Zipper BenchWXY Architecture + Urban Design

The Zipper Bench offers a conceptual facilitation of social engagement and interaction. Tailoring its design around the contours of Battery Park, the gently curving long metal structures weave throughout the plaza, their shape and size conforming to the shifting elements of the surrounding urban landscape. The bespoke elements of its design are broken down into various components spread across the civic space, each one acting as a distinct part within the urban whole.


Unusual and creative bed designed by OGE looks like a giant bird’s nest.


A comfortable informal and sensual soft space. The wooden nest is filled with highly comfortable egg-shaped sitting poofs which allow ergonomic sitting positions and various configurations for informal meetings and social exchange.


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SEND SUMMER OFF IN STYLE:  We’ve got an idea. How about inviting a few friends over for a fare-thee-well summer cocktail this Labor Day weekend? Escape the heat and move the party indoors with this lovely mix of colors and textures. 

Gordon Tufted Sofa / Meeting Place Wall Art / Nichole Garden Stool / Cabana Stripe Pillow / Faux Sheepskin Area Rug / Kai Wingback Chair / Avia Embroidered Pillows / Pamela Triple Gourd Ceramic Table Lamps

Spring project idea: Make your own outdoor seating … 

Every so often, I not only look at Pinterest, but I actually find a pin showcasing a project I’d like to learn more about.

One such example was this DIY outdoor seating project that uses pre-owned cushions, a dozen concrete block units, and four fence posts. Intrigued, I clicked through the pin and found a simple tutorial.

If you’d like to make something like this but don’t already have all the materials, have a look at Freecycle to see if someone in your area has some thing(s) you could use. A home-improvement reuse store — such as a Habitat for Humanity ReStore — in your community may have useful items. (For Habitat ReStore locations, look here.)

Photo via Lena Sekine, who made the sofa that’s pictured using a tutorial via the Kayla’s Basement blog here.

I’ve long since closed Pinterest, and don’t recall whose Pinterest “outdoor seating” pin I originally saw, but, well, thanks, Internet! 

BTW, Unconsumption’s on Pinterest: here


About the Designer

Phase Design was founded in Los Angeles in 2000 by award winning self-taught designer Reza Feiz.  Working within his philosophy of “strength in simplicity,” he uses solid woods, metal, ceramics and fiberglass in luxurious finishes to realize his simple, yet dynamic furniture, lighting and tabletop designs.  With all of Reza’s creations, he seeks to balance delicate physicality and practical functionality.

Reza has shown his work worldwide gaining international attention, and has been dubbed as “An American designer who influences world design”, a “Style Pioneer” and “One of a group of select young designers who represent the leading edge of discovery in design.”  Recently Mayer Rus noted “Reza Feiz’s wide-ranging collections make a strong case for the enduring appeal of restrained modern design.”  His work has been acquired by some of the most discriminating clients ranging from Starwood hotels and Google to Gensler and Tom Ford, in addition to being collected worldwide.

Reza continually strives to capture the modernist tenets of proportion and clarity in his work and draws upon both California and the greater global community of design for inspiration. He is influenced by the work of modernist architects like Pierre Koenig, Richard Neutra and John Lautner, yet he imbues his work with a 21st century edge, making it relevant to the constantly evolving contemporary environment.