No man is an island, or so said John Donne. But if the photo above is any indication, designer Werner Aissllinger might diagree. Meet Bikini Island, his collection of furniture for Italian brand Moroso, which debuted in Milan this past month. At first glance it looks like a hodgepodge of connected or overlapping parts, or what happens when you paint the walls and push all of your furniture to the center of the room.
But look closer at the Bikini Island and it's a clever system of units that can be configured according to your needs, habits and particular space. Individuals can choose just the pieces they need, or families can occupy the same space doing completely different activities.
Taking it a step further, Polish designer Oskar Zieta showed modular furniture that fulfills multiple functions. This 3+ series of steel perforated plates can be used horizontally as office, workshop or dining tables, or vertically for displays and shelving systems or as magnetic boards.
(Images: as linked above)