DIY Adjustable Industrial Wood Stool

October 9th, 2014

Want to create an industrial wooden stool with an adjustable seat height? Ana White has plans for a fun stool made of 2x2s. The all-thread that adjusts the seat height holds the stool together both functionally and stylistically. This stool has a serious handmade look and is a cool conversation piece. It could even work in a steampunk setting.
Plans at

3D Printing Living Furniture from Fungus

October 7th, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt
20100815_1818_Mold_cc3_by_BobBlaylockThat cool stuff on the left is an extremely close look at mycelium, a stringy network that composes what are basically the roots of mushrooms. That is one square millimeter (less than 1/8″) so as you can imagine, the right species of mycelium can grow tightly by human standards.
If mycelium is tight, perhaps it can also be strong. Eric Klarenbeek decided to try out this potential strength. So to turn it into a material for furniture, he tried 3D printing it.
Klarenbeek 3D prints straw in paste form with bits of yellow oyster mushroom mycelium throughout, in a furniture shape such as a chair. The mycelium eats the straw and grows through it. When the chair is strong, Klarenbeek dries it out and covers it with bioplastic… unless he wants it to sprout mushrooms. And for prototypes, of course you do.
This chair is supposed to be a concept to inspire Dutch Design Week visitors to consider building just about anything out of living material, but to me it looks close to a realistic product, as long as you stop the mushrooms on time. Beyond furniture? Klarenbeek is hoping people will explore the strength and safety of mycelium enough to develop living architecture.
Thanks goes to Inhabitat for the news
Mycelium close-up photo is CC 3.0 by Bob Blaylock

StoneGable at the Porch Party

October 7th, 2014

It’s the season for fall link parties. From the Falling for Fall Porch Party I chose one of the six members. My choice is StoneGable for the gorgeous tartan blanket and array of pumpkins. Yvonne did a beautiful job conveying fall hospitality with her soft textures and elegant details. Visit her blog to see what I mean and then visit the other five bloggers.

Table Slides Clutter Underneath

October 7th, 2014

When you get home you might throw the contents of your pockets on a hallway table. Or you might prefer to hide the clutter by placing a basket or container on top of the table. Grégoire de Lafforest suggests that you toss clutter inside the table. Console Balka is a table with a slide in the top that leads to a basket beneath. To pick up your things again, just bend the flexible basket downwards. The best thing about this table is how it gives you the freedom to toss.
Gallery at Gessato

Jonas Wagell’s Mini House Prefab

October 6th, 2014



The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a tiny prefab with modern geometry inside and out, and the added interest of surprising colors. The house takes two days to assemble. Most importantly, the Swedish home is weatherproof and warm enough to live in during the winter.
Learn more at Inhabitat

Italian Home Blends Old Natural Features with Contemporary Renovations

October 6th, 2014

In this house tour of Casa Fiera, you can see how design firm Massimo Galeotti Architetto started by retaining the natural materials in the house and using them to inspire contemporary renovations of more hardwood. New windows improved natural lighting and the view from the house. Make sure to catch the picture of the bedroom, which is surprisingly dramatic for its natural aesthetic.
Tour at Gessato

David Mills Custom Homes Varies Design Elements

October 6th, 2014

The following home uses a lot of textures to create exciting rooms. Often wood, two kinds of brick, and large windows exist in single rooms. It also exemplifies what natural light can do for a room. It’s the Liberty Residence designed by David Mills Custom Homes in Liberty, Texas.
Photo tour at Home Adore

What Is Your First Thought When You See the Word, “Amish?”

October 3rd, 2014

By Tobin Dimmitt

When you start talking about the Amish, you hear a variety of responses between two extremes: recoiling in horror at the insularity of some communities; and the shallow affection people have for recipes, quilting, and what looks to them like a simpler lifestyle. Lynette Sowell would like you to know that she is somewhere in the middle. Plain people (the name encompassing plenty of groups like Amish, Hutterites, and Mennonites) are not walking stereotypes. Having met and done business with Amish on a regular basis, I support her view. In our footage of our partner’s stain shop, you see that Amish women’s work is not limited to cooking in Iowa. Sowell has inspiring pictures of Plain people doing unexpected things.
Let’s join her at Not Quite Amish.

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery with Curvy Glass Rooms

October 2nd, 2014

Glass can add brilliant effect to an architectural design, and brilliance was exactly what Thomas Heatherwick was aiming for when he created the greenhouses for gin company Bombay Sapphire to grow their flavorful herbs. The curvy glass with stems leading into the main building resemble stills.
View the distillery with a video here.
For an interview with Heatherwick, click here.

Floor to Ceiling Windows Around the Home

October 2nd, 2014

Floor to ceiling windows always make a room’s style say something real. They let light in, they host giant window treatments, and their sheen beautifies a home from the outside as much as from the inside. For a tour of how giant windows can work for a surprising array of rooms, I suggest Alexandra Belgun’s tour on Homedit.
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