The Living Room Project

The Living Room Project

Growing, living things are all around us. Industrial design students Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan have taken note of this, and fused the scientific laboratory with furniture design creating an experiment with an interesting outcome. Their brainchild, The Living Room Project, shows how living organisms can be manipulated and engineered into specific shapes. While they were looking into different organisms for their thesis project, they stumbled upon the unique rooting structure of mushrooms. Forming mycelium, or mushroom roots, into various shapes may sound complicated and a little peculiar, but the completely natural process is actually fairly simple. Looking into the way… read more

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Get A Vintage Look With Upcyled Lace Projects

Lace and crotchet are interesting materials that can be made up of intricate designs and patterns. Though there is no exact idea of when lace and crochet making were first used or specifically where they originated, historical clues point to lacemaking surfacing sometime around 1500 A.D. There are many ways to reuse lace and crotchet textiles, and the following are some ideas for reinventing time treasured fabrics. Furniture applications are an unexpected way to display lace. Capable Father This process can also be done on dressers, shelves, benches or any other furniture piece by blocking off a small section or… read more

Naturally Organized

Naturally Organized

Giving items a place to nest helps keep spaces in order. The following shelves are inspired by the natural design of trees and branches, and they are eye-catching ways to store household objects. These organizational designs can also be replicated with some do it yourself woodworking skill. The library tree branch from woodcraft designer Olivier Dollé is made from birch veneer and oak wood. With a focus on handmade woodworking designs as opposed to commercial productions, this arrangement can be installed in any room for a functional piece that pulls from the outdoors. Booktree by industrial designer Kostas Syrtariotis offers a… read more

5 Projects To Connect You With Your Ancestors

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We always enjoy writing about DIY projects, because let’s be honest, they’re great fun, educational, and sometimes last longer than cheap store-bought products. This time, however, we’ll ditch the electronics entirely, and focus on projects your great-great-great-great grandfather might have made for fun. Build A Sundial Believe it or not, people used to tell the time by using rudimentary equipment that harnessed the magic of the sun. That’s code for “they didn’t have iPhones back in the day”. In eight easy steps, you too can harness that power in your backyard by following this simple tutorial from WikiHow. Build A… read more

These Diamonds are 100% Perfect

Recycled Plastic Diamond Seats From Chile

All over the world designers are coming up with new ways of dealing with the millions of tons of plastic thrown away each year. But only some plastic waste gets recycled back due to the complexity of separating the material’s different categories (e.g. PWaysET, HDPE, PS), leading to generate only few amounts of products, which sometimes, have really poor appearance. With this in mind and taking into account what he could source in his local area, Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso creates beautiful diamond-shaped seats made entirely from recycled plastic coming from old electronics, toys, drink trays and even stadium seats…. read more

Interior Design For The Mind

Interior Design For The Mind

Designers see interior spaces as a whole, though there are fragments that make up the complete design. Psychology understands that many aspects of living can affect the entire mental state and human emotions. When these 2 fields combine, spaces can be smartly designed to facilitate a desired feeling and enhanced mood, creating an alluring and functional place. Good interior designers know this and will listen and spend time with their clients in order to get a feel for what they want to accomplish in an area. In an article, Frames of Mind, the importance of emotional intelligence in interior design… read more

Decades Gone And Its Still Here

Decades Gone And Its Still Here

Designs that incorporate old into new and render them useful once again are smart ways to decrease waste. Classic items can evoke memories from the past, but not if they’re sitting in the garbage pile. Remember cassette tapes? A design focused studio shop showcasing independent creations, OOO my design certainly does. One project tilted Cassette Is Not Dead takes the music of days past and turns them into new products. They idea began as a design project in order to make use of the surplus of unwanted cassettes that began to circle around. Items include wallets, floor lamps and box lights… read more

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Project materials can get expensive, and saving up old belts or using thrift shop finds is an inexpensive way to build a supply inventory. Find some DIY motivation below with these activities that incorporate recovered belts into useful pieces. Flooring and Surfaces Designer Inghua Ting has created beautifully installed flooring using tossed out men’s belts. First, any hardware is removed and the remaining leather pieces are cleaned by hand without using any chemicals. The leather surface is made by cutting the vintage belts into tiles and then adhering to the floor in a pattern or random application. They also make sturdy,… read more

Upcycled Artillery Serves as Furniture

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In Mozambique, a country still recovering from a lengthy civil war, artist Gonçalo Mabunda has used weapons to fashion sculptures. Merging the concepts of peace and green design, Mabunda’s pieces include tribal masks and sculptural thrones, all with a distinctive style that appear to draw from modernist abstractions and traditional African art. They are almost confrontational in their appearance, weighted not only by their density but amassed with the violent history that steeps the very materials used to create them. Born in 1975 in Maputo, Mozambique, Mabunda emerged at birth the same year his country had reached the end of… read more

Have a Seat – 4 Uncommon Couches

Have a Seat – 4 Uncommon Couches

Thinking outside the boundary line of what furniture is, the following designs dance around conventional seating and offer some uncommon couches that aren’t at all predictable. An old metal drum, bicycle parts and other recycled finds turn into a Sweet Seat. From artist Rachel Spire of ReGEARED, these upcycled pieces are industrial works of functional art. Crafted from 55 gallon drums, they are custom designed, unique benches. The corners and cut metal edges have been sealed over with inner tubes from recycled bicycle tires. Other materials include recycled wood decking and bicycle gears, pedals and chains. Some even come complete with… read more