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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Entering a New Dimension in Furnituremaking

Imagine, if you will, a world where objects designed on paper and in software programs can be printed into the real world. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into … reality? This is no episode of The...

Shape-Shifting: The Future of Furniture?

What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions? If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a...

Furniture From Milk Bottles and Other Recycled Products

In their groundbreaking book, Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart called for a new industrial revolution that challenges the notion of how we design, manufacture and consume products. They argue that we should...

Furniture for Bookworms

We’re avid readers — not to mention keen on libraries — so when the Cool Spaces! team comes across furniture for book lovers, we have to share it. How about curling up in the Bookworm seating and storage solution from Atelier 010 (shown above)? This whimsical piece is as...

R&D: Maximal Living in a Micro-Apartment

From the bright minds at MIT Media Lab comes the Star Trek-worthy CityHome. Designed to make studio apartments as functional as — and perhaps way cooler than — larger apartments, the product’s RoboWall, writes Fast Company, is a mechanical box about the size of a closet...
Posted On 02 Jun 2014
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The Art of the Fan

Blades swirling above. A breeze saunters through the room. Big Ass Fan is on. We’ll freely admit that we’re no experts in the Japanese art of haiku, but we do know a good product when we see one. And the Haiku ceiling fan from Big Ass Fans is a case study in refinement and...

A Space Divided: Can These Products Make for a Better Workplace?

As the open plan office has dismantled the once-ubiquitous cubicle, the workplace has become something of a fishbowl leaving employees totally exposed — a phenomenon that has led some to find creative ways to go back into hiding. But as research suggests, people don’t need to be...

Task Lighting: Slim Is In

Task lighting for desks has come a long way from the days of old, when classic bankers lamps or flexible goose neck lamps were a common sight in most offices and homes. With LEDs rapidly replacing incandescent bulbs and making them virtually obsolete, desk fixtures have shed a...

Heavy Metal for Interiors

When the architects who became known as the First Architecture School — which included such notables as Martin Roche, William Holabird, and Louis Sullivan — began perfecting their methods of constructing buildings using metal frames instead of brick and stone in the late 1800s,...

Of Architects and Their Chair Designs

Presented with an opportunity to sit in architect Tadao Ando‘s new Dream Chair (above right), manufactured by Carl Hansen & Son, cultural/design writer Witold Rybczynski uses it as fodder for an interesting article about architects and their long history with chair...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014
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