If you don't have a lot of space with which to work when designing an apartment, you have to be creative. Architecture firm ICOSA has certainly done that with its Domino Loft. A multi-functional space in a small condo combines a bedroom, a guest bed, a dining space, a work area and a closet.
You don't need a big place to stay for a city break, but you do need all the essentials. An apartment in Budapest, Hungary, squeezes them all into just 30 sq m (323 sq ft). AirBn'P has a meticulous design, a multifunctional bed/storage unit and other space-saving storage solutions.
Iraqi-British starchitect Zaha Hadid recently turned her considerable talent to designing a prefabricated pavilion. The Volu Dining Pavilion is currently on display at Design Miami and available for purchase in a very limited edition – with a reported price tag of US$480,000.
Using a handheld packing tape dispenser gun that has been modified to
fold, extrude, and cut tape into tubes, a team of researchers from the
Hasso-Plattner-Insitut (HPI) at the University of Potsdam has created a method
of transferring computer-generated wire-frames to the real world.
Dubbed the "Protopiper" by its creators, the device is not only capable
of producing full-size outline objects, it is also able to produce
hinges, bearings, and axles to give them opening doors, drawers, and
movement just like the real things.
Many guitarists are also gear-head collectors and will likely have more than a few instruments lying about in a spare room, basement studio or loft conversion. The tidier among us may even have our most-used axes lined up and ready to rock in a guitar rack. But a rack in the living room? Unlikely. However, DRS Racks' modular storage system may just be attractive and practical enough to take center stage in the home's main living space.
Parisian purveyor of luxury feline furniture Meyou takes the view that if you bother outfitting your house with nice furniture, the effect shouldn't be ruined by tacky cat toys. With this in mind, the firm recently unveiled its plush beds for discerning cats and their indulgent owners.
Have you ever wondered how the height of kitchen units is determined? It is, of course, by ergonomic average, which, though logical, means they can end up being the wrong height for many people. The new Baselift device lets you raise or lower kitchen units to suit your height.
If you've ever fancied making your own furniture, now's your chance. PlayWood allows users to design and build pieces of furniture using special connectors and other materials of their choice. It's possible to make everything from chairs to tables to storage solutions.
If you've ever assembled flat-pack furniture, you'll know it can be more time consuming and difficult than, frankly, it should be. Not so with FoldSmart's flat-packs. The British firm says assembly is tool-free and the task can be completed in under 5 minutes.
Living space in Hong Kong can be expensive, which isn't really
compatible with a student lifestyle. Campus Hong Kong, however, provides
affordable student accommodation by way of Tetris-like planning. Its
rooms squeeze in four students, with beds, desks and communal