What is lean and fibrous yet strong and durable? While you may have many options for answering that particular question, this answer may prove to be another great match—Artecnica’s Kaktus chair. This lightweight, fibrous and lean chair doesn’t seem to impress much from the first look; it seems like a bunch of lean straws put together to make one complex, woven object that could at least stand. However, hold your comments, because this frail-looking item is actually a stool which could carry your weight! Enough to bring it for outdoor use, you can enjoy sitting down outside with this strong chair without the fear of tumbling over to the found.
Enrico Bressan, one of Artecnica’sw co-founder, created this stool from aluminum material. An architect by trade, he took inspiration from the fibrous system of the Staghorn Chola cactus, from which he based the name of the object. While it cal look disarmingly fragile, it is capable of supporting great weight. The item comes in different vibrant colors that will appeal to any interior, making the whole space highlighted through its minimalistic look.
Artecnical is a Los Angeles design company that seeks collaboration with established and emerging designers, both international and locally, in order to produce decorative objects that will satisfy the modern living environment. See this project at http://www.artecnicainc.com/Products/2011-12_Fall_and_Winter_Collection/Kaktus.
Mornings have always been entangled with the loud noise of the alarm clock; scandalously ringing by your bedside and reminds you that sleep is over. This kind of waking system has been a familiar scenario which has often been perceived with great dislike. In turn, waking up in the morning becomes a burden rather than a blessing. However, New Zealand based designer Martin Lim has created a special clock that will stir your senses in a very special way, without the jolting feeling of hearing your clock’s ear piercing alarm!
Calling the project Senzuu, Lim has created this bedside clock that instead of sound, wakes the user through physical interaction—without turning on the light that disturbs a good sleep. This unique time piece aims to highlight the relationship of senses and one’s ability to tell time through feeling. Sing tactility as its main source of influence, this clock motivates the users to move their fingers to feel the tabs indicated, figuring out which hour of the day it currently is.
Lim uses the technology of 3D prints and copper plating, along with a suspension mechanism that triggers a unique sequence of tabs that corresponds to a particular time of the day. It is user friendly to the visually impaired, and is great for those who want to avoid a loud alarm to wake in the morning. See this project in Martin Lim’s Tumblr, http://martinlim-design.tumblr.com.
Lighting has always been one of the most captivating objects in the home, for it produces a spectacular luminance as well as an added decorative element within one’s interior. For one, it always strikes a unique chord in beautifying a home, and one can change the entire aura of a room just by its lighting. However, here comes a time when these objects are not limited for its design and luminance; nowadays, designers are continuously thinking up ways to make the best out of these objects, putting an extraordinary aspect to this common home item.
Here’s a lighting object with a unique touch! Brazil based studio Estudio Ninho makes good use of the cork material to bring about a functional form of lighting which can also be used to leave messages. This lamp is derived from two different concepts: using recycled cork as the main material and to produce a table lap with an additional use. These ideas seem to be wayward with each other; however, it results into a dainty piece that can function as lighting and a message board in one.
Perfect for DIY lovers, the Post Lamp can be used at ease with various pins and fittings for your memo. This idea is a charming way to be reminded and turn the light on in one single object. See this product at http://estudioninho.com/.
Coat racks are one of the most uninteresting things in the room, that is, before it is taken over by a genius design that it serves not only to be ignored, but also to be appreciated. Designer Daniel Schfield takes a rather fun take on the traditional norms of these familiar objects, wherein he pulls away from the common hooks to keep your coats clean and neat, and replaces them with something round and nifty.
These cute and clever coat racks are shaped like eggs, hanging curiously on your wall and are eager to serve any guest with east and delight. Schofield shares that these Coat Eggs were the product of a frustration to which he sees his coats being left with a point, as they are placed indented by the sharp metal coat hooks. Trying to avoid tear in his next coat, he creates a smoother, rounded design that will allow his coat to hang, yet still not giving an unwanted crease in the entire collar.
Coat Eggs are created from Solid Beech, strong enough to handle any type of heavy fabric, and can be installed upon your wall. These nifty little eggs are available for purchase, and you can buy it in a set which contains a half a dozen. See more of Schofield’s projects here at http://www.danielschofield.co.uk.
Flat pack objects ceased to become normal, mobile companions, but has are now created with a great flair and fashion. Just like these furniture from Netherlands based designer, Robert van Embricqs, the Rising Series. Born out from a single board, these objects are handy furniture to which each piece extends on its lattice. The strategically placed incisions form ways for it to be perched on legs, creating a dimensional form that endows a fascinating character to its originally function-driven creation. The series works great together or can be used as a single accent in your interior.
The creator says that the foundation of furniture is always a flat surface when being used. This is the concept of his starting point, to which he made various cuts on the flat side and pulled the different beams of the divided surface. The rhythm of these wooden strands provides the furniture an organic shape, where the cuts are visible when the chair is still down. Enhancing the beauty of the arches of the wooden beams, its folding capability provides support and design throughout the whole object.
Robert van Embricqsâ Rising Collection comes with the Rising Chair and the Rising Table. He uses natural design concepts as inspiration for this furniture set. The transformations which take place, along with the uniqueness of his design makes this flat pack collection a great addition to any interior. View more of his works at http://www.robertvanembricqs.com/projects.html.