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Let the Sunshine In: Lightfacet Modular Window Blind and Room Divider

As further testimony to the inherent knack the Dutch have for interior design, Dutch design house Bloomming present a diamond-shaped hanging modular system that can function as either a room divider or window blind.

Ryuichi Tabu's Tree-Shaped Air Conditioner, 'Breath'

Ryuichi Tabu has designed a tree-shaped air conditioning system that not only cools the air, but looks good and might actually be healthy for you, too.

Shelly Sabel's Umbrella Chandeliers: A Shower of Creative Lighting

In certain circles it's considered bad luck to open an umbrella indoors.  Brooklyn-based lighting designer Shelly Sabel seems to think otherwise, embracing the half-open umbrella in her quirky series of umbrella chandeliers.

Sebastien Wiernick's OnSite Installations

Belgian designer Sebastien Wiernick has been pushing the envelope in modern furniture design with his sculptural installations since 2002. Made of winding and warping polyethylene tubes that seem to have a mind of their own, his pieces have graced temporary exhibits as well as found a home in more permanent settings such as cafes and public spaces.

Nature's Manifesto and the Growing Chair from Michel Bussien

Stockholm's Konstfack University College of Arts and Design recently exhibited their 2009 graduates, and from this pool comes the Growing Chair from Michel Bussien.

Beton S-Chair Transformer: The Instant Armchair

From Polish design house Beton comes the S-Chair Transformer, a simple cover intended to transform any standard chair into a "comfortable, waterproof armchair."

On Lockdown: The Numlock Door Handle

In an effort to make life a little more interesting, designer Jae Sook Han has conceived a door handle that incorporates a combination lock into its design. 

Stand Back! This Table Will Self Destruct... In a While

Chicago-based Studio 1A.M. has configured a self-destructing coffee table, where each time a table is created, a pixel is removed from its tabletop, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece of limited edition furniture.

Clock Clock: The Analog Digital Clock

Swedish design company Humans Since 1982 has created a prototype of a digital clock from 24 analog alarm clocks, whose hands come together to create a digital display of the time.

Interactive Lighting: 'Disturb Me' by the Popcorn Makers

'Disturb Me' is an interactive light installation, meant to connect people to their environment through the medium of sound, producing colored orb projections that change hue, drop off physical surfaces and collect to form pools of color.

Pandora Box Unleashes Modern Furniture

For today's installment of the latest in innovative home design, here we find Pandora Box, a literal box full of -- no, not all the evils of the world-- but contemporary living room furniture. Ah, breathe a sigh of relief!

Kitchen of the Future: Rendez-Vous and Volare from Electrolux

Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, the Electrolux Global Design team is an international team comprised of about 150 designers with a philosophy of 'thoughtful design'.  Their latest two concepts, Rendez-vous and Volare, reflect the latest in modern lifestyle trends and consumer driven customization, and offer a sneak peek into some very futuristic kitchen design.

Utterly Composed: The Composition Chair

In a remarkable display of patience and attention to detail, Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design handcrafted the Composition Chair, a seat composed entirely of bent aluminum.

Not Just Small Change: Johnny Swing's Nickel Couch

Ever wanted to be surrounded by money?  Artist Johnny Swing knows the feeling.  That's why he created a couch out of 7,000 nickels. 

Gitta Gschwendtner's Uncanny Lamps

Every once in a while you run into interior design ideas that were clearly influenced by Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' or some other fanciful work of hallucinogen-fed fiction.  The Uncanny Lamps series by Gitta Gscwendtner reflects that inpsiration pretty clearly.

Swell Light: Rises with the Temperature

UK designer Paul Cocksedge has long experimented with material and technology in his lighting that, according to his website, 'simultaneously is what it is and yet ought not to be.'  Precisely what 'Swell' light is, and isn't...

Alice Wang Designs Chairs for the Dysfunctional

Designer Alice Wang likes exploring the darker side of human nature, and with this installation of quirky, bizzare one-off chairs, it's evident she's also got a healthy sense of humor.

She claims that though the function of every day objects remains essentially stable, our relationships to them shift with the evolution of culture, and so why not have that reflected?

ODA's ROOM: Modern Modular Furniture

The ROOM,  designed by New York-based design firm Office for Design & Architecture, or ODA, was originally designed for a teenager's loft-like space.  What eventually resulted was an adjustable modular system that could be retrofitted for small or larger sized bedroom spaces. 

Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Nendo

Tokyo-based designer Nendo has been all the buzz in the design world as of late, stepping up to the plate in a big way for the likes of giants Lexus and Issey Miyake. What follows is three of his latest creations.

Rob Zinn's Heliocentric Lighting Expands Into the Future

Alien invasion or futuristic lighting? Perhaps a bit of both. Designer Rob Zinn moves lighting into the future with his Concentric and Expansion XL series.