It takes skill and a feat of engineering to build a work of art out of just one piece of material. These new offerings—crafted from glass, steel, paper, or wood—are covetable objects in their own right.
1. Bent Glass Coffee Table
Longtime Muji designer Naoto Fukasawa spent two years perfecting this deceptively simple curved table for Glas Italia, using a proprietary bending and tempering process that brought it in at under half an inch thick.
2. Surf-ace Table And Benches
When he was asked by a client to design a custom surf-inspired table, British designer Christopher Duffy traded the board-with-legs cliché for a sleek arc of wood that's been hand-shaped to order by a local surfboard-maker with stripes that are stained or veneered onto the exterior.
$19,727 (table) and $6,987 (bench); duffylondon.com
3. IN-EI Fukurou lamp
What started as a mathematical formula for creating clothing out of a continuous piece of cloth has inspired Issey Miyake's first series of lamps. It comes from the fashion designer's experimental think tank and retail concept Reality Lab and, despite the intricate folds, is made from a single sheet of recycled-plastic textile that can be compressed for easy storage.
4. Standard Sheet Bench
The London duo Surfaces in 3D Space is drawn to manipulating single materials into spare yet innovative shapes. This six-foot-long bench is made from a sheet of steel only slightly thicker than a quarter, which is rolled into a tube, flattened a bit, and pinched to form legs.
Starting at $4,476; surfacesin3dspace.com