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The Madrid-based All I Own House was completed in August 2014 by Spanish firm PKMN Archite...

When you're living in a small home, flexible furniture and clever design can make daily life that much easier. Spanish firm PKMN Architectures recently renovated a small one story villa in Madrid, and in the process transformed the interior with innovative modular units which can be easily moved around to create flexible living and work spaces.  Read More

Ruche, the French word for beehive, is a unique, adaptable shelving unit for the home or o...

Everybody loves the idea of flat-pack furniture arriving and not having to dig around for hex keys and tubes of glue to put it together. But this tool-free approach can also call into question the stability of the piece. Israeli industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir is confident she has arrived at the perfect compromise, with a snap-together shelving unit inspired by the shape of a bee hive.  Read More

Ikea is looking to tap into the standing desk craze with Bekant

As the abundance of standing desks to emerge this year would indicate, sitting on your butt all day is not all that good for your health. The world's largest furniture retailer is now joining the fray, with Ikea launching a convertible desk that adjusts mechanically from sitting to standing position and features the company's characteristically sleek design.  Read More

The Ikea Regissör bookshelf

Were you one of those kids who bought the snap-together model kits, instead of the usual ones that required glue? Well, even if you weren't, you'll likely be glad to hear this – Ikea is planning to start selling furniture that requires no tools to put together.  Read More

The Lift desk can be adjusted to different heights when you've been sitting down for too l...

If the amount of crowdfunding being thrown at standing desks is anything to go by, it won't be long before the office chair goes the way of the typewriter. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but they are certainly gaining in popularity due to the apparent health benefits of not spending all day on our butts. The latest standing desk to tower over its Kickstarter goal within days of launching is Lift, a stylish wooden unit designed to improve posture and productivity.  Read More

The Sofista is a modular sofa that turns from a basic couch into three separate seats

Anyone who has found themselves living in a studio, or any kind of small place, has probably been faced with furniture issues. How does one have enough seating for friends, while actually have floor space to walk around? For many, modular furniture is a great answer, as it has a smaller footprint in one state, but can be expanded for additional seating in another. That's just what the Fabrizio Simonetti designed Sofista does.  Read More

The CityHome project solves typical spatial issues with hidden amenities controlled by han...

For many residents today, the idea of fitting furniture into a 600 sq ft (56 sq m) condo or apartment has become a compact reality. Now a team from MIT’s architectural program have come up with the CityHome project; a versatile appliance-like solution, designed to increase usable space by two or three times.  Read More

Reconfigurable Roombot modules can attach to existing furniture, or rearrange themselves t...

Envision small robotic modules, lifting the lid of a storage box, spilling out, rearranging themselves to be the box's legs and transporting it to where you might be seated. That's exactly what Swiss researchers are aiming to create with Roombots, reconfigurable robotic modules that connect to each other to transform themselves into any type of furniture and change shape when needed (from a chair to a table, for example). Designed to help the disabled or elderly, by morphing to suit their needs, the adaptive robotic furniture modules can even be attached to existing furniture to give greater flexibility and the power to move.  Read More

The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durability than typical flat-packed furnitu...

Flatpack furniture may have played its part in saving removalists from a world of back pain, but there is only so many times that those cheap panels can be pulled apart and put back together. The team behind Modos is looking to offer more durable furnishings while taking this convenience a little further, with a modular furniture system that uses simple connectors and wooden boards to form everything from stools to media centers.  Read More

CATable by Ruan Hao, a man whose cat probably sits him down for bi-weekly performance revi...

Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your laptop right now, there is only one possible reaction I can imagine from the world’s feline population: utter disdain.  Read More

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