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“/” Lamp (Pronounced Slash Lamp) is Made to Be Broken

Monday, July 21st, 2014


Dragos Motica of Ubikubi has designed a lamp with a cage and concrete shade so that the owner may break the concrete to their desired shape. The “/” lamp questions the definition of design not only by creating a piece that is simplistic at first glance but by letting the user participate. Looks like fun.
Source at Dezeen

Obviously Amish Photos

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Good morning. Kevin, the Amish Cook, has gathered some Amish photos for your adventuring pleasure. All of them are distinctly Plain. However the last one, of the woodburned sign, reveals the wit and wisdom that grows in a person living the minimal Plain lifestyle.
Click to horse around a bit.

Houzz Tour: New Twists for a Traditional New York Saltbox (15 photos)

Friday, July 18th, 2014


Houzz has a tour of a saltbox style home created by Stephen Moser for his sister’s family. The Shelter Island, New York home is fresh and contemporary inside and out. Of special interest is the Alaskan yellow cedar siding, which is resilient without requiring charring. Also check out the rubber roof.
Tour the Houzz.

Bucky Fuller: Innovative 20th Century Architect of Domes

Friday, July 18th, 2014

For those of you interested in 20th century architecture history, TreeHugger has a tribute to Bucky Fuller. Bucky was known for circular architecture and experimented with round houses, including grain silos, which sound like shipping container houses but cooler. Bucky also designed a futuristic dome for New York City. Lloyd Alter has gathered TreeHugger’s articles about Fuller.
See what interests you.

Easy DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Your porch needs a hanging chair because everybody’s porch needs a hanging chair. Sounds logical, right? For a project that is easy on your monetary and time budget, visit Caitlin’s tutorial at The Merrythought. With a series of dowels, canvas drop cloth, and rope, you can assemble a simple but comfy hanging lounge chair.
Get the tutorial.

The Tin Can Traveler Before and After

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Do I get to call it a home now? It certainly looks like one. The Tin Can Traveler, Rebecca, has worked her butt off updating her 1967 Airstream’s interior. She added airy colors, changed window treatments and cupboard doors, and opened the place up big time. It may have been a slight risk but it paid off.
Apartment Therapy has the scoop.

The Japanese Space-Saving Woodshop on Shop Talk Live

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
Woodworking can be a difficult hobby to pick up if you have budget or space constraints. This June, Popular Woodworking talked about the appeal of makerspaces for providing community access to unweildy equipment. In July, “Shop Talk Live” is talking about Japanese-style woodshops, which use minimal tools and space. You may have to learn to pick up Japanese woodworking techniques. Either way, that’s two options for getting into woodworking without it taking over your household: a Japanese setup, or a makerspace.
Listen to “Shop Talk Live” at Fine Woodworking.
Grab my commentary on how makerspaces have a communal appeal in addition to a practical one.

Turn an Entertainment Center into a TV Console Table

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

An old piece of furniture you can’t use is an inspiration when you are inclined to turn it into a piece you can use. For example, entertainment centers harken the days of heavier TVs and the wish to surround the plastic sides of a tube TV with attractive wood. Rather than get rid of your entertainment center (and have to find somebody who wants it), Kelly of The Moon and Me suggests sawing off the high sides and making a console table by reattaching the top just above the cupboard doors. I’ll leave the rest of the story up to her tutorial.
This one’s at Remodelaholic
The Moon and Me

Penda Designhouse’s “One With the Birds” Can Be Expanded Piece by Piece

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt

How would you like a house to which you could add or subtract rooms on a whim? “One With the Birds” by Penda Designhouse is a building that begins with an angular bamboo structure that supports a room. The genius in the architecture is that you can build several triangles on top of or next to each other in the pattern of your choice.
A “modular” structure is one that is made of many repeating pieces, like tiles. Architects and math teachers love modular design, as you can put your tiles together in any pattern you like. A great example of modular design is Ananda’s triangular geometric wall planter tutorial from A Piece of Rainbow. Another modular pattern is the pattern of diamonds popular in wine racks.

This wine rack is part of the Butler's Buffet from Amish Furniture Factory.

But back to the topic of “One With the Birds”. Yes it is an example of modular building. Each “One With the Birds” building can be unique. You can arrange your triangles in a bungalow or a tall house; you can add a guest room and take it down when your guests leave. It’s great that the method of building each bamboo triangle, using ropes instead of nails, prevents damage to the bamboo and allows several reuses.
Architects love angles, don’t they? It’s worth it.
Source at Dezeen

Iron Curtain Decor

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences is currently housing an exhibit called “Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design From East and West in One Context.” One purpose of the exhibit is to show how similar design tastes were on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Another purpose is to show colorful mod decor.
This photo at Jason Lees’ blog is one example