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Furniture Design: Grow Your Own Furniture, Israeli Style!

Furniture Design: Grow Your Own Furniture, Israeli Style!

July 17, 2013

The brainchild of Industrial Product Designer and Jerusalem native Itay Kirshenbaum, the furniture you see pictured above is… wait for it… grown. Yes, that’s right, watered and grown. These oddly shaped canvas stools begin life as simple canvas bags filled with a mix of concrete powder that, when liberally soaked (or ‘watered’ ) with a hose will harden and begin to “grow” into a bona fide backyard furniture item.

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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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Stackable Suitcase Furniture

Stackable Suitcase Furniture

April 25, 2013

Aptly named “Chest of Suitcases” and designed by maarten de ceulaer working closely with famed leather artisan ralph baggaley, this furniture design project is the perfect example of the ingenious and breathtaking pieces that can result when the two worlds of art and furniture stride confidently towards one another, meet, lock eyes and dance a harmonious rumba all the way to the showroom floor.

Take a look…

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Popcorn Furniture!

Popcorn Furniture!

April 09, 2013

I mean seriously! How do they come up with this stuff!?

In this sneak preview of a popcorn furniture design concept – originally slated to first appear in a grand unveiling at the Milan Design Week festival next week – we may be witnessing the kind of innovative design that will shape the future of the furniture industry (and perhaps other industries as well.)

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Furniture Fashion: Race Chairs

Furniture Fashion: Race Chairs

February 28, 2013

In this, the first installment in a new series entitled ‘Furniture Fashion’, I would like to direct the spotlight toward some of the most original and compelling design concepts in the world of furniture in general and office chairs in particular.

I am not certain if there is a specific term for this ingenious, trendy genre of furniture, but we shall, for the purposes of this post, call them Race Chairs, as that is the term given to them by the leading Race Chairs company which is named well… RaceChairs.

Created from some of the most exotic super-sportscars in the world – Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, and Maserati among others – these Race Chairs are truly a thing of beauty, and if you happen to be a car aficionado or motorsport enthusiast then these are simply a must have for your home or office space.

Pictured below are just some of the many Race / Office Chairs that are out there, so let’s have a look…

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Top Ten Most Expensive Furniture Items

Top Ten Most Expensive Furniture Items

February 27, 2013

If you’ve come into your fortune but don’t know how to spend it, then you’ve come to the right place. After all, you don’t want to be the guy who owns a mansion but barely has any furniture, do you? Of course you don’t. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of the most expensive furniture in the world.

Take a look…

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The Oscars… of The Furniture World!?

The Oscars… of The Furniture World!?

February 25, 2013

The Oscars have come a long way since the first ceremony at a private hotel banquet in 1929 when just 270 people attended, guests had to pay only $5 and all the winners were known ahead of time. More and more people are tuning in every year around this time to watch as Hollywood crowns it’s latest princes and princesses, and deliberates over the finer points of the past years masterpieces.

Now imagine, all you fellow furniture enthusiasts, some parallel universe where, at that first Oscars dinner over 85 years ago, it was not the glittering and gilded persona’s of the movie industry who walked the red carpet and made grandiose acceptance speeches, rather, and bear with me here, it’s was the somewhat more sophisticated and tastefully dressed artists and designers of the furniture industry. Crazy, I know, but think about it, and the more you do, the less ridiculous it will seem.

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Furniture for Valentines?…Yes Indeed!

Furniture for Valentines?…Yes Indeed!

February 14, 2013

THE ISSUE

On February 14, men and women around the country will find themselves exchanging romantic Valentine’s Day presents, typically an assortment of baubles and gifts, many of which, unfortunately, simply won’t last long in their partners possession and consequently, in their hearts . Chocolates are gone quickly, and we often regret devouring them in the first place. Roses, while lovely, just don’t last.

THE SUGGESTION

This year, why not think outside the chocolate box when choosing a gift for your beloved. Something unique, something he or she will cherish for years, perhaps even decades to come. We spend so much time at home that a gift of beauty for our living space can bring sweetness for years to come. If you imagine your girlfriend smiling fondly as she wears that bracelet that you gave her, first think of generally small turnaround the average piece of jewelry will afford you, a few months? a year? and then you will find yourself right back in the jewelry store looking for more… then think of the little spark she will feel every time she enters a room adorned with your gifts.

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Space Saving Furniture Ideas

Space Saving Furniture Ideas

February 12, 2013

From bunk beds to futons, space saving furniture has long been a  sought after commodity by those looking to maximize the utility of their living space. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Whether it was in your college dorm room, your first apartment in the city, or your small childhood bedroom shared with four brothers.

In the above video, renowned furniture import company Resource Furniture, redefines the term “space saving furniture” as they bring it to a whole new level, using contemporary and highly functional designs.

 

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Hervé Van der Straeten, Art or Furniture?

Hervé Van der Straeten, Art or Furniture?

February 11, 2013

So often the line between furniture and art, the very thinnest of lines to begin with, can become so thin as to disappear altogether. Through the annals of history, great furniture designs and designers have been lauded more as art and artist, than mere craft and craftsman.

The same holds true today, even as the proverbial dividing line may have widened a little, as the great corporate machines churn out mass productions of pragmatic and functional furniture, there still remain those few visionaries, nay, artists, of the furniture world, whose finished pieces are as much a work of art as they are furniture.

Dynamic furniture maker Hervé Van der Straeten is a perfect example.

Last week in Chelsea, the opening night of a new 35-piece collection from the Paris-based furniture designer lit up the 15,000-square-foot loft space at Pucci International, among the finest furniture galleries in the United States, why not have a look for yourself…

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From Fire Fights to Furniture

From Fire Fights to Furniture

February 06, 2013

So I came across this interesting furniture concept and thought I would share, but first, a brief tribute to the veterans of that great war.

From a grateful nation, we say thank you.

Speaking as one who’s paternal grandfather fought in WWII, the single greatest and most pivotal war in the history of our great country, I feel I echo the sentiments of all true-hearted Americans when I say that we will never forget the heroes and heroines who sacrificed everything fighting the evils of tyranny on distant shores.

We salute you. God bless you. God bless America.

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Trending: Mirrored Furniture

Trending: Mirrored Furniture

February 04, 2013

Mirrors have the unique and impressive  design ability to visually expand your space while adding a touch of style. Traditionally, a household mirror, or “looking glass” as they were archaically know, was a primarily functional item, that although decorative and at times ornate, was mostly used for the practical purpose of self-grooming or admiring oneself.

Recently, growing market trends have begun to take advantage of the “Mirrored” concept and have expanded its role in modern furniture design. Lately, mirrored accents have been appearing on everything from desks and dressers to coffee tables and even wastebaskets. The trend appears to have gained real traction with consumers and it seems a new mirrored furniture design comes out every few months.

Here are a few examples…

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