Recycled Paper Furniture

by DIY Maven

Recycled Paper Furniture

Molo Design’s Softseating Strips are made of recycled craft paper that has been formed into ‘flexible honey-comb structure(s)’. The honey-combs fan out into whatever shape you can imagine, including benches, stools and low tables. For longer pieces, the sections’ ends secure to one another with magnets. From eco-friendly Vivavi, Softseating comes in a variety of sizes from 9" h x 16" d to 18" h x 36" d and can range in price from $170 to $970 a...

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Citronella Coil Candle

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Citronella Coil Candle

I spotted Plow & Hearth's indoor rope candle last fall, and now this summer they’re offering the same unique look for outdoor use. You simply feed up to 3 inches of the rope through the calipers. The 3" of rope burns approximately an hour and then self-extinguishes when the flame reaches the calipers. The metal base is weather-resistant and the glass hurricane protects the flame from breezes. It measures 5" in diameter and 13 ½" high. The...

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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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Placemat Hack: Flaptop Laptop Cover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

created on: 05/15/08

Finally a use for colorful, rectangular placements available at World Market!  Here's a tutorial you can follow to make some jazzy padded laptop covers for yourself or for gifts.  You'll need a little more than basic sewing skills to do this, but it's worth the time and it's very customize-able.  With some patience and  desire,  you'll be the envy of all your Black-Nylon-Canvas-Cased Friends. 

what you need:

sewing machine

thread,...

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Square Watermellons

by DIY Maven

created on: 05/02/08

Round watermelons are so last century. Case in point: Farmers in Japan have begun to ‘grow’ cube-shaped watermelons by inserting them into tempered glass squares while the fruit is still growing on the vine. Not only do they look cool, they take up less room in the fridge too.

created on: 05/02/08

 

 

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The Cardboard Coffee Shop

by DIY Maven

On another trip to Taiwan last week, MWT found a spot he hadn’t yet visited before. Namely a coffee shop in the Da Keng area of Taichung City that seems to revere cardboard.

The chairs...

created on: 04/30/08

created on: 04/30/08

the tables, cup holders, menus....

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the stage (for open mic night?)...

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and shelving and wall treatments....all cardboard.

created on: 04/30/08

created on: 04/30/08

 

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The Kitchen/Bath Combo

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My mother has a picture of me at about 9 months old getting a bath in the kitchen sink. It could very well be Phillippe Malouin’s mother has a similar picture of him at home too, which ultimately served as inspiration for the designer’s ‘The Unit’.

created on: 04/02/08

‘The Unit’ is a kitchen, table, refrigerator (the rectangle on the lower left) and a bath tub. It looks like there's an insert for the tub when not in use, which transforms the vessel into a kitchen...

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The Toilet House

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The Toilet House

Sim Jae-duck takes his work very seriously. He is the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. In an effort to highlight the world’s sanitation needs, he built a house shaped like a toilet. The home is named Haewoojae, which in Korean means ‘a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries.’ I’ve always thought so. If you have an urge to visit the toilet house, you’ll probably...

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Can You Really Re-cover an Old Lampshade?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/04/08

No, I didn't recover this.  When Shabby Chic still ran the antique malls, this retro shade was huddled in the corner like a weird uncle.  I think it cost me around $12.00.  That purchse was a few years ago.

But you can, I repeat, CAN, recover an old shade you might find at Goodwill or a flea market.  They are ruined once the big crease takes place.  These step by step directions make a DIY lampshade re-do a real possibility.  I used to know a...

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