• Mobly, Rocket Internet’s Home Furnishings Site In Brazil, Raises Up To $20M From LatAm Media Giant Cisneros Group

    Mobly, Rocket Internet’s Home Furnishings Site In Brazil, Raises Up To $20M From LatAm Media Giant Cisneros Group

    Rocket Internet, the Samwer brothers’ Berlin-based incubator that runs a vast global empire of e-commerce startups, is picking up a new, sizeable investor in Brazil. The Cisneros Group, the Latin American media powerhouse that owns TV, digital, and other assets, is investing up to $20 million in Mobly, a Brazil-based home furnishings site. Victor Kong, chief digital officer of the… Read More

  • Deal Décor Brings Its Factory-Direct Furniture Discounts Nationwide

    Deal Décor Brings Its Factory-Direct Furniture Discounts Nationwide

    Fresh off the heels of a $1.2 million round of funding, the furniture-focused e-commerce site Deal Décor is today announcing its official nationwide launch. The company, which we once referred to as a “Groupon for Furniture,” to be fair, isn’t really a rip-off of the Groupon business model. That is, it’s not about using group-buying to promote merchant coupons. Read More

  • A Chair Made Entirely Of The Cracks Between The Cushions

    You know how your phone, change, pen, or whatever is always disappearing into that crack between adjacent cushions or the back of the couch? Very annoying, yes. Which is why design studio Daisuke Motogi Architecture decided that we need to own those cracks. Result: the Lost In Sofa chair, which repurposes that flaw into a feature. Read More

  • Pricey massage chair folds into a cube

    The Venn diagram that drills down to the target buyer of this $800 chair must be a weird mix of people with lots of money, a tiny apartment, and sore legs. In cube form, the product “serves as an ideal footrest or stores unobtrusively in a closet.” Read More

  • Ecolok's flat-pack furniture will be handy in our dark, overcrowded future

    In the future, when overpopulation has forced us all to live in 6×6-foot pods, flat pack furniture will be indispensable. You’ll wake up, collapse your bed, and pop open a chair and coffee table for your morning bowl of nutrient gel. The hidden Illuminati of the world are already planning for this and hoarding them, which explains why you can’t order anything from… Read More

  • Pac-Man bookcase sacrifices shelf space to make room for mouth wedge

    Will nobody address the elephant in the room when it comes to this awesomely wonderful Pac-Man bookcase? The mouth wedge eats up (pun intended!) valuable shelf space. But what’s the designer to do? The bookcase could be a full yellow circle to represent Pac-Man’s mouth in the closed position but people would argue, “Hey, it just looks like a yellow circle. Then again if you… Read More

  • Office Depot somehow gets exclusive rights to sell $230 NASCAR chair

    I don’t know how in the world Office Depot managed to secure the rights to this exclusive, limited edition “No. 14 Tony Stewart NASCAR High-Back Leather Bonded Chair” but all the suits at Office Max and Staples must be going ape shit right about now. If you don’t have stock in Office Depot, buy as much as you can afford as soon as possible (disclosure: I don’t own… Read More

  • bdporter: Sony Music's roll-front cabinet with integrated Blu-ray player and projector

    Sony Music Japan has announced a pretty unusual product today, the so-called bdporter [JP]. It’s essentially a roll-front cabinet with a set of devices that’s geared toward home theater fans who look for a unique piece of furniture. Buyers will get a Sony Blu-ray player, a WXGA projector, surround headphones, active speakers and a 60-inch projector screen. Read More

  • Heated portable chair costs $120, makes being outside slightly less miserable

    If you’ve ever spent an extended period of time outside during the late fall or winter watching some sort of parade, sporting event, or interpretive dance, you’ll have no doubt A) had plenty of time to re-examine your life and B) wished you’d brought a chair. Now add C) to that list: wished the chair you didn’t bring was heated. Read More

  • "Reading Lamp." Very clever.

    In one of those rare collisions of good design and practicality, this lamp appears to be the perfect thing for your bedside. It’s simple enough: when you’re not reading your book, you place it on the lamp and it extinguishes the light. Pick it up; place saved, light on. Brilliant! Read More

  • Cool home project: DIY shelves from steel piping

    If you’ve got an area you’d like to fill with shelving, this looks like a great solution — if you don’t mind the industrial look. And the brilliant part is that it takes almost no craftsmanship skill to make — just measure, decide on shelf sizes, then take a trip to the local hardware store. Useful if your books are heavy or you’ve taken to collecting really… Read More

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