At Lifehacker, we’re very much about the practical, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate good design as well. Many of our featured workspaces make the cut because they manage to combine efficiency and attractiveness. However, a quick wander through any swanky furniture store often leaves the impression that modern designers are often more concerned with making a “statement” than with designing something useful.
With that conundrum in mind, I recently visited the Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award exhibition in Melbourne, which this year is themed around “seat furniture design” (translation: chairs and lounges). The exhibition runs in Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria until the end of August, or you can check out a virtual panorama online.
All the featured “seat furniture” looks great, but a handful of items also had particular practical possibilities for Lifehacker-style office revamps. Buying a designer piece like this is quite probably out of your budget, but you might pick up a few ideas that you can apply using cheaper pieces and a little ingenuity. Here’s a few of the designs and some thoughts around them.
Angus has been writing professionally about technology since 1994 and breaking it for even longer. He is based in Sydney but spends a frankly unhealthy portion of his life on the road, tracking down the latest stories. In 2011, he won the IT Journo Award For Best Consumer Technology Journalist and Consensus IT Writers Award for Best Technical Writer for his work on Lifehacker; about time too.