Product of the day: Cubit – Sofa

The Cubit brand’s modular world of furnishings is consistently growing thanks to direct online sales and production in Germany. This winter, Cubit – the label for modular furniture – is being expanded to include the innovative Cubit sofa. The Cubit shelf is set to be joined by a brand new sofa equipped with similar advantages: a functional connector system and simple esthetics. It would appear that there are virtually no limits to the design possibilities. Customers can combine a multitude of elements for seating cushions, armrests and backrests to create their very own, personal sofa – even for unusual furnishing situations. And to do this, they can use Cubit’s online configurator. Each module can be used on a stand-alone basis as an armchair or arranged with other elements to create a sofa and even a complete seating landscape. And the design possibilities are diverse. Indeed, the Cubit sofa is always the epitome of style. A puristic design and clear lines give free rein to your individual creativity and create a feeling of stylistic sovereignty. Function meets esthetics The clever connector system is invisible at first glance; the elements are assembled without the need for any tools whatsoever. Molded L-shaped bent wood connects the elements, creating a sturdy finished product. Removable custom-fit covers which wrap themselves around the seating modules are also available. They are attached using hook-and-loop fasteners and hidden zippers. It’s an easy process that doesn’t require any special skills. Fabrics convey your personal style The surface of the sofa impresses in many ways. First of all, the cover forms a stylish whole with the main body of the sofa and influences its character. The feel comes later. Five high-quality fabric collections, including Jab Anstoetz, De Ploeg and Rohi, were chosen for the Cubit sofa. They range from affluent and elegant, over innovative and lively, to casual and youthful. Cushions: more than just decoration The cushions are the smallest modular parts of the Cubit sofa. They always match the formats of the seating elements – from classic to extravagant. A brand-new product is the double cushion. The seam enables the cushion to be folded double, thereby simply increasing its height and changing its function. Sustainable production in Germany Sustainability is the guiding idea behind the modular furniture from Cubit . It adapts to all furnishing situations, showcases a timeless design and is made of high-quality and permanently stable materials. Most of the sofa components are supplied by manufacturers from East Westphalia, a region with a long tradition of furniture production. Fabrics and foams are Ökotex-certified and the transportation routes are short. Minou Farkhondeh (interior designer) and Thomas Reichel (businessman) founded Düsseldorf-based Mymito GmbH in 2006. The company develops, manufactures and sells the Cubit brand online in Europe. These are modular furniture systems with high-quality materials, meticulous production and puristic design. Since 2012, Olaf Schroeder, an industrial designer from Frankfurt, is an associate of the company.

Product of the day: MDF Italia – INMOTION sideboard

Two years after presenting its project, the company still opts for imm Cologne as the international stage for the debut of Inmotion system restyling. Inmotion is a versatile e multifaceted furnishing system designed by Neuland Industriedesign - Paster and Geldmacher German team. In 2013, in conjunction with the launch in Cologne, the project received a first acknowledgement: the Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2013, the prestigious award organised by imm Cologne in collaboration with the German Design Council for the original solution adopted by designers to face and solve the topics of aesthetic innovation for a free-standing cabinet. Restyling the product starting from a side and not uniquely front vision, thus enhancing the piece of furniture’s section that, by its nature, is not considered in terms of end-use but by approach with the rest. Designers have introduced into the system a 3D aesthetic and functional innovation concept that involves both the side and front section of the cabinet by inserting a revolving element that, depending on needs, enables either to hide or reveal its contents as well as representing the project’s identity feature. Inmotion system’s versatility enables to create stylistic and functional combinations that adapt to user’s space and needs, with a sober and smart style at the same time. Today environments increasingly tend to mutual opening and dialogue to meet the growing demand of “cross” furnishing elements that offer a total freedom of composition. MDF Italia presents an extension of the Inmotion cabinet range by introducing a new wall element, as well as sideboards in various lengths and layouts equipped with tray-shaped compartment, together with a brand new and elegant open pore matt black lacquered ash finish and the renewal of day cabinets. These novelties valorise the Inmotion collection increasing configuration capacities and customisation options of the whole system. The final customer has more expressive freedom that can be adapted to any ambient. The entire Inmotion collection is perfected also from a qualitative and functional point of view: from the new downward flap opening system to the new simpler system for the cable management. The cure of the details characterizing the entire range has been concretized also by the introduction of new components. The system allows for a high level of customisation of some components, such as day compartments, the revolving element and the tray available in a wide range of colours – orange, dark red, aviation blue, mustard yellow, anthracite grey, sand and green – as well as in the following finishes: natural wood, grey natural wood and black natural wood that may be replaced also after their purchase to meet the changed requirements of the client and the environment. Sideboard available in the lengths 160 and 203 cm, in the version with downward flap door and tray: two versions of steel lacquered stand, bridge and frame, for a total height of 50 and 66 cm and adjustable feet. Sideboard elements have a support stand that always matches the colour of the structure, matt graphite or white.

