Shapeshifting E-Furniture Is Coming

April 15th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt

MIT’s Tangible Media Group has an impressive new project, Transform. Transform senses human interaction and adapts its shape. Another way that it shapeshifts is by playing computer programs. It’s an appealing merger of design, sculpture, and robotics.
What doesn’t appeal to me is that people are already calling Transform shapeshifting furniture. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the invention as it is right now. Certainly Transform has something to say to our future which will contain an “e-everything,” from e-textiles to e-furniture. But what I see here is not a true marriage of “e” and “furniture.” This is an interactive sculpture attached to a buffet, and the two components are still separate. You can’t currently use the morphing part of Transform. Furniture is useful for more than aesthetics; Transfor...

Drab Door Remedies: 11 Show-Stopping Interior Door DIY Projects

April 15th, 2014

Have you decorated the inside of your door lately? Adrienne Breaux has the inspiring pictures to get you started. With improvements from paint, to paper, to painstaking upholstery, these doors add style to their rooms instead of just swinging there. For more inspiration the post has plenty of links.
Check out Apartment Therapy.

Brazilian Furniture Design Since the ’50s Is Distinguished

April 15th, 2014

This month, Bonnie Alter visited the Sala Brasil in London for its show, Brazilian Design: Modern & Contemporary Furniture. What she found were not only organic-shaped furniture designs, but knowledge on the history of design in postmodern Brazil. This slideshow has impressive shapes for the visual audience and meaty written content for students and hobbyists of aesthetics.
See more at TreeHugger.

A Cabin in the Woods that is Really an RV

April 15th, 2014

The Escape cottage, designed by SALA Architect Kelly Davis, has the conveniences and durability of a permanent home. Christine Walsh has detailed information about the cottage on Jetson Green. Learn about the quality that goes into one of these RVs, and view one model’s gorgeous country interior. There is even a floor plan.
It’s great information.

High Style, Low Cost Laundry Room Makeover

April 14th, 2014

Remodelaholic has had Tasha, the Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, over to show off her updated laundry room with pictures of the process. The makeover only cost $71 so you may want to check it out and see if you can learn anything. The post starts also contains links to Remodelaholic’s past laundry room tutorials. Tasha’s right. Every room in your home should be a room you can be proud of.

New Eames Shell Chair, Old Company

April 14th, 2014

At first glance, Diane Pham’s Inhabitat post seems like news, but this is more than a report on the new Eames Shell Chair in recyclable fibreglass. Diane gets into some twentieth-century history of Herman Miller developing various forms of the chair, some in recyclable materials. If you’re looking for modern inspiration that is also colorful, click for several pictures of these darlings.

How to safely purchase furniture from the internet

April 14th, 2014
via Istock photo

via Istock photo


Buying furniture off of the internet can seem like a scary endeavor for many people.  Some common concerns include:

  • Poor construction
  • Does not look like it appeared in the photo
  • Does not fit in their home
  • Expensive process to return if it does not work
  • High shipping rates
  • Submitting personal information
  • Damage in shipping

These are all legitimate concerns but many can be easily remedied by following a few simple ste...

A Playground That Grows

April 14th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
Kids know that trees are more than air filters and soil holders. Trees are whole universes encompassing the greatest adventures alongside peaceful discoveries.
Apparently, some adults have not forgotten this. Least of all PPAG Architects, who have encompassed a sandbox in a dome of living, growing willow branches. You can play in the Kagome dome at the MuseumQuarter Vienna. Or maybe just watch your kids play in it. I suppose that will have to do.
If you’re not ready to fly to Austria yet, at least think about what an imaginative person can do with wood. This structure is woven from living branches and harvested ones. It’s a more complete version of the treehouse. Whole tree architecture is too. Yet unlike a whole tree house, Kagome is alive; unlike a treehouse, Kagome does not merely use the plant for support. The Kagome structure is the plant.
In other words, it’s happening. We’re finally learning to be symbiotic with nat...

Storywood Designs House Tour | The Master Bedroom

April 14th, 2014


Storywood Designs

Good news from Storywood Designs: the master bedroom is complete. Holly’s room is plush in relaxing neutrals, stacking shapes elegantly over one another.
Her exhaustive tour of the room requires not one but three posts. The general tour is lovely and gets into many details. There is also a post on how she fit everything into her budget. Finally, that sitting area is a picture of class and my favorite spot.
Tour the whole bedroom.
Tour the sitting area.
Learn where she splurged and where she didn’t.

Unbuildable, They Say

April 11th, 2014

So, you thought they couldn’t do it, did you? Looks like OIKIOS has something to say about being told they can’t. The architects from Munich have just built the InterContinental Davos Hotel, with problem-solving help from Wilhelm+Partner. E-Architect has details on how they created the pine-cone-shaped building, with mathematically fun pictures.
They showed you.