Four in one Badac multipurpose furniture

Furniture that serves more than one function has been very popular for over 300 years now. From desks that come with built in storage to modular couches that can go from serving as seating to beds that can easily sleep two to three people. These days we even have couches that come with storage built under them to maximize the use of the space while bookcases built into stairs makes us rethink everything we knew about multifunctional furniture. However, designer Sang A Choi has a very different view of what multifunctional means when we talk about furniture and has created something called Badac which is meant to a number of furniture options in one.

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The piece is inspired by Pyung Sang, a Korean flat form furniture style that can be the perfect all in one furnishing solution to someone who lives alone or needs to maximize the space that they live in. The Badac basically comprises of four different furniture items that are crafted into eight pieces. Each of the eight pieces is fitted right into a single structure though the movable pieces allow it to be used in different forms as and when needed.

Depending on the users need, the top or the bottom half of a piece can be flipped to use it as a shelf, a lamp, a coffee table and two seats worth backrests. When all the components are flipped to face the underside of the table, the user can use the entire piece as a single bed or a large seat and they can reverse a few pieces to turn it into a communal seat, a coffee table, a desk and even a large kitchen counter. Fashioned using mortise joints, the holes in the furniture can be easily converted t serve more than one function.

Floating Lights by Travesias De Luz spread holiday cheer

Human being’s fascination with light that they have created themselves goes right back to the time we first discovered fire. Ever since man learnt how to control this unique force of nature, he began experimenting with it for decorative purposes. Lamps and lanterns went from being sources of light at night to part of the décor. However, the oil-lit lamp lost its place in the household as a purely functional object though it was slowly inducted back in its rightful as a part of décor.

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In older cultures, floating lamps have been used as symbol for the circle of life though the Floating Lights installation at Lyon’s La Fête des Lumières 2012 uses the notion is an entirely different way. Created by Travesias de Luz, the highly entertaining installation uses floaters in a number of colors to create something like a super low-res digital screen. Each of these screens comprises of over 100 floaters in various colors. Each screen can be used to write basic 4-letter words and messages.

The soft surfaces emit a super soft light which is pleasing to look at even from closer distances though the installation is highly visible even from a distance. The designers state that the installation is meant to serve as an interactive experience that people of all ages can have fun with. The basic system of lights comes with a set of controls in the center of each floater that can be used to play with lights.

As a giant wall of lights that emits a number of colors, the installation lights up the public space in a brilliant display that is very appropriately festive for the holidays. Even though the messages that can be conveyed through the installation can only be very short, the lights give off a very cheerful vibe nonetheless.

Make-up Furniture

Furniture shaped like makeup is a treat for the ladies

Men have struggled to understand the relationship women have with makeup for ages. Even the mighty and intuitive modern metrosexual failed to see how empowering and protective and soothing makeup can seem to women who live their lives surrounded by it right from their childhoods. Since there is no non-living symbol nearly as emotive to a women as makeup, designer Marita Francescon used it to create her stunning line of women-centric furniture.

 

Furniture shaped like makeup
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The European Institute of Design graduate intended for her MakeUp Now! line to have a distinct City-life, post-Sex vibe which is ironic in the way college grads and hipsters use the word. The designer used the shapes of popular makeup items like a nail polish to create an LED lamp, a hat stand that is shaped like mascara, a stool that resembles an open lipstick, a take that looks like an eyeshadow case and an armchair that looks like a face powder case to create the most unusual yet appealing furniture that is aimed to appeal to the emotional nature of women while examining their relationship to makeup.

 

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In keeping with the unusual design inspiration, the entire collection used colors like fuchsia, pink and red. We would have loved to see her collaborating with a major cosmetics label to create a collection that is more in sync with the shades that are hot for the season and we wouldn’t have minded a little branding to make the furniture seem more realistic though we are absolutely happy to see that someone out there is designing furniture that would provides a feminine equivalent of the “bachelor pad” look.

Flatmate Desk by Michael Hilgers for Müller Möbelwerkstätten

Flatmate Desk brings the luxury of workstations to small flats

People living in smaller spaces often accept the fact they have to use their ottomans and sitting stools or even kitchen counters when they need a place to set up their workstation. However, a smaller living space doesn’t necessarily have to be so restricting and if you get used to unconventional looking furniture, you can totally get the comfort of a proper desk right within your bijou five storey walkup! Created for Müller Möbelwerkstätten by designer Michael Hilgers, the Flatmate desk is created to occupy relatively less space on the floor while providing people with enough desk space to be able to finish office work or simply have a place to stash all their office files.

 

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The slim design of the desk allows it to be stood against a wall without hogging much square footage underneath. When the functional end of the desk is opened up, it provides a comfy flat surface that is steady enough to write on, use a laptop on and even stash files, folders, stationary etc on though it isn’t a good idea to use the desk for setting up a desktop computer.

