I'm always on the hunt for innovative products and industrial design that will help boost the service offerings that I provide my clients. With 2014 just about over, I thought I'd take a look back and compile a list of the top 10 home furnishings that inspired me this year. Enjoy!
1. Desk 01 from Artifox
This minimalist home office desk is perfect for today's modern workflow. The surface is solid wood with a dry erase panel; cables are managed out of sight, while tech devices such as tablets and mobile phones dock seamlessly within the desk surface. Eliminating the need for superfluous equipment, this design provides space and encourages efficiency.
2. Urbild Table Clock from Slab Homewares
Designed by Nordic firm Forsberg Form, the table clock is a modern, minimalist twist on a traditional grandfather clock. The Urbild table clock is made of pigmented concrete and is a replica of the grandfather clock Urbild in scale 1:3,6.
4. The Astronomy Floor Lamp from CB2
Designed by Barcelona-based design group Mermelada Estudio, the lamp is inspired by vintage telescopes and the revelations of Italian scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. The lamp is an interesting mix of other popular 2014 trends - the tripod lamp and the popular Neil deGrasse Tyson show, Cosmos.
5. PS 2014 Storage Table from IKEA
With young city-dwellers, who live in smaller places and move more often than an older demographic, in mind, “On the Move” became the theme of IKEA's PS series. This is the 8th iteration of the IKEA PS Collection and this one covers every room in a host of bright colors, lightweight materials, and has multifunction built right in.
6. Copper Real Good Chair from BluDot
Now available in a copper plated finish that is intended to patina naturally with handling and age for a unique look. This copper-plated chair ships flat and folds out to become a remarkably comfy (not to mention strikingly handsome) seat for your dining room, living room or bedroom. Welcome to the fold.
7. VARMLUFT Pendant Lamp Shade from IKEA
This paper pendant gives a soft glowing light, that gives your home a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It is easy to assemble and the cord is long enough to hang at any height. I just love this light - it's hanging above my office desk right now!
8. String Pocket from String
It’s not always the case that a design classic can look refreshing year after year, but the shelving system from String keeps reinventing itself. String released Scandinavian-styled photography this year to introduce the String Pocket shelf's new options in green and cobalt blue. The shelves are a great piece of design in addition to being multi-functional.
9. Magma Rug from Martín Azúa
The Magma Rug series is a contemporary take on traditional Spanish Esparto grass rugs. The rugs are handmade from 100% natural material in Spain by local teams of women. The rugs start from different centers which expand to finally generate an organic surface full of energy. Rugs present 3, 4, or 5 central circles in different sizes. They have a very nice specific smell of grass and have a great feel.
10. Marble Wall Clock from Design Within Reach
Norm Architects from Denmark have designed a wall clock with clean lines, stripped of all unnecessary details. The minimalistic Marble Wall Clock’s design allows you to read the hour and minutes of time in timeless fashion. Norm Architects designer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen says: “With smartphones replacing traditional clocks in our society we’d like to see a renaissance of the classic wall clock, an object not only beautiful but also highly distinguished. The Marble Wall Clock exudes nostalgia, and we’ve chosen a material combination that speaks to most human senses, something very important as a designer."