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The Five Best and Worst Furniture Designs for your Home
Furniture design transforms your home. At best, it is a perfect balance of form and function, where artistic expression meets practicality. At worst it clashes with its surroundings, sacrifices comfort for aesthetics and generally takes up space that could be utilized by something fabulous. From furniture and fashion to cars and electronics, good design is the difference between instant classic and embarrassing flop. It’s the difference between a Tesla Model S electric car pushing the boundaries of style and performance and a Sinclair C5, pushing the boundaries of your patience as it runs out of power fifteen minutes after you leave the house. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst examples of modern furniture design. Some that would grace the most elegant of homes and some that would fail to shine in a scrapheap. Here are five of the best designs for your home.
L-SHAPED SOFA AT HOME
Sofa Sofas are second only to beds in terms of which furniture gets the most use in your house, so it’s important to get it right. The L-shaped sofa is a versatile design, equally as home in small spaces as large. In small rooms it is a practical use of the corner, ensuring you maximise comfortable space for lounging. In large, open-plan areas it helps define a living space, clearly differentiating it from other parts of the room.
STAND-ALONE COFFEE TABLES
coffe-table-home Remaining elegant and practical while maximizing use of space is no mean feat. These stand-alone coffee tables manage to do exactly that, allowing you to tuck away stools when not in use. The use of wood and sleek, modern lines fit stylistically with many modern homes.
EXTENDING DINING TABLE
dining-table Dining tables are a big investment of space. Owning a table big enough for a dinner party can cramp your day to day living. That’s where extending tables come in. There are many clever designs from simple, extending wings to smooth mechanical operations. Though heavy on the budget, take a look at the Fletcher Capstan Table for an example of really smart design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prQSrcYkgdQ
bed-home The ultimate in dual function design, a sofa bed gives you the freedom to host friends or family, converting your living room into a spare bedroom at the drop of a hat. Early sofa beds were functional but not pretty, leading to a trade-off between practicality and the look of your living room, but no more. There are many great designs out there which work well as a sofa and convert into a comfortable sleeping space for visiting guests.
ANGLE POISE LAMP
home A classic, British design, the angle-poise lamp was designed in 1932 by British designer George Carwardine. Using his experience in car suspension systems, he created a lamp that went on to be a staple of many households throughout the world. It looks great and is incredibly practical allowing you to focus light exactly where you need it, whether at a desk or side table. And now we present five of the worst designs. Furniture that fundamentally fails in looks, functionality or both.
pencil-chair German artist Kerstin Schulz might have missed the point when it comes to furniture design. Whilst she has created an undoubtedly striking piece of furniture, only the most thick-skinned would dare sit on it. It is a piece that looks great in an art gallery but its only household application would be as a ‘naughty chair’ for unruly guests.
mine-furniture Estonian sculptor Mati Karmin found a novel use for abandoned mines left behind by the Soviet army. His furniture is inventive and original, looking like something out of a steam punk movie. While we take our hats off to Mr Karmin for his ingenuity, we’re not sure these metal behemoths would suit the homes of your average furniture shopper. Also, would you be happy pushing your baby around in a converted mine?
radiator-furniture Whilst we applaud the recycling of materials wherever possible, the recent trend for re-using old radiators to make furniture is not one that gives us a particularly warm feeling. The best we can say is that the choice of materials would definitely leave an impression on you.
sofa-home Italian Furniture designer, Rodolfo Rochetti creates flamboyant furniture for those with extravagant tastes and deep pockets. Even the most ardent animal fan would think twice about forking out for one of these, however. Unless your house is styled like a zoo, it’s very difficult to imagine these faux animal designs working with the rest of your furniture.
beds-shopping Ernesto Neto is a Brazilian conceptual artist and designer who created an installation that allows people to sleep while standing up. It’s certainly a novel idea and could potentially save space in the bedroom, but we don’t think it’s time to throw away the mattress just yet.