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Rustic Storage Coffee Table: basically beautiful

Wood is the magical material for design and it is best left un-manipulated for the most part. Maybe a few ornaments or a couple of beveled edges. But wood, especially if it’s solid, not some pulp material, is beautiful by itself. It was used by the master carpenters of old, and it should remain basically unchanged. Continue reading

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MK1 Transforming Coffee Table: Configuring Comfort

The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table is exceedingly simple but outrageously complex all at the same time. In the city where apartment space is minimal if almost feeling non-existent sometimes, the MK1 is desperately needed. At once a coffee table and a dining table, this multi-purpose piece of furniture can switch to one or the other depending on how space is needed. Continue reading

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Long Horn Deluxe Excess Sofa: Focusing on Comfort

Danish Modern design is exceptional at minimalism. They take the essence of a piece of furniture and strip away everything else. The Long Horn Deluxe Excess Sofa, by Danish designer Per Weiss, is a perfect example of this. With its broad design and exceedingly comfortable look, the Long Horn Sofa uses its stark, gray fabric finish to hold-off on startling you and bring you into complete comfort. Continue reading

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Urban Studio Apartment Design Desk: For the Space Constrained

I will be honest: I live in an absolutely tiny studio apartment in New York City. I’m not the only person in this apartment, so space is even more constrained. And I’m always looking for new designs that cleverly maximize the amount of space I do have. And, given that I work from home, I need a good desk.

So, I’m very pleased to find the Urban Studio Apartment Design Desk. For one reason, I have a profound love of bare-wood designs, and for another reason, like I said, I have no space. But the Design Desk address these dimensions like a complete professional. Continue reading

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Swell: Somewhere Between Beanbag and a Puff Pastry

The Swell, a marvelous chair from Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, is something between a classic beanbag chair and what I imagine sitting in a puff pastry would be like. The Swell resembles a delicate version of the old puffy thing we would sit in and play video games at our friends house. But the more mature feature of the Swell is its cage that conforms the lose beanbag to a formal seat. Continue reading

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Around Coffee Table: Traditional Meets Modern

Scandinavian designers have got it. They know exactly how to create and manufacture a piece of furniture that does what it’s supposed to but looks beautiful at the same time. Neither form nor function is better than the other. Both work in tandem in Scandinavian design. The Around Coffee Table from Muuto, designed by Thomas Bentzen, is full of the basic thesis of Scandinavian design. By Bentzen’s own admission, the table is functional, simple, and meets the human need it was designed to be attentive to. Continue reading

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CAIXA Cabinet with Speakers: (A)Symmetrical

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The most impressive thing about the CAIXA Cabinet, beyond the efficient angles and flat colors, more than the flush doors and drawers, is the fact that it manages complete symmetry with an exciting asymmetrical flourish. Continue reading

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The Council Chair: Defining Design

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While they may be the least obviously glamorous styles of design, the Mid-Century and Danish Modern habits are superior to any frilly competitor. The Council Chair is just another example of how these two techniques rival anything, because they are whole, without any confusing additives and adornments. Continue reading

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Hollow-Core “Connect It” Desk: uncluttered power

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Now that I’ve seen the Hollow-Core “Connect It” Desk I can honestly say that Brookstone has succeeded in every way with nerdy design. The Connect It Desk is tailored for interfacing with digital devices. A section of the desktop opens to reveal a special spot for cameras, smartphones, or tablets where they can connect to integrated power. Cables are kept orderly, and devices are kept out of your way – the perfect solution for uncluttered small spaces. Continue reading

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The FJ Panel System: An Ideal Work of Art

Let us begin with a lesson in aesthetics. There is a German term that refers to an ideal work of art. Gesamtkunstwerk, hopefully I still have your attention, is a completely realized artistic vision. A painting that reflects everything the artist imparted through the brush. An unveiled skyscraper the architect has complete confidence in. And for famed Danish designer Finn Juhl, it is the FJ Panel System. Continue reading