Metal contact paper or shelf liners are fantastic for completely transforming furniture and even appliances. It's also very practical when you need a wipeable surface like a backsplash for the stove or a tabletop free of crayon marks.
Today we had one of those days when you rearrange an entire room several times, finally realizing that the only satisfactory furniture setup is the original. There were a lot of "well if only we had something there" or "we can't put our couch there, there's no table near it" and "what, are guests supposed to put their drinks on the floor?" Yes, it was one of those — and it made me realize: we need a side table.
Figuring out ways to use furniture in new places makes spaces infinitely more interesting, and potentially more functional as well. Thinking this way opens up an entire world of furniture, including affordable vintage finds. A perfect example: Matthew Kowles cleverly layers old and new desks in his New York apartment. Not only does it look amazing, but it solves a pesky storage issue as well. Here are a few more ideas for mixing it up at home:
If you're going to devote precious real estate in your living area to a coffee or side table, make sure it does double duty as added storage. By having a drawer or shelf in the tables that surround your seating, you're more likely to have a clutter free living room. Keeping the drawers organized, well, that's another matter completely.
Designer Riley Mcferrin has found a way to marry modern design with natural elements. With a background in fine art, Mcferrin's early paintings were inspired by architecture, design and nature. Along the way he started making more three dimensional designs which would eventually lead to Hinterland, his British Columbia-based design studio.
For those of us who lived through the age of maximum data storage capacity capping out at 1.44 MB per disk (2 MB unformatted), Berliners Axel van Exel and Marian Neulant of Neulant van Exel and their FLOPPYTABLE should bring a smile...and an appreciation of all the giga/terabytes we easily take for granted.
Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to jump inside a cartoon and live in that weirdly shaped, brightly colored world? Except for the falling anvils and other toon travails, I think it would be awesome! Cartoon Furniture's animation-inspired furniture and treeh ouses bring the joys of the cartoon world to the real world.
This clever coffee table by Belgian designer Raphael Charles is the mysterious shape shifter of the furniture world: a modular table that joins together not by stacking or connecting, but by the force of a magnetic field.
In the family of Eames designs, there are many standout pieces — their molded plywood chairs, the luxurious Eames lounger, and those ubiquitous shell chairs, to name a few. And then there's the humble little wire base side table, also called the LTR, or 'low table rod'.