Furniture designers and brands with NFT
By now, most people are familiar with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) or blockchain. The concept of authentic and exclusive digital assets marks its presence in all spheres of life. Whether it’s fashion, artwork or real estate, the NFT market is growing rapidly. While designers are now designing “Furniture NFTs”, various furniture brands are launching their own NFTs to increase the market even further.
With a fashion week recently held in the booming metaverse, the NFT craze seems to have grown exponentially. From Bored Ape Yacht Club digital art to sports memorabilia and music records, there’s a lot. Virtual furniture is one such concept that has piqued the interest of designers and digital versions of various pieces of furniture are being sold for huge amounts.
Let’s take a look at some furniture designers and brands that are making an impact on the NFT world with interesting furniture.
Here are some brands and designers who have launched furniture NFTs
It is quite striking to see the effect of blockchain-backed digital assets. A real furniture design company, actually opened a metaverse company, to help those who want to manifest in this area.
Firas Alsahin and Amjad Hourieh, co-founders of Dubai-based luxury furniture brand 4Space Design, entered the luxury sector with Meta4Space to reinvent their game plan and gain an edge over other architecture and design brands. furniture on the market. They joined OpenSea in January 2022 and launched their first line of chairs with the NFT collection titled MetaChair Society.
In an attempt to merge the real and virtual worlds, the company is giving the physical version of its chairs a technological makeover. A totally unique 3D model of a digital chair is created for a client, who can then use it in other metaverse elements like a virtual house, museum or showroom. AR technology, VR headsets and tools like Gravity Sketch are used to create such designs, which are nothing short of works of art.
To increase customer engagement in this regard, the furniture brand has also added another feature, whereby each chair is an invitation to other company services and events. In fact, in its first week of launch, six MetaChair Society NFTs were traded for 2.9 Ethereum.
Talk to designwanted.com, Alsahin said, “We created a Meta Chair in physical form for a themed cafe in Dubai where 4 of the designs placed inside the cafe engaged customers by imagining what a cafe would look like on Mars.” The cafe, named Space Cup, features these futuristic chairs that can be seen in the NFT market.
Raising the bar with refined interior products made in Italy, Visionnaire is a meta-luxury brand that has seamlessly provided modern and classic interior design pieces for residential spaces, high-end hotels, luxury yachts and the aviation industry in over 55 countries.
The luxury furniture brand entered the metaverse with Visionnaire NFT in collaboration with renowned American artist Jonathan Monaghan. Launched during Milan Art Week during the 26th edition of Miart, the NFT takes the sculpture of Apollo del Belvedere from the Vatican to the digital realm. The Greek archer symbolizes aesthetic perfection, making it the ideal figure for the Italian brand’s NFT.
According to a press release, “The life-size bust, sculpted in Carrara marble, inspired by the padded leather typical of the world of furniture, decodes Antiquity by bringing to the contemporary the meticulous study of the contrasts for which the work is famous. : softness and hardness, virtual and physical, past and future. It launched on the Foundation Market on March 28 and features three NFT video teasers.
The life-size physical bust will be displayed in the Wunderkammer in June 2022 and will go on sale with a dedicated NFT “plus” on the occasion of the 60th edition of the “Salone del Mobile di Milano”.
Sought-after digital artist Andrés Reisinger’s 2021 NFT auction, titled “The Shipping,” netted him nearly half a million in 10 minutes. The collection included 10 pieces of furniture and was posted on Nifty Gateway, one of many online auction sites.
Reisinger sees his designs as a body of conceptual art as well as collectibles. This is what gives these NFTs their value. Recently, in March 2022, Reisinger presented his latest work titled Sun/Leaf at Art Dubai Week. The digital work (called Sun) included a 90-second audiovisual piece showing an animated landscape on an LED wall, which bordered a body of water outside the gallery. In this “phygital” line of work, one of the physical aspects (called Leaf) included a futuristic hybrid chair in chromed metal placed in water.
Although one cannot sit on these sofas and couches, one can interact with NFTs by dropping them into virtual spaces like CryptoVoxels or Minecraft. They can also be explored using an augmented reality device like a gaming platform like Unreal Engine. Working in reverse, Reisinger has teamed up with Spanish furniture brand Moooi to transform its popular NFT Hortensia chair into a real-world entity.
