Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

Mitten Crabs May Soon Be Containing Your Electronics

It sounds more like something you may come across on an outdoor trek than on a countertop. However, in the everlasting search for a better way to make smart plastics another interesting discovery has been found. The Chinese mitten crab is viewed as a tasty delight for some, a menace to many others and an unusual form of material inspiration for designer Jeongwon Ji. When mitten crabs overpopulate they can upset land and water areas, and their excessive burrowing habits can actually cause instability problems for structures. Looking at available sources for manufacturing bioplastics geared toward a slow production process,… read more

Sit To Save Energy

Sit To Save Energy?

Imagine a world where sitting down to do normal things in your cubical or office would save energy. It almost seems too easy and too good to be true. Swedish Designer Eddi Törnberg has designed the best human-powered work station that anyone has seen yet. Unlike any other concepts that require a person to do things like ride a bike or walk while you’re working, it doesn’t require a person to do anything more than sit and work. The project Törnberg has designed is called “Unplugged”. The design powers the various gadgets we use to work. It can power laptops,… read more

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

  Long before mass marketing and manufacturing surfaced, people used what they had on hand. Resourcefulness wasn’t a lifestyle choice, but a necessity. Natural dying processes are one example of an organic route to a chemical method. Earth based tints and hues have been employed to add pigment to textiles, wearable fabrics and furniture long before you could pick up a can of color at the store. There are many free helpful resources regarding homemade dyes. Pioneer Thinking has an inclusive guide for naturally derived plant dyes. Plant information and color combinations for attaining specific naturally processed hues are provided,… read more

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Simple To Make Shoe Racks

Ever bought a plastic or cheaply made shoe rack, only to have it fall apart not long after? You don’t have to be an expert in construction to make your own design for holding shoes. Below are 4 easy and durable projects that will neatly contain shoes that are so super easy you’ll wonder why you didn’t already think of it. Got a wooden pallet? Then you have an instant shoe rack. Painted, decorated or left natural, pallets can hold tons of shoes. They can be mounted to a wall or stacked and used for nearly any kind of shoe holding… read more

Reusing Milk Glass

Reusing Milk Glass

Many antique glasses are usually not recycled and are sometimes kept as collectibles. Milk glass is one type that is valued for its aesthetics and historical worth. Milk glass popped up around the 16th century in Venice, Italy and was popularly made into vases, cups, dishes and other items. During the mid 1800’s, arsenic was added to the manufacturing regimen to give the glass a thick, white cloudy appearance. Many types around this time and after were made with flint glass which contained lead. Tin oxide was also sometimes used in the process, which turned the glass white due to a… read more

Do It Yourself Independence Day Designs

Do It Yourself Independence Day Designs

Feeling a little red, white and blue? Themed decorations can be easily incorporated in a space, and a little visual motivation usually sparks ideas that don’t require a big time price tag. Sometimes adding specific elements to a room can be as easy as doing a home based treasure hunt to find objects you already have in the desired color palette. Or it can be as simple as upcycling finds in the recycling, or even breaking out the colored duct tape. Below are a few resourceful ideas and various designs for integrating a little Fourth of July flair. Simple projects… read more

A Chair Made from the Elements

"Soilid" Chair is Made from Baked Soil and Fungi

Growing your own furniture might seem like a crazy idea, but some designers are already experimenting with this weird and wonderful concept. That is the case of Erez Nevi Pana who is growing his own furniture from natural materials and watches it grow! Made from a mix of soil, fungi and other natural materials, “Soilid” is Pana‘s first experimentation with these kinds of elements, which are common in the garden but rarely seen within the design world. To make this odd looking chair the materials are first measured by volume and weight, and then mixed all together. The mix is then shaped… read more

Space Saving and Contemporary Sleeping

Space Saving and Contemporary Sleeping

Beds can take up a lot of space, and designs that are meant to save room can sometimes be rudimentary. However, the following are a few examples meant to incorporate modernism and function that make normal beds seem, well, normal. The bedup from DÉCADRAGES is a modern take on the murphy bed concept, but instead of folding up into the wall this bed stores in the ceiling. When the sleeping surface is not wanted the bed, which is mounted into a stabilized system, can be placed up near the ceiling level. When put up out of the way a shelf… read more

Music Themed Recycling Projects

Music Themed Recycling Projects

If a music lover is in your midst, check out these recycling projects with music as the main talent. Can’t bear to part with that worn out instrument? Instead of only displaying a favorite item, use it. It it’s no longer playable consider turning it into a functional conversation piece. This piano bookshelf is an elegant way to repurpose an old piano frame. There are also many ways to reuse non-working guitars and their parts. This upscaled table is a beautiful way to incorporate a beloved item into a space. The dollhouse guitar is an interesting concept. The same idea… read more

Dual Duty Designs

Dual Duty Designs

Furniture pieces can be expensive. When committing to a purchase or beginning a do it yourself project, consider double duty items for their utilitarian aspects. You will get more use for your dollars, plus, since pieces are typically held on to longer or passed along to others for use, they won’t lend to surplus waste. Multi-functional designs are also ideal if space is an issue. Though some signature pieces may be out of an attainable price range, you can get ideas for a homemade design, or sketch up a proposal and pass it along to someone crafty who is willing to… read more