Franken-Furniture

Diy Maven

created at: 02/21/2012

These old pieces of furniture were disassembled and then re-assembled into a new piece of furniture with an entirely new purpose. Note the various hooks, all of which were parts of the chair. Dr. Frankenstein would be so proud.

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Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

Chris Gardner

created at: 01/10/2012

Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen painstakingly creates smooth, straight-lined designs, flawless and contemporary in their construction, then pays his kids to mess it up.

"Thijme (9 years old), Julian and Maris (both 7 years old) work in compliance with Dutch child labor laws. This means, they’re limited to working only three hours per week. The three sons work every Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a 15-minute break in between. They receive €1 per furniture piece completed and have employee benefits such as 12 vacation days per year and receive a 5% salary vacation allowance per annum."

Watch this excellent video to see the boys in action:   

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Makeover: A Bomb Shelter to a Kid's Playroom

Miki40
created at: 12/27/2011
Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine...
 
You know that one, don't you? Well, for my son, it's the other way around: "nine ate seven..." as seven has disappeared from his counting routine! What's a mom to do? Armed with stencils, I simply numbered the stairs going down to my kids' playroom, and within minutes, seven came back from its long exile! The little guy now simply enjoys playing with his toys according to numbers all day long.

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How To: Make and Upholster a Storage Ottoman

Capree K

created at: 12/19/2011

Ah, the ubiquitous storage ottoman!  These multi-functional bad boys can be had for cheap, cheap, cheap from just about any discount store, thrift store, yard sale, or "super mega market".  Of course, they're usually covered in some sort of horrible quality, lime green microfiber... maybe even hot pink with sparkly purple piping.  You know what I'm talking about.  Fortunately, there's an easy solution to all this garishly-colored madness!   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Chris Gardner
created at: 12/05/2011

created at: 12/05/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome interior stylist, furniture builder, and wonderful design blogger, Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove. 

Every year I get more and more excited for Christmas.  I thought that the older you got, the less excitement came with the holidays. Not me!  I am right there with my kids, staring at the Christmas tree, watching White Christmas, drinking cocoa and singing carols at the top of my lungs.  I heart Christmas.   

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Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

Diy Maven

created at: 11/30/2011

Don't let the unassuming title or cover of industrial designer and artist Christopher Stuart's new book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide fool you. The work is filled with some of the most interesting DIY furniture I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot. Chris collected 30 projects from the best designer-makers out there and put them into the collection that includes projects for every room in your home, and they're all constructed of...

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How to: Make a "Totally Tubular" Mod Wine Rack Side Table

Al40yearoldintern

created at: 11/14/2011

So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can't - it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He's a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. So, read on! 

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How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

Diy Maven

created at: 10/24/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn't. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of...well, phlegm.

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Before and After: Holly's Amazing Closet Office Makeover

Chris Gardner

created at: 09/13/2011

Holly of the Almost 40 Year Old Intern writes, " I am in the midst of a career change, going from being a movie marketing execto starting over as an interior design intern at 39." So, friends, you better believe Holly needs herself a fine home office. But, as a city dweller in Los Angeles, spare bedrooms or designated workspaces aren't always just available for the taking, so she got creative, and built and amazing office in her closet. It's not big, but it's so lively that no one would mind spending the day in there.  

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DIY Clock Idea

Diy Maven

created at: 08/17/2011

This clock, available at The Museum Shop of the Art Institute Chicago, is called the Do-It-Yourself Flower Wall Clock. The DIY thing about it is that you arrange the petals in any way you choose. However, those petals really reminded me of the

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