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Dining Table with Drawers

Regular dining tables are fixed size or extendable but normally only on one or two sides. The idea behind this table is that it’s extendable per seat, so with individual drawers.

In non-extended position it can be quite a small table, measuring for example 60cm. With all drawers extended, it can be as much as 120cm with enough room for pots and pans in the center. If the drawers will be flush or have space in between, what the dimensions of the table are, etc, etc, etc, that’s really for a later more detailed design.

Dinging Table with Drawers

Sketch created 8th September 2014.

Hanging Bookshelf

Concept of a bookshelf that’s not free standing on the floor, but hanging on the wall on cables. Anchoring on the wall can be done with so-called hanger plates, used as climbing anchors on indoor walls. As the shelves have to be fixed somehow to prevent cables going outwards and shelves falling down, they have to be fixed with plates on the side or another mechanism. Hanging Bookshelf

Sketch created 13th September 2014.

Uneven Customizable Bookshelf

A bookshelf with uneven, customizable, shelves.

What happens with a normal bookshelf is that you always have trouble keeping books upright. Books do fall to the side and you have many different size books, just not fitting on one shelf. So you create different shelf heights. Similar books end up on different levels, only because books have a different size. With this bookshelf both “problems” are addressed. You can group books on the same shelf, with the inclination helping kepping the books standing up.

As it is very handy to have no fixed levels, but adjustable, my idea is to have multiple fixing positions for the shelves like a regular bookshelf, but meant to be that they are not level. They can however, if needed or liked.

Of course this way shelves have a different length. That can be solved by simply sawing the ends of so they fit. 🙂

Uneven Customizable Bookshelf

Sketch created 7th September 2014.

Altering height couch, bed, floor

Bit of a mash-up between a regular floor, a couch, a bed and all you can imagine.

The idea behind this is a floor split up in tiles, height altering depending on the function of the floor at that moment. With the flick of a button you could change the floor to a couch, a bed, a snugging area or just a completely random pattern.

80 x 80 cm looks like good size for the different tiles and yes the base of the floor has to be on a fairly high level to accommodate the various heights of the tiles. Maximum height of the tile has to be somewhere in the 100cm range to be able to have multiple levels and actually create something like a couch with a floor, seat and back.

Various practical issues are there like the mechanics involved, the gaps between the tiles, the hardness/softness of the tiles (you want a firm surface to walk on and put your drinks down, but a soft surface to sit/lie on), etc, etc, etc. So yes, this is a very rough sketch about something that in the end might not be practical at all. 🙂

Altering height couch, bed, floor 1-2 Altering height couch, bed, floor 2-2

Sketches created 10th November 2013.

Personalized Presence Registration

At work we have an Ikea Expedit closet which is quite empty at the moment. Last week we talked about it at lunch and one of the ideas is filling the closet with personal items from the various departments in our office. (ICT, Finance, Customer Contact Centre, etc.) This got me to the idea of using a similar closet for a personalized employee attendance system in both a digital and analog form.

In the analog design all squares are filled with personal items from the employees, representing them in their own preferred way. When the employee is out of the office, his/hers personal item will be hidden by either an translucent (milk) glass or a wooden door. When the employee enters the office and his/hers presence is registered, the door opens and the item will be visible.

In the digital design we can take this one step further. The squares are filled with LCD touch screens and this opens up endless possibilities. We can add information about the employee, the times he/she is normally in the office, the department he/she works for, the extra groups/teams he/she is in (for example the Emergency Response Team, BHV in Dutch, or whether it’s a board member), etc, etc, etc. It would also be possible to normally show a personalized photo/image, but show detailed information when the screen is touched, going back to the default photo/image after a set timeout.

Of course, the digital design could be done entirely by using a very big screen, but that kind of defeats the idea of using an Expedit-like closet and filling it with personal items. The idea behind this is really that it’s more a very personal representation of the people working in the office then an adequate presence registration. (There are better tools for that.) That’s why in both cases showing a personal item is they key. Digitalizing it with computer screens just add more features to it.


Personalized Presence Registration

Sketch created 10th November 2013.

Monitor stand with built-in LED light

A monitor stand with LED’s built into it’s legs. (For drawing, writing and computer use.) The LED’s can be colour-changing and be turned to create either a floodlight under the monitor stand or beam on the desk in front.

When turned inwards, it’s a mood-light, when turned outwards it’s useable for reading and drawing. If the legs are turned towards the front, colour can change to white and floodlight can turn into a brighter, more focussed beam.

  • Turning legs
    • Turned inwards, sideways, outwards: ambient / mood light
    • Turned towards desk: reading, drawing, etc
  • Colour
    • Bright White / Paper White for accurate drawing
    • Soft White for ambient light
    • Multicolour / Rainbow / Colourchanging for ambient light / moodlight

Monitor stand with built-in LED light

Sketch created 15th October 2013.

