Gate furniture system comprises flip-down shelves that are easy to reconfigure

Architect Artem Zakharchenko-Halytskyi has designed a system of modular shelves made from wooden blades that can lie flat against the wall or pivot to provide a usable surface. The Gate shelving system, which is longlisted in the furniture design category of Dezeen Awards 2019, comprises groups of solid ash blades that can be individually folded […]

Very Good & Proper acquires fellow British furniture brand Isokon Plus

British furniture manufacturer Very Good & Proper has acquired furniture brand Isokon Plus in a bid to develop both companies whilst retaining their “distinctive identities”. The acquisition will see both firms keep their brand names, while sharing resources in sales, marketing and distribution. Plywood furniture specialists Isokon Plus initially suggested the move eighteen months ago, and […]

Robin Day’s 675 chair given modern makeovers for fundraising auction

Fifteen leading textile designers have created their own interpretation of Robin Day’s iconic 675 chair, which will be auctioned in aid of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. The designers were invited to customise the chair as part of a project called A Day to Remember, organised by producer Case Furniture in partnership with retailer […]

Egg Collective creates “lyrical and elegant” couch for latest collection

A sofa with “puzzle piece” cushions and a wooden table with mismatched legs are among Egg Collective‘s new works fillings its cosy showroom in New York City. The New York design collective has created five new pieces that have been strongly informed by its storefront in Lower Manhattan, which opened earlier this year. The collection comprises […]

Esrawe Studio designs furniture for social housing all across Mexico

Hector Esrawe‘s design studio has developed furniture for an experimental housing project in Hidalgo, Mexico, but the designs will later be used to furnish social housing all over the country. The two furniture ranges will be used in 32 prototype low-cost homes Esrawe Studio has designed two sets of furniture for the Infonavit Housing Research […]

Laila Laurel’s chair provides a solution to manspreading

Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel has designed a chair that prevents people from “manspreading”, as part of a project that aims to offer solutions to sexist issues experienced by women. Laurel’s pair of chairs, titled A Solution for Man-Spreading, were created as a tongue-in-cheek response to both hers and other womens’ day-to-day experiences of “manspreading”. […]

India Mahdavi’s striped scenography provides backdrop for furniture exhibition

French architect India Mahdavi has distorted the familiar coloured stripes found at seaside resorts to create the scenography for this exhibition of 20th-century furniture from the Centre Pompidou‘s collection. The exhibition presents more than 60 pieces from the Parisian institution‘s 20th-century collection at the Cercle Naval de Toulon – a heritage-listed 1930s building designed to […]

Qiang Huang makes furniture to incorporate salvaged parts from shared bicycles

Central Saint Martins graduate Qiang Huang has created a range of unfinished furniture bases that need to be completed by adding components from discarded shared bikes. Named Bike Scavengers, Huang‘s furniture is designed to be used by an association that would encourage participants to disassemble bikes left on the street and transform the salvaged parts into […]

Ukrainian design brand Faina makes furniture from clay and flax

Kiev design brand Faina looked to traditional local materials for items of furniture made from clay, wood, willow and flax that tell the story of Ukraine‘s design roots. Cabinets with doors crafted from clay and seats made from flax covered with a special biopolymer coating are some of the designs produced by the brand. Set up […]

Jeong Greem brings doodles to life in Mono furniture series

Three-dimensional doodle-like lines form this series of furniture by Korean designer Jeong Greem, which aims to breathe life into mundane, everyday materials. The Mono furniture collection sees simple, single-line drawings translated into a series of rope-like benches, chairs, tables and lamps. Each piece has been made from silicone foam tubes – a material typically used […]

Snøhetta designs bench for Nobel Peace Centre that brings people together

A bench designed by architecture firm Snøhetta for the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo is shaped like a partial circle to encourage people to sit closer together and start conversations. The project is described as a “peace bench” and is titled The Best Weapon, in reference to Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, “The best weapon is […]

Mathieu Lehanneur looks to the cosmos for Particle Horizon exhibition

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur brings together his most emblematic pieces for a cosmology-inspired exhibition, set within the modernist walls of Villa Noailles in southeastern France. Showcased as part of this year’s Design Parade Hyères, Lehanneur’s Particle Horizon exhibition collates a number of his most significant designs. These include his ocean-like marble furniture and Les Cordes […]

Fernando Mastrangelo designs Ridge Collection to evoke mountain ranges

A rippled table and a crackled mirror feature in this new series of work by Brooklyn designer Fernando Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo has used a mix of cement, silica, hand-dyed sand, mirrors and coloured glass to create the Ridge Collection, which includes tables, stools and various wall hangings. Each is detailed with patterns and shapes intended to […]

Adam Nathaniel Furman’s HK furniture collection is inspired by a friendly cyclops

London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has teamed up with Scottish surfaces manufacturer Mirrl to develop a furniture collection informed by Japanese lacquerwork and a folkloric one-eyed boy. The Glasgow-based company worked with Furman to examine alternative applications for its solid surface material, which is more typically used for tabletops, kitchens, bathrooms and cladding. They settled […]

Vaste celebrates Canadian heritage with new furniture collection

Stools with “wild simplicity” and colourful storage boxes feature in the debut series of a new Montreal furniture brand. Called Vaste, the company launched last year as the furniture arm of Montreal design studio F & Y, established by woodworkers Frederique Beaubien and Yannic Ryan in 2009. Items in the range include the Olmsted chair […]

Savvas Laz transforms styrofoam packaging into Trashformers chair

Greek designer Savvas Laz used pieces of styrofoam packaging discarded in dumpsters to create this sculptural chair that aims to raise awareness of packaging waste. The Athens-based designer developed the Trashformers project in response to the amount of waste packaging that is generated in his home city. “There are no proper recycling facilities here in […]

Architects including Snøhetta and Rapt Studio hack Hem’s Last Stool for LA-Más charity raffle

Snøhetta, Rapt Studio and Kelly Wearstler are among eight architecture and design studios that have redesigned Max Lamb’s Last Stool for Swedish furniture brand Hem to raise funds for affordable housing in Los Angeles. The hacked versions of the British designer‘s stool, including designs by ETC.etera, Oliver M Furth and wHY Objects, were raffled off […]

Orior revives colourful retro furniture in New York showroom

The successor of furniture brand Orior, which was established in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, has opened a showroom in New York City to display furniture with “spunk and flavour”. Orior was founded in Brian and Rosie McGuigan in 1979 in Newry, Northern Ireland. Brian and Rosie’s son, designer Ciaran McGuigan, took over as creative […]

Six whimsical midcentury designs featured in Denver’s Serious Play exhibition

An exhibition at the Denver Art Museum showcases over 200 pieces with a playful spirit that were created by US-based industrial and graphic designers in the 1950s and ’60s. Curator Darrin Alfred selects his highlights. The show, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, presents furniture, textiles, posters, toys and other pieces created in the postwar […]

Konekt debuts chainmail lighting in dark-blue Manhattan showroom

Mother-and-daughter design studio Konekt has coloured the walls of its new showroom in New York City dark blue to provide a bold backdrop to its sculptural lighting and furniture designs. Konekt is run by Helena Sultan, a former photographer and documentary filmmaker, who established the studio in Philadelphia in 2015. She has recently brought on […]

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