April 27, 2016
Our lives may be enhanced by mobile and computer devices, but until further advances in battery technology we remain slaves to ugly charging cables. Young Dutch designer Lotte Douwes (also featured here) has designed a product which at least helps to reduce the clutter and tangles caused by them.
Lamp & Socket is based on the clever idea of transforming suspension light fittings into power sockets. Multiple fittings could be suspended above a table, for example, with some of them used for lights and others as sockets for charging devices. This is a simple and elegant way to provide power to tables away from wall sockets and helps to banish the trip hazard of cables snaking around the floor.
We love unusual furniture with clever functional designs, such as the airplane trolleys from Bordbar, which can be customised to fit different storage needs, or the typographically inspired ABC bookcase from Saporiti.
Lotte Douwes' Lamp & Socket is not the only multifunctional light around. Check out the Mr Ed table light from Functionals, which doubles as a bookend, or the Asterisco table light cum book rest from LZF.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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