Innovation for the New Year from Thoughtbarn

While we’ve all probably decided on our personal New Year’s resolutions (including, no doubt, a number of them dedicated to whipping our homes into shape), let us not forget about an important one: continuing to celebrate innovative and clever designs. We’ve found some worth celebrating in Thoughtbarn’s furniture.

With space, time, materials and money all becoming scarce commodities as we march into the future (can you believe we're in 2011!), it's important to take note of those companies and designers creating furniture and products that are forward-thinking and innovative. Austin-based Thoughtbarn fits that bill.

We love their Mr. and Mrs. Chairs, that feature a space-saving design (and are tongue-in-cheek clever) and are able to be manufactured easily with little waste. Their Gourd Ensemble is connected to vernacular design (they resemble Martin gourd houses in the South) and again made from an interesting material and a fun manufacturing method. And that's just two of their pieces; they've created a lot more. We can't wait to see what they come up with next!

Are there any companies you are looking forward to keeping your eye on this year to see what they come up with? Do you think 2011 will see lots of fun and fresh new designs? Let us know!

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.