Top 10 furniture designs for your modern contemporary home

What truly makes or breaks a home at the end of the day is the furniture that’s placed in it. The right kind of furniture design can create the essence and soul of a home. And I do feel it’s essential that the soul of our home is a reflection of our own soul. Hence picking furniture pieces that bring out the best in our homes, while authentically representing our personality is a must. You need to pick designs that are fun, sophisticated, and functional. They add an extra spark to your home, without compromising on utility in the least. From a table built from Tasmanian wood sourced from the bottom of a lake to a gorgeous dune-inspired table – these intriguing furniture designs are what your modern home needs!

1. The Intersection Table

Architecture studio Snøhetta designed a beautiful table crafted from wood sourced from the bottom of a lake called Pieman Lake in Tasmania, Australia. Called the Intersection table, the minimalist table is constructed using Tasmanian oak sourced by Hydrowood – “one of the world’s first underwater forestry companies”.

Why is it noteworthy?

As part of Snøhetta’s ongoing exploration of defining valuable use of new and forgotten material technologies, the worktable is the first exploration into wood aged at the depth of a lake for decades. The table was created by Snøhetta’s Adelaide and Oslo offices and was in fact handmade via traditional woodworking techniques. The tabletop features an impressive torsion box construction, which mimics the wings of an airplane.

What we like

  • This torsion box construction supports large cantilevers which provide rigidity and structure
  • The Intersection Table boasts a form that is meant to represent “the endless Australian coast”

What we dislike

  • A bulky design that occupies a lot of space

2. The Linoleum Collection

A graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, Lina Chi decided to revamp the usage of linoleum – by creating a collection of curvy and quirky furniture designs built from single sheets of linoleum. Quite aptly named ‘Linoleum’, Chi hopes to reinvent the material and provide it with a new identity.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Linoleum collection consists of a bench, two stools, and a low table. Linoleum is a material that has been existing for ages. It is primarily used as flooring, although it can be used as furniture.  It is a material that is quite common in spaces – such as schools, kitchens, and hospitals but is often mistaken to be plastic since they both have a similar appearance. Chi wanted to rebrand linoleum and present it in a new light.

What we like

  • Sculptural + visually pleasing
  • Reimagination of a familiar material

What we dislike

  • Not everyone may like furniture created from linoleum

3. The Follow Meeting Cone

Designed by office furniture brand Mara, the Follow Meeting Cone is an intriguing table with a conical base and an adjustable tabletop that can be controlled and operated using a mechanical component.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Follow Meeting Cone utilizes the brand’s pioneered height-adjusting mechanism that can support both sitting and standing working positions effortlessly! The table’s mechanical system allows the table to be raised or lowered, enabling you to position it at the angle you want to work in. The base and top are connected using a metal telescopic-element that is visible once the table has been raised.

What we like

  • The table’s interesting conical-shaped base serves as the star of the design and gives it a sculptural silhouette
  • The cone is designed to be used in commercial workplaces, as well as home offices or residential spaces

What we dislike

4. Wooden Arcade Cabinet

We’ve seen many of these “old school” designs surface in the past few years, thanks to successful “retro mini” revivals of popular consoles from a few decades ago. Of course, not all revivals have to stick to those same old designs, especially when there’s plenty of room to see these old giants in a new light. This arcade cabinet, for example, offers the same functionality as its predecessors but puts it inside a bare, minimalist wooden structure that looks stylish and perfect for a luxurious room.

Why is it noteworthy?

Unlike conventional arcade cabinets, this design can hardly be called a “cabinet” because of its shape. Instead of a large box, this arcade cabinet only has the outer “skin,” showing only the silhouette of the gaming contraption. In fact, it also has its sides left out so that you’ll only see the outline of its profile when seen from the sides. Unlike a typical cabinet as well, this interpretation has its back tapered a bit, streamlining the design and minimizing space.

What we like

  • It has plenty of curves that give it a softer personality
  • This arcade cabinet almost looks more like an art piece paying homage to the golden age of arcades

What we dislike

5. The COUCH-19

Given the volume of single-use masks produced and discarded on a regular basis, that can easily cause an environmental problem. What makes the situation worse is that very few people are aware of this situation, let alone of the harmful potential of these masks. What better way to call their attention, then, than by putting this number into perspective in a rather shocking manner?

