25 Designers Who Overturned Our Preconceptions About Everyday Objects

If you allow designers to call the tune, they’ll end up creating lots of fascinating stuff out of ordinary things. Not that we mind: doesn’t it feel good having something that is both useful and aesthetically pleasing?

A paperweight that holds a book open

A wooden lamp imitating a burning log

A custom Rubik’s Cube for the blind created with LEGO

Bookshelf stairs

A concrete table with incorporated planters

Salami memo block

This lamp looks like it’s hidden underneath the wallpaper.

This shower’s jets come from all directions.

Enamel rings that create a sloth

A LEGO burger

A stapler that staples and dates

This coffee cup holder has mini holders for cream.

This whisk also separates the yolks from the whites.

A pop-out window for enjoying the sun in small apartments

This USB key shows how much free space remains.

This tree chair has soft cushions on its “branches.”

It looks like water is flowing off a dragon’s tail.

Stylish, smooth, and curved cutlery

A tree radiator

Another bookshelf staircase

A suitcase with built-in shelves

A comfortable multi-use chair

Stackable cactus glasses

“The Disco chair, constructed from 200 meters of electroluminescent wire, transforms into a neon rainbow with a flick of a switch. A change of the pulse settings also allows the chair to become an incredible strobe light substitute.”

Have you come across any artistic and useful design ideas? Share your stories in the comments!