Product of the day: MDF Italia – INMOTION sideboard

Two years after presenting its project, the company still opts for imm Cologne as the international stage for the debut of Inmotion system restyling. Inmotion is a versatile e multifaceted furnishing system designed by Neuland Industriedesign - Paster and Geldmacher German team. In 2013, in conjunction with the launch in Cologne, the project received a first acknowledgement: the Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2013, the prestigious award organised by imm Cologne in collaboration with the German Design Council for the original solution adopted by designers to face and solve the topics of aesthetic innovation for a free-standing cabinet. Restyling the product starting from a side and not uniquely front vision, thus enhancing the piece of furniture’s section that, by its nature, is not considered in terms of end-use but by approach with the rest. Designers have introduced into the system a 3D aesthetic and functional innovation concept that involves both the side and front section of the cabinet by inserting a revolving element that, depending on needs, enables either to hide or reveal its contents as well as representing the project’s identity feature. Inmotion system’s versatility enables to create stylistic and functional combinations that adapt to user’s space and needs, with a sober and smart style at the same time. Today environments increasingly tend to mutual opening and dialogue to meet the growing demand of “cross” furnishing elements that offer a total freedom of composition. MDF Italia presents an extension of the Inmotion cabinet range by introducing a new wall element, as well as sideboards in various lengths and layouts equipped with tray-shaped compartment, together with a brand new and elegant open pore matt black lacquered ash finish and the renewal of day cabinets. These novelties valorise the Inmotion collection increasing configuration capacities and customisation options of the whole system. The final customer has more expressive freedom that can be adapted to any ambient. The entire Inmotion collection is perfected also from a qualitative and functional point of view: from the new downward flap opening system to the new simpler system for the cable management. The cure of the details characterizing the entire range has been concretized also by the introduction of new components. The system allows for a high level of customisation of some components, such as day compartments, the revolving element and the tray available in a wide range of colours – orange, dark red, aviation blue, mustard yellow, anthracite grey, sand and green – as well as in the following finishes: natural wood, grey natural wood and black natural wood that may be replaced also after their purchase to meet the changed requirements of the client and the environment. Sideboard available in the lengths 160 and 203 cm, in the version with downward flap door and tray: two versions of steel lacquered stand, bridge and frame, for a total height of 50 and 66 cm and adjustable feet. Sideboard elements have a support stand that always matches the colour of the structure, matt graphite or white.

Product of the day: Girsberger – G 125 with star base

G 125: After 125 years Girsberger reinvents the wooden swivel chair G 125 is an innovative wooden swivel chair by Girsberger to mark the companys 125th anniversary. It evokes the early days when Girsberger made a name for itself as a specialist for chairs and height-adjustable piano stools. The chair was designed by Mathias Seiler. The G 125 comes with either wooden feet or steel feet on castors. The seat is made of either an upholstered seat board or a moulded wooden ring with transparent mesh covering. The backrest is made of steam-moulded solid wood. The G 125 is made entirely of natural materials – apart from the castors.

Material Matters: A Handy Wood Durability Chart

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Our entries on the types of wood used for boardwalks might have you wondering: What types of wood are more durable than others?

