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Shape these 120 colorful balls into perfect relaxation

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You could be lying around on this super-comfy mat of configurable balls if you have $8K lying around. Comes in blue, red, brown, and gray.

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Privacy Pop Tent sits atop bed and keeps out peepers

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It seems that kids, college students living in dorms, and anyone else who shares a room would appreciate the Privacy Pop Bed Tent.

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X-Me Collection turns furniture into cross-stitch canvases

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Ellinor Ericsson's X-Me Collection weaves colorful tubes of fabric into Nordic style furniture with latticed birch backs, adding a touch of whimsy to the clean design.

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I finally 3D printed something useful

We have two 30-year-old poolside chairs. They might be 40 years old. They are excellent metal chairs with adjustable backs. The problem was that the plastic sliders on the bottom of the legs had long ago disintegrated, leaving nothing but bare metal. So, when my wife or kids dragged the chairs across the concrete, the legs would make a brain-curdling screeching sound. I had been thinking about making wooden plugs to stick into the hollow legs like corks, but then I realized I could easily make custom sliders with my 3D printer.

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Wood furniture that unzips in a delightful way

Sebastian Errazuriz's Wave Cabinet is made of connected movable slats that can be arranged by brushing your hand against them. Beautiful! I want a desktop sized model to fiddle with.

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Pixelkabinett is a beautiful arcade cabinet

pixelkabinett At $4,100, this handmade midcentury-style two-player furnishing is a very expensive limited edition (of fifty). It comes with a 19" LCD display, features a glowing planetarium, and folds down "when not in use."

Most people will likely put in a computer and use it as a MAME machine, but it comes with one Jamma board for purist action. If the design looks mysteriously familiar, it's because it's the creation of Love Hulten, whose tiny R-Kaid-R graced our pixels last year. [via Uncrate] 4325790_orig 4845904_orig

Porky Hefer's nest chairs and other whimsical seating

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These human-sized nests are made at the Cape Town Society for the Blind cane furniture factory in South Africa. Designer Porky Hefer collaborates with sightless workers there to make the enormous chairs. Wallpaper* has a great overview of this and other cool work coming out of Africa's design scene.

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Watch this Trioh demo: stylish rechargeable accent or emergency light

One of my favorite crowdfunded projects is the beautiful Trioh rechargeable 3-in-1 light, which the makers claim is the "world's most beautiful flashlight."

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Katy makes couches for cats

After Xeni posted a photo of one of my cats sleeping on a doll bed, I received an email from Katy Cone, who makes couches for cats. She offered to make a cat couch for me styled on some furniture we have in our house. I sent her this photo:

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A couple of weeks later, the couch arrived. Here's Zelda, trying it out:

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We've had it for about a week, and Zelda uses it several times a day. My kids want to sit in it, too, but I won't allow it. It's probably sturdy enough to support their weight, but I'm not taking a chance.

If you are interested in getting a cat couch of your own, visit Katy's site, Meowch.

Improved Mid-Century Modern rocking chair

chair-openerMy book Maker Dad has instructions for making this Mid-Century Modern rocking chair. The design is based on a chair that was built around 1950 by Alexey Brodovitch, a designer who was the art director at Harper's Bazaar from 1934 to 1958. I built Brodovitch's chair and discovered that it was not very sturdy. I changed the design to have better support, and a few iterations later came up with a chair that felt more robust.

Last week Edward Reading sent me photos of the chair he built with his son. He improved on my design: "I counter-sunk the dowels about half the thickness of the plywood, and glued them for additional support. I also notched the sides to receive the 8" brace, and glued that in as well." Good job, Ed!

Here are photos of his chair:

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Ed's son is holding the peg trick, which you can see in the above video.

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Furniture from old Apple G5 towers

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Klaus Geiger's concept design for minimalist furniture fashioned from the chassis of old Apple PowerMac G5 tower computers

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Airplane parts recycled into furniture

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MotoArt, an outfit I've blogged before that transforms airplane parts into furniture, built this glorious conference table based on an engine scavenged from a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. (via Laughing Squid)

DIY pipe-and-wood shelves

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I've seen variations on pipe-and-wood bookshelves but this set (and howto) by Reddit user's bobatsfight is a terrific accomplishment!

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Jews and midcentury modern design

The Atlantic's Steven Heller's feature about the Jewish designers at the forefront of mid-century modernism, from George Nelson to Saul Bass to Alvin Lustig is pegged on a new exhibition titled Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.

CATable desk designed for humans and cats

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The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid)

Marvelous 18th century secretary cabinet

Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during the 18th century and previously owned by King Frederick William II. OK, fine, it's not mine. But it will be. Someday. SOMEDAY! (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, thanks Bob Pescovitz!)

Space age design loft bed/desk for kids (1975)

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While searching for a good loft bed/desk system for my son, I found this photo of a fantastic bed/desk/closet module designed in 1975 by Luigi Colani. The closet door is a chalkboard! I like how space age it feels. The DIY Mission Control desktop I posted about previously would be a perfect addition. (Handmade Charlotte)