Good design begins by breaking rules. It challenges the suppositions that society places on an object's use and look.
This set of built-in bunks (above) is a fine example of good design. The designers, Tim Barber Ltd., take a kid's furniture staple, the old rickety bunk bed, and beef it up by enclosing it, painting it an interesting non-kid color, and basically turning it into an architectural element in its own right.
Here is where I come in to rain on the parade. God forbid if some little kid has an accident in that top bunk. Who is going to change those sheets? You have to be a circus contortionist to pull off that mattress pad without knocking off all that artwork or puncturing the nice pleated lampshade.
It is a curse to be so practical.
Here are nine more moments when something caught my eye and made me wonder, "Am I crazy or does anyone else think that the emperor is naked?"
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