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Test Your Endurance On This IKEA Showroom-Turned-Climbing Wall

Lots of us spend a lot of time lounging, sleeping, eating — heck, living out of and off of Ikea furniture. In order to promote a new superstore coming to Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, the company installed a fully functional climbing wall of inexpensive modern furniture outside of a cathedral. Spiderman’s new living room?


The Natural Moss On This Wooden Bookcase Is Preserved Forever In Resin

Your usual piece of wooden furniture — cut, sanded, painted — bears little resemblance to the tree it came from. So to create the Undergrowth bookcase, Italian design duo Alcarol deliberately took the opposite tack, preserving the unhewn edges of their lumber — moss and lichen and all.


A Lightweight Cork Sofa Means You'll Never Hire A Mover Again

Beds can be dismantled, legs can come off dining tables, and shelves can be emptied, but that large sofa in your living room? That’s not getting any smaller or lighter for moving day. And all it takes is one time moving a nightmarishly heavy sofa bed yourself to long for Lucie Koldova’s alternative made from cork.


Here's Wood Assembling Itself Into Furniture Like A Transformer

Video: I wish all furniture could assemble itself like this lawn chair by Frank Howarth. It sure would save a lot of time and prevent a lot of blisters. Sadly, it’s just a super neat video by Howarth. He removes himself from the video and makes these stop-motion animations that look like they’re straight from Transformers.


Work In The Big City From The Comfort Of Home With This Skyscraper Desk

When it comes to fancy designer desks, apparently storage space and drawers are completely passé. After all, do you really need a place to stash a stapler when your work surface appears to magically float over a pair of cities full of towering skyscraper? No, you don’t.


Dice Furniture Changes Form And Function When You Roll It

You can actually change how any piece of furniture looks just by flipping it over or tossing it onto its side. But the Dice, created by the talented designers at Torafu Architects, also changes functionality depending on how you orient it.


Every IKEA Catalogue Cover Since 1951

It’s that time of year: If you’re one of the hundreds of millions of people on IKEA’s mailing list, you probably recently received a thick square of super-thin paper filled with (mostly rendered) products. IKEA has been sending these babies out for more than six decades — and you can follow the evolution of popular design just by looking at them.


Clever Chairs Stack Horizontally So You Don't Need To Lift A Thing

Filling a venue with temporary seating is a time-consuming process — both during setup and take down — since it requires heavy chairs to be unstacked and then stacked again. But the designers at Seoul-based Centimeter Studio realised there was a better way. Their Sleeed chairs slide together and stack horizontally, so a whole row of them can be compressed like a bunch of nesting shopping carts.


IKEA Is Betting Big On These Six Small Tech Companies

IKEA is one of the largest corporations in the world, and even the smallest change in its supply chain could have a gigantic impact on its business. After all, this is a company that uses 1 per cent of the world’s wood supply. In fact, IKEA operates a whole venture fund devoted to emerging tech, from ice cream to batteries.


A Wooden Hammock Looks Incredibly Classy (And Maybe A Little Pinchy)

A stained wood Adirondack chair can class up any deck, and it turns out a stained wood hammock can do the same for a backyard. This impressive creation, called the Para Hammock, still features an intricate web of cords (in this case, strong nylon parachute cord) — but here they’re used to support over 700 tiny tiles made of walnut wood. So the whole thing flexes and undulates like a rope or fabric hammock, but provides a slightly sturdier spot to stretch out.


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