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Feb 18, 2010

R.I.P Ikea Fira...and So Long Perfectly Hackable Storage.

The IKEA Fira drawer unit - the awesome little wooden box deal that everyone loves to customize - has been cancelled...like, already. Like there's no longer any mention of it on their website.

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Lame. Sure, they were among the most difficult of Ikea products to assemble [read: nearly impossible], but they were crazy useful, and could be made to match nearly any room or function.

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Feb 18, 2010

ManMaker: Brian Vann, with a Studio Tour!

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010

Brian Vann is a master steamster from San Francisco who makes [mostly] handbags and totes out of vintage fabric. He recently reorganized his studio, and took lots of photos. ReadyMade mag's Make Nice blog recently highlighted his creative space.

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A vintage soap dish, magentized to catch pins, and Brian's platter collection:

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Feb 17, 2010

Fire Up - A DIY Campfire Kit?

Fire Up is a campfire do-it-yourself-kit designed by Evelien Stamhuis to help you build a roaring fire in no time. Everything one would need is in the bag.

I have no idea how much it costs, or whether its actually for sale...but I wonder what the functionality is? Are open campfires legal and encouraged in the Netherlands? Can anyone - namely someone who doesn't know anything about building fires - just plop down and set these things ablaze? Or, would someone bring this with them on a camping trip?

I really do get it as a design project, and I'm sure it works wonderfully. But though I'm not sure of the environmental impact of burning

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Feb 17, 2010

Handmade Haiku: A Lesson Learned Through a Bendy Straw

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February 17, 2010: A Lesson Learned through a Bendy Straw.

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Feb 17, 2010

Man Builds a Motorcycle Out of Alligator Parts

Dude, talk about upcycling...gatorbike photo

Jim Jablon was given an alligator carcass after it had been killed by state officials. And, like most creative minds, he thought "Why not put it to good use?"

And by "good use," Jim meant: build a freaking motorcycle out of it.  

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Feb 16, 2010

Stylish Men's Sewing Kit

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Designer Elizabeth Dilk came up with this sleek sewing kit intended for men who just need the essentials: "Unassuming sewing kit packaged in a 3.5" cube. Contains just the essentials, and directions to replace a button, mend a tear and hem pants. In three tiers, the box contains straight pins, safety pins, sewing needles, 7 types of thread, a seam ripper, tape measure and a packet of spare buttons. Directions are printed on the interior so that losing instructions is impossible."

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I'm loving the design of the kit...the color and especially the typeface. Anybody know what it is?

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Sew more at Elizabeth's site.

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Feb 16, 2010

Great "Man Cave" Designs

Rainn Wilson Man Cave

man cave, n. A dedicated area of a house, such as a basement, workshop, or garage, where a man can be alone or socialize with his friends. (from mancavesite.org)

I admit, I'm not much into the hunting lodge or sports bar basement approach, but I do completely understand the masculine impetus to create a space of one's own. The same need that had us build forts and club houses as kids still drives us to make special places to simply be.

Contemporary design and architecture site Styleture have assembled several inspiring man cave designs. The common themes? Pool tables, big tvs, and lots and lots of woodtones.Man Cave with Nice Pool Table

  

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Feb 15, 2010

How To: Water Bottle Pocket

I'm still on the search for the perfect day-to-day bag. I admit, I ask alot: I need something that carries and protect my computer and my DSLR, as well as fits my collection of things I use daily - books, paperwork, notebook, cables, glasses/contacts, multitool, etc, etc - that's carriable when I walk, bike, or ride my scooter.water bottle holder

And I think I've found the almost perfect option - with the almost hinging on the lack of external pocket to carry my water bottle or a drink. But, this quick and easy hanging bottle carrier from Between the Lines seems like a great solution.

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Feb 15, 2010

ManMaker: Steve Nicholson's Hole Punched Art

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010
Steve Nicholson is a second year Graphic Communication student...and an ace with a hole punch. He created this self portrait in full analog style - one dude, one piece of A1 paper, and ten differently sized single hole punches. The result is pretty impressive display of halftone-like holeyness.

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Feb 15, 2010

It's Not a Parsnip, It's a Carrot Zombie

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They say the carotene in carrots gets converted into vitamin A by the human body, which aids in eyesights, skin and hair health, and the regulation of blood sugar.  

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