Growing up I had my share of fights and wrestling matches with my brother and friends while on the couch. Usually one of us would end up poked in the eye with one of the pillows on the couch and my mom would yell at us saying that the couch wasn't made for fighting on.
I have two kids and both are years outside the baby bed today. I can remember putting the beds for them both together only to toss them out in a few years when they learned to scale the side of the bed. Andensen Furniture has a new design concept that is perfect for the new parents looking to get some mileage out of their furniture.
If you eyed up the flexible spine of the Herman Miller Setu earlier this week and thought "nice, but I'd like more rotational combination of axial forwards, backwards and sideways movements" then you're obviously bizarrely well-read on ergonomic seating and probably already know what we're about to say. If, however, you know little about pivotal sections but would just like to sit for a few hours without ending up stiff, then Wilkhahn's ON chair may be the answer. Unlike regular task chairs, which mainly permit forward/backward movement, ON has an artificial hip-joint with "two swing plates that are just as supple as thighs".
Like any geek who spends more time on their hiney than in sunlight, we've a soft spot for high-priced ergonomic furniture, and when it comes to such things the inescapable name is Herman Miller. Father of the classic Aeron and the bizarrely-beehive-like Embody, they also have more affordable options such as the Setu. Nearly half the price of an Aeron, it's billed (almost) as Herman Miller's sop to the masses, and Core77 have not only reviewed it but caught up with the team responsible for its manufacture.
Manufacturing overview video after the cut
It's hard to find a single screengrab to illustrate this great video of craftsman Brian Grabski's work-in-progress furniture: that's because it hides a fiendishly clever mechanism by which you can open a secret drawer. The hand-crafted chest-of-drawers demands you pull open each of the visible drawers, before a hidden control springs out and allows you to trigger the secret compartment built into what looks like a normal molding.
Video demo after the cut
We're told that water and electronics don't mix, but word obviously hasn't made it to iHouse. The company has been demonstrating their SmartFaucet, a touchscreen-enabled tap that also includes a camera for face-recognition. If you've ever wanted to check your email and calendar from your bathroom sink, here's the faucet for you.
Video demo after the cut