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Oct 05, 2010

IKEA Hack: How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

created at: 10/05/2010

Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around. 

IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel framesread more

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Oct 05, 2010

How to: Install a Secret Bookshelf Door

created at: 10/05/2010

Dude, 'member Webster? Little guy gets adopted by rich parents, and lives in a big old Victorian house, complete with secret passages and an old butler's elevator that he could move around in? I blame those pathways and a lifelong interest in Clue (both the boardgame and the awesome 1985 film adaptation, which my childhood Matt Davish had on Betamax) for a tiny obsession with passageways, hidden doors, and all around Sherlock Holmes-y secret goodness.

So this hidden bookcase door is, you know, crazy… read more

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Oct 05, 2010

What's Really Inside Your Chicken Nuggets

We at ManMade are huge advocates of handmade products, and always promote the freedoms of avoiding consumerism and mass-produced goods.

Seeing this photo is exactly what we needed to keep the faith: this is mechanically separated chicken, and it's what's inside fast food products like chicken nuggets and patties, as well the frozen processed chicken products in the freezer section of the grocery store. 

Click through to read what's actually going on… read more

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Oct 04, 2010

How To: Precision Pumpkin Carving

 

Sometime around the late 80s and early 90s, the Halloween scene got knocked on its head. Publishers released pumpkin carving pattern-and-tool books,  and jack-o-lanterns went from simple triangle-based faces to full on cackling witches and haunted house scenes.

And we are all thankful...except in the fifteen years that followed, every home started using these patterns, making these newer more complex scenes just as ubiquitous as their predecessors.

Thankfully, in the last few years, DIY stencil creation has gone through a revolution of sorts, and you can now create detailed custom pieces without need to buy… read more

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Oct 04, 2010

How To: Make a Stormtrooper Helmet from a Milk Jug

You know those moments when you just look at an object, and you think, "oh my gosh! That totally looks like a _________." It could be something you've never seen before, the form of which immediately stands out to you. Or, it could be something you've seen and used all your life.

Lindsey had one of those moments with a standard one-gallon milk carton. The realization? Stormtrooper helmet. Of… read more

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Oct 04, 2010

A Man's Guide to Sweaters

Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.

And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

Colorful Modular Tetris Bookshelf

 

Homeowner Mario and his wife Tete, from Sao Paulo, got inspired by a Tetris bookshelf he saw online, and started designing. His piece was custom fit into his space, built by a woodworking friend.

The shelf is 2.20 meters wide, 2 meters tall and 30 centimeters deep. It's made of MDF wood and the colored parts are Formica sheets.

 

As you can see in some of the pictures, all the parts are independent of each other so it's a modular project. I can unscrew half of the shelf and use it at another place or I can re-arrange the parts as I see fit (and the holes match too, it's a very… read more

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Oct 01, 2010

On the Record - New-ish Music to Check Out, October 2010

created at: 10/01/2010

A fall friendly collection of five albums, totally worth your time.

 

created at: 10/01/2010

Hey Rosetta - Into Your Lungs (Sonic Records)

Canadians have been hip to this album since 2008, but its just been released in the U.S.

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Sep 30, 2010

Play Asteroids on Any Web Page

created at: 09/30/2010

Whether you want to get rid of ads, explode your Twitter followers, or just practice your skills, sometimes, you want to blow stuff on a webpage up.

Erik of Github has created a bookmarklet that will allow you to do that very thing. Simply drag the link below to destroy your Facebook friends' avatars, those emails you don't want to respond to, or any object on the page.

Seriously, this puts fun back in the internet. This is the coolest thing we've seen… read more

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Sep 30, 2010

How To: Make Easy Fabric Skulls for Day of the Dead

 

Shawnee of Life with Monkey whipped up this super quick pattern and technique for making fabric skulls. They're so easy to make that we can imagine these in bulk hanging from fishing line, or mixed in a candy bowl. We also think the shape would lend itself well to more anatomical skulls, or even Luchalibre masks.

 

Easy. Peasy.… read more

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