Like many organizationally challenged folks, Argentinean designer Natalia Geci was inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Following the author’s principal of only holding onto items that bring us joy, Geci created a freestanding, multifunctional furniture system to not only encourage de-cluttering, but to display these prized possessions.
Sofa beds are convenient in nature and have become the norm for multi-purpose furniture, but a large flat bed is not always the best sleeping solution for multiple guests (or tiny apartments). Enter Doc, a cleverly designed sofa from Bonbon Trading that easily transforms from a contemporary, comfy sofa into stylish bunk beds with one simple motion.
NYC apartments often have irregular layouts and odd corners, and finding pre-made furniture that will fit nicely can often be a lofty task. As such, the founders of Be-elastic have designed an innovative furniture solution called SNAP to solve this problem. The SNAP assembly system is comprised of a simple snapping mechanism that allows users to design and assemble tables, stools, or shelving using whatever material they can find. The team has already experimented with a variety of items, creating tables from dart boards, vintage doors, and even bicycle wheels. But you can use your own design savvy to decide the color and number of legs your item requires.
If your idea of a perfect stocking stuffer is a classic Serge Mouille three-armed ceiling light, the auction of items from the private collection of architect Lee Mindel, which begins today, is just what your gift list ordered. “Light & Aerie: The Collection of Lee F. Mindel, FAIA” includes dozens of rare modernist pieces from the architect’s personal collection. Mindel is moving from his Chelsea loft in a former hat factory to a new aerie in Tribeca’s rare and collectible Herzog & de Meuron-designed “Jenga tower” at 56 Leonard Street; Mindel’s loft is available, too, if you’ve got a really big stocking to fill. Auction house Phillips is handling the sale, which includes stunning pieces ranging from art to furniture, lighting and decorative items by the likes of Jean Prouvé, Antoni Gaudí, Georges Braque, Hans J. Wegner, Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and many, many more.
Efficient studio living in any city requires planning and ingenuity, and with a limited amount of square footage, multi-use furniture can help to optimize your available space. Now, thanks to the French furniture brand Boulon Blanc, you can easily and stylishly transform your living room into your dining room with one swift motion. Their clever new table changes height in an instant, and is made from high quality components and materials. Inspiration for the Boulon Blanc table is drawn from aeronautics and precision time pieces, and the team spent over two years developing the table’s sophisticated helicoid mechanisms.
Our bodies are designed to move, yet most of us spend our days sitting at a desk, staring at a screen. But here’s a new device that claims to help counter that inertia by producing unconscious movements that can help keep you fit while answering emails. While it might look like some silly exercise device being offered on a late night television informercial, HOVR promises to burn calories by creating healthy movements without mental distraction.
Technically we all have to grow up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t always be kids at heart. Turkish product designer Burak Doğan helps us integrate this sense of play into our often serious adult lives with his series of superhero bookshelves. Now you can transform your dull living room into your very own superhero lair.
Brooklyn-based designer Fernando Mastrangelo, founder of design firm MMATERIAL, was inspired by the blue shades of majestic Patagonian glaciers like Perito Moreno for his Drift collection. These sculptural pieces of furniture look like carved stone, but are actually made from sand.
6sqft has featured a couple compact kitchens before (like ChopChop and Gali), but they’ve both been concepts. Now, thanks to none other than Ikea, space-starved New Yorkers who actually prefer cooking to delivery can easily purchase a mini unit that offers everything a traditional kitchen would–a cooktop that can be removed to reveal countertop space, a mini fridge, a sink, and back rails to install various storage solutions (h/t Elle Decor). For those who want a bit more storage, Sunnersta also has a matching bar cart with three shelves for just $30.
Room dividers are a great way to maximize space and privacy in small spaces, but in some cases, they can also add a decorative focal point, as well as a temporary storage solution. That’s the case with Ana Arana‘s geometric and playful Tromploeil, which is made of separate perforated, white metal planes that are joined by magnets with colorful geometrical elements. The result has a fun, kitschy 1990s vibe that surely brighten up any cookie-cutter apartment.
We interact with our furniture everyday–when we sit on a couch or open a drawer–but most of the time we don’t even think about it. To make those interactions more visible (and fun) designer Juno Jeon creates ordinary objects with a surprising twist. One example is Pull Me to Life, a wooden bedside table complete with scales that react when in use.
