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Judging by the picture, I don't think space was an issue for Greek designer Athanasia Leivaditou when she came up with this convertible Desk Bed. It must have been something else. Maybe she was raised in an airplane, where the extreme lack of comfort made her feel at home. Or maybe she acquired a job where they didn't let her go home. Perhaps she just wanted a quick nap before bursting out from under the desk, shouting "surprise!" The Desk Bed: for those who want nothing to stand in the way of their productivity.

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Pleated Perfection: Ligne Roset's Ruché Sofa

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The Ruché sofa, designed by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset is taking over this living room, pictured above. I believe this to be a good thing, for it looks extremely comfortable. The Ruché is a fusion of fashion and form. The sofa is made of fine, solid wood and covered with a pleated material usually reserved for the comfiest clothing. The lines and curves blend together to make this an attractive addition to any room. The cover looks soft enough to rip off and wear to work.

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There are officially no more excuses to not do your homework. Even if you are no longer at school, you are a still a student of life. This functional desk by Robin Grasby has everything you need. It contains space for gadgets and paper, a Drywipe magnet board for notes and cutting board for those DIY projects you've been postponing. Power sockets? Yes it has them, no need to leave your chair. Stationary holder? Yep, no more losing of pens. Just stop making excuses, okay? Pay some respect to your work and use this magnificent desk. It'll teach you a thing or two about organization.

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From Japanese designer Yukio Takano, who designs for The Great Mushrooming (of course) comes a series of LED lights which bear an impressive resemblance to the real thing. Each kit is beautifully packaged and come with embedded battery packs. These would make a great gift for your botanist friends, your groovy chemistry professor, or maybe your vegan friends who really believe that we are what we eat.

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The Integrated Workstation designed by Matthew Plumstead is ergonomic, functional and promotes productivity. You can charge your laptop, phone and tablets through it. But the best part? It's attached to a very comfortable looking chair. Say what you will about time efficiency and organization skills, but when I hear daybed I think power-nap, not Powerpoint.

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Sculptor Jaehyo Lee is a keen manipulator of resources. Lee works as easily with leaves and branches as he does with iron nails. He has created otherworldly works in stone that recall the extraterrestrial vision of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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How many apartments have we lived in without curtains, simply because installing them was too much of a nuisance? Well, none, because that would limit your freedom to do many fun things, but you get where I'm coming from. The "Ready Made Curtain" by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was not designed for laziness (maybe a bit) but for ease of installation, minimalism and style. They're a testament to function and simplicity, and seem easier to assemble than anything from Ikea.

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Sam Stringleman's "Fall-Off" table is a work surface where the density of the tabletop is defined by where you put your things. The table was computer generated and the design is based on a mathematical "voronoi" pattern, which separates the space into several regions. When objects on the table are moved around, the surface density moves with them, providing support so you don't have to worry about where you're putting things (kind of like on any desk). You don't have to be a mathematics genius to work at this table, but it probably helps during the assembly process.

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Two distinct things that middle class people are proud of are their coffee machines and their offspring. Once they break free from the suffocating shells of studio apartments and settle into the outer boroughs, interior design becomes the number one priority, with children close behind. This design by Amy Whitworth encompasses the ability to furnish a clean and minimalistic environment, or at least give the impression of doing so. The bottom layer replaces oversized Phaidon books with a wooden dollhouse for your sons and daughters. As long as they stick to the downstairs and don't touch the lattes, life will continue to function.

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Fantasizing about weddings, dinner parties or going to the moon are one thing. But my fantasies are a little less common. I dream of a conference, a meeting so organized that notes are taken for every spoken sentence. A gathering of minds so bright, that information swirls above like a ceiling fan. A symposium of ideas that will live on forever. And when I finally have my dream conference (and it doesn't even matter what it's about), I will use the line of flexible furniture "Verb" from Steelcase.

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