Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

by Chris Gardner

Furniture Designer Legally Employs Young Sons to Add Imperfect Finishing Touches

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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Design Blogger Wish List: Joel Pirela of Blue Ant Studio

by Chris Gardner
Design Blogger Wish List: Joel Pirela of Blue Ant Studio

created at: 12/14/2011
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 artist, designer, and master of all things modern design, Joel Pirela.

From decoration to organization, my wish list tries to cover everything... Once a year I really splurge on myself and this season is not an exception. I think that vintage and natural materials are here to stay.   

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How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

It's not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I've grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket...in that order.

 

So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I've never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it. This holiday season, it...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Tyler Goodro of Plastolux

by Chris Gardner
Design Blogger Wish List: Tyler Goodro of Plastolux

created at: 12/07/2011
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 Tyler Goodro, an excellent graphic designer and founder of the awesome design blog, Plastolux.

To me a wish list is just that, a wish. In my mind it would be items that most likely, I would not be able to afford, but maybe some day. On that note my list is sort of a "go big or go home". if anyone is feeling frisky with your wallet I would love for one of these to show up at my doorstep!   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Jaime Derringer of Design Milk

by Chris Gardner
Design Blogger Wish List: Jaime Derringer of Design Milk

created at: 12/06/2011
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 Jaime Derringer, the founder and editor of one of our favorite modern design blogs, Design Milk.

Having moved into a new home and had a baby, I don't know that I can ask for anything more this year, but I've rounded up a few items that I...

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How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"

Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.

Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover. Like this:   

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Curbly Essentials: How to Make Modern Paper Ornaments (Free Download!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly Essentials: Modern Paper Ornaments

This month, we're giving away a free series of useful PDF tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season. We're calling it "Curbly Essentials", and the first one is a sweet little how-to from our editor-in-chief Chris Gardner on making simple, stylish modern paper ornaments. You can download the PDF and print it out to use with family, friends, or as a project with kids. 

Read on to see how to get today's download: Curbly Essentials: Modern Paper Ornaments

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5 Modern 'Home Sweet Home' Signs

by DIY Maven

Mid Century Modern Print Danish Modern retro art    Typography  print   -  Home Sweet Home  - A3 retro

If you're like me, the thought of a 'Home Sweet Home' sign conjures up images of women in petticoats sitting in a sewing circle. Quaint, yes. Modern, no. For those of us who love the sentiment but not the antiquity, check out these very modern 'Home Sweet Home' alternatives.

How fabulous is the image above? From Etsy seller handz, the 11-ish by 16-ish print will set you back a paltry 23 bucks.

 Mom and dad and two little chicks, how cute is this print

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

by Al40yearoldintern

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

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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