Why is it noteworthy?

That is what COUCH-19 does in a way that is both meaningful but also useful. Hundreds of used masks are collected and then sanitized using ozone before they’re entombed in a pouf made from recyclable crystal PVC. Each pouf is modular so that it can be combined with others to form a couch to one’s specifications. The poufs are shaped irregularly to give the semblance of the masks frozen in time.

What we like

  • The iceberg-like design is intended to be a reference to global warming
  • Conveys a grave but integral message

What we dislike

  • As a couch, the COUCH-19 looks both interesting but also a bit unsettling, which might not be widely liked

6. The Bookgroove

We’re seeing a lot of product concepts for tables, shelves, and sideboards that can house books so designers need to create something that will stand out. And one such design is Bookgroove. The Bookgroove is a bookrack and table in one that has a pretty unique shape.

Why is it noteworthy?

The table itself is circular at first glance but there’s an almost J-shaped carving on one side that can fit several books. It’s not the most usual way to store books as they have to follow the shape of the built-in shelf on the side table

What we like

  • You can place a cup of coffee or glass of wine on the top part
  • It’s a fun way to store your favorite books

What we dislike

  • The books that will be at the bottom of the curve may get damaged over time because of their positioning
  • It’s also probably difficult to get some of the books when you want to read them

7. The Dune

There is something about loose sand that gives people a peaceful feeling, whether it’s sand on the beach or sand in zen gardens. There is one other location where such sand exists, but not everyone will want to travel to the desert just to enjoy such a view. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to recreate that imagery at home, and this center table concept design is arguably one of the most gorgeous.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Dune table’s name makes clear its inspiration, which might not be immediately apparent simply from its form. Unlike a gently sloping dune, the table’s base rises and falls in an almost random pattern. This creates forms, edges, and corners that wouldn’t be normally possible with natural dunes. Along with its blue hue, however, it gives the table an almost mystical and otherworldly character that only adds to its soothing visual.

What we like

  • The tabletop also follows this amorphous design, forming an irregular shape rather than a typical circle or ellipse. It gives a perfect view of the man-made dune underneath, serving both functional and aesthetic duties

What we dislike

8. The Goyo Chair

The “Goyo” chair is an avant-garde-looking piece of furniture that gives you a space for tranquility in the middle of a busy and stressful day.

Why is it noteworthy?

It’s actually inspired by the traditional singing bowls we see Tibetan monks use for their meditation practices and special rituals. It does look like a bowl with its rounded steel shape that will enclose you and give you the calming and healing qualities associated with the bowls.

What we like

  • The round seat is meant to engulf you and keep away all the distractions that may be bringing you stress and pain.
  • The backrest and the seat are also angled and contoured to make it more comfortable for you to sit there and meditate and experience the healing qualities it may bring to you

What we dislike

9. The Diag Desk

This beautiful, minimal, and modern desk is called the Diag Desk. It’s built to optimize storage space while integrating storage elements such as removable leather compartments. As simple and minimal as the desk is, it doesn’t lack in functionality or practicality in any form.

Why is it noteworthy?

Considering its minimalist build, more space can be devoted to the desk’s tabletop, where most of the desk’s purpose is reserved. The Diag Desk from Polish designer Marek Błażucki is one kind of minimalist design that integrates storage systems into its build, ensuring that users have ample desk space while still keeping their necessary stationery within arm’s reach.

What we like

  • Integrates ample storage systems into its build
  • Ensures stationery doesn’t fall off

What we dislike

  • There are a lot of visually similar desks on the market

10. Sharing Joy

Rather aptly titled ‘Sharing Joy’, this award-winning chair comes with a side table for humans to place their books and cups of tea/coffee on, and a crawl space for cats to casually lounge in (complete with a suspended toy for them to play with).

Why is it noteworthy?

What I personally love about Sharing Joy is that it subscribes to a broader vision of what lounging is and who can ‘lounge’. Designed for humans and cats to cozy up in, the chair comes with a hollow, oblong backrest that’s perfectly sized for an adult cat (or a tiny dog) to crawl into and laze around in. Moreover, the idea of having the human and pet lounging together against each other sounds like absolute perfection. 10/10 will give you the happiness hormones.

What we like

  • The chair sports a minimalist aesthetic that fits in most contemporary homes

What we dislike