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Han Solo frozen in carbonite, as your desk

Posted in Furniture by Darrin Olson on February 23rd, 2008

Han Solo in carbonite deskWe’ve seen a number of products featuring not just Han Solo but Han Solo frozen in carbonite, including this idea for a ‘fridge and we’ve even seen some pictures floating around of Han in carbonite built out of legos. Well now you can steal Vader’s prize to Boba Fett and have the frozen Han Solo for yourself and turned into a practical piece of furniture. This desk is actually real and was created by Tom Spina Designs for a client with an apparent love for Star Wars and some extra cash lying around.

via bbGadgets

Abstract dinette: this is your furniture on drugs

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2008

Abstract dinette
This dinette could probably make you feel a bit dizzy if you looked at it too long. If furniture has personalities I would have to say that these could be classified as either “vertically challenged” or “objects on crack”. They’re equal parts creepy and cool. Designer Benjamin Hopf wanted to freeze them in time as they are falling apart before your eyes. But in contrast, they’re just as sturdy as most other chairs.

There’s no price listed for these on the site, but being art, I’m sure it’s inflated. It would be great to buy a bunch of this stuff and redo someone’s room while they’re away. They might be convinced that they have entered another dimension. One not of sight or sound, but one of mind…

Armchair Paradise pod is hungry, eats humans

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2008

Armchair Paradise pod
It’s a simple enough story. First we see the human lying back, perfectly relaxed in their Armchair Paradise pod, looking quite content. Next, we see that the pod has slammed it’s jaws shut, trapping the human inside, leaving the legs exposed. It will take approximately 2.5 hours to fully digest the human mass. Midway through digestion, the legs will fall away from the structure, having not been consumed. Every pod knows that human legs are the worst part. Too stringy.

How do they lure humans inside? Total comfort of course, after a hard day’s work, plus a built-in sound system that envelopes you in sound. THAT is how they get us!

Get some lovin’ with your Vok Multimedia Fireplace

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on February 7th, 2008

volk-fireplace.jpg$31,500 can buy you a lot of home furniture from Ikea. You could also sink that money into one piece which will help you live out your home theater, fire blazing in the night fantasies. Meet the Vok Multimedia Fireplace.

This premium piece of wood is available in oak, birch or rosewood and comes in four sizes. You can of course guess why – for the different television sizes in the world. The largest piece will hold a LCD TV up to 52-inches.

Mind blowing chair sends images to brain via skin

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2008

Mind blowing chair is creepyThe Mind Chair will blow your mind if the product description is accurate and can be believed. It uses sensory substitution techniques that enable the sitter to see moving images right in their brain. The nerves in the skin are the mode of transport. Cool and yet very very creepy. Just sit somebody down in this thing and you could interrogate them as if you had just pumped them full of psychotropic drugs.

The Mind Chair will be made available to curious onlookers at the MoMA in New York as part of the Design and the Electric Mind exhibition. Problem is, like a scene from some Phillip K. Dick novel, did you experience what you thought you did? Or in reality did they sit you down in that chair and brainwash you? I suppose you’ll never know. Sucks to be you. I’m staying away from the chair, thank you.

Ace Bayou develops wireless audio chair

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on January 29th, 2008

Ace Bayou Wireless Audio ReclinerAce Bayou, a developer of self described sound furniture, is coming out with a new recliner which will cut the cords, so to speak, when connecting to an audio device. It is called the Ace Bayou Wireless Audio Recliner. No specific word on pricing or availability.

The Ace Bayou Wireless Audio Recliner makes use of space inside the chair to “amplify sound, increase sound quality and improve the user experience.” It has a built-in 2.1 sound system with two forward-facing speakers and subwoofer.

Walking chair: It’s alive!

Posted in Furniture,Robots by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2008

It’s alive!
When designer, Karl Emilio Pircher and Fidel Peugeot pooled their resources, something amazing was bound to happen. But who could have imagined that their creative offspring would be a(horrified B-movie gasp) a walking chair.

It used to be that when you sat in a chair, your butt was in control. No more. Surely, THIS is how robots will seize control, carrying us where they will, never to be seen again. Humans being lazy, will no doubt not attempt to get up and thus be carried off to our fate.(Especially if they add a TV in front. That will make their takeover easy) Thankfully, that day has not yet arrived, but watch these chairs closely. They are fabricated from chrome plated steel tubes, plastic, and they even house an electronic heart. It’s pretty expensive at the moment at EUR 15, 000, but once they come down in price, no butt will be safe.

Come to my Bat Cave home theater

Posted in Furniture,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 16th, 2008

elite-batcave.jpgIf you have the money, they will build it for you. That’s the motto to run through your head if you have enough cash to layout for a custom home theater from the likes of Elite Home Theater Seating. The company showed off today its themed Batman “Bat Cave” theater.

