We have previously covered several innovative standing desks here at Gizmag, such as the XTable
. These have all required starting from scratch, which is usually a costly endeavor. The UpStanding Desk offers a simpler and more affordable way to switch from sitting to standing – it's a unit that sits atop a normal desk or table, converting it into a functional standing desk.
With energy production and raw material shortages becoming increasingly pertinent issues around the world, designer Peter Trimble has demonstrated a radical method of manufacture that addresses both issues. Dupe is a portable machine that uses a mixture of sand, bacteria and urine to create a material called biostone. The machine is a proof-of-concept design only and is currently set up to create a small stool, but the method can be adapted to create just about anything.
It's generally only when its time to pack up and move house that the typical homeowner encounters large quantities of cardboard. In bicycle helmets
and vacuum cleaners
, however, we have seen some innovative applications
for the material beyond its use as lightweight and durable packaging. Karton, a cardboard furniture company offering everything from beds to room dividers, takes a similar approach, yet aims to go beyond the novel and make its paper constructions a charming and practical part of your living solution.
When you want to augment a digital image creation onto the real world, you'll likely need to point your smart device's camera at the kind of markers found in Sony's TV Size Guide
tool or on the front cover of magazines like Esquire
. IKEA took this idea a step further by making its 2014 catalog
the marker, but a new system from Israel's Cimagine Media uses a tablet or smartphone camera and sensors to position the virtual object in a room without the need for physical markers.
Your furniture could kill you. According to the US National Fire Protection Association, nearly 20 percent of home fire deaths between 2006 and 2010 occurred in fires where upholstered furniture was the first item to ignite. It's actually not so much the exterior fabric that burns, as it is the foam beneath it. With that in mind, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used carbon nanotubes to create a coating for that foam, that reduces its flammability by 35 percent.
Modular furniture – that is, furniture than can be adapted to suit changing needs – is becoming an increasingly common concept. One company has gone right back to basics, and designed building blocks for an extensive range of modular furniture. These building blocks are called ModCubes, and when combined together they form pieces of furniture known as ModRoomz. The word LEGO is nowhere to be seen, but the Danish toy company deserves at least a small nod of appreciation.
As evidenced by its Wall of Sound
and Wall of Sound 2
iPod docks, Studio Total (ST) doesn't do things by halves. The agency has now taken its speaker creations and crammed them into a Cocoon 1
to create the AudioOrb, a speaker you can actually get inside.
Benjamin Rollins Caldwell exults in materials, designing entire lines of furniture from a wide range of castoffs. His latest creations form his remarkable Binary collection of living room furniture, in which all components come from old PCs and defunct electronics.
Benjamin Vermeulen has designed a new range of flatpack furniture that simply snaps into place using magnets, no tools required.
Singapore-based designer Dymitr Malcew has conceived a series of mobile furniture modules that can be joined together to create a "house" within a house, or be used independently to create private recreational zones.