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Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu

Leipzig-based designer Yi-Cong Lu has created a collection that adapts to the way we organise our day.

Living Tools by Yi-Cong Lu


August 26th, 2011

Presented for the first time at DMY Berlin in early June, Living Tools is a furniture and lighting collection designed to create and change living spaces.

The intention of Living Tools, says Lus, is “to adapt living spaces to the very specific needs of the people.”


The collection consists of 3 components.

Lightboy, a light that can hang or lean on the wall like a broom, or stand upright.



Panel, a multi-purpose object that can act as a partition, a table, a wardrobe or a roof depending on whether it is standing, lying or hanging.




Fade, a curtain partition with moveable bars, to subdivide a room.


Lu aims to “design things for the people, that people can use and adapt to their way of living, their routines, how they use things, how they change things to another context.”

Because we all live and work differently – and sometimes living and workspaces overlap – Living Tools aims to test the limits of conventional architecture by providing completely flexible scenarios.


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