconfigured in minutes – no instructions or tools needed. + BUILD Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , BUILD , geometric furniture , green shelving , green stool , modular design , modular furniture , Modular Shelving , sustainable design , versatile furniture        

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The Modular Andamio Shelf Takes Its Inspiration from Indian Scaffolding

March 1, 2013 by  
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The Andamio Shelf is a simple modular shelving system that has been inspired by traditional Indian scaffolding. The design consists of three basic levels that can dock to each other and be adjusted to various widths to suit storage needs. Made from environmentally friendly and recyclable materials , it also requires zero tools for assembly. + Andamio Shelf The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Jamie Poole Creates Intricate Portraits from Love Letters and Poems

March 1, 2013 by  
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Andy Martin’s Undergraduate Shelving is a Playful Solution to Storage Needs

September 14, 2012 by  
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Modular shelving , with its endless possibilities, gets taken to the next level with Andy Martin’s Undergraduate Shelving. Playing with the familiar shape of stackable building bricks, Martin has created a playful reinterpretation that also happens to be incredibly useful. The bricks can be modified to suit the needs of any area while adding a ton of style to a room. Read the rest of Andy Martin’s Undergraduate Shelving is a Playful Solution to Storage Needs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable furniture” , Andy Martin , green design , lego furniture , modular shelves , Modular Shelving , Shelving systems , sustainable design ideas , Undergraduate Shelving

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