Now I like modern furniture as much as the next guy – clean lines and minimal structure with, for the most part, great function. It would never really go great in my house, unless I lived in one of those concrete loft/studio apartments you always see in the movies, during some sort of undercover spy scene or home invasion sequence (‘that’s a-firm, Vladimir… I’ve got the microchip.”) But I digress… this entry isn’t about super-sexy modern couches or coffee tables. These are designers who really took the conventional idea of the home – the kitchen, the living room, the recliner, the apartment – and did something truly unique to simply their living, without forfeiting the functionality.
Land Peel by Shin Yamashita
Transform the living room into a large plastic mat that folds into what you need it to be – a lounger, a desk, a chair, a table, whatever. Now I doubt the American Mid-west is going to start watching Dancing With The Stars while relaxing on the their Land Peel, but this idea is a great new alternative in Shin’s native Japan.
The A La Carte Kitchen, by Stadtnomaden
Cube-like modules that allow you to adjust your kitchen and cooking needs to your given situation or environment. Those IKEA guys are licking their chops…
The Very Slim Table by Nilly Landao
Nope, that’s not two photos mirrored. That’s a kitchen table. Sorta. It’s a wooden strip with slats cut into it to put the specially-designed plates, cups, trays, etc. With the help of this sucker, a family of six could eat Thanksgiving dinner in the backseat of a Yugo. For more, watch the video on her site.
24 Room Apartment by Gary Chang
Gary Chan’s Hong Kong apartment is 344 sq. ft. Total. That’s it. But with the use of his architectural genius and some slick sliding panels, he is able to transform this space into 24 different living environments. The photos are great, but to really understand it, watch the video. This idea could revolutionize cities where living space has become such a high commodity.