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Mar 10, 2016

What Made The Aeron Chair An Icon?

The Aeron, named after the Celtic god of war combined with aeronautics and aeration, is perhaps the most ubiquitous office chair ever produced. Initially created as a breakthrough in ergonomic design by Don Chadwick and Bill Stumph for Herman Mailer, the Aeron was so successful that its image was quickly co-opted by the dotcom bubble and associated with 90's web startup corporate excess. Even before its initial unveiling in 1994, the Aeron chair had already been acquired the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection. Why?   

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Mar 10, 2016

Weekend Project: How to Build a Rustic Headboard with Built-In Hidden Storage

Weekend project? On a Thursday? Yep, and for two reasons: one, I'll be out of town tomorrow, doing a weekend intensive course and dive program to get my SCUBA certification. But two, and most importantly, this storage headboard project is exactly the sort of thing you could put together in a weekend. 

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Mar 08, 2016

Forget Tiny Homes -- How About A Renovated Airplane?

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We've written before about the tiny house movement, especially people who have opted to live in the minimalist spaces that have mobility, but this is whole new take on the lifestyle. Bruce Campbell (not this guy) of Oregon, has lived in a renovated Boeing 727 for over 15 years and is now looking build another in Japan...   

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Mar 04, 2016

Upgrade Poker Night With a Classy Set of Cards

Medallion Playing CardsTired of staring at the same boring face cards every Friday night? Upgrade that deck with some much more compelling designs. They may not help you bluff any better, but at least you can give up that ante in style.  

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Mar 02, 2016

Blow My Mindsday: March 2, 2016

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

This is the Minotake bamboo spatula. It's amazing, and a good reminder that there is always room for more good design in the world, even on products that have been made and used for thousands of years. The series was designed by Makoto Koizumi and made by Japanese bamboo artisans Kohchosai Kosuga. Yours for a very reasonable $33. 

 

Apparently, 90% of the world's huge

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Feb 23, 2016

Dudes and Decor: An Interior Design Primer for Guys

We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the walls. 

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Feb 18, 2016

Dinner Party Trivia: This is What the Universe Actually Looks and Sounds Like

Have you ever sat around and asked that question of what it would be like to hear a color or see sounds? Well all synesthesia aside, NASA scientists have done something like that. Only they've answered their own set of questions, "What is the average color of the universe?" and "What do gravitational waves (i.e. the consummation of the marriage between two black holes) sound like?"    

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Feb 16, 2016

Building a Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Hi-Fi Cabinet from Scratch

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Taking his inspiration from mid-century hi-fi, where the music player didn't just sit on top of a shelf or piece of furniture but was the piece of furniture itself, Barry Abrams hacked together some existing speakers and some milled hardwood planks into an original stereo cabinet, customized for his own space.      

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Feb 15, 2016

How Sportsvision Makes the NFL "Yellow Line"

created at: 02/14/2016 I remember as a kid wondering how the NFL painted the yellow lines showing the the first down marker on the field, and knowing that it was likely some sort of CGI interface, but I could never figure out how they could do that while moving the camera or cutting to different angles. I sort of forgot about the quandary until I came across this video from Vox explaining the history of the technology which I found both fascinating and engaging.    

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Feb 08, 2016

A Sharp Office Makeover, Complete with a DIY Retractable Standing Desk (IKEA Hack)

created at: 01/16/2014

Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and tinkerer Kelli Anderson had an amazing studio/office space with lots of useable work surfaces...which were ever topped and filled with clutter and creative detritus. So, she decided to trade in her classic door-and-filing-cabinet combo of a desk for a proper, organized solution. 

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Feb 08, 2016

Check Out Art Sculptures Made Entirely from Drywall

When considering the virtues of hanging art on your walls, you might want to stop and consider if it's worth just turning your walls into art. That's what drywall art sculpture Bernie Mitchell does using nothing more than drywall and basic drywall tools (plus the extra brush and spoon).   

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Feb 01, 2016

DIY Idea: Make a Space-Saving "Living Cube"

When Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into his new apartment, he loved the clean, minimalist design...but not the fact that it had zero built-in storage place. So, he came up with this clever storage cube to house his bed, book and record collection, and shoes and clothing. Oh, and this is the best part:    

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Jan 27, 2016

Woodworking Done Right: You Gotta Check Out Janis Straupe's Carved Beetle Armