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Intelligent home decorating: 5 ideas that Leonardo Da Vinci would have loved!

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Painter, scientist, artist, essayist, poet, designer, anatomist, musician and great designer and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci even found time to concern himself with architecture. And apart from the bridges, the war machines and the amazing flying machines, he devoted himself to the design of other inventions that have had some incredible implications on our every day lives. The mechanisms underlying the bicycle reflector, the jacket, the suit: we could go on and on with the list of items designed and created by one of the greatest geniuses in the history of mankind. 

But at homify we want to deal with the present and with what we think could have big implications for the future. Inspired by Da Vinci’s ability to think far ahead of his time, we want to introduce you to some of the most interesting recent innovations in the present world; designs that we think are destined to become gradually part of our daily lives.

A table that recharges your tablet with sunlight

We begin our brief review with what we know will quickly become an indispensable element of each study and living room: a small table whose entire surface is covered with photovoltaic cells that can charge your tablet or smartphone with mere exposure to daylight, without resorting to an electrical outlet! A design Leonardo would certainly enjoyed. Studio Natural has joined an attractive appearance, suitable for even the smallest of living rooms, with the power of convenience. How many times has your phone died because the charger is just too far away from the couch? But this isn’t only a design for the lazy, but also for the economically and environmentally minded.

Fluid, flexible lighting

This second project was granted the prestigious Young & Design Award 2013 and is by the same team of Italian designers who created the ingenious table that we just saw. Fluida is a table lamp with indirect light that is formed by a flexible strip held together between two metal bases. Thanks to magnets, the two bases can be combined in different positions, changing the direction of the LED band depending on our needs. Whether on the night table for reading in the evening, near the computer or just on the desktop, you choose where and how to take advantage of the incredible versatility of this item!

The cupboard that becomes a seat

Let's take a closer look at this design by a young Italian designer who lives and works in Berlin. At first glance it Rivolta might just seem like any of the many modern cupboards with that beautiful minimalist aesthetic that we are so familiar with from the countless architecture and design catalogs in our living rooms.

But, as we can see here, Rivolta is much more than this; it is a design that is not only beautiful, but also extremely practical. With a few simple steps, it can be converted into an ergonomic chair, perfect for relaxing with a book taken from the adjoining shelves! A very innovative solution for lack of space in the home, this piece of furniture would be perfect in a studio or other small apartment.

A washable sofa

 Dining room by Essent-ial

Ecopoltrona lavabile


Staying in the topic of living room furniture, we now introduce another product design, a modern sofa that makes respect for the environment its trademark. This comfortable armchair is made from eco-cellulose fiber, and what makes this chair truly exceptional furniture is that it can be put directly into our washing machine. Yes, that's right, we have finally found a washable sofa!

… and pillows

 Household by Essent-ial

Cuscini lavabili


Our team of experts has replicated this easy to clean idea in matching pillows! From now on, there will be no coffee stains on our pillows, and maybe we don’t even have to worry about the kids eating in the living room!

And for the kitchen?

Don’t worry, we we also have some suggestions for that area of the house that is always in need of practical solutions. This idea will allow you to have your most used kitchen tools always within reach: this single object, beautifully suspended from a beautiful skylight, brings together a hood for ventilation, lighting for the kitchen island and a functional grate to hang ladles, cups and colanders!

And with this last project, we end our review of innovative ideas that remind us of the great Leonardo, who we are sure would have appreciated these pieces combine functionality and respect for the environment with the style of your home.

What do you think of these designs? Let us know in the comments!
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