Did you ever think that a highly functional object such as a ladder could ever gain the attention of a curious designer? I was personally blown away by the elegance confined in the Tenzing Ladder, developed by Fritz Specht and discovered by our site on Yanko Design. The object originates in a student’s plan to come up with a ladder that no one would think about placing out of sight.
According to the designer, what makes Tenzing Ladder become more than an undesirable object you would commonly want hidden in the closet, lies in its elegant features: “wider steps and longer beams allow comfortable and fearless working in the height. Light bulbs, power drills and other equipment are stored in the tool bag and remain at hand on top of the ladder. Furthermore, the warm birch wood and smooth curves form an object that becomes a part of the living space”. With such a nice looking ladder around the house, enthusiasm in handiwork is bound to take off.
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in. The soaring ceilings of this bright and airy Texas home are further exaggerated by its recessed seating area. The raw look of the wooden ceilings and concrete floors are softened by strategically placed pops of color and plush pillows.
Create height with items such as plants, artwork and books. Alternate taller pieces with shorter items such as peite vases, as shown below in the A Beautiful Mess studio living room. Not sure where to start? Choose a cohesive look and go for it! The next shelf vignette featured at Emily Henderson showcases a “Desert New Age” style, which welcomes earthy tones, tribal patterns, succulents and mineral specimens, among other pieces. In fact, in the next image we see the exact same shelf, this time styled to create a Playful Scholar look featuring neutral, masculine colors. Note special touches such as a globe and a bust displayed in a cloche. Incorporate a few unique conversation pieces into your shelving display for added interest.