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A Two-Legged Chair Encourages Sitting People to Move (and Balance)

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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There is plenty of evidence that sitting down for long periods is bad for our health – and we’re doing a lot more of it. To combat this sedentary trend a number of solutions have been gaining traction, from exercises you can do in the office, to stand up desks and even hamster-like treadmills to keep us moving. But what about changing the way we sit? That’s what French designer Benoit Malta envisions with his unusual two-legged Inactivité chair. [Read more…]

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River Tables Look Like the World From Above

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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Greg Klassen’s hand-crafted tables have rivers flowing through them. Inspired by the natural beauty of his home in the Pacific Northwest and the tall trees that grow there, he uses the wood’s innately sinuous form to trace the path of water-like glass that cuts a path through the table’s center. His tastefully balanced design choices create furniture with a blend of free spirited organic form and geometric perfection. [Read more…]

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How Creatives Work: The Visual Playground of Charles and Ray Eames

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Charles and Ray Eames were more than just designers. One of the visual arts most famous and influential married couples, they redefined much of the world that now surrounds us. They also touched multiple disciplines, leaving their mark on architecture, furniture design, interior design, exhibition design, toy design, fine art, photography, and film. They saw themselves as educators and they were definitely innovators. [Read more…]

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The Strangest Chairs We’ve Seen All Year!

Monday 07.22.2013 , Posted by

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Chair designs are a dime-a-dozen, ranging from the modern and minimal, to the classic and ornate (just take a look at 500 Chairs for a small sample), so when I ran across these absolutely bizarre creations from Spanish artist Máximo Riera, my jaw hit the floor. He’s been combining classic chair design with the busts (or tails) of large animals – from a beastly rhino to a slippery octopus. People often compare chair design to sculpture – but in this case the parallel is impossible to miss! [Read more…]

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Cardboard Electronics With Miniature Worlds Inside

Friday 06.28.2013 , Posted by

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As we become more reliant on technology, it’s hard to imagine our worlds without it. If we were asked to describe a typical kitchen, most of us would include the appliances like a microwave and refrigerator in our descriptions; for a living room, there would likely be a television, etc. While theoretically technology should make our lives easier and free up more time for us to do what we enjoy, many of us are spending that time glued to screens- whether it be the television, computer, or our trusty smart phones. Illustrator Kevin LCK invites people to think about their relationships with technology in this clever black and white illustration/sculpture series called Ordinary Behavior. Using cardboard and a black sharpie, he illustrates and sculpts electronics, like a camera, television, iPhone, microwave, and computer and then places miniature illustrations of typical household furniture inside to create dollhouse-like rooms. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #449 > Branching Out: Beautiful Tree Artworks

Wednesday 06.05.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #381> Weird, Wonderful, & Wacky Things

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #362> Wacky Creations: Furniture & More

Tuesday 01.22.2013 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #323> New Innovative Designs

Wednesday 11.28.2012 , Posted by

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Re-Ply: A Stylish, Laminated Chair from Cardboard

Thursday 10.25.2012 , Posted by

San Francisco designer, Dan Goldstein used to play with paper and make origami; now he’s making furniture. Also fascinated with the way laminated furniture was created using a vacuum mold, he combined the two techniques, adding some of his love for re-using materials and began experimenting with ways he could create a chair using a very underrated product: cardboard. His new Re-Ply chair, which is gaining traction as a project on Kickstarter, combines origami like folds and plywood like lamination with the often discarded material – creating a modern and stylish shell chair which is deceivingly durable. [Read more…]

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