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Leolux, Milan Design Week 2013 (photo: Edoardo Campanale)

This week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (aka Milan Design Week) opened in Milan, showcasing an endless collection of the latest home-furnishing designs from Italy and around the world. This year marks the Salone’s 52nd edition and features a strong focus on innovation and the use of natural materials. Over 2,500 exhibitors filled the 204,850 square meters (2.2 million square feet) of the Rho Milan Fairgrounds in Italy, and we were lucky enough to be among the 300,000 visitors to attend this year’s event.  Read More

D-Haus's folding and unfolding D-Table

The designers behind the transforming D-Dynamic concept house have applied the same principle to a designer coffee table launching on Kickstarter.  Read More

The WaterGrinder was designed to let you act like a sailboat grinder – the demanding posit...

Unless you have a dedicated home fitness room in a far, dark corner of your house, there's a good chance that your exercise equipment is going to impose its will on your personal space. Treadmills and stationary bikes just aren't all that small or pretty. For folks that want to stay in shape without ruining their interior design, German manufacturer NOHrD offers home exercise equipment that's as pleasing to the eye as handcarved wooden sculptures. The WaterGrinder is one of its latest offerings.  Read More

Froc grows with your child

As they develop, kids outgrow just about everything, meaning parents are faced with continually footing the bill for incrementally larger stuff. Clothes are the most obvious culprit, but bikes and furniture also need constant updating ... which is where "growing" products like the Froc high chair come in.  Read More

The NV01 modular bookcase by Noir Vif can be configured to suit individual needs

NV01 is a prototype shelving system that can be extended and adapted to fit the available space in any room – in terms of both width and height – by assembling the identical modules in different configurations.  Read More

Skin as seen from the side, showing how the Stratflex technology creates natural curves

Whatever you personally think of flat pack furniture, it appeals to many people. Thanks to a combination of availability and affordability, it's become insanely popular for those who don't want to spend a fortune on unique pieces for their home. It's these unique pieces we tend to cover here at Gizmag, and the Stratflex Collection from Wintec Innovation offers a form of flat pack furniture that is anything but banal.  Read More

The 'DRM Chair' is rigged with a counter that triggers it to fall to pieces after being sa...

What if the concept of disabling a product after certain conditions are met wasn't just restricted to digital goods? That's the idea that a design team in Switzerland decided to explore with the "DRM Chair," a piece of furniture rigged to fall apart after being sat on eight times.  Read More

Maisonnette laid bare, with the numerous functions of each piece clear to see

As we've discussed many times previously here on Gizmag, having enough space to live well in big cities is a costly endeavor. Residents are increasingly being squeezed into smaller apartments in order to make room for everyone who wants to live in these urban hot spots. This makes multifunctional furniture more of a necessity than ever before, and a variety of designers are eager to make it their niche.  Read More

The Slot Sofa converts from two-seater to three-seater with coffee table and dual foot res...

Multi-purpose furniture is a great way to keep clutter to a minimum in cramped confines. A new couch concept from designer Matthew Pauk called the Slot Sofa is designed to maximize available space with a hideaway dual ottoman and coffee table.  Read More

Melbourne RMIT Bachelor of Design graduate, Michelle McDonell has come up with an innovati...

Michelle McDonell, a Bachelor of Design graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia, has come up with an innovative way to recycle old clothing into DIY furniture pieces. Dubbed The Fabricate Project, the concept, which aims to save no longer usable garments from ending up in landfills, won her first prize of the RMIT Green Inventors Competition.  Read More

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