Marbelous is a novel table embedded with a network tracks for steel marbles to traverse, moving from the table’s surface down through the legs. The table was designed and built by Dutch designers Nathan Wierink and Tineke Beunders who go by the name Ontwerpduo. (via laughing squid)
When I think of furniture made from books the first word that comes to mind is uncomfortable, however this hefty chair entitled Bench of Thoughts (Banco del Pensamiento) made of recycled books by Alvaro Tamarit actually looks pretty darn comfy. The heft of the chair also matches the price, however this is certainly more of an art piece than something to eat your bagel and coffee in the morning. Check it out over on Saatchi Online.
Holy awesome bookcase batman! Designers Eva Alessandrini and Roberto Saporiti of the Italian furniture design firm Saporiti have created this beautiful bookcase system that allows you to spell custom words and phrases using modular bookcase letters. If you liked this, see also the Alphabet Bookshelf by Lincoln Kayiwa. (via illusion, fasels Suppe)
Light shades made from recycled corrugated cardboard.
Expandable shelving and bench storage made from patched bicycle tubes.
A wall-mounted storage basket constructed from a salvaged shopping cart.
Urban seating made from steel and mesh fencing.
Cologne-based designer Michael Konstantin Wolke upcycles found objects, converting them into new works that are as equally functional as stunning. My favorite by far is his expandable wardrobe made from patched bicycle innertubes that have been wrapped around a solid metal frame. This is genuinely brilliant work and I can’t wait to see what he cobbles together next. (via de|zine)
Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma (previously) has partnered with furniture designer Herman Miller to create this Aeron chair wrapped in a thin layer of cushy green AstroTurf. This particular model will be on display at the recently opened Herman Miller store in Tokyo later this summer. More images available via the designer’s blog. (via the always awesome spoon & tamago)
The Inception Chair by RISD student Vivian Chiu is a series of ten interlocking chairs made of ash, meant to mimic the dream-within-a-dream concept from the 2010 film Inception.
Taking the chair archetype and placing within it chairs that are progressively smaller. Each chair has hand cut grooves on the inside edges of its seat frame as well as notches in the seat back. These grooves range from 1/2” wide to 1/8” wide. The mechanism works so that the pegs fit into the grooves of the chair one size bigger and slides into place so that the horizontal edge between the chair seat and back line up. The simple mechanism allows the chairs to be taken apart and put together with ease.
What a fantastic project. I’ll take ten. Or one. Whatever. See more photos here. (via notcot)