Cool Spaces! is a TV series and website that showcases what's new and exciting in the world of architecture and design.
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 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...

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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Happy Birthday to a Seating Icon

When Herman Miller’s cutting-edge Aeron chair hit the market in 1994, everyone knew the iconic furniture manufacturer had once again reinvented an important aspect of the modern office. This became even clearer in the years that followed, evidenced by the chair’s sales numbers...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014

Seating Homage to a Beloved Droid

When it comes to furniture as straightforward as the stool, you can’t find a more elegant, understated design than architect Alvar Aalto’s iconic stool 60, created in 1933 for Finnish manufacturer Artek. But when Turkish furniture company Nurus introduced its R2 stool last year,...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014

Sit … or Stand? It’s Up to You

It’s a well-documented fact that prolonged sitting time in the workplace can lead to a number of health-related ailments among sedentary workers. Negative health outcomes — including cardiovascular disease and obesity — have led many to the conclusion that it’s better to stand...
Posted On 07 Jan 2014
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