I've gotten into trouble before for suggesting a designer's creation is DIYable, but I can't seem to stop myself. Especially when I see inspiring creations like this one from Jamie McLellan that was made for New Zealand's Fletcher Systems. Dowels, bits and a drill press.... The steel base would probably have to be re-interpreted.
This very cool magazine rack by 54Dean is so DIY-able, I can’t even stand it! It’s made of carpet pad/underlayment that’s been laminated with felt on both sides. The material is then gathered together ‘using flexible cord to snugly hold your magazines.’ Okay, the laminating part might be tricky, but I’m thinking spray adhesive and purchased felt would work. A big old nail to poke some holes through and a couple of bungees, sans the hooks...
Architectural student Andrés Moreno has a lamp collection entitled, 'Lamparas Caseus', which is Latin for Cheese Lamps. Although they're made of MDF and not baby Swiss, the name is still appropriate. DIYable? I’d bet my freshly-grated-Parmesan-loving behind on it. Spotted at Designboom.
Available through Scandinavian Design Center is the Gladsax Nightstand designed by Hildurs hus. Sold in a set of two for $435.15, the stands are made of solid oak and measure 48 cm high, by 32 cm wide, by 28 cm deep. For the back, you could use one large board or, if you have a jointer and planer, you could glue up several smaller boards. Attaching the shelves would be a snap with a biscuit (plate) joiner.
Forget the Victorian doll house; give me one of these! The Four-Story Tree House from Hammacher Schlemmer ($129.95) is about 4 feet tall and comes with a retractable ladder, bridge, trap door and a pulley and bucket elevator for hoisting supplies. Made of pine and plywood, I’m thinking this just might be DIY-able. Some wood, a faux sprig of greenery plus a little creativity and you’d have something even Tarzan--and Jane--would envy.
Mio Culture is featuring these storage pockets, which serve as ‘vertical real estate’ for life’s flotsam and jetsam. Particularly good for the office to clear space on your desk, the 21" wide by 26.75" long grid wall is made of ‘a combination of wool felt, polyester and rayon.’ At 65 bucks it isn’t crazy expensive, however, it looks DIY-able to me. Some felt, a sewing machine, a scissors or craft knife–to cut out the slots–and three grommets to...
Bulbs Unlimited has created a kits that allows you to turn your old, blown, incandescent light bulbs into very cool light fixtures. Using the kit’s ‘Inkubator’ template, you mark the blown bulbs with a pen, glue snaps at the marks and then snap your bulbs together like Legos, making bulb shades, as it were. Fix them all together with a nylon strap, which you slip over the lamp ring holder. And voila, very cool lighting effects. Grow tired of your...
NEL has created these charming dog-shaped benches. Or are they shelves? Oh, who cares...they’re as cute as hell and completely DIY-able. It looks like they’re made of chunks of 2" x 4" and/or 2" x 6". Whatever wood used, you can bet when it’s done, it’ll be your new best friend. Woof.
Openbook, designed by Nathan Wierink, is a rather clever bookshelf, particularly for those of us with a to-be-read pile. Just think, you could stack the books waiting for you on one side, while you hang your current read on the pointing end, which just happens to save your place. It looks like it would take five feet or so of 2" x 6"(or 8"?) pine and a couple of miter cuts.
Check out Matteo’s impressive Timber Bed. With a little woodworking experience, this design is totally DIY-able. Constructed out of what looks like 4" x 4" (the canopy), 2" x 6" (the bed rails), and 1" x 4" (the slats). Matteo doesn’t give the price for the bed. Of course, we know what that means: if we have to ask, we can’t afford, which gives us another reason to make one ourselves.