furniture

Sentient Live Edge Table

Live edge is a term that refers to furniture made using the entire tree, including the “live” part of the wood- the outer rings.

When a piece of live edge furniture is created, a log is cut into slabs and the entire slab is used, leaving the natural edge.

Live edge furniture design can be found in large pieces like beds and tables, but also smaller ones such as lamps.

Some of the highest quality live edge tables available on the market are crafted by a Brooklyn, NY company called Sentient.

They create a variety of pieces but might be best known for their live edge dining room tables. The picture below shows a live edge table created from two pieces of maple bridged by glass.

Sentient colorado live edge glass dining room table

Live edge furniture is typically created by expert woodworkers that know how to bring out the unique features of each slab, because no two starting pieces are alike (and no two finished pieces will look the same).

Sentient have become experts of this craft and their work goes beyond building for the home- they design and build live edge tables for the restaurant/hospitality industry as well. Over time they’ve built a very solid reputation for the quality of work they deliver.

Here’s another example of a live edge table, one of Sentient’s larger pieces:

Live edge dining room table sentient furniture brooklyn ny

Aside from tables, you can find a variety of other live edge furniture on their website including couches, chairs, beds and nightstands.

If you’re looking to invest in a truly unique piece of home furniture for yourself or a family member/friend, we recommend checking out the site. If nothing else, you’ll see some amazing photos.

 

Occam Coffee Table

The simplest solution is always the best. If you’re going to be eating, reading a book, or enjoying a drink in the living room, why not have a table that can accommodate all of this?

It’s about time we get a table that adjusts depending on what you’re using it for.

Eating in front of the TV isn’t taboo when your table has a lift top that raises to lap-level. And serving drinks to guests without even going to the kitchen is easy when you can store glasses underneath.

There’s plenty of room under the lift top for other items too- plates, books, magazines, the TV remote, or whatever else you keep in your living room.

Install a small sound system. Use it as a hidden wine cabinet. There are a ton of options. You could get pretty creative with the storage space that this table provides.

The Occam Coffee Table could be used in any size home, but seems best for an apartment or smaller home where each living area is used for multiple purposes. Since most apartment dwellers get more than one use out of each room, why settle for a coffee table that only provides one single use?

The Occam Table is also a great gift idea, especially if you know somebody that’s moving into a new place.

Here’s a photo showing how the table looks when closed. It’s a great sleek/modern look:

 

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Here are the features/specs:

  • 47.24 x 23.6 x 16.33 inches (120 x 60 x 41.5 cm)
  • The table’s surfaces lift from 16.33 inches up to 21.45 inches ( 41.5cm to 54.5cm)
  • Almost no assembly required- 10 minutes out of the box
  • Extended 3 year warranty to cover mechanical components (hinges, etc.)

 

It’s worth noting that your order can be customized as well. If you want the tabletop to lift in the opposite direction, just tell them and they’ll make it. You can also request different colors/finishes. The standard is material is Walnut with a white gloss painted finish.

 

Indoor Bike Shelf

These indoor shelves are made by a German company called MIKILI and are designed for the urban cyclist.

MIKILI’s bike shelves are great for any bike owner but the product is particularly useful for small apartment owners or city dwellers, where interior space is hard to come by. These shelves can save a ton of space while storing your bike in an attractive manner.

This isn’t just one product though, the seller’s website has a number of different styles. Some of the variations include a fold-out shelf, a shelf with drawers, etc. There are also dark and light color options to fit any interior.

Check out these photos for a few examples of the different variations:

 

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This variation offers a pull-out drawer for a bit of storage (keys, wallet, books, etc.)

 

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One of the most complex and interesting designs. This could be the right choice if you need more storage space for a helmet, a backpack or other gear.

 

Picking which style is best for you will depend on the size of your home/apartment, how much storage space you need, and how noticeable you want the shelf to be.

The shelf pictured at the top of this article is probably the least intrusive and least noticeable. When you’re not using it for bike storage, you can fold up against the wall.

Other options are bulkier and more eye-catching (this could be good or bad depending on how you’re trying to design your home). If you need more storage, one of the bigger options might be a better choice.

No matter which you choose, you’re getting a great hand-made product with a huge emphasis on quality. These bike shelves are carefully made in Berlin with a lot of thought/effort going into not only the creation but the design too.

We’ve talked a lot about putting this product into your home or apartment thus far, but it’d be great to have in the workplace too. Install one in your office and you no longer need to leave your bike outside or lean it against a wall during the day.

Finally, it makes a great gift idea as well. If you know somebody that recently got into cycling, or recently moved into a new home, they might appreciate something like this.

There are currently no retailers selling these shelves in the US, but orders can be made through MIKILI’s website. If you live throughout Europe, you might be able to visit a retailer before ordering the product. MIKILI’s website has a list of retailers. Click the ‘Get it now’ button below to check out their homepage.

 

Outdoor Swing Chair

These outdoor chairs are woven in a matte black synthetic wicker material and feature a heavy duty spring for supreme comfort. The orange cushion seen in the picture is included as well. Each chair weighs 120 pounds when shipped, so these are not light-duty moveable yard chairs. These are more useful for creating a semi-permanent modern outdoor seating setup. As a final note: each order includes one chair, not two as seen in the picture.

Glass Pool Table

This pool table is a great centerpiece for any high end living room or game room. The glass surface is covered in a patented transparent playing surface to ensure quality gameplay and feel. You won’t be making a sacrifice in terms of gameplay even if you’re an avid pool player.

