Suitcase Side Table

by DIY Maven

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One of the 14 original projects in Make It! Secondhand Chic, is a circa 1970's suitcase turned side table, but its maker, Chris, gave it that fresh mid-mod vibe that we've come to expect from him. In this option, an old folding director's chair serves as the legs of the side table while the vintage suitcase on top gives the whole look a steampunk feel. 

If you wanna see Chris's version, you'll have to snag a copy of Make It! Secondhand Chic...

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Steampunked Home

by DIY Maven

ModVic - The Modern Victorian Steampunk Home
Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Sharon, Massachusetts took their 1901 Craftsman-style Victorian home and steampunked the heck out of it. The outcome is one of those that make me want to scrap everything and start over, decor-wise. Well, it would help to start with a dwelling of this era, of course. But still....the couple's home is like walking into a dream existence, somewhere between the present and the past.

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Dandelion Light Sculpture

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Dandelion Light Sculpture

Lonneke Gordijn's 'Fragile Future' is subtitled 'electronics and dandelions', which is the perfect description for this marriage of technology and nature. Made of a collection of LED's, phosphorous bronze and dandelion seeds, the light sculpture has a fanciful steampunk-y quality about it. If it wasn't fabulous enough, the piece automatically shuts off--sort of like a defense mechanism--when people come too close to it. Via.

 

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The Wooden Mirror

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The Wooden Mirror

Daniel Rozen's wooden mirror is nothing less than remarkable. It's a collection of 830 tiny wooden panels that are connected to a camera and controlled by a computer. The panels flip with the help of tiny motors and use shadow to 'reflect' images that pass by. My simplistic explanation pales in comparison to the mirror in action. (I love the sound it makes too.) Via.

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Robotic Sculpture

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Robotic Sculpture
Christopher Conte makes artificial limbs for amputees. Combining his interest in human anatomy with his love of sculpture has resulted in some very unique creations that have caught the attention of Wired, Popular Science, Make Magazine, The Discovery Channel and MTV Networks. In 2007, he began making his 'microbotic' pieces available to the public. To see Christopher's on-line portfolio, visit his website. Via.

 

 

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