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Whimsical, creative and original … but also functional? These clever love-seat-and-couch combinations are more that just artistic expressions – they are designed to provide seating options around the actual seating needs of individual people. In short: there is a surprising attention to comfort, patterns of use and personal preferences that run deeper than the offbeat and overt aesthetic impact of these furniture objects.couch convertible sofa set

Designed by Philippe Nigro in attached-unit sets, each plays the function of lounge chair, love seat and sofa combined – visually and physically connected-yet-separated.

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Like his Confluences series, his Intersections furniture sets also revolve around curiously combined seating designs – but the emphasis is on the points convergence, with each additive overlap highlighted in a new hybrid color rather than subtracted from the design equation.

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The odd angles and offbeat intersections make these playful pieces of furniture deceptively simple and childlike, while in actuality they require a great deal of custom craft work to manufacture and assemble.




Move over hide-a-bed, pull-out couch-beds: get stuffed. The Doc is a simply named convertible sofa that expands into not one but two beds in one: a pair of bunk beds as simple and elegant as the name would suggest. With a variety of color styles and textures this makes a great couch even without the added bonus of being a brilliant piece of transforming furniture.


The transformation process, as these images suggest, is a relatively simple one. The end result looks just as good as a couch in terms of being a potential default configuration – not something one normally sees with convertible furniture in general, let alone fold-out beds in particular.


The finished bunk-bed configuration can be mono-tone or duo-tone depending upon the sheets chosen and comes complete with a safety bar and step ladder for the upstairs sleeper. The cushions from the couch configuration be be re-appropriated and applied as decorative pillows to the bed position.



Ostrich” offers a micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease. It is neither a pillow nor a cushion, nor a bed, nor a garment, but a bit of each at the same time. Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head and hands (mind, senses and body) for a few minutes, without needing to leave our desk.” No sight, no sound, just sleep.

Designed by Kawamura Ganjavian, this versatile g0-anywhere object lets you slip into a gentle snooze wherever you may be – on the road, in the sky, inside a train or outside in the sun.

A bit bulky on the move, perhaps, but that added padding keeps your head nice and warm (as well as free from outside lights and sounds) in any situation. Could be especially nifty for those secret naps one takes at work – duck out to an unused conference room or remote cubicle, throw it over your head and just hope you don’t get caught.


Your eyeglasses might be close to getting a high-tech upgrade that will make it simple to go from reading to typing to checking out the hot new temp all the way across the office. For the first time ever, glasses with electronic focusing are being developed for people who need more than one type of vision assistance for daily life.

The emPower glasses will eliminate the need for bifocals and reading glasses with an electronic “near zone” that lets you see clearly up close without switching eyewear. The embedded electronic components turn on a nearly invisible portion of the lens when you tilt your head down (in automatic mode) or touch the side of the earpiece (in manual mode). But when you need to see something at a distance, the “near zone” disappears and you can use the entire lens for clear distance viewing.

When you retire for the night, the glasses charge on a small charging station so they’re ready to be amazing again in the morning. If all of your well-focused looks at that hot temp actually get you a date, though, don’t worry about being left half-blind: the emPowers can hold a charge for 2-3 days straight.



The idea of modularity in design has become associated with cool, creative

and cutting-edge – but simplicity in style and minimization of parts are at the

heart of some of the best modular furniture designs. Many draw on existing

design examples and elemental materials to create new forms with increased



A few simple pieces, that each use similar and simple constituent elements, are

combined in this straightforward modular Community Couch design to allow all

kinds of creative configurations and unique design arrangements.


What might look in the abstract like a clever formal exercises proves in practice to be

a remarkably functional, adaptible and engaging sofa design. Users can grab a piece

here or there, twist and turn their chosen module and thus interact with and continually

recreate their spaces and claim spaces in their environment.


Your iPhone/iPod cable…it’s a little long, yes? Like, so long that it gets stuck on stuff in your bag? Ours do, and it’s one of those annoying things that we just thought we would have to live with. But someone was looking out for us when they created the Twig. It’s a short docking cable that happens to do a bunch of other stuff, too.

The Twig is four inches long and its skeleton is made up of bendy plastic-coated wire. It can be plugged into your computer or a wall adapter for charging. It also acts as a tripod for taking pictures, video chatting, or holding your iPhone at a comfortable angle for a hands-free speakerphone call.

We really like that it can hold your earbuds tangle-free, since those always seem to end up knotted and sad at the bottom of the laptop bag. Overall, the idea is simple enough that it looks familiar and common-sense, but it’s innovative enough that no one has made a docking cord like it before.

Because it’s compact and tough, you can throw the Twig in a bag or pocket and take it anywhere. The project has already reached its Kickstarter goal, so the first generation of Twigs should be making its way to supporters soon.


Most conventional fold-out beds present all kinds of potential points of failure, often via complex mechanisms only a professional would be qualified to fix.

This solution is about as simple and non-technical as it gets: two semi-circular couches that come together to make a single guest bed.

Hiding in plain site, The Scoop! by Guido Rosati (for Saba Italia) hides in plain site, configured in whatever pattern fits your ordinary living room layout before it slides to form a well-rounded sleeping platform.