DEC

Day dreaming: Zero Day bed by Fanstudio.

If lounging around is your thing, then the Chill Out Bed by Fanstidio might make you sit-up and take notice.

It is a circular day bed, with a shell canopy that can be closed for a little extra privacy. It comes with a place to chill your wine and it even has its own light for when you are entertaining in the dark.

Think of it as a modern four-poster with drawable curtains. Read more

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DEC

Fab furniture: Fiat 500 by Meritalia.

Blue sofa white table.The original 1970s Fiat 500 has always been as much of an attitude as a car! Its odd looks and tiny proportions have earned it a cult status challenged only perhaps by the Mini.

But now, for people that can’t get enough of their 500s, they can take them home and sit on them rather than just in them. This range of furniture is the result of a collaboration between Lapo Elkann, entrepreneur and heir to the Fiat empire, and Meritalia. Read more

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NOV

Comfy cardboard: Cardboard seating designed by Giovanni Rivolta, Nicoletta Savioni, and Markùs Stefànsson for A4ADesign.

Cardboard two seater.

Photos: A4ADesign.

There was a time when calling somebody or something cardboard was considered and meant as an insult. But today, thanks to its low environmental impact, cardboard is becoming a material of choice for designers of things from furniture to bicycles.

This armchair and two seat sofa is entirely made from recycled and recyclable cardboard. The range is called “havarest” and was designed by Giovanni Rivolta, Nicoletta Savioni, and Markùs Stefànsson and is produced by A4ADesign in Milan. Read more

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AUG

Desk design gets complicated: Design & Chaos by Itay Ohaly.

variations on a theme

Images: Itay Ohaly

Design is often thought of as a rejection of chaos, but with this interesting work by Itay Ohaly he has sought to embrace chaos and guide it in the form of a rule set within which designed objects can become less predictable. Design & Chaos, as the range is called, consists of a series of desks that are composed of parts designed by different people who were ignorant of what the purpose of their actions would be put to. Read more

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JUL

The taste of talent: Edna by Anthony Hartley.

Three drawer chestOn the subject of furniture as art, I promised last week to take another look at the work of Anthony Hartley who is a talented designer and maker of furniture with an irreverence for tradition. Edna, the enigmatic name of the range featured here, is as surprising and tantalizing as a strange but beautiful cake created by a master in the art. It looks good enough to eat. Read more

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