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Did you have any ideas?  I didn’t, probably because I thought about the object rather than its use.  Great design is often about solving problems.  From the “I wish I had thought of that” file is this mattress from Mehdi Motjabavi.  The sections in the Cuddle mattress solve the dead arm in bed issue by creating the space the cuddling arm needs to avoid getting squashed – simple and effective.  Motjabavi has been unsuccessful so far in getting funding to productionise this – surely it’s just a matter of time.

I hadn’t thought about it – until I saw this – and smiled :-)

You can see more from Portuguese designers Hugo Silva and Joana Santos on their website – DAM – enjoy!

FYI – this side or bedside table with integrated lamp is Nel, there is another side table called Maria (they have their own personalities).

Have you seen these paper lanterns?  They are made in Japan using traditional methods from Washi paper, wire and wood, however the light is thrown from a LED light powered by two AA batteries (you can see the light switch in the wooden base).  I can imagine a few of these outside swinging gently in the breeze on a summers night.

You can order these in NZ from EverydayNeeds – they’re $95

Everyday Needs is “a store for people who want to make informed decisions in their consumption, ensuring that what they get is not only good-looking, but is carefully manufactured and with a quality that will last the test of time.”  They’ve got some lovely stuff – but lets face it, at the end of the day, it’s just stuff.  I think for most of the world an everyday need is water, something to eat, and somewhere to sleep.

I’m a huge fan of open source software, but let’s make it physical with open source furniture!

The OpenDesk range currently includes a Desk, Café Table, Meeting Table, Edie Stool and Edie Table.

OpenDesk has been created by British designers Joni & David Steiner with Development 00 (the team behind digital fabrication platform FabHub). It’s a set of open source furniture designs that allows you to bypass shipping and transport costs by keeping manufacturing local (handy when you live in NZ ).  I also love OpenDesk’s map – you can see who has already downloaded the designs.

After an OpenDesk design is downloaded, users can take the design to a CNC mill, get it cut out, take the parts home and start building.

OR, in the future open source furniture (like many things) will use 3d- printing!

The OpenDesk designs are also currently on display at the London Design Museum as part of “The Future is Here” exhibition, running until October 2013.