Three Fun Furniture Concepts

These space-saving furniture pieces have been haunting the halls of bookmarks for a while, figured it was time for me to share!

A different take on Murphy beds, instead of nesting into the wall, these beds are on lifts and nest at the ceiling.  Genius!  From Bedup.

Sure, a Murphy Bed, but a Murphy Kitchen?  Cool concept via WebUrbanist.

Clever Plywood Chair Bench Furniture

Flat Pack Furniture from RawStudio.  Mad about the hanging chairs!

Hospitality Design: Blue Frog Acoustic Lounge

Project | Blue Frog Acoustic Lounge 
Location | Mumbai, India 
Architect | Serie architects 
Client | Blue Frog Media Pvt. Ltd 
Completion Date | 2007



For a full narrative about the concept and design of Blue Frog Acoustic Lounge visit this link. 

illy Push Button House

illy collaborated with artist/architect Adam Kalkin to create a dramatic work of living art - the illy Push Button House, a five-room home with a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, living room and library constructed within a standard industrial shipping container. The home, which transforms at the push of a button, is created from recycled and recyclable materials and is the physical representation of illy's dedication to sustainability, art and innovation.


Can't watch the video?  Try this link.

Cargo Shipping Container Offices & Homes

Shipping containers are a basic necessity for distribution of goods throughout the world. In the United States, shipping containers are actually becoming an environmental issue. We have become a society of import rather than export.  We export so little, that it actually cheaper for shippers to manufacture new shipping containers than to ship empty or partially filled containers back to their origin.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of empty containers sit litter the landscape of many port cities and areas around inland freight transit terminals.
Port of New York and New Jersey on the New Jersey Turnpike. In the first eight months of 2010, the port saw the equivalent of 700,000 more full 20-foot containers enter than leave.

Container Home in Jakarta
Resourceful people have been turning shipping containers into makeshift homes for years.  In recent years, there has been a surge of interest shipping containers from architects and designers.  They are modular and can be stacked and connected.  And best of all, containers are a relatively inexpensive (some start at $800 a container).

The low cost and modularity makes a shipping container for temporary disaster relief shelters.

Re:START is constructed of colorful, stacked shipping containers.
Re:START by the Buchan Group, 1 year after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand

Container construction is not limited to short term solutions.  Containers can be used to build permanent structures. 

Container City II
The original Container City project, located at Trinity Buoy Wharf, in the heart of London's Docklands.  Completed in 5 months in 2001, Container City I was originally 3 stories high providing 12 work studios across 4,800 sq ft.

Container structures can be completely fitted out on the interior.  Containers can be modified to add modern amenities you would expect from a home or an office (electricity, plumbing, finished interiors). 
This is what the inside of a Container home @ Cove Park, Scotland. Not to shabby, eh?
It doesn't have to look like a container on the outside either, the exterior can be clad with standard building materials.

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Shipping containers have been used to  build luxury homes and offices, and even a Starbucks.

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  Starbucks opened its first reclaimed container coffee shop just south of Seattle in Tukwila, Washington on 12/13/11. 
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The store is also the first LEED-certified structure in Tukwila.
Want to see and learn more about Container structures?

Here are some links to helpful sites:

General  Knowledge:

Architects, Designers, Builders & Developers: