Need some interior design inspiration? Then check out these awesome examples of furniture design...
Furniture is a big deal in the design industry. A well-executed concept can result in a timeless piece of furniture that never goes out of style.
With this in mind, we've found these 20 inspirational examples of furniture design. Some are classics that have been around for years, others are recent and more modern. But they're all fantastic designs - which of them would you have in your home?
01. Floating wall desk
If you're studio is tight on space then this cool floating wall desk by designer Dario Antonioni may be just the thing for you.
Clever use of geometry and physics eliminates the need for legs, with the design able to accommodate both standing or traditional sitting height. The desk also features a full surface slide out tray and wire management slot.
02. Adagio swings
With summer quickly approaching, we'd like to get our hands on some of these awesome basket swings by Italian designer Francesco Rota, created for design company Paola Lenti.
Made for use both in and outdoors, these designs provide the perfect excuse to take a break and swing to your heart's content - you're never too old for a little bit of childhood nostalgia.
03. Bookworm bookshelf
Forget going to the library, this ingenious bookshelf by Dutch design studio Atelier 010 means you can now immerse yourself in the world of literature in the comfort of your own home.
This modern, unique piece of furniture stands by itself thanks to a steel base, has its own seating area and even incorporates a light bulb for late night reading.
04. Cafe chair
This elegant and unusual chair is reminiscent of the chair and desk combinations found in high schools once upon a time.
Designed by Kamilla Lang, the Cafe chair is a modern interpretation of the old school piece, featuring a single piece of curved wood serving as leg, back, and an armrest that serves as a surface for small items - a perfect resting spot for that well earned cup of coffee.
05. My desk
Do you have post it notes and scrap bits of paper all over your workspace? If so, this brilliant table - My desk - by designer Miguel Mestre may be the solution to all your problems.
Essentially a giant sketchbook, this stylish table holds a wad of 100x70cm blank paper ready for you to sketch, draw, annotate or simply scribble on. Genius.
06. Eames chair
When we asked the design world about examples of cool furniture, the infamous Eames chairs were a popular choice.
Created by Charles and Ray Eames, pieces such as the above lounge chair and ottoman have become recognised as classic, timeless designs, still as comfortable and sought after as when they first appeared back in 1956.
07. Bathtub sofa
We just love this bathtub sofa, which is a contemporary twist on Holly Golightly's couch in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Created from a vintage cast iron bath and upholstered in fabric of your choice, this ultra-cool piece of furniture was recycled by designers at Reestore. Perfect for those of you who fancy something different and have a spare two grand knocking around.
08. Swing table
This playful swing table is certain to inject a bit of fun into an everyday meeting. Or maybe make a mealtime with a difference?
The cool four-poster table, which suspends eight chairs and a light from the frame, was designed Christopher Duffy for Duffy London. The website description states: "This design creates an exceptionally fun experience and aesthetic, creating a room within a room, with chairs that float around the table, which also make vacuuming a breeze." Yep, anything that saves on housework is great in our book!
09. Nesso table lamp
Designed in 1967 by Giancarlo Mattioli Nesso, this design classic table lamp has won several awards and is in collections of all the world's leading design museums, including MoMA.
The cool, retro-styled lamp is on many a designer's wish list. But retailing at over $450 each, we might have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on one. We love it though, despite the hefty price tag!
10. Tambour table
This unusual, personal computer table was created by designer Michael Bambino.
The unique design was inspired by rolling tambour doors, only on a desks that slides open to reveal the contents. In this case, the tabletop can be pushed away to reveal power, usb connections, and useful storage compartments.
11. Bedroom in a box
If you're a stickler for keeping your bedroom tidy, then you'll love this cool design by Latvian-based designer Rolands Landsbergs of Boxetti.
The designer has created a number of modules, all of which start as a tidy box. The bedroom in a box unit opens up to feature a double bed, night stand and a wardrobe. It is also equipped with a spotlight and an ambience lighting fixture above the headboard. Very neat.
12. WWW shelving units
These brilliant designs by Viktormatic prove that shelving doesn't have to be dull.
Using a simple hexagonal woodent frame, the shelves are constructed from adjustable lengths of rope, which means they can be adjusted to suit the owner's needs. So, if you are a lover of big coffee-table books, all you have to do is slide the top shelf up to make them fit. Cool huh?
13. Animal tables
We just love these animal coffee and dining tables by international designer Mark Stoddart.
Each bronze sculpture has been transformed into a table, with the glass table top acting as water from which the animals emerge. Stoddart has 99 hand-made sculptures in total, mainly of animals but there is also a Titanic-inspired piece and another of a small girl collecting pebbles.
14. Wooden book shelving
There are millions of book shelf designs out there but there's something about this fun design from Fabio Vinella that we really like.
Titled 'Once Upon A Time', the box shelving was inspired by old books and designed to resemble them. But not only that, the cool piece also doubles as a sea. Okay, so we're not sure how comfortable it would be, but we love the idea!
15. Vespa workstation
We're pretty sure this would be the most uncomfortable work station ever, but the design is still awesome.
This Vespa scooter turned workstation was created by designer David Giammetta. With a love for the iconic scooters, Giammeta decided to save this 1968 Vespa Sprint from the scrapyard and recycle it into this awesome piece of designer furniture. Fancy a spin anyone?
16. Panton Chair
We couldn't do a list of inspirational furniture design without featuring the Panton chair. First introduced to the public in 1967, the piece was created by Verner Panton - known as one of the most influential designers of the 1960s and 70s.
Rcognised as a classic of modern furniture design, the Panton chair was one of the first models to belong to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
17. Piano hanger
How cool is this coat rack? Designed by Patrick Seha for Belgian furniture and accessory manufacturer Feld, the piano hanger is a briliant piece of design. Not only does it look good, it's also incredibly user-friendly.
To hang your coat, you simply unfold hooks as you need them and then flatten them when they're not in use. The many different levels also make it completely child-friendly too!
18. ColoredSHAPE lamp
If you live in a small space, then this brilliant flat lamp from Florence- based designer Sabrina Fossi is just what you need. The plastic piece mimics the shape of a classic lampshade and makes the bulb itself the focal point of the entire piece.
"The shape of this table lamp is born from the idea to reduce the space occupied by the object,” says Fossi. Not only do we appreciate the design but we love the humour element too.
19. Bike storage
We really like this clever item from Berlin-based studio Mikili. Specialising in bicycle furniture, the team designed this brilliant item that doubles as bike rack and bookshelf.
To be honest, it's seems more a way of displaying your two-wheeled vehicle as a centre piece than an actual bike rack. But it does the job in style. And means no more muddy carpets!
20. Big Hands clock
This minimalistic wall clock by designer Yenwen Tseng was created with the intention of exploring the perception of time.
The two sets of hands on the clock interact inseparably and show various expressions of time at every moment. It's a simple but effective design, which not only tells the time but doubles as a moving sculpture. Just beautiful.
21. Pop-up lamp
The world of flat-packed design has never been so cool! Check out this new lamp by French studio Well Well Designers, which comes delivered in an envelope.
Constructed from a piece of paper, lined with polyphane, the Pop-up lamp is intended for corners. As its designers explain on their website: "It cleverly takes advantage of a space often unexploited in design."
22. Cradle chair
We're pretty sure that a couple of minutes rocking in this bad boy would send us to sleep!
Designer Richard Clarkson developed this beautiful cradle chair in collaboration with Grace Emmanual, Brodie Campbell, Jeremy Broker, Eamon Moore, Kahlivia Russell and Joya Boerrigter. The concept came about after the team took the idea of some adults always bearing a child side within to another level. Yeah, we want one.
23. Mood rocking bed
Continuing the rocking theme from the above cradle chair, we also came across this cool bed by Joe Manus from modern, eco-friendly furnishing company Shiner International.
Designed to inspire tranquility and comfort, at first we wondered whether this might make you feel a bit sea-sick. But the unit can be made steady with the help of rubber stoppers, at a comfortable inclination for the user. And it looks amazing.
24. Pullout balcony
How about this for an outdoor space? For all those urban dwellers out there, check out this brilliant piece of design by Dutch architectural firm Hofman Dujardin.
Named the Bloomframe, this innovative window transforms into a balcony at the click of a button and can be installed in a variety of buisdings. Such a cool idea!
25. Book rack
Now for something a little different. Creators of this unique book rack Danish studio Agustav were certainly thinking outside the box when it came to this simple but brilliant design.
The idea is to attach books, via a small wooden plate, to one of the pins attached to a wooden rail. Using the plates, the height at which the book hangs can also being controlled. A unique and elegant idea.
Have you seen any cool examples of furniture design? Share them with us in the comments box below...