 

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However, you can still set up a proper workstation on the desk using laptops and tablets and even smartphones and other small electronics by using the integrated power supply to charge your gadgets without setting up a web of wires all around it. Slats built into the back of the upper end allow you to fit shelves to hold objects and devices with the sides providing storage space for CDs and files. And the best part is, you can simply fold the writing surface back up, remove the chair and get all your floor space back when you don’t need to use the desk!

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Bolzan Letti Cubed Bed looks like a bunch of stacked fries!

The world of design is filled with examples of projects with very misleading names. Take the Bolzan Letti Cubed Bed for example. Crated for Italian furniture brand Bolzan Letti, the bed is as far from being a cube as Snooki is from being a lady! The bed looks more like a handful of fries stacked roughly together though its designer Francesca Paduano would have us convinced that the creations wasn’t conceived during a hanger pang! As a piece of modern art, the bed is wonderful with its rowed form providing plenty of texturality to the design in effortless elegance.

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The frame is also very abstract art derived that would delight any pseudo art loving collection or playboys that want to deck up their bachelor pads with a bed that doesn’t encourage his lady visitors’ nesting instincts. The seemingly separate “sticks” that form the bed also allow the bed to look strikingly playful which of course would look great against a plain background. The ruler inspired design makes a great case for contemporary bed frames though the whimsical example’s repetitive composition adds a touch of unpredictability to the piece.

The frame of the bold and abstract bed features a number of jagged edges that give it a ruffled-yet-not-too-shabby look which makes the eye-catching interior furnishing serve as a centerpiece for a master bedroom. Even though the playful deign is enough to fool anyone into thinking this bed is all form and no function, the designer has given its base and foot an effective support system via metal reinforcements stitched right into the “sticks”. To bear the weight beneath the headboard, the top of the piece comes with separate legs as well so you never have to worry about the bed toppling over as you sleep in it.

Beautifully intricate expanding lamp is simply timeless

Expanding sphere toys have become very popular with kids of all ages and even adults find them quite entertaining to tinker with for some time. These often end up as a part of homemade decoration sets after the kids are all grown up and don’t play with them. Designer Erik Stehmann perhaps had a similar idea of using these sphere toys and created what he calls the Expanding Lamp. The lamp is not exceptional as it doesn’t really twist and turn light into interesting shapes or perform a magical light show for user. Though its frame, which is shaped like an expanding sphere, basically allows you to change its shape and size as and when you want.

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The lamp uses a foldable geodesic frame that can be expanded or collapsed to change its shape and size on demand. The lamp is designed to transform itself into multiple sizes which makes it a very versatile addition to homes and decors that need to change their light fixtures to suit a particular mood. This particular light fixture can be turned from a simple and petite table lamp into a full fledged floor lamp in one single pull and the transformation is simply stunning to view which might make it a bit of a after dinner conversation piece for folks that are too home proud for their own good.

The Expandable Lamp is made entirely from oak wood pieces along with a few hundred of metal hinges that allow the lamp to make a smooth transition every time and fold out in unison to allow simple, one-tug transformation. Even though the designer has not specified this yet, but we’re sure you can fit it with a colored light with a timer to turn it into a bigger spectacle than it already is.

SPATZ BRICK FURNITURE BY FX BALLÉRY

Brick steel and wood furniture is directionless
When it comes to furniture design, most regular home owners generally prefer their furniture to be functional and comfortable. But there are a few designers in the world who believe that furniture should be more than a comfortable and functional part of our homes- it should be a reflection of our hopes and dreams and desires and beliefs. As good and inspiring as it all sounds, this philosophy can sometime result in something that is utterly disastrous and just plain weird to look at. A prime example of this would be the collection of brick, steel and wood furniture called Spatz.

 

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The brainchild of French furniture designer Fx Balléry, the collection comprises of a coat hanger and two tables which are made using wood and steel elements though they are supported via a stack of bricks! The bricks act as a counterweight and stabilize the furniture which would topple over without them. In true French fashion, the designer made the use of basic elements like steel rods, wooden blocks and plain old bricks look beautiful and interesting in the same way that gourmet chefs make plain old porridge look appealing to anorexic socialites.

As appealing as the line is, it is however not as practical as furniture that anyone would want to have in their rooms. Not only will the bricks make dusting a real pain, having one of them fall on your foot would be way more painful than having your toe stubbed by the wooden leg of a table! Having said that, the idea isn’t half bad for folks who have heirloom pieces in the homes with missing legs and want a cheap way to make them functional again. The furniture was created for the Particule 14 collective show called Brique it! that was a part of the 2012Paris Design Week’s Lieu du Design event.