The potential for 3D printing to revolutionise manufacturing is astounding — if the technology can overcome a few limitations. Researchers at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have come up with a novel way to both speed up the 3D printing process, and free it from the restrictions imposed by gravity.
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Video: You probably want a carpenter using nails to build your house, so, you know, it doesn't fall down. But for more decorative wooden creations, fasteners can result in an unsightly finish. An alternative is to rely solely on precisely engineered wooden joints that fit together so perfectly you'd swear they were optical illusions.
Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep every night means you'll spend at least a third of your life in bed. So if you're going to splurge on a piece of furniture, it might as well be a bed that constantly adjusts its comfort to match your sleeping position and warms your feet so you can fall asleep faster at night.
There's nothing quite as comfortable as wearing a sweater knit by a grandparent, right? That's why Nike started using digital knitting machines to create its colourful Flyknit sneakers back in 2012, and why IKEA has now adopted the same technology to create a pair of chairs designed to pamper your posterior.
Sitting in the captain's chair on the bridge of the USS Enterprise must certainly give you a feeling of power and authority. But comfort? Captain Kirk's Starfleet throne never actually looked that comfortable, which is why we'd prefer boldly going where no one has gone before in this bean bag captain's chair instead.
In the last few years, IKEA has shrugged off its false perception of a purveyor of cheap furniture and started selling some truly stunning stuff. For 2017, the Swedish flatpack furniture maker mixes classic and modern designs. But for every good-looking piece, there's a terrible one that some poor college student is going to get tricked into buying.
Tom Spina Designs is back with another custom Star Wars-inspired coffee table. The studio's previous efforts recreated The Empire Strikes Back's Wampa Ice Cave, but its latest creation is a little more gruesome, putting The Return of the Jedi's Sarlacc Pit in your living room — complete with a barely alive Boba Fett trying to crawl out.
Lots of kids dream about drifting off to sleep in a racecar bed every night, but as you get older, privacy and relaxation are much higher priorities. It doesn't mean you have to eventually switch to a boring four-poster, though — not when a Portugal-based company called Circu makes a bed that lets you sleep in a kombi every night.
Tom Spina Designs has a long history of making custom furniture that doesn't exactly try to hide its pop culture influences. So it's nice to see the subtle design the studio has put into this The Empire Strikes Back coffee table that doesn't overtly look like it was inspired by the home of a giant Yeti-like snow creature indigenous to Hoth.
Video: A real-life version of Pong would actually be just a ping-pong table, since that's what the classic video game was based on. But a bunch of clever hackers in Uruguay have succeeded in making a real-life version of the video game that's still played using a pair of rectangular paddles and a square ball bouncing back and forth.
Originally released way back in 1970, the unique sound of the Minimoog analogue synthesiser means the hardware is still in demand today. But since Moog stopped producing the synths back in 1981, they're incredibly rare and expensive now — unless you're happy to add this sofa equivalent to your studio.
In a world that cherishes gadgets that keep getting smaller and lighter, the Fluance Fi70 is a big hulking WTF. The $US500 ($679) Bluetooth speaker is as big as your parent's oldest television set and weighs in at a hulking 37kg. It's so ridiculous, so surprisingly handsome, and so cheap that I almost want to buy it. Almost.
PC case manufacturer Lian-Li has a reputation for crafting wacky containers for your computer bits. Its latest offering however manages to blend wacky with practicality, being both a desk and a case.
Mother Teresa? Gandhi? It doesn't matter how nice or upstanding a human being you might be, the second you plunk yourself down in a chair made from the remains of a Boeing 737's massive jet engine, you'll immediately be mistaken for a comic book-calibre supervillain. Whether or not that's a bad thing is up to you.