Today’s post is a guest article featuring some innovative and creative furniture designs. If you’re looking for something unique, quirky and a little bit strange for your home, do read on. Enjoy!
When considering living room ideas, it’s very easy to fall into the same old high-street trap and end up with identical furniture to at least half of the people living down your street. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, and an interior theme that has been well executed on a budget can still look very effective. If, however, you’re a little bored with the same old flat-pack furniture and traditional styles that most of us settle for, then here are 7 furniture designs with a difference.
Lighting the way
Lighting can instantly update a tired living room, and the ingenious LIGHT lamp by YOY throws some serious shade at conventional solutions. The epitome of simplicity, the slim white base illuminates a projected image of a lampshade onto the wall behind it. The most conventional of shapes, executed in the most unconventional of ways. It would look fantastic in almost any room including living rooms and kids bedrooms.
A coffee table is a pretty standard piece of furniture for most living rooms and it’s quite hard to think of ways you can make this interesting since it serves a pretty much a single purpose.
Check out the puzzling Pandora’s Box style table by Hirakoso; the design is simple and stunning. Almost every inch of its surface can be opened to reveal hidden storage compartments and hideaways within – just don’t forget which one you put the remote in!
Bibliophiles rejoice because you no longer need to leave the comfort of your chair to pick up your favourite book. Lots of designs out there now incorporate a bookcase and armchair into one; like this Bibliochaise by Nobody & Co. Ideal for studio apartments and small living rooms that are tight on space
Most living rooms have some form of a fireplace, whether it’s the real deal or a replica. For smaller living rooms, it’s best to go ultra-sleek and modern – ideally you’re looking for something that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond villain’s lair. The UFO-inspired hovering chimney by Go Modern will win you some serious style points.
So it’s not technically a piece of living room furniture, but the idea of an underground wine cellar was too good not to share. It’ll make you the envy of all your dinner party guests and will probably result in many more visits from neighbours wanting to “borrow a cup of sugar”.
Cardboard furniture puts a whole new meaning to flat-pack! Cardboard is incredibly strong and durable (providing you don’t get it wet) and is certainly an unconventional material for building furniture. The aim of Nordwerk, a company that creates designs like this, is to reinvent the manufacturing process by giving life to objects that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill. For ideas and inspiration on ways to style your flat-pack cardboard furniture, there are some fantastic ideas on living room decoration here.
The foldaway table is perhaps the most space-saving design we’ve ever seen. Disguised as a hanging picture frame, the table folds down from the wall to comfortably seat at least four diners. How remarkable is that? Some genius has revolutionised compact furniture forever, which is especially handy for those of us who live in smaller apartments. If you’re struggling to find enough floor space, there’s now a simple answer, hang your furniture from the walls!
If this has inspired you to be a little more daring with your furniture choices, then you’ll find plenty more whimsical and wonderfully different furniture ideas on places like Pinterest.