Architect and design enthusiast Romulo Temigue, based in São Paulo, is another name known for his whimsical and eclectic furniture designs. His designs look absolutely out of this world in concept and construction. Having collaborated with major global furniture brands like Kartell, Moooi and Vitra, his digital armchairs, table lamps and sofas have a touch of reality. With a dreamy aesthetic in play, Temigue uses different colors and textures along with Plexiglas-like materials to achieve a seamless look on surfaces.
Advancing into the NFT world, Temigue listed his Stone Armchair design on the Foundation Market. Due to its widely acclaimed hybrid digital designs and huge following on social media, 3D designs and artworks are very popular. When sold, these encrypted digital files contain full details of owner, buyer, cost and more, keeping their originality intact.
As an industrial designer with a passion for NFTs, Temigue believes that this realm is still physical and personal in nature. People always want to touch and feel before investing in something like this. However, the NFTs give her complete creative freedom to play with colors and looks and come up with completely new designs.
According to a report by designwanted.comsays Temigue, “That’s why NFTs are so great because it’s possible to create colorful ideas with any material without thinking about the manufacturing process. If it’s not total creative freedom for a designer , I do not know what it is.
American furniture and decoration designer Misha Kahn is a brand unto himself. Known for his bold and original designs, Kahn partnered with auction house Christie’s, in 2021, to launch 10 NFT designs. The collection was called Misha Kahn: Furniture Unhinged and included biomorphic figurines representing functional furniture.
Auction pieces came with their own specs and allowed the owner to 3D print the design for a real-life keepsake. A 13-second animation made by Kahn himself became the starting point for the NFTs, from which the designer took a particular frame to create the physical furniture. They included chairs, tables, cabinets, a birdbath, and lighting.
According to Wallpaper.comsays Kahn, “What’s really exciting to me about selling an NFT of a design object is that you can express yourself in an object that doesn’t need to be materialized.”
Furniture brands that will launch NFTs
Los Angeles-based furniture startup Dims launched Logos Collection, a minimalist outdoor furniture line designed by Dutch designer Christian Heikoop in March 2022. Based on this, the company is set to launch an NFT collection.
Although not much is known about the crypto art, it is reported that Dims will release 2000 NFTs in various stages. The first batch will have a starting price of 100 USD each. Making things easier for those who aren’t much into the NFT space and cryptocurrency transactions, Dims has partnered with a service called Venly to allow shoppers to buy the digital collectibles in USD.
Each Dims NFT, a limited-edition GIF glitter collectible, will come with a permanent coupon, granting the holder 15% off all Dims furniture and merchandise for life. After purchase, holders can keep the NFTs or sell them on any open market.
According to Home business, Dim Founder and CEO Eugene Kim says, “Crypto and smart contracts had been on our radar for years, but once NFTs took center stage last year, we started to understand how some of the technology could be leveraged for what we do. According to Kim, the proceeds from the NFT sale will be used to recoup the engineering, tooling and prototyping costs of the furniture design.
One of the fastest growing furniture and home decor brands in the Middle East, Nomanzi is set to be the first brand to launch its own designs as NFT. He partnered with Kaya Collection, a highly regarded digital and physical art collection in September 2021 for this digital venture. Nomanzi and Kaya Collection are founded by Iranian entrepreneur Emir Kaya who aims to transform the best Nomanzi designs into NFT furniture.
As a leading furniture brand, Nomanzi is known for its modern and elegant designs for beds, cabinets, desks and home decor items, which can turn every home into a work of art. Kaya Collection, on the other hand, has made its presence felt quite keenly in the areas of digital art collecting. His OpenSea account is evident from his growing collection of NFTs and the founder’s interest.
Emir Kaya says: “The creation of a synergy between Nomanzi furniture and the Kaya collection is the result of our attitude towards objects, art and the digital world in the new era. Today, the products and objects that we use in our daily life should not only be a tool for our comfort or our businesses, but they should be a source of inspiration and help us to take a new look at our world.
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