Time based imageframe & clock

A square digital image frame with a (digital) clock. That’s basically what it is. This could be any design, any size. But there’s one thing that’s different in this idea: The image shown, is taken on the exact time and date as the current time. What you see on the frame, is what you could see if you’d look outside! (Yes, if it’s winter, you’d see an image taken in winter, if it’s summer but 11pm, you’d probably see a quite dark image.)

We need a few things to get this working:

  • Loads of images! Really, loads of images. (Or we might be less exact.) These images could be uploaded to the frame itself (SD card), stored on a local server (wifi or ethernet required) or stored on the internet in a pool. (We could use Flickr, Deviantart or our own pool.)
    • Also, the images could be images taken ourselves, by peers, by people having this clock, by friends,  etc.
  • Some pretty smart computer behind the frame and software to provide all functions, read EXIF information, connect to the internet, etc, etc,etc.
    • Power won’t really be an issue as we need a steady power supply for the screen. Operation on batteries is not really considered.
  • Some network synchronization (NTP) to get the correct time and date.
  • A smartphone app or other form of this idea could be a nice extra to simulate the idea behind the clock in something you could have with you all the time. I’m thinking “Omate” though 240x240px is a bit tiny for showing full-blown photographs. 🙂
  • Network connectivity if we’d like to have access to the amount of pictures to make this really look cool.

So that’s it. Yes this is “just a digital photo frame with a clock”, just a tad different than what’s already out there. 🙂


Time based imageframe & clock

Sketch created 13th October 2013.

Walltime LED-Clock

A (LED)clock projecting the time on a wall by different light patterns.

Time is represented by patterns of light on the wall or ceiling dependent on where the light is mounted. (It can be mounted on the ceiling, floor, top of a cupboard/bookcase and even sideways on the wall. The time is not precise even with a “resolution” of 5 minutes, as it’s quite hard to determine what exact LED is burning. This could be circumvented by actually painting the wall with a timescale.

The Day

In general day starts on the left at 0:00, then the hours slowly work to the right changing color temperature from a cool blue night-ish glow to a warm midday color temperature. Then the hours go back to the left again, keeping the warm yellow color and then working it’s way to the right to a cool blue nightglow again.

Minutes start on the left at 0 minutes and move to the right where the 60 minute mark is. They keep the same color during the day, but might change during the seizons. (For example a cooler, whiter colour during winter and a warmer, yellowish colour during summer.) Also, because we want to be precise as possible, they do not simply switch a new LED on every 5 minutes but HAVE a LED every 5 minutes, increasing and decreasing brightness of the LED’s every few seconds.

The beams/patterns

As we want to easily show the difference between minutes and hours, the beam pattern has to be different. Idea is that the hours are represented by a small but strong and long beam reaching the floor (if ceiling-mounted). Minutes however will be represented by a short but wide beam. This is opposite to a clock whereby the hour-hand is the short-hand and minutes by the long hand. Seconds will not be represented seperately, only by the shifting brightness of the minute LEDs.

The Hardware


  • Arduino or other intelligent and programmable controller
  • auto-setting the time (NTP)
  • timezone aware
  • changing hour representing LED colours dependent on the the time of day
  • changing minute representing LED colours dependent on the season
  • connecting multiple elements (bars) to create a clock anywhere from 2 meters to infinity
  • changeable by the user (setting the timezone, altering the color patterns, etc)

LED bar

  • 12 high-power multicolor LED’s or LED clusters with a lens creating a small, long beam for the hours
  • 12 high-power multicolor LED’s or LED clusters with a lens creating a wide, short beam for the minutes
  • connectable to other bars, increasing the width of the bar and the resolution

Mount options

  • ceiling, projecting the time on the wall and floor
  • floor, projecting the time on the wall and ceiling
  • wall, projecting the time on the wall and opposite wall
  • bookcase/cupboard, projecting the time on the ceiling

Walltime LED-clock 1-3 Walltime LED-clock 2-3Walltime LED-clock 3-3

Sketches created 19th October 2013.

Wired wireless keyboard & mouse

Concept of a (computer) desk with built-in (USB) charger and “wireless” connectors for keyboard and mouse.

The idea behind this is that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of batteries always dying. It’s a bit of a combination between wireless devices connecting via BlueTooth and wired devices connecting via USB.  I want to take out the dependency of BlueTooth, go back to quite regular, but still be able to move around my keyboard and mouse anywhere I like, meanwhile not having to deal with batteries and using the same grid to power, charge and connect other devices like cellphones and tablets to the entire grid.

