tables/shelves

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:

 

Occam-coffee-table-with-storage-in-gloss-white-and-chrome

 

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:

 

mikili indoor bike storage shelf 3

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

 

mikili indoor bike storage shelf 2

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.

 

Hidden Door Kit

This secret door hinge kit allows you to create a completely concealed doorway in your own home or apartment. The hinges hold up to 250 pounds, which leaves you with a lot of options for what type of shelves to choose and what items to put on the shelves that hide your secret passage.

The hinge system has a patented design that allows it to fit any doorway between 24″ and 36″, while also offering the choice of inswing or outswing door configuration.

Each order comes with some basic design plans as well, which is one of the most valuable pieces of this product based on multiple customer reviews and feedback.

The product is made of high quality aluminum in the US and comes with a lifetime warranty. Each order comes with one complete (top and bottom) hinge set to hang your hidden doorway.

The Amazon reviews that began pouring in when this kit was released were almost entirely positive. It seems like a well-balanced and well-designed system that’s easy to install and delivers a good result for a price that’s lower than some of the alternatives on the market. Thanks to the patented design, it’ll probably remain one of the best options out there for the near future.

How can you use something like this? Well the possibilities are pretty wide open- pick any doorway you want. Here are some general ideas though:

If you have a small room under a staircase, that’s a great place to install a fake bookshelf to conceal the doorway.

You can also do the same to conceal the entrance to an office or den. Nothing helps maintain privacy like a giant wall of books between you and guests!

Got a wine cellar? This is perfect for hiding that as well.

 

Floating Bookshelf

This concealed book shelf design gives the illusion that your books are floating in mid-air. It’s the perfect minimalist home accessory. The shelf mounts to any wall and becomes invisible behind a stack of books.

It’s made of high quality powder-coated steel and comes with all of the hardware needed to mount it on your wall.

Here’s how it works:

The bookshelf is essentially a sturdy L-shaped piece of metal that creates a horizontal ledge once attached to the wall. Once it’s setup, you place one book so that the ledge is sandwiched between the book’s cover and pages. Secure the cover in place using the integrated clips beneath the ledge, and then stack other books on top until the bookshelf is hidden and concealed from view, giving the illusion of a floating stack of books.

You can stack up to 15 pounds of small to medium sized books, or approximately 8 inches in total height.

The innovative design that made this product possible is patented by Miron Lior, the winner of many design awards including the Umbra Pratt Design Competition.

A portion of the money collected through sales of this product is donated to the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. Pretty cool idea!

 

Entertainment Console

This wall-mounted entertainment console looks great and saves you some floor space as well. The price seems pretty reasonable too- $199.00 list price, selling at $128.25 at the time of posting this.

The console provides two open storage compartments, and an additional bottom compartment with room for over 100 DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs. It’s designed to hold your TV and speakers on the top shelf, and it also hides all of your wires from view.

The picture above can give you some ideas of what to use the storage compartments for. You could come up with a lot of alternatives too- books, video games, a clock, etc.

This is a great piece of decor for a modern living room setup. It adds something to the design and style of your home while also saving floor space and helping you organize your electronics and hide the wires for a clutter-free look.

 

Outdoor Solar Table

Sun Table is a waterproof outdoor table equipped with solar panels. It looks fantastic and also helps you save energy and power your electronic devices while outdoors.

The table’s surface collects energy through a 64 watt multicrystalline solar panel that’s capable of charging even if partially covered. This solar panel charges the table’s built-in battery which can store enough energy to power your laptop for 4 hours.

Sun Table is made of stainless steel hardware that’s specifically designed to withstand outdoor conditions. The finished product weighs 45 pounds and measures 54 inches long, 31 inches wide, and 18 inches tall.

Because of the waterproof design, it’s extremely easy to clean as well. Just hose it down to clean it off.

There’s one more extremely cool feature worth noting. The table’s surface can be propped up at an angle to collect more sunlight when not being used. Two small arms can elevate the table’s surface and aim it directly at the sun. This picture shows how this works:

 

solar sun table

Aim the solar panels at the sun to collect more energy when not in use

 

 

Wall Desk with Storage

This desk takes advantage of a modern design that eliminates any type of legs or floor supports.

It comes with a kit that lets you mount it to any wall at whatever height you want. It’s perfect for a simple computer setup in a home office or den.

It also includes plenty of side compartments for books, speakers, etc. So it looks great, saves space, and eliminates clutter all at the same time.