Here’s a YouTube video showing quite a few angles of the pool table so that you can get a good feel for what it really looks like in action:

The table is made by a company called Elite Innovations. They pride themselves on innovative interior design solutions for both private and commercial projects. They’re best known for their pool tables and pool accessories, but they also make some interesting glass poker tables.

This pool table, the G-1, is their flagship product and features some of their best technology and designs.

The surface of the table is crafted with their patented Vitrik material which is then laid on top of a toughened 15mm Monolithic Float glass layer.

This combination of materials is designed to exactly replicate the rolling resistance of a standard cloth pool table’s playing surface, and also provides a shock absorbing layer for the glass underneath. It’s essentially a smooth see-through material with a very fine mesh underneath. This patented design maintains a consistent roll characteristic over the entire lifetime of the product.

One interesting advantage to a glass table like this is that the material supporting the playing surface is naturally very rigid/flat and is not susceptible to any type of warping or sagging over time. It’s a great alternative to more common pool table materials such as slate.

 

Aside from the amazing all glass design, there are a number of other interesting features as well. One of the coolest features is a ball return system that funnels the pool balls into a holding rack after a made shot. No more digging into the pockets to retrieve a ball.

 

Deskbox

This desk is a pretty cool invention by a company called Arco. It’s built and designed in the Netherlands. The basic idea is a wall-mounted desk that can flip and transform into a rectangular shelf. The Deskbox is great for conserving space or adding a minimalist look to any room.

When extended, it forms a great little workspace with enough room for a laptop and other devices.  Unlike a normal desk, you won’t have any legs taking up floor space which is great for storage or maintaining a clutter-free work environment.

If you flip the desk and transform it into a shelf you’ll be able to store items while conserving even more space. The picture below shows the two setups that you can switch between.

 

Deskbox, before and after transformation

Deskbox, before and after transformation

 

The desk is one of a kind in terms of design and function, and features high quality materials including a solid oak top. This comes with a substantial price tag though, the list is $1,835.00.

 

Classic Lounge Chair

This Lounge Chair and Ottoman combo is a modern take on a classic design. It features 100% premium top grain leather and great-looking woodwork. This would look best in an office, living room, TV room, den/basement, or any common living area.

The Lounge Chair and Ottoman are considered one of the iconic furniture  designs to come out of the 20th century. The idea was to create a club chair using the same molded plywood technology that was pioneered in the 1940s. The vision was a comfortable chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”

The idea took off and became a staple of interior design, blending oldfashioned comfort with visionary modernism. The final result is the pairing of soft, inviting leather with the sleek form of molded wood, balanced on a five-star die-cast steel base.

This specific product is an accurate reproduction designed to be virtually identical to the original lounge chair.

The picture above is a great example of some ideas in terms of what type of setup this would look good with, and how it can compliment a room in your house.

It’s worth noting that there would be some assembly acquired to assemble this chair, so it’s not ready to go right out of the box. In fact it arrives in 2 separate boxes. Still, the end result is well-worth the effort to assemble it.

 

Gravity Defying Chair

The Gravity Balans Chair is hand crafted by a company called Varier in Norway and specifically designed for optimal relaxation. It can gently rock back and forth, or lean back into a fully horizontal position that’s designed to keep your feet elevated above your heart, which is ideal for napping or resting during the day.

It’s not just a lounge chair though, it’s designed with the modern workplace in mind. It’s extremely comfortable and balanced while sitting upright, so it’s the perfect seat for your desk or computer whether you work at home or in an office.

Here’s a video showing the Gravity Balans chair in action:

The back rest and adjustable neck rest are designed to cradle the body in a feeling of weightlessness. After even 5-10 minutes, you’ll open your eyes with a more relaxed and calm feeling.

Embrace your small periods of rest throughout the day by laying back and taking your mind off of things. Taking breaks throughout the workday is actually proven to increase productivity, so you’ll be doing yourself a favor while treating yourself to a rest.

The Gravity Balans chair isn’t just limited to two settings (upright and horizontal), it’s adjustable to accommodate all types of seating positions, whether leaning slightly forward or leaning back and enjoying a book.

In any position, it offers full body support to achieve the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

It’s made of high quality materials and comes with significant warranties/guarantees to back up the craftsmanship. Wooden parts are covered for 7 years under warranty; the mechanisms and joints are covered for a full 5 years. Even the foam and upholstery has a 3 year guarantee protecting you from any damage or wear.

The Gravity Balans Chair is made with the environment in mind too- the Oak, Walnut, and Beech woods that go into making this chair are harvested only from highly sustainable forests in the US and Europe.

 

Stylish Oak Curved Bed

This bed has a great stylish look to go with any modern bedroom. It also comes with a bedside cabinet that you can see in the picture.

The materials are very high quality overall. The bed features top quality genuine leather and features a solid oak frame. The entire product comes with a 1 year warranty to cover any unexpected wear or breakage.

The bed fits a King or Queen sized mattress.

Retractable Bed

Warning: If you don’t speak French, you’re going to have trouble reading the company’s website. But the innovative design and engineering that went into making this product work are both fantastic.

The basic idea is a bed that can be pulled up into the ceiling during the daytime to free up more space. This would be great for a guest bedroom so that you could utilize the same space as an office or other useful area when you don’t have guests sleeping over. It’d also be ideal for a kid’s bedroom. Raise the bed up during the day to create more play space.

No matter what you use it for, it’s a great bed design for retaining as much usable space as possible in a bedroom.