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Reclaimed Railyard Ping Pong Table

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We saw this piece recently while searching for innovative pieces created using old railroad ties, and had to share it with you. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous in the most industrial way, it’s using reclaimed wood and materials, which we love over here.

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How about some history? The company that produces these table is called Railyard Studios, and they are committed to functional, beautiful design using, you guessed it, railyard materials. For this amazing table tennis set, they have used side rails which came from the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company, and were produced in 1904.

The hefty base of the ping pong table is made from gorgeous oak and hickory timbers, which came from the very same plant that those rails came from. The table has received a very cool finishing touch with an actual railroad date nail from 1921. Naturally, your ping pong table will come with all the ping pong trimmings, including net, paddles and ping pong balls.

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Brad Sewell got his start as an engineer at Apple, making iPods and iPhones, and this week he’s officially launching his answer to IKEA, simply called Campaign. Campaign is a line of furniture that claims to be even easier to ship and assemble than anything on offer at the Swedish furniture behemoths. Sewell and company say that their sofas and chairs that can be put together, without any tools, in just a few minutes. Better yet, they aren’t being shipped across oceans to get to you, as they are all designed and manufactured in the United States. Want another reason to be interested? Campaign does offers free shipping and returns on all products.

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Sewell says that the idea Campaign customer is a design lover who has the taste (but not the budget) of consumers who might shop at higher end furniture design shops. “IKEA leaves much to be desired in terms of an assembly experience. If you do the cost analysis, the shipping and your time would make that piece way more than it’s going for,” he says.

“Whether it’s your favorite coffee shop in Brooklyn or a hotel lobby in San Francisco, or a bar in downtown Los Angeles or a startup’s lobby, we really want to curate list of great places to showcase a few pieces. So your buying experience would be visiting the website, seeing all the features, and then seeing a list of locations where you can try them out,” he says.

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In keeping with what we like to feature here at Furniture Home Design, Campaign’s very eco-friendly furniture is made of recyclable laser-cut steel tubing and organic cotton. As of this moment, there are just three furniture pieces available: an armchair for $495, a two-seater loveseat for $745 and a three-seater sofa for $995. Sewell has big plans for Campaign, though, and plans to soon add dining furniture next, with more and more pieces to come.

Check out their website here.

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“I wanted to focus on practicality and functionality and skip any unnecessary elements. My goal was to come up with a timeless design that fits any space and living situation.”

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This is how the Living Cube‘s designer describes how he came up with the idea for this brilliant piece of furniture, that is really so, SO much more than just furniture. From the site, the Living Cube is described as a unit in which the user can “combine eight to twelve different pieces of furniture into one very small footprint: an entertainment unit that can fit a 42″/107 cm flat panel screen, shelves suitable for books, records and/or clothing, work space, wardrobe, closet, shoe rack, drawers, bike & skateboard storage, minibar, a queen-size bed-ready loft, and interior ‘New Room’ for additional storage or workspace utility.”

It’s completely customizable, and is sold as a Mini Cube, an Urban Cube, a Living Wall or your own configuration. We love it’s minimalist simplicity, and we can imagine a unit like this changing the way small apartments are designed.

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Gorgeously Textured Rugs from Stepevi

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Is there anything more inviting and luxurious than a wonderfully textured rug? Especially a dramatically textured rug that also boasts an array of incredible, vibrant colors? The designers at Stepevi have answered the call for anyone looking for more than just a rug, but a rug that can take over as the central design element in whatever room you choose to put it in.

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Stepevi has an entire series of rugs in a number of different collections. Regardless of what color, pattern or texture you might be looking for, I spent over an hour on their website and found several that I immediately coveted, not just for my living room, but for my bedroom as well.

The company was founded in Istanbul and has boutiques in London, Paris, Milan, Istanbul, New York, Dubai and many other design capitals of the world.

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Cool and Industrial Metal Pipe Frame Beds

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I love the look of a really industrial looking bed frame with some simple modern bedding. A bed like this would be right at home in an urban loft bedroom, or in a minimalist designed bedroom space. Using metal pipe as the source material for a bed frame makes a very bold statement in furniture design. The look is decidedly masculine, but with the right bedding, you can make this work in a rustic modern design style.

There are some major retailers that sell metal pipe frame beds, such as Restoration Hardware and CB2, but you can also have one custom made with the kind of pipe that most appeals to you, whether it be stainless steel, copper or any other commonly used metal used for pipeworks. If you’re handy, you could even consider doing a DIY pipe bed!

Take a look at some of these pipe metal bed frames and see if this kind of design would be the right fit in your own bedroom space!

