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Glacier Couch

Cement and melting glaciers aren't exactly synonymous, when it comes to furniture at least, that is unless..you're referring to the Drift Sofa by Fernando Mastrangelo. From some angles, it may actually look like something you brought back from an arctic expedition, but upon closer inspection, you'll see its plush purple velour and painted cement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Shape Shifting Sofa

Design firm Carlo Ratti Associate partnered with Swiss furniture company Vitra to create "Lift-Bit", an internet-connected, shape-shifting sofa. Its modular design enables one to seamlessly transform it into a chair, lounger, bed, and lots more. The prototype system is comprised of a series of single, upholstered hexagonal cushions of sorts, each motorized using actuators. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a woodworker who transforms a block of bamboo into the Death Star.

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Boeing 737 Chair

Photo credit: Fallen Furniture

Aviation enthusiasts rejoice! The 737 Cowling Chair by Fallen Furniture, is made from a real Boeing engine cowling that measures 2m by 2m. The chair sits atop a highly polished aluminum base, which also enables one to spin it effortlessly on its axis. Inside the cowling, you'll find plush black leather that complements the shiny shell quite nicely. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ocean Abyss Table

Photo credit: Ben Young via Design Boom

Influenced by the beauty of New Zealand's landscapes, artist Ben Young takes layers of glass, laminates them in a bluish tone, and then layers them onto concrete. Each piece in his "Ocean Abyss" series are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted. The most difficult steps are the planning and development phases, where models are constructed, templates drawn, and custom jigs created, before hand-cutting the sheets with a glazier's tool. "I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes," said Young. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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AK-47 Chair

Scarface fans rejoice! This JamesEdition piece is made from real AK-47 assault rifles, and the idea came to artist Rainer Weber while reading a book on AK creator Michail Kalashnikov. Each one boasts four service-used, fixed stock stb AK-47s and two stb AK-47s with folding stocks, used at the front chair legs and arm rests. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hugging Sofa

Sometimes, all you need is a hug to brighten your mood, and the "Free Hug Sofa" may not offer any comforting words, but it does get the job done. Created by designer Eun Kyoung Lee, this innovative piece of furniture was created specifically for A'Design Awards, and "it will hold you warm and soft like your mother, friend, and a lover." It can be twisted in many different shapes in seconds, even a lounger. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Skull Armchair

First revealed back in January, HAROW's awesome skull armchairs have now gone from concept drawings to reality. Made from fiberglass, each piece is meticulously handcrafted over the span of 3-months inside a small shop located near the south of France. The armchairs are limited to 12 individually numbered pieces and come in black or gold colors. Continue reading for more pictures of the actual armchair.

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Lagoon Table

Photo credit: Alexandre Chapelin

Artist Alexandre Chapelin combines resin and travertine marble to create incredible optical illusion-like lagoon tables. This seris is officially called "Lagoon 55", and reproduces "the depth of the sea and bringing the ocean/lagoon effect to your living room from the comfort of your sitting area." Chapelin "poured the especially created resins from our unique formula at each different level of depth." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Peugeot Onyx Sofa

Volcanic lava stone and carbon fiber aren't usually associated with sofas, that is unless...you're talking about Peugeot's Onyx Sofa. It's made from lacquered black carbon fiber that's been fused with hand-cut volcanic lava stone from France's Auvergne region. One caveat: this 10-foot furniture piece weighs in at a hefty 800-pounds, so moving it may be an issue. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Glowing Table

During the day, this looks like a normal table with cool blue accents, but when it starts getting dark, you'll see that it starts glowing. There are no electronics involved, just normal resin mixed with pigmented resin, carefully poured into all the nooks and crannies of the wood piece of your choosing. Once that's done, you'll want to sand everything down for a smooth finish, before sealing it with a finish. Continue reading for the full instructions.

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