The components:

  • A desk with conductive copper or metal strips carrying both data and power for keyboard, mouse, cellphone, tablet, etc, etc, etc
  • Regular USB ports for charging devices who can not be converted to use the grid
  • Electronics to prevent short cirquit (the lines have to be switched off, devices use remaining lines)
  • Electronics to separate the various USB signals from eachother (USB hub functionality)
  • Special keyboards and mice with built-in connectors to the grid
  • USB to “grid” convertors for devices like cellphones, tablets, etc
  • Many, many more

Of course many components have to be worked out and this is really just a very rough idea. No real design work involved yet as it is about the concept and not aesthetic of the whole desk. 🙂

Wired wireless keyboard and mouse

Sketch created 13th October 2013.

Turnaround when liked

Three geometrical shapes combined in a chair with a twist. The square and circular bits are put firmly together but it’s the triangle which can pivot around. The sole reason? Just to change the look…

Sketch created 29 January & 7th February 2011.

Ball-Framed Chair

Combine a cut-out ball-shape with a wooden or steel frame and there you have it, the Ball-Framed Chair.

Quite simple design and the colours are pretty much undefined. The curve in the frame makes the side-view more interesting and the frame DOES have it’s use, it keeps the ball from rolling all over the place. 🙂

Sketch created 28th January 2011.

Just a picture of my hand…

There, nothin’ more then a crappy picture of my hand. Because I wanted to break the habit of pretentious furniture design and concepts. Nothin’ more. 🙂


Artminds Connected, Globally

How cool would it be if YOU had control over the artwork displayed in your neigbours home, or that in a strangers home on the other side of the world, of even that displayed for millions in the Tate Modern in London?

Full control yet no influence

This, in a way to have full control about what will be displayed there on a (not any) given time, be able to interact with the people viewing the artwork you’ve chosen or even made. But with one catch, the people viewing (yes, that means you as well) have NO control about what will be displayed in their homes, offices or museums. They just have to deal with whatever is shown. (Though we could think of a panic-button for stuff that’s really inappropriate.)

No Limit

There’s no limit in what kind of artwork should be there. Think of photo’s, scanned paintings, sketches, industrial design, old masters, very modern work, computer created paintings or maybe even interactive digital artwork where you actually become part of the art.


The artwork to be pushed of course should be licensed in a way that it’s legal to use this way. So Creative Commons, explicit permission from the author or copyright holder (that can be you, if you design/create artwork yourself), etc. This does not mean the artwork has to be free. You can decide to permit the community to use your work specifically for this purpose, being able to buy the artwork if people want the original, a paper copy or want to view it for an extended period of time.

That’s it for now

I’ll leave it there. There are plenty of loose ends in this concept, I think that’s exactly how it should be. It’s a concept which has to be made by the people using it.


One last word about the equipment needed for this. I think every bit needed is already available or can be easily created.  I think the main parts are:

  • Internet (to push and pull the artworks)
  • Digital photo frames (large ones as well, you don’t want to be limited to a mere A4 or A3 format painting)
  • LCD displays on the photo frames to show information about the artwork (who uploaded it, who designed it and what’s the title of the artwork)
  • Computers (to give ways of interacting with attendees of the project)
  • A server (to provide the necessary infrastructure)
  • Scanners/photo camera’s/e-tablets/etc. (for scanning and uploading artwork/paintings you design yourself to the community)
  • Some custom software for interacting with each other

Sketch created 19th November 2010.

Another Day? Another Painting!

Bored of seeing the same old picture hanging on the wall of your living room every day? Want to be surprised, every morning, what ‘d be you’d see when you’re having breakfast? This just might be for you…

Basically it’s just a picture frame, but with several pictures stacked inside. Every night the mechanism comes into action and exchanges the picture for one from it’s collection hidden inside. Of course there’s a nifty remote control to alter all the settings you like and need and a display to show what you’re actually looking at, just like you’re in a museum.

How about the bookshelf then? Well, it’s simply there to hide the mechanism and give some room to store more paintings then could be stored only in the picture frame. But you’re completely free to add a deeper meaning to the presence of the shelf. 🙂

Sketch created 18th November 2010.

Fuzzy Bookshelf Clock

A bookshelf, but at the same time a fuzzy clock. It tells you the approximate time by revealing one or more shelves. For example, at 1 ‘o clock only the upper right shelf is revealed, at 6 ‘o clock the lower right 3 and at 11 ‘o clock the upper left 2.

Have a look at the drawing to see the idea. The doors simply slide down or up at a certain time and by this you can only have a look at and pick the books revealed to read, at the same time checking what time it approximately is.

Sketch created 13th November 2010.


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