We recently came across several articles on different design blogs all coveting the same thing – Japanese Kotatsu heated table beds, which are, exactly what they sound like. Perfect little pods of warm coziness that anyone would want as a central piece in their tv room or den. How do they work? Imagine a sectional sofa, with a center table, set up with a super comfortable blanket over top, with a heater installed beneath the table to warm the space created in the tent blanket. That’s basically how it works. The entire concept dates back to the 14th century, when the first Kotatsu arrangements started to appear in Japanese homes.
Check out these awesome pictures of the Kotatsu in action!
This super cool recycled test tube chandelier is one of the coolest lighting fixtures we’ve seen in a long time so we wanted to feature it for you to see!
Obviously, the main feature of the of this light fixture are the 60 test tubes that you can get creative with, as in the main picture, where the users have filled the tubes with water dyed with different colors of food coloring. You can imagine the wide range of options you could come up with to suit your decor.
Another idea which you can see below is to fill the test tubes with flowers, which creates a gorgeously organic looking lit centerpiece for your room.
The tubes are set in two plywood bands, making for a classic chandelier shape that is similar to some Art Deco lighting styles from the 1950s. The lamp designers were inspired by the Polish scientist, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The test tubes are easily taken off and rearranged or cleaned, which opens up a plethora of design options for the discerning homeowner.
Based in Poland and started by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, Reshtki is a design studio that prides itself on creating beautifully designed, eco-friendly furniture from discarded materials . Using things like old traction poles, wood fragments, and used PCV pipe, the designers created innovative tables and seating solutions.
According to their website, they “are particularly interested in working in public spaces – interfering it, reading it needs and changing. In 2013 we have built first in Poland recycled playground „O-O Pony” – all made of tyres and euro-pallets.”
Check out these pieces that were created for a neighbourhood park in Gdańsk.
To help his son transition from a crib to a big boy bed, this father went the extra mile and then some! Eric Strong spent a few hundred dollars and a couple of afternoons to create this amazing loft bed/secret clubhouse/bookshelf/slide for his young son. He even made a super handy video that explains exactly what you’ll need to replicate this for your own child!!
To start, you’ll need to head over to IKEA and buy:
2 Kura bed
Trofast storage system
Besta shelving unit
Here’s the video. Don’t be intimidated to try this out! According to Strong, “”You don’t need any special expertise. Just lots of patience. And it’s worth it.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
— Till Könneker
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!