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Category Archives: Furniture

Porsche 917 Inspired Sofa

Porsche 917 Sofa (Image courtesy Inspired Design)By Andrew Liszewski

Though completely impractical I don’t think any car nut can look at this sofa and not want one for their own pad.

Billed as a “unique piece of creative art” the sofa is designed to look like the front end of a Porsche 917 which was raced at LeMans in the early 70’s. The body of the sofa is made with actual fibreglass and is painted with nine coats of two-pack automotive paint for a great looking, durable finish. Even the underside of the sofa looks good and is made from 16 gauge tubular steel that is finished with a black powder coat.

Functioning headlights and brake lights are available as an option and if the blue and orange paint job doesn’t do it for you the sofa can be finished with any color scheme or graphics you like. Keep in mind though that being the envy of all your car-loving friends does come at a price, specifically about $7,500.

[Porsche 917 Inspired Sofa] VIA [Autoblog]

Faux Stainless Steel Finishes

Brushed Steel Appliance Covering Film (Image courtesy Glass Decor and More)By Andrew Liszewski

So you’ve got a bit of appliance-envy after seeing your friend’s brand new stainless steel fridge and stove but at the same time your appliances are working fine and you have no real reason to replace them.

Well there’s a far cheaper and easier way to keep up with the Jones’s now thanks to these peel-and-stick faux stainless steel and brushed metal finishes. Application is as easy as peeling off the backing and sticking it to your fridge, stove, microwave or really anything else you can think of. The “steel” finish is also scratch resistant, durable, heat-safe and most importantly easy to clean since it will soon collect thousands of finger prints.

Costs vary depending on the finish and size of the adhesive you’ll need but looking at their website a single piece of the brushed stainless steel material that’s 17 3/4 inches by 4 feet 11 3/4 inches (I assume that’s some standard size for appliances or something) retails for $29.99.

[Faux Stainless Steel Finishes] VIA [Home Improvement Ideas]

The Manhattan – Casket Pool Table

The Manhattan - Casket Pool Table (Image courtesy Casket Furniture)By Andrew Liszewski

I think you have to be a real fan of Hallowe’en to opt for this pool table made in the shape of a coffin because once October 31 comes and goes it’s not like you can stash this away with the other decorations up in the attic. No, this is staying out all year round.

Now granted this will make for a great conversation piece and if you have kids you can pretty much guarantee the other parents in the neighbourhood will make sure their friends never visit your home. And of course given its shape and the angle of the bumpers playing pool on this table will be a unique experience.

The Manhattan pool table starts at $4,995 $12,995.00 (thanks Jason) and there are quite a few options including size, wood-type, finish and playing surface that will dramatically increase that price.

[The Manhattan - Casket Pool Table] VIA [Crib Candy]

Soft Spot Table

Soft Spot Table (Images courtesy Stphen Reed Industrial Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

In my part of the world we actually refer to these things as benches but this probably could be passed off as a coffee table if needed. Either way the idea of making a wooden table that’s also a comfortable place to sit is intriguing.

Designed by Stephen Reed the Soft Spot Table has an area composed of wood tiles that are all held together by elastic cords. The elastic has enough tension to make the tiles form a flat surface but also enough give to flex and cushion the area when someone is sitting on it.

It’s interesting that someone can make a wooden table function as a comfortable place to sit but dedicated seats on the subway are still a literal pain in the, well you know…

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The Ultimate Game Chair

The Ultimate Game Chair (Images courtesy Ultimate Game Chair Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Gamers put their bodies through so much while playing their favorite consoles what with all the controller-holding, constantly staring at the television and not to forget all the sitting too. Why not give your body a break and treat it to some real luxury? Besides looking extremely comfortable the Ultimate Game Chair also helps you feel like you’re a part of the action via built-in speakers and 12 different vibration motors that are synchronized to the game.

Other features include ground effects lighting, headphone and controller jacks, beverage and remote control holders and probably the most important one, stain-resistant fabric to help keep the chair from becoming Cheetos-orange after a few weeks.

The Raptor model (pictured on the left) will set you back $299 and the Ultimate Game Chair model that includes the additional joysticks (pictured on the right) will set you back $399. Both are available for pre-order at this time and should be shipping sometime this month.

[Ultimate Game Chair & Raptor] VIA [Coolbuzz]

InterFlight Studio – Furniture For Aviation Fans

InterFlight Studios Furniture (Images courtesy InterFlight Studio)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you know someone who’s an aviation enthusiast and also has an unfurnished house or apartment then you might want to have them take a look at some of the items created by InterFlight Studio. The company makes a wide variety of aviation-inspired pieces but I particularly like their collection of tables which are all made with actual parts from planes and even bombs.

The piece on the left is called the ‘F4 Phantom Table’ because the table’s base is made from afterburner cans apparently salvaged from decommissioned F4 Phantom jets. The piece on the right is called the ‘Stator Blade Table’ and sitting on top of a carved wooden base is a stator fan blade taken from a Boeing 727 engine. The furniture will probably make for some good conversation pieces too as long as your friends or guests share your interest in aviation, otherwise be prepared for some long stares.

[InterFlight Studio Table Collection] VIA [The Red Ferret Journal]

Livingstones Furniture

Livingstones (Images courtesy Electro^plankton)
By Andrew Liszewski

This is definitely one of the most unique furniture collections I’ve seen in a long time. Livingstones are a series of couches, chairs, footstools, cushions and tables that are all made to look like smooth rocks and pebbles.

While they may appear to be cold and hard the Livingstones pieces are actually as soft and comfortable as regular furniture and come in a wide variety of natural slate colors. As you can see the fabric used is even textured and detailed to simulate the surfaces of real rocks.

Unfortunately for those of us in North America looking at their website the Livingstones appear to be only available at a collection of shops in and around Europe.

[Livingstones Furniture] VIA [Electro^plankton]

Fluttua – Roomba Friendly Floating Bed

Fluttua Floating Bed (Images courtesy LAGO)
By Andrew Liszewski

Your Roomba works so hard, now you can say thanks by making its life just a little bit easier when its time to vacuum under the bed with one that appears to float in mid-air. Unfortunately there’s no magnets or anti-gravity in use here, the bed simply attaches to the wall with a specially designed frame that actually hides the mounting point when it’s fully assembled, completing the illusion.

Presumably the frame needs to be mounted to a stud in the wall as opposed to being just screwed into the drywall but since I don’t speak the language used on the company’s (LAGO) website I have no idea what the actual weight limit might be. But if you need a rough idea please feel free to visit LAGO’s site for a few product shots that show just how strong the frame really is.

[Fluttua Floating Bed] VIA [Geekologie]

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Sofa Bed For The Spaciously Challenged

Doc Sofa Bunk Bed (Images courtesy BonBon Trading)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your pad is not the most spacious of places then keeping an extra bed around just for the occasional guest is kind of a waste of valuable real estate.

The Doc sofa bed has a unique mechanism which actually transforms it into a bunk bed complete with a foldaway ladder and safety rail. The most obvious advantage to converting to a bunk bed is that you actually end up with 2 seperate beds and while neither of them are exactly queen-sized if your guests complain just point them towards the nearest hostel and I’m sure they’ll be more appreciative.

The Doc Sofa/Bunk Bed is available from UK-based BonBon Trading.

[Doc Sofa/Bunk Bed] VIA [Stylehive]

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