Living efficiently in a studio apartment has many challenges, but one of the biggest gripes, especially for women, is where to stock all those clothes. If your home lacks a Carrie Bradshaw-esque walk-in closet, these custom-made pieces by architect Sigurd Larsen may work wonders. They take inspiration from the wooden shipping crates typically used to transport or store large, heavy or awkward items, and can also double as attractive room dividers.
We all have those precious items that we want to keep safe — grandpa’s watch, a childhood diary, a stash of foreign money — but in cramped apartments it’s hard to find adequate space to stash them all. Sigurd Larsen‘s cubic cabinet called the Shrine, however, has plenty of compartments to keep valuables safe. It’s simply a wooden box full of drawers and doors of varying sizes that are only accessible with keys.
By now, everyone has jumped on the bandwagon of organizing bookshelves by spine color. And while we love the look, it’s refreshing to see a new, inventive way to display one’s reading material. Booken was designed by Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges as a way to exhibit the book “as an object that becomes material.” It’s the horizontal version of the traditional bookcase, and with the books hanging by their spines, they create a visually interesting and purposeful console table that doubles as a library.
Even the most cynical, high-strung New Yorkers need a little “namaste” time. If committing to a yoga membership seems like too much, why not get one of these Meditation Tipis, which allow you to “create your own sacred space for meditation, connection, writing, reading and more.” Made in Bozeman, Montana by Little Turtle’s Tipi, these handmade canvas teepees come with an imitation fur rug and a salt crystal aroma lamp for your favorite essential oils. And with a diameter of only six feet and height of seven, they’re perfect for even the smallest apartments.
For the first time, a remote will control a section of your living room furniture that doesn’t include your lights or home entertainment center. From the international design and innovation studio Carlo Ratti Associati, Lift-Bit is the world’s first digitally-transformable sofa. The wired furniture was created with the support of Swiss-owned furniture company Vitra and is made up of a series of modular seats fully stacked with the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies. Each separate seat has the ability to raise or lower independently, thus introducing a multitude of seating configurations and functionality that can be controlled with the click of a button.
The selection of furniture for those living in cramped apartments continues to evolve beyond the plastic folding chair. And this flat-pack seating collection by Jongha Choi is the latest ingenious design to emerge from the small space realm. De-dimension _ From 2D to 3D rethinks seating by adding an artistic bent to a functional product. As seen in the animation above, each seat easily unfolds when needed, and can just as easily be collapsed back into a “2D” form and hung on the wall like art.
For those of us who love the unusual shape and dramatic angles of Bjarke Ingels‘ famed VIA 57 WEST tetrahedron, but aren’t in the market to pay $3,800 a month for a one-bedroom (or didn’t qualify for the building’s affordable housing lottery), there’s now a way to bring a piece of the starchitecture into our own homes.
Dezeen reveals the VIA57 chair, designed by Ingels for furniture brand Fritz Hansen along with KiBiSi to mark the completion of the pyramid-shaped building. “The rotated corners allow a variety of social configurations while also evoking the tetrahedronical geometry of its parent architecture,” he explains.
As 6sqft previously detailed, when the beloved comedian Joan Rivers passed away in 2014, she left behind a lavish Upper East Side penthouse packed with a collection of glittering designer gowns, gilded furnishings, jewelry and collected items that reflected a lifetime love of pretty things. Rivers herself once described the decor of the 5,100-square-foot triplex as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”
Christie’s has issued a catalog listing the opulent collections of Rivers’ home that will be included in the live auction, scheduled for June 22 with viewing times beginning June 17. Items from Harry Winston, Tiffany’s and Fabergé will join art and small personal items–like Bob Mackie gowns, a silver Tiffany & Co. water bowl engraved “Spike” and a silk pagoda dog bed (h/t Curbed).
Less is more for just about everything when it comes to cramped NYC apartments; the notable exception, of course, being light. So here’s a brilliant design that strikes a perfect balance between being hidden but also visually arresting when it needs to be. Sander Mulder‘s Josephine Lamp is a standing luminaire that takes on an almost ghostly form, only becoming apparent when one switches its on-off button.