If the Iron Throne were a plush pillow

I can almost guarantee that Game of Thrones would have looked a lot cooler had they put this polystyrene filled, wool felt chair in it instead. Maybe not cooler, but more playful. The Narl Chair is an Omnidirectional rocking chair, with a rocking base made from high-density polyurethane foam and leather hide.

Narl is the winner of the NYCxDesign student design award, and there’s a very good reason for that too. Carl Durkow, the designer of the Narl Chair, said “when an adult sits in the Narl chair, their feet are unable to touch the ground, and they are reverted to a childlike state. There is a Montessori philosophy about empowering children by giving them furniture scaled to their size so that their feet can touch the ground. I want to achieve the opposite of this.” A truly fun and exciting new chair, the Narl is everything you didn’t know you wanted.

Designer: Carl Durkow

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The Anywhere-chair!

I remember seeing the Sitpack a while ago and thinking back to the times when foldable chairs were still pretty huge. The Sitpack was the kind of foldable chair that could fit inside your laptop bag, occupying as much space as a 500ml beverage can (and weighing lesser than it too). Sitpack’s claim to fame was that for something the size of an umbrella, it could give you the experience of sitting on a chair. The Sitpack would take most of your weight off your feet, while correcting your posture, working your core muscles, and making sure the blood to your feet kept flowing and your limbs didn’t fall asleep.

Slimmer, lighter, and much more comfortable than before, the Sitpack ZEN is the company’s redesign of their revolutionary product. While the original Sitpack came with two unfolding parts that comprised a T-shaped seat, it felt a lot like sitting on a railing. The Sitpack Zen however completely avoids that problem with its Y-shaped construction and the hammock-esque suspended seat that forms in the middle. The seat feels cushioned as compared to its predecessor, making you want to sit on it for longer intervals, without shifting position or breaking a sweat!

Every single detail of the Sitpack Zen is beautifully thought out and could make a great product design case study. The outer body is made from anodized aluminum, making it corrosion proof, rust-proof, and yet lightweight (in fact it’s said to be the lightest chair in the universe). The telescopic base comes in carbon fiber and aluminum variants. Both have incredible load-bearing strength, and slide in and out beautifully like a tripod. The legs can be height adjusted to your requirement to ensure you get the most comfortable seating experience, and the elastomer foot at the base will rest against any surface without slipping, making it not just ideal for outdoors, but even great for indoor use (at your standing desk at work, or waiting at the subway for your train). The most impressive element of the Zen however is its seat. When in the open configuration, the seat forms a suspended fabric bridge between the two aluminum arms of the Sitpack Zen, ensuring you get a seat that’s comfortable to sit on. Close the Sitpack Zen and the fabric seat turns into a rather nifty strap that you can use to carry the Sitpack Zen across your shoulder.

The Zen, much like its predecessor fits into the grip of your hand, and can even slide into a laptop bag. Designed with the brief of making a chair that occupies roughly the same footprint as a 500ml bottle, the Sitpack Zen is a must-have for photographers who spend a lot of time outdoors looking for the perfect shot, or even for the festival goer. Even suited well for indoor use, the Sitpack Zen is the perfect accompaniment to your standing desk, allowing you to make sure you’re never hunched over your workspace. Once done, the Zen can be folded up and stored on your desk or carried back with you, giving you a nice impromptu seat on the bus or train if there are no seats available or at the subway station if you’re waiting for long. The Sitpack Zen is officially the lightest and most portable seating device in the universe… so no matter where, you’ll always have a chair!

Designers: Theo Ginman & Jonas Lind-Bendixen

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A backpack for your iMac

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The Mac Caddy is just pure genius, from concept, to execution, to even the name (Mac Daddy, geddit?)! The Mac Caddy is, in short, a desk-declutterer. It uses the iMac’s slim design and the fat bezel at the top to create a nice storage unit that hangs stealthily at the back of your iMac, away from sight, but within reach. The caddy holds everything from your bits and bobs (it even comes with a small stationery container), keeping things easy to access without the negative side-effects of a messy table. The caddy’s design comes with a slit on its side which makes it easy to store wired devices like your phone while it’s charging or connected to the machine, or even a hard-drive that sits in the caddy, perpetually connected to the USB at the base of the iMac’s back. Another brilliant design decision was to include the webcam guard into the caddy’s design. The removable guard sits on the lip of the Mac Caddy, covering your webcam to protect your privacy, and can be easily removed when you need to use the webcam for a web chat or an AMA, or in case you’re one of those rare Twitch gamers who games on a Mac. Either way, your viewers will definitely appreciate how clean and minimal your desk/workspace is!

Designer: Quan Li of MAQE

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A ‘fanta’stic fruity fan!

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The Creamsicle’s inspiration is pretty apparent. Its warm orange tones and the way the blades orient themselves around the rim rather than the hub creates a negative space that gives it a citrus-y feeling. While the fan itself is a hubless fan with a design language that’s familiar because of Dyson’s work in the area… its blade design steals the show with its refreshing, fun, tangerine nature. It almost makes the fan itself look cool and refreshing like a glass of Fanta or Tang. Perhaps that perception carries forward to the air the fan pushes out, making the Creamsicle fan seem more efficient at cooling you down than say any regular fan.

The Creamsicle fan, aside from being hubless, comes with a pivot at the base of the ring, allowing you to position the fan to point anywhere. The blades come in a translucent plastic, making them look more and more like their citric inspiration. I wonder if they come in more colors! I would love to see a beautiful, fresh lime green variant!

Designer: Kieran Moriarty

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Stationery with sex-appeal

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I don’t know if I’m the only one, and I surely hope I’m not, but good stationery really gives me a rush. I have this impulse to buy fancy mechanical pencils, or inks, or coloring sets just because they look remarkable and I wear them as badges of being a good designer with good tools of trade. I’m not the only one, right?

So you’ll understand how my heart palpitates at the sight of the XYZ series of measuring tools. They exude a class not often seen in stationery and boy, they look more like pieces of art than technical instruments. Designed in pure metallic matte black, with a form language of just geometric shapes like straight lines and circles (rather apt for geometric tools, I’d say), the XYZ set comprises a vernier caliper, measuring tape, compass, and laser dimensioner. They all look beautiful together as a family, and even separately. Minimal styling and a great UX unite them all. Each of them come with a dotted matrix that behaves as a screen as individual LEDs behind the dots light up to beautifully and minimally give your measurements digital values. The numeric values even sync with your phone, so that you can digitally store all your entries for cross-referencing later.

Along with the products, the branding and packaging embody an abstract, minimal, and dark/brooding attitude that gives the stationery the sort of seductive appeal you’d see in consumer electronics… Oh be still, my beating heart!

Designers: Pascal Ruelle, Nico Gibson & Ishmael Adams.

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