Back to the Future, Furniture

by DIY Maven

Back to the Future, Furniture

Happy Back to the Future Day. (The day Marty McFly travels to in the second installment of the franchise.) The talking heads have been going absolutely tweaky pointing out the successes of the movie's prognostications (visit Gawker to see 14 things that came true, and, yes, there's a hoverboard  on the list). Such discussion does make me wonder what things might look like in Oct 21, 2045. As for decor, who knows? But these designers definitely have/had an eye to the future. But how will their creations be measured by the test of time?

Kata Monus's "experimental hybrid storage furniture" is a lovely confluence of hard and soft, woodworking and knitting. 

Photo: Data Monus

Sawaya & Moroni's "Fei Fei" chair sports some super sexy lines.

Photo: Sawaya & Moroni via the WSJ

Shaun Milburn's Babycotpod looks like it might take off--either flying or walking--at any minute. 

Photo: Shaun Milburn 

Say hello to "Shelly," an aluminum chair created by Peter Donders. 

Photo: Peter Donders vis Trend Hunter

No word on who designed this concept piece. It might make eating a bit messy; however, a board room would never be stuffy with one of them. 

Photo Madison Seating

More sexy lines from designer Svilen Gamolov in this figure EIGHT bar stool: 

Photo: Svilen Gamolov via Behance

Kris Van den Berghe created a bed with a built-in canopy that serves as a screen for a projection TV. The canopy, by the way, can be removed, washed, and even used in other ways, like as a room divider.

Photo: Kris Van den Berghe via dornob

Martz Edition's Gamme Tube is as much a sculpture as a chair.

Photo: Martz Edition

For a little sci-fi flicks mix, check out this floor lamp by Life Goods, which looks like an Imperial Walker. Want to dim it? Simply close the door.

Photo: Life Goods via Yanko Design

And, finally, this gorgeous piece of furniture-flesh--a bent plywood wood chair. But wait! It was created by Joe Colomobo in 1965...which just goes to show that superior design can be ageless. Will the others in this roundup be so fortunate? You tell us. 

Photo: Joe Colombo via Dwell

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Make It: DIY Halloween Yard Decor with LED Rope and Pegboard

by Jennifer Farley

 

LED BAT

I wanted my house to be a fun place for trick-or-treaters of all ages to come. My son loves Batman so I decided a bat was probably on the non-scary side of halloween. I have been loving the neon light trend starting to happen in the design world, but I didn't like the price tag. I decided to attempt a neon-llke Bat sign out of pegboard and flex LED lights.   

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How to: Make an Easy Modern + Minimal Pendant Light

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

We are big on lighting in our home. It's a necessity, sure, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull. We're always keen on creating our own lighting when we get the chance, and it's a great way to add personality. Many might think dealing with electricity and wiring is too complicated or even expensive, but this DIY pendant light project is so simple to make and minimal in design, anyone can do it. Did I mention this light only costs about $25? 

 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Materials

  • Lamp cord set 
  • Crystal bulb
  • Pulley
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Instructions

1. The cord was intended for a shade, so you will have the icky socket showing. Simply cut a strip of leather that will fit around the circumference of the socket.

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

2. Hot glue your leather to the socket area a little bit at a time. You don't need to use a ton of glue, just enough so the the leather and plastic stick securely. 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

3. Remove the pin from the pulley and release the wheel. Place the cord in the groove of the wheel. 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

4. Place the pin back onto the pulley. 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

5. To hang, simply hook it to an eye hook on your ceiling. Our eye hook was a bit too small, so we attached the pulley to a wire and then the wire to our eye hook.

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

 6. Place your bulb into the socket, adjust as necessary and enjoy! 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

The minimal design allows the light to fit into the rest of the room seamlessly. It isn't too loud, but it still has enough personality to catch your eye! The pulley allows me to adjust the height of my light, so if I'm working at my desk, it's easy to lower. If I want to brighten up more space, I can easily pull the light higher up and so on. The crystal bulb also gives the overall light a unique look - especially at night when the mesmerizing shadow hits the walls! 

DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly
DIY Minimal Pendant Light | Hello Lidy for Curbly

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HUGE Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover

by DIY Maven
HUGE  Master Bedroom Gets Super Lux Makeover
Photo: JWS Interiors

Interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt had a HUGE pallet with which to work when confronted with this bedroom. The odd thing is, in the "before" picture, it looks smaller. (Perhaps the furniture placement? The angle of the photograph? Both??) After, we see the room in all its square footage glory. Seriously, how many bedrooms are large enough

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Unbelievable $125 Laundry Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Unbelievable $125 Laundry Room Makeover
Photo: View Along the Way

Kelly's washer and dryer looked kinda sad in their old living quarters. Did she paint them with a bright color to cheer them up? Nope. She just changed everything around them to make them look like a million bucks--and it only cost $125! From top to bottom--including an amazing DIY pendant light to painting the vinyl flooring--nothing

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, spray

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Shopping Guide: 15 Home Decor Finds on Etsy

by Jennifer Farley
15 Etsy Stores Home Decor
Source:  Rea1Woodworks1TrueCottonFolkloreDecoSlowDownProductions, MahzerandVee, SazeraStitches

I often will go in someone's home and ask where they got something really cool and the answer will be Etsy.  Then, I will go to Etsy and become really overwhelmed with where to start.  The great thing about Etsy is not only are you supporting handmade artists, but you are also getting something really unique.  Here are some of my favorite Etsy stores.   

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Before and After: $19k Budget Kitchen Remodel

by DIY Maven
Before and After: $19k Budget Kitchen Remodel
Photo: Design Edge

Nineteen thousand dollars doesn't go far when you hire someone else to do the work. That's why this kitchen makeover is considered a budget job. When the owners of the kitchen went to Design Edge, they had a check list that included replacing the cabinets, buying new  appliances, installing a new countertop, adding a backsplash, adding new light fixtures and a hardwood floor. They got it all--including granite countertops.

Photo: Design Edge

Will stainless steel appliances come along in the future? Who knows, but for now the fresh white pieces suit the space just fine. 

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For more pictures of the makeover, visit this page on Porch. 

White Residence [Porch]

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