Posts by Category: The Wacky and the Weird

Invisible Furniture!

Invisible Furniture!

June 19, 2013

Using the material properties of mirror finished acrylic, brooklyn-based designer Takeshi Miyakawa has created the illusion of disappearing chairs and tables, the assembled pieces are also bent and distorted with heat to create intricate wrinkle-like textures throughout the surface planes.

Creative, artistic, imaginative… and likely to cause a sharp increase in bruised knees and stubbed toes.

More art than furniture?

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IBM’s Smarter Street Furniture Initiative

IBM’s Smarter Street Furniture Initiative

June 13, 2013

Famous for their progressive thinking and innovative brilliance, IBM‘s latest project in their ‘people for smarter cities’ campaign involves art, furniture and a whole new approach to street level advertising.

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Organic, Sustainable Furniture Made From…Cow Droppings?!

Organic, Sustainable Furniture Made From…Cow Droppings?!

April 15, 2013

Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?

Tel Aviv-based designer Adital Ela doesn’t think so.

The dome shaped stools (and stools they are, in more ways than one…) pictured above, are made entirely of recycled agricultural waste, such as compacted earth, construction debris and certain form of, ehhem, organic waste.

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Furniture Uniquely Designed… Using Your Own DNA!

Furniture Uniquely Designed… Using Your Own DNA!

April 04, 2013

WIRED, a monthly American magazine and online periodical, ran this story a few weeks ago, and the piece caught my eye immediately.

Perhaps because the word furniture and the word DNA are not ones that are often used together in the same sentence.

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Furniture with a Glitch!

Furniture with a Glitch!

March 18, 2013

When I was (much) younger, I went through a stage where I was convinced that all the world was some sort of conspiratorial combination of holographic image or hallucination, and that if I were to leave one room and walk into the next, then the room I had just left would completely disappear and anything or anyone who happened to be inside would cease to exist.

I call it the the Truman Show effect.

I think we may all, at one point or another, go through a stage where we wonder if our entire existence might not just be the product of some elaborate hoax, as some ethereal figure manipulates the world around us to fool us into thinking that we are interacting with a world that in truth is really just an endless treadmill surrounded by holographic projectors.

Hey, don’t look at me like that! I was just a kid…

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Freaky Furniture Friday Part II

Freaky Furniture Friday Part II

February 22, 2013

 

TGIF people! And in keeping with the (newly made-up) Madison Seating Blog tradition, it’s time to get freeeeeeeaky!

Check out these freakish furniture creations,  and, to help set the mood, go ahead and picture yourself waking up in the middle of the night to answer a call of nature, and stumbling around in Victorian style mansion (creaky floorboards and all…) furnished exclusively with  these here masterpieces… heheheh…

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Freaky Furniture Friday

Freaky Furniture Friday

February 01, 2013

It’s Friday people, so let’s get freaky!

This collection of freaky furniture combines elements of the morbid and macabre. Personally I struggle to understand the mind that has dedicated itself to the conceptualization and creation of these pieces, but hey, who am I to judge right? after all, I am posting them on my blog…

Needless to say, we don’t actually carry any of these unorthodox furniture pieces at Madison Seating

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Alphabetic Furniture

Alphabetic Furniture

January 23, 2013

Hey y’all,

Sorry for the brief hiatus.

Today I thought we might take a look at a particular furniture design concept that is both innovative and unique as well as being cute and creative. I find myself particularly taken with these pieces in part due to the incredible way that the ingenuity of the design actually enhances the functionality of the furniture, whereas all too often it seems the reverse is true in many contemporary ‘outside of the box’ designs, where so many times the focus is almost exclusively on the aesthetic appeal and the piece itself seems to remain barely functional.

This is very much not the case with the furniture pictured below.

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Project Zip:per – Unzipping the Full Potential of Furniture Design

Project Zip:per – Unzipping the Full Potential of Furniture Design

January 16, 2013

Curiosity about everyday objects has become, in large part,  the most important motif to korean furniture design studio the zoom.

Their creative genius it seems, lies in their inspirational ability to reinterpret these seemingly mundane and unremarkable everyday objects, a process they refer to as ‘zoom:ing’.

‘Zoom:ing’ takes these objects and, through a combination of vision and skill, turns them into one of a kind furniture pieces that are both functional and a work of art.

In this particular scene, their recent  ‘zip:per’ project yielded a series of bookshelves,
chairs and wine racks that incorporate exaggerated zippers to provide a little humor and added function.

Take a look…

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Unique Eco-Conscious Furniture

Unique Eco-Conscious Furniture

January 14, 2013

Hey there, hope y’all had a wonderful weekend.

Those of you who are avid readers of the Madison Seating Blog, are familiar with my obsession with all things furniture, and especially the innovative, unconventional and sometimes outrageous designs making their way into the furniture world today. Combine that with some other added element such as Eco-friendly designs made from recycled material, or some sort of bio-degradable concept and I am hooked!

These next few items listed here, each have their own unique story and twist, but they are all linked in the sense that they are made from recycled everyday materials in an impressive display of creative ingenuity.

Take a look…

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Thermochromic Furniture and the Thin Line Between Useful and Useless

Thermochromic Furniture and the Thin Line Between Useful and Useless

January 04, 2013

So I came across this newly developed Thermochromic furniture concept while browsing one day, and while my initial reaction was one of enthusiastic wonder, after a few minutes of processing, I began to develop a bit of a different perspective.

But before I get too deep into the philosophical side of this post, why don’t you take a look at said ‘Thermochromic’ furniture for yourselves.

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Furniture Made From…Old Elle Magazines!?

Furniture Made From…Old Elle Magazines!?

December 20, 2012

Once again the seemingly parallel worlds of fashion and furniture collide; this time however, the protagonist is not some pretentious designer or actor-turned-fashion-guru (ahem, brad pitt…) rather it is made from, of all things, back issues of ‘Elle’, the worlds largest fashion magazine.

While the world of preppy furniture design is by now pretty familiar with the use of unorthodox materials to craft oddball pieces, these furnishings by Italian designer Jens Praet are particularly intriguing. Praet collaborated with the magazine to create the four-piece series ‘Shredded,‘ which was exhibited at Design Miami 2012 a few weeks back.

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