Elite HTS, as the company calls itself, has its setups in many high profile locations, including Harrods department store in London, Technicolor Studios and American High Definition in Los Angeles. The latter location is reportedly used for “many private Hollywood screenings of upcoming feature films.”

CES 2008

Pyramat brings new gaming gear to CES

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Games,Pyramat by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Pyramat PC Gaming Chair 2.1Pyramat, known for making innovative gaming accessories, brought a well stacked line up of products to CES. This items included a full-on chair, a laptop accessory and a few rockers. All of these products should be available now.

Pyramat was specifically showing off the PC Gaming Chair 2.1 (pictured), Laptop Sound Booster, PM450-WR Sound Rocker and S5000 Sound Rocker. Prices on these items range from around $90 to $250.

For more details, check out the full press release after the jump.

CES 2008

Sony home theater stand includes surround sound

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Home Theater,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10Home theater stands are normally a pretty boring item to read about. Sony has put a flair though to a new one it is displaying at CES. It’s called the Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10.

The Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10 is a home theater stand with an included surround sound system. It specifically offers “Sony’s first 5.1 channel surround sound system to offer built-in speakers, an amplifier and a subwoofer in one slim speaker package.” It is attached to “a free-standing wall facade that also serves as a mount for a television. Wires are hidden behind the wall and connected to an integrated A/V rack anchored at the base of the media stand.”

CES 2008

PlayPOD gaming furniture looks Tron-like

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Games by Nino Marchetti on January 5th, 2008

PlayPODSorting through the reams of CES related press releases coming at us right now turned up this rather interesting looking “enclosed play area specifically created to maximize the enjoyment of inter active media.” It’s known by its maker as a PlayPOD and it’s being targeted towards gamers who want their own dedicated space.

The PlayPOD is described by maker Gamecenter as a space where “gamers can now place in one piece of furniture a game console/PC, TV/monitor and all the included accessories, games and movies.” It has something of a Tron like look to it and, according to its development blog, may have a sound system integrated.

CES 2008

Olivia recliner makes home theater seating plush

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 2nd, 2008

sd-olivia.jpgAt some point you should probably upgrade that ratty old home media room recliner you have to something a little more sleek, modern and comfortable. Salamander Designs is showcasing one such new piece of furniture at CES – the Olivia.

The Olivia, which did not have pricing information available, can be customized in a variety of ways, according to its maker. It sports a seating surface measuring 23.5 inches wide and needs just three inches of clearance behind it to recline. It features both a standard manual recline mechanism, and a powered mechanism controlled by a switch in the arm. A hidden footrest automatically extends as the seat reclines.

Salamader Design ottomans offer lots of storage

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on December 31st, 2007

jumpseatottoman.jpgOttomans generally serve the purpose of a place to kick up your feet while playing a game or watching a movie. Some furniture companies however take the ottoman a step further by turning it into storage. One of these is Salamander Designs and it just announced two new products – the Jump Seat Ottoman and the Storage Ottoman.

The Jump Seat Ottoman, pictured at right, is a typical looking ottoman which can be opened to reveal a home theater style, padded seat useful as a secondary spot when you have guests over to watch a movie. The seat is 21.5 inches wide x 14.5 inches deep, with the back rest 22 inches high. A cup holder and a small compartment for remote controls or game controllers rest along the seat’s right-hand side.

Raffel gets its Vibe vibrating game chair on

Posted in Furniture by Nino Marchetti on November 13th, 2007

The VibeRaffel Comfort Sciences is debuting a new music vibrating chair for the “next generation” of gamers and music listeners. The Vibe is priced at around $400.

The Raffel The Vibe chair is designed to vibrate through synchronization to music and sounds from MP3 players, video game systems and other media devices attached to the chair’s audio input. A six-inch subwoofer installed beneath the seat gives one the rumble effect desired while playing a game.

Bright beverages

Posted in Furniture,Toys by Chetz on November 6th, 2007

Kloss DeLightablesNeed to funk up your living room or are you looking for a novelty to attract customers to your cafe? Consider purchasing one of Kloss’ DeLighTables and adding to your selection of furniture. Your guests will be able to regress back to the days when they made art with fingerpaint as the table’s pressure sensitive surface glows when the slightest touch is felt. The company is now manufacturing both side tables as well as coffee tables with the light panels only 20 mm thin. Set a drink on top of the table and watch as an unearthly glow emanates from the bottom before you can finish saying “Bacardi Breezer”.

The electrical system for the DeLighTable runs off of 12 volts and it’s completely waterproof. I can see bar and club patrons going gaga over one of these while trying to play pick-up artist but it could also be a lot of fun in your own den. Finger races anyone?