The students in my beginning upholstery classes never fail to be shocked by how much work is involved in tearing old upholstery off of a deliciously vintage chair. Teardown is bad, no doubt. It is, however,
What kid wouldn't like a Transformer chair? In this case, this pint sized chair turns into a single tent bed. I hope its designer, Phillippe Malouin, is planning an adult-sized version. If not, with some planning, foam, Velcro, MDF and fabric, it might be DIYable. What the video below to see the chair transform!
Remember when you were a teenager and you leaned back in your chair and how your parents would yell at you for doing so? It was our, 'I don't give a rat's a$$ what you say!' stance and it felt good. Deger Cengiz has figured out a way to let us indulge in that rebellious recline with the Attitude Chair.
This rubber hose chair created by Wholman from Instructables has been making it's way around the DIY blogosphere this week, and rightfully so. It's clever, unique, and seemingly pretty easy to make. And admit it, if the hose were black and the frame a sleek stainless, you wouldn't balk at seeing this dude in contemporary art museums.
A twist on the 55-gallon drum chair design (see below), this oil drum rocking chair from Stanker Collections, "actually connect the form of the drum and the function of the chair in a rational way." And I'm digging on the orange.
Not bad design for a pair of old crutches plus a little extra white oak. Back in February, Chris Jobs wrote a post about turning old crutches into an art easel. Now, Wholman over on Instructables shows you exactly how to
A realistic goal for a beginning upholstery class is to choose something VERY simple. There's plenty to discover about shape, padding, working the fabric, securing the fabric, tools and furniture structure with a simple kitchen chair or side chair.
Aluminum wire. A jig. A pair of pliers. A LOT of crossing and bending. Probably some band aids.
Designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design created "The Composistion Chair" using only a pair of pliers and a jig to bend aluminum wire. No bolts, soldering, reinforcements, screws, nails, glue, or welding required.
Those kids in high school that used to make hand-wound chainmail got nothing on this chair.
There's no question that down cushions are high-end and luxurious. The down side (ha! no pun intended) is that they lack resilience and don't provide the springiness many folks want in their seat. The problem with foam cushions is that they get compacted and crumbly after years of use. Many people ask me how to change out their down cushions to foam, or just replace their flattened out foam cushions. To see a very DIY friendly,
Sure, we've seen lots of cardboard art and furniture (and a house), and a small scale how-to, but this Instructable is totally approachable and makes fabulous use of a mess of Ikea boxes. Pretty impressive, says I.
So grab some corrugated cardboard, a bit of tape, and utility knife, and follow the instructions above.
It seems like a good time to share my Mid-Century-Modern Rocket Chair Reupolstery Project. There are numerous photos that tell the story, so I'll make the instructions brief.
Yep! It's true. SimplySpray sells a non-toxic, not-flammable, aerosol spray paint that can be used for for a variety of upholstered pieces-canvas, rugs, car or boat interiors, and rugs. Watch the YouTube demonstration
The Miesrolo Chair by Uros Vitas is made of wood sections strategically placed on synthetic elastomer. The result is a cantilevered chair--that rolls up like sushi--which possesses the strength to support a grown human being. Via.
'more' separating unit designed by giorgio caporaso
I've spent years dreaming of going to the ICFF in New York. However, after meeting my photo class friend, Nikki, who travels to Milan every April to buy for her store owner, my dreams have changed. Granted, the pressure to sell right now has to be excruciating, but a trip to Milan to buy furniture with someone else's dough??? Come on, let me go.
For my money, there is nothing better than an Eames fiberglass (now plastic) shell chair. Eiffel base, with/without arms... I'd take them all.
But, sometimes, vintage versions have seen better days. So rather than let these stained and worn masterpieces remain untouchable, artists and otherwise creative folk have transformed them into something new. Apartment Therapy has gathered a few:
A green velvet cane back chair made the perfect guinea pig for my DIY upholstery tutorial over on AT. Deep diamond tufting can be a bit tricky but there are several alternatives. Check out
Admit it: you haven't really cleaned up from New Year's Eve yet...which is a good thing, cause you don't have to go digging through the trash to grab those little wire thingys that keep your champagne cork under control to make one of these adorable chairs.
All you need is a bottle's leftovers and a pair of needlenose pliers. Have at it, and Happy New Year.
Studio Ooms fabricated a simply RVS frame and, presumably with the help of A LOT of interns, covered it in 8,000 cable zip ties to create this outstanding chair that looks exactly like its namesake, the Sea-Urchin.
Since spotting a cardboard cradle (yup the kind you put babies in) I've been thinking a bit about what other furniture you can make out of cardboard. I had a quick cherche around the internets and it turns out the answer is ANYTHING... You can make pretty much anything out of cardboard. I spotted this Piano stool over at Instructables and am mighty tempted to give it a go, as it looks pretty simple and apparently it can completed in under...
It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up. Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.
This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch. You can save loads of dough by doing most jobs yourself. If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...