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Modern and Elegant Walk-In Shower Designs

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Walk-in showers are becoming more popular in modern home design, because they have a very simple yet beautiful aesthetic that instantly make a bathroom more streamlined and sophisticated looking. It’s not easy to install a walk-in shower into a bathroom that hasn’t been built with one in mind, because the floor and plumbing all have to be specially designed to accommodate this kind of shower set up.

Walk-in showers have a very open, airy feel to them, and look fantastic in bathrooms that get plenty of natural light. Glass is the most common material used when designing these kinds of showers, since it adds to the openness of the design. Because of that element of their design, they can make bathrooms seem much bigger and more open.

Here’s a collection of images showcasing some of the most amazingly beautiful walk-in showers we could find, so hopefully you find some great inspiration for your bathroom design!

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Cool and Colorful LOLLY Chairs Are Adorable

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Recently saw these cute chairs on one of my favorite design sites and had to write about the. This is one of the first times I’ve seen polyurethane used in such a way and its actually such a great idea because it makes this chair so much more durable if you wanted to use it outside. According to the designers, Roberto Foschia and Mara Picco, their tub chair LOLLY is as “soft and cozy as a nest.” They created the chair for Area Declic and were inspired by the the carefree world of children.

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LOLLY is also comfortable because of that special material used to make it, called PolyPlus, which is the first soft and colorful polyurethane made for outdoor use.

The colors are the best part! There are several great colors to choose from including broom yellow, light grey, smoke grey, purple red, chocolate brown , taupe and petrol blue.

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Take a look at these wonderful chairs and picture them out on your deck, in your child’s room or anywhere that you want something bright and playful to jazz up your space!

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MIT Developing Self-Assembling Furniture

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The smarty-pants at MIT are going to change the way we build furniture, so we hope IKEA is paying attention! The lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls this new technology “programmable” furniture. They have been showing off a prototype at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, and its a table that has been designed using a tensile fabric affixed between wooden frames.

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How does it work? The flexible wood frame comes flat-packed (much like our old pal IKEA does their furniture) which makes it easy to ship, store etc. Then, when the moment comes, it maneuvers itself into a table by using the fabric to pull the legs into place.

This is next level furniture design from the Self Assembly Lab at MIT and we are going to be watching carefully to see what these brilliant designers come up with next! IKEA, get your bid in now!

Here’s a cool video about how other self-assembling furniture works!

Cool Designs: Levitating Flyte Lamp

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As soon as I saw a picture of this incredible (and simple) lamp, I knew I had to do a write-up about it. It immediately catches your eye, as it really does appear to float in mid-air! I also love the warm and rich wood the designer has used. The Flyte Lamp, as its called, was designed by artist Simon Morris. The lamps are created in Sweden and made from sustainable oak, ash and walnut, and fitted with eco-friendly LED lights. Of course, its not really magic keeping the bulb in place, its a trick of magnetics, and the bulb not only hovers, it is also wirelessly powered. The bottom of the lightbulb has a tiny power receiver and a magnet, and the base of the fixture has a wireless power transmitter and an electromagnet. Result? Super cool floaty lamp.

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Want one? Get in on the ground floor. Here’s the Kickstarter page.

What inspired Morris to create the Flyte Lamp? In his own words: ““When I was 16, I dreamt of having a hoverboard and became so fascinated by magnetic levitation I began building my own prototypes with magnets. Fifteen years later I built a hoverboard prototype. Although I couldn’t ride on it, it floated in the air. I began sharing it with friends and remember the look on people’s faces. Later, I started levitating other objects, working with brands like Nike and Urban Ears to build magnetic levitation installations like shoes, headphones and speakers.“

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Katedra: The Modern Desk That Charges Your Phone

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Design studio Desnahemisfera, which is based in the city of Ljubljana in Slovenia, has created this absolutely stunning desk which combines modern minimalist beauty with high tech function. Named Katedra, and designed for Donar d.o.o., this functional desk item provides ample work space, gorgeously appointed wooden drawers, all while charging your phone in the most simple and elegant way. Just place your phone on the top of the desk, which boasts a built-in wireless phone charger and while you work you can see it turn from white to red to green as the phone gets charged up!

From the designer’s own site “Katedra office desk is a triumph of contrast; a large white surface leans onto a solid wood block that mimics stacked beams. The block has three push-to-open drawers and the desk itself is made out of Kerrock, which is fully recyclable.”

We love the look and super functionality of this amazing desk, so take a look at the images, and share if you covet it as much as we do!

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