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Flat-Broke

Flat-Broke managed to take what Thomas Edison discovered and turn it into functional art. Take a stroll through their lighting designs and try not to walk away feeling as though you just met Tom himself! Continue reading

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Croquet Shelving Wall

Let’s face it, storage can be pretty dull, although Michael Marriott found a way to make it an engaging game. His wall shelving is a modern deconstructed croquet set. When I was a child, our family croquet set was colorfully painted wood. For me, the equipment was more fun than the game! The wooden balls were wrapped with a wide painted stripe, each ball wearing a different color. Mallets were ornate with spindle-like turned shafts and heads, all accented with multiple colored stripes. The hoops were simply arched metal tubes. Continue reading

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DINO Clothes Rack

Lincoln Kayiwa definitely got it right re-designing the traditional clothing rack, if we do say so ourselves! As a 30-something designer originally from Kampala, Uganda, he is armed as a Master of Arts graduate from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Wielding his well-founded art sword, it allowed him the creative know-how to build this work of dual fashion and function art. Continue reading

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Halo Chair

What’s not to love about this vibrant, colorful, innovative chair? The Halo Chair, designed by Michael Sodeau, has so many amazing attributes. First, it’s playful. From the back, all that’s revealed is a convex circle with three thin tubular legs. As you walk around, the concave seat invites you to relax, cradled by comfort, and supported by the stability of the legs that form a triangle. Two diagonal tube braces connect the concave side of the back to the seat. The curvaceous surfaces toy with light and add to the chair’s dynamics. Continue reading

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Pakiet

Imagine creating furniture from just plywood and steel clips. You can do just that with Zieta’s Pakiet line of modular tables and benches. Their production is precise. Plywood is cut to size. Slots are cut for the clips that will hold the parts together. Grooves are added for boards to form a tight assembly. Your complete kit arrives in a neat cardboard package. Assembly is quick and requires no tools. That’s right, no screw drivers, no hammers, no drill, and no Allen keys are necessary. And its simple assembly is just one fine feature. Continue reading

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Upcycle Lamps

These unique pieces of lighting fixtures are actually recycled lamps made from birch plywood. What makes them especially appealing is their beautiful play of shadow and light that changes with daylight. Each upcycle lamp is handmade in the Netherlands by Dutch artist Benjamin Spöth. He takes recycled birch plywood and cuts it into millimeter thin pieces. The pieces are then softened using steam. Afterwards, the treated strips are delicately manipulated to create a pattern. Continue reading

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Archilume Chandelier

The evolution of LED products continues to excite with designs that go above and beyond merely replacing the incandescent lamps of old fixtures with LEDs. Saleem Khattak’s designs for Archilume are fresh, original, and born from the infinite possibilities of light emitting diodes. Continue reading

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Yot Side Table

The Yot Side Table is a designer piece of furniture that truly takes your breath away. Created by Florian Saul, a design company based in Berlin, Germany, it has an ultra-modern form and delicately combines solid oak and man-made Corian. The soft curvatures of the wood give the table a distinct warmth, and its tripod shape and handle-like top remind me of a safari animal. Continue reading

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Lungolinea Ping Pong Table

If you are looking for a real show stopper, look no further than the Lungolinea Ping Pong Table. The Lungolinea redefines the age-old game of Ping Pong since it is made entirely of glass and players can enjoy a game on a transparent surface! Continue reading

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Ayers Cork

I’m obsessed with every quality of natural cork. Its malleability, texture, softness, history, and sustainability make it very desirable. Add to that its luxurious feel, durability, and natural ability to resist mold and fire and sustain ancient cork forests and the workers that maintain them, and I dare you not to covet cork. In every form from flooring to counters, its benefits have been proven as timeless, practical, and beautiful. Yet Albertina Oliveira has elevated cork to a previously unattained height. Continue reading