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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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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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:
A couple of weeks later, the couch arrived. Here's Zelda, trying it out:
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.
My 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:
Ed's son is holding the peg trick, which you can see in the above video.
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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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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)
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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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.
The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid)
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!)
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)
"This Tea Cup Chair is perfect sound isolator, suitable for peaceful relaxing, reading or meditation." Or having a nice cuppa, I'd imagine. (Thanks, Michael-Anne!)
In 1970, famed Danish designer Verner Panton transformed a Bayer-sponsored exhibition boat at the Cologne furniture fair into the "Visona 2 Fantasy Landscape." Below, a video tour of the scene. Can you dig it? I knew that you could.
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Want to sleep in Robert A Heinlein's bed? The Heinlein Society was unable to find a museum to take this artifact from his home so they are now selling it on eBay. Apparently designed and built by the writer himself, the bed platform has drawers underneath and two side tables, each with "a drawer, a pull out writing surface, and shelf space, as well as a compartment suitable for a box of tissues, and a trash compartment with a removable container." Robert A Heinlein's Bed (Thanks, Dave Gill!)
This table is not for pooping. It's for tea. But it is made of poop — specifically fossilized hunks of fish poop, encased in a crunchy shell of clay and rock. The fossilized poops — called coprolites, which is basically just fancy Latin for "fossilized poop" — are the spiny-looking bits in the center of each circular inlay on the table top. (Technically, the name translates as "dung stone".)
The table belonged, appropriately, to the Rev. William Buckland, the man who gave coprolites their fancy name and proved that they were, in fact, fossilized poops.
The table resides at England's Lyme Regis Museum. You can read more about Buckland's work and the details of the craftsmanship and restoration behind the table at their website. Earth Magazine also has a lovely article on coprolites, including important information that will help you distinguish between fossilized poop and stuff that just looks like fossilized poop.
Via The Earth Story. Thanks to my Dad for forwarding this to me!
Japanese design firm YOY created this print of a sofa that can be used as a sofa. The image is printed on a very elastic fabric on a wood and aluminum frame. When it's leaned against a wall, you can sit in it. They also made a stool and armchair. CANVAS (via Laughing Squid)