The designers at Ego Paris know it’s smart to stack and store extra seating, but, instead of settling for the typical towering eyesores, they turned their latest outdoor collection into a functional piece of art. That same concept is at work in a chic lounge chair that uses sound barriers to its artistic advantage, as well as in an urban garden piece that transforms a self-watering system into a room divider. Form truly follows function, and it’s inspiring. —Megan Krause
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