Vintage Typewriters in Design

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-21

Photo Image: LuphiaLoves

Can you think of anything unappealing about the design of vintage typewriters?  They evoke feelings of long, arduous hours of thinking and rethinking brilliant ideas, plunking along until the last page is yanked from the rollers with satisfied uncertainty. It's old school at its best.  Even if you're not a writer, you can't deny the coolness of a vintage typwriter sitting there all "I still look so good, even if you prefer a boring keyboard". Grab one or two before it's too late. Plus, it's a darned clever way to add a splash of color...

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Converting an Old TV into a Chair.

by Chris Gardner

From Apartment Therapy Unplugged:

"We've seen vintage TVs turned into storage units and even aquariums to house our scaly friends, but we've never seen such a shag-a-licious chair like this before! It's an image from the 1986 architecture book "Freestyle: The New Architecture and Design from Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter"

I guess the how-to goes like this: remove the screen, remove the guts, applied shag, and sit!

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Mid-Century Modern Finds at Urban Outfitters

by Chris Gardner

The fine folks at Atomic Addiction have been doing a little window shopping...web browser window shopping, that is, and they've been peering into UrbanOutfitters.com, the website of the tries-to-be-too-hip-for-its-own-good-but-still-a-great-place-to-get-all-the-cool-stuff-you-see-online brick and mortar store found near university campuses and other metropolitan neighborhoods.

Among the finds include two 50s-inspired but not kitschy...

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Repurpose Tea Tins into Charming Pendant Lights

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-06-29

One sure sign of a creative thinker is to throw some odds and ends in front of them and see what they come up with. (Now wouldn't that be a more constructive premise for a reality show?)  Over on JunkMarket StyleMeretriciousCreation gathered up a number of the many many tea tins that had been stashed away, found some inexpensive prisms at a local hardware store and  

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Before and After: Removing Rust from Chrome

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-05-01

With thrifting and garage sale season upon us, no doubt we'll find a 'can't pass up' piece of 60's or 70's chrome furniture with some nasty rust spots.  If you research the best techniques for removing rust from chrome, you'll find up to nine different techniques people swear by to clean up their bike frames, chrome wheels, chrome furniture and more. See Before and After results on rusted bicycle chrome using Ted Carl's 'Old School' Oxalic Acid soak (from VintageBMX.com's Forum)

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How To: Four Lives of a Modern Side Table

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-04-22

Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and  a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....

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