TAG: Wood

Have You Heard The IKoNO?

IKoNO: ECO-FRIENDLY OLD STYLE WOODEN RADIO

IKoNO is a beautiful wooden radio inspired by the old fashion ones. Designed by Singgih S. Kartono, owner of Magno-Design, this eco-design has everything the old classics have: round knobs, a speaker grill, a handle, telescopic antenna and the battery case, all within the basic ‘box’ shape. With the aim of creating a product that will bring back memories of old radios while helping building a close relationship with the user, Kartono created this surprising cute object that sits in border between retro and modern. Basic and simple, the radio is made from sustainable harvested wood. The light color is… read more

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

Beautiful Angles and Curves From Japanese Designs

From Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, these 2 family centered homes showcase utility and the perfect blend of openness and privacy. Forget flat walls and ceilings, this home exceeded the architects’ goal to display an assortment of visual offerings, much like life itself. House I is a home ideal for a family of 3. The exterior seems unsuspecting of the interior splendor, but still stands out with its dome shape presence. It feels low and doesn’t invade the landscape or neighboring homes, but the inside feels large, open and curious. Though the entire home is an open design, there are still options… read more

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

From Studio 80, this mountaintop residence is a striking blend of gorgeous countryside and industrial utility. The home cozily sets in a group of other houses, and is nestled near a mountain region. The exterior shows the unique tower room set in stone behind a covered entryway. The mix of stone, wood and metals is carried through the home, and the perfect balance of details mimics the mountainous views found right outdoors. Inside, the tower room provides an interesting canister shaped entryway. The interior is decorated with items that create a pastoral vibe, and the original features add to the character of… read more

Compact Speaker Systems – How Do They Sound?

Compact Speaker Systems - How Do They Sound?

With portability and versatility in mind, compact speaker systems are popping up all over that are designed to work with smartphones, tablets and laptops. These are space saving and can carry less of an impact than larger scale models. Vers has a line of speakers that come in handcrafted wood cabinets that are said to enhance the sound quality. The Vers 1Q started as a concept product on Kickstarter and is now available. When 2 of the 1Qs are combined they become a 13 watt stereo system, and this also comes standard in the 2Q. The company has an environmentally responsible… read more

A Room Divided

A Room Divided

Bookshelves and storage units can add organization to a space. They can also be used for another purpose. Creating a space with a room divider can be a cost efficient way to add an extra room. Adding storage into the mix provides a double duty design that can totally rework an existing area. This kitchen with floor to ceiling shelving that is almost reminiscent of library units creates a barrier to the other room without completely obstructing it. The wood matches the cabinetry and ceiling, and allows the shelving to blend in. A movable wall panel blocks off a sitting… read more

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

Wood Designs That Will Make You Go Cabinet Crazy

When sustainability and talent collide, interesting things happen. A skilled wood crafter can bring out the natural beauty of the resource material, while transforming it from a chunk of wood into a functional object. The following cabinet designs are a visual step up from the usual, and a leap above the way traditionally manufactured furniture is produced. Iannone Design uses locally sourced lumber that is Forest Stewardship Council certified and other renewable supplies like bamboo and cork. Their pressed woods are even free of formaldehyde and finished with low VOC coats, and some pieces are given a manually applied natural finish…. read more

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

The Art Of Bicycle Crafting

Bicycles have remained a popular form of transportation for centuries. Before mass production, they were made of available materials. In 1790 the first recorded bicycle design surfaced. It was made of wood and resembled a scooter. Then in 1816 a follow up to the original was constructed by another inventor which featured a steering bar and 2 wheels that were the same size. However, there was still an addition that was needed to propel the bicycle into popularity – pedals. Reportedly an inventor named Kirkpatrick MacMillan came up with the first foot pedal design, but this upgraded version did not… read more

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Luzifer Lamps, or lzf Lamps, has recently launched a new collection that is stunning, but also integrates a neat idea that in an instant makes lamps more than just lighting. The designers refer to their handmade items as wood touched by light, and each piece in their High Fidelity compilation comes with its own musical album. The award winning concept is to illuminate rooms in a new way – much like having mood lighting that comes complete with its own soundtrack. According to the design team their conception was to recreate a small venue type atmosphere where conversation, social exchange and live music was often… read more

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

While most may look at pieces of lumber as just blank planks of wood, creative artists and those with the ability for construction and woodworking can see something completely different. Morgan Herrin, an artist with a heightened skillset in carpentry and wood crafting, has created unbelievably detailed sculptures using plain lumber. Taking a simple construction material, wood 2 x 4s, his hand carved pieces are beyond impressive. He works with this abundant recycled material to produce accomplished forms, like these amazing life size pieces, which take countless hours to complete. His recent works are created from reclaimed lumber that is… read more

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Branches, Branches Everywhere

Need to hang, store or display something? Grab a branch. There are many ways to put them to work around the home. Don’t pay a fortune and create your own natural design with fallen outdoor finds and leftover wood pieces. Custom wood items can be expensive. Sturdy, long branches can be cut, sanded, stained or painted and affixed to walls and used as handrails. Clothes racks and closet systems can be costly, however assembling your own with outdoor objects, scrap wood and some hardware allows a budget friendly way to organize clothing and other items. Portions of logs or branches make… read more