You may recall that in our wood series, we went over the Janka hardness ratings of wood. But when it comes to durability, Janka numbers only tell part of the tale; the hardness rating of a wood has to do with its ability to resist nicks and scratches, and gives you a heads-up on what types of blades you'll need to machine it.

Outdoor durability, on the other hand, has a slightly different scope. Even though wood used in building boardwalks or houses is almost always elevated off of wet soil on concrete pilings, there are other environmental factors the material has to deal with. For one thing, moisture—whether from rain or in the case of boardwalks, sea spray—and the fungi this can bring. On top of that you've got UV rays, temperature changes and pesky insects. Working in concert, this group of difficulties can impact how long a piece of wood can last and continue to serve its function.

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While you can find tons of Janka breakdowns online, we couldn't find many charts that specifically linked wood types with durability. So here's one from Woodworkers UK, a Welsh outfit that makes wooden gates and garage doors—items that are meant to withstand the elements for as long as possible. (Graphically speaking, the layout of the chart is a bit confusing, particularly since we had to edit the image to fit our format, but at least all of the info's there.)

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In the Details: Turning Aluminum Foam Into Meteorite Shoes

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When Microsoft approached Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves last November, offering to partner with them to realize a project of their dreams, it probably goes without saying that the duo jumped at the opportunity. Murakami, an architect, and Groves, an artist, make up the London-based studio SWINE (short for Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers), and they were given only one requirement by Microsoft: to use its Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch, all-in-one tablet meant to compete with laptops currently on the market.

SWINE typically focuses on what Murakami and Groves describe as "luxury artisanship," with projects that are often handcrafted using a range of production techniques and innovative material applications. (You may have seen SWINE's Hair Highway, which uses hair to create a series of vessels, when it made the rounds of the design blogs a few months back.) With the Microsoft-sponsored project, the duo wanted to push things in a new direction. "We aren't a very tech studio," Groves says. "So we embraced the opportunity to do a lot of tech things, such as 3D scanning, modeling and CNC milling."

Murakami and Groves had been closely following the recent NASA mission to place the Philae lander on comet 67P. "It was such a plucky and inspiring mission," Grove says. "We really wanted to celebrate that incredible feat in some way." In addition, he notes, the studio had "always wanted to make heels." Those two desires came together with the Meteorite Shoes, a pair of high heels that, as Groves describes them, "capture the look and sensation of large rocks suspended in zero gravity."

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Groves first called up a geologist he knew at London's Natural History Museum, pumping him for everything he knew about meteorites. The designer then made a trip to the vaults deep beneath the museum to see what is widely considered the best meteorite collection in the world. "We put together a proposal and had just three weeks to do the research, design, find the fabricators and make the project," Groves says. "It was like D-Day. There was no time for a prototype." For the material, they settled on aluminum foam, typically reserved for industrial processes such as energy absorption and compression beams in luxury cars—but perfect for its ability, Groves says, to form "bulky, rock-like irregular forms and be incredibly light and strong."

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Flickr Friday: Bicycle

#FlickrFriday: Bicycle | Show your love for the most charming form of transportation through your pictures!

It’s a relaxing exercise, it’s a form of transportation, it’s a way of living. A #Bicycle can be so fun! Feeling the wind on your face while you pedal can be one of the greatest things. So join us in the bike lane!

Submit your photo in the #FlickrFriday group. We’ll showcase our favorites in Flickr Blog next Friday.

CC-BY photo from Ian Sane – flic.kr/p/7VmmJ4


Flickr Friday: The Upside Down selection

The theme for last week’s #FlickrFriday was #UpsideDown. And you surely turned our world around with your photos! From little kids playing to toys hanging, some animals struggling and a snowman who got turned. Even NASA joined in! Thank you for your submissions.

You can have a look at all the submissions directly in our Flickr Friday group pool

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The Escape Artist
#UpSideDown Luke
The whole world in her hand
As a breakdancer
Hang Me Up To Dry
Flicker Friday @ UpSideDown
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Flickr Friday, UpsideDown
#UpSideDown
Tchibum!
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