furniture

IKEA Is Being Sued For Allegedly Stealing A Chair Design

IKEA’s Melltorp stacking chair is a masterpiece of minimalist design — a cheap, robust, stackable chair that doesn’t look like it belongs in a classroom. But, according to Emeco, it’s not actually IKEA’s design.


A Skyscraper Shelf Turns Your Books Into A Picturesque Skyline

If you haven’t yet embraced e-reading and donated all of your printed books to your local library, you’re probably also the type who likes to put your various tomes on display. So to guarantee that your carefully-curated collection gets noticed by visitors, store them on this Skyline shelf that makes them look like buildings in a Instragrammed cityscape.


This Intricate Table Collapses Into A Tiny Cube

How do you plan on spending your retirement? Moving to Thailand, or taking up painting, perhaps? Izzy Swan, a retired furniture shop owner, is spending his by making impossibly complex transforming furniture.


You Can Remotely Control This Huge Robot Arm To Sculpt A Cube

Designers Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar have reprogrammed this robotic arm so anyone can control it online. They claim the robot will cut a cube in the shape you desire. If you want to try it just go to robochop.com. You can make furniture, create abstract forms, or forget about all that and enjoy this cool video.


This Extra Mattress Rolls Up Into A Chair During The Day

Transforming a convertible sofa into a bed can sometimes seem more complex than Optimus Prime changing into a truck. For a more compact emergency bed that’s easier to move wherever you need it, check out Campeggi’s Girella chair, which is as simple to transform as unrolling a sleeping bag.


This Crazy Chair Builds Itself

Building flat-pack furniture is a major pain in the arse, so much so that a MIT team has spent years and millions of dollars solving the problem. Actually, that’s not quite true: the problem they’re trying to solve is actually a far more exciting one, even if it won’t benefit IKEA quite yet.


This Australian-Designed Optical Illusion Bar Stool Is Actually Safe For Sitting

From the right angle, Josh Carmody’s Legless Bar Stool looks like it’s one leg shy of safely resisting the pull of gravity. But it’s just an optical illusion made possible by some clever woodworking, and in reality it has all the legs necessary to remain upright.


Inside IKEA's Globe-Spanning Project To Make Solid Wood Furniture

IKEA is one of the largest furniture companies on Earth. It’s one of the largest companies on Earth. When a company this big decides to make even a slight change to how it makes or sources its products, it’s a massive undertaking. That’s exactly what IKEA is doing right now — and I got an inside look at the process.


Giant Meccano Home Pieces Let You Build Whatever Furniture You Need

Most of us are accustomed to, and very comfortable with, building furniture using an instruction manual. But what about when that safety net is gone and you’re forced to construct tables, chairs and shelves using just your imagination? That’s what Meccano Home proposes, super-sizing the metallic construction toy so it can be used to build actual human-sized furniture.


A Coffee Table Book That Turns Into A Coffee Table Isn't The Worst Idea

We all laughed at Kramer’s transforming coffee table coffee table book on Seinfeld (or maybe it was just the laugh track), but it turns out it’s not actually a terrible idea. Or at least the version created by Mike Mak isn’t. Using a combination of traditional book-binding techniques and a paper honeycomb structure, the Bookniture can actually support up to 170kg so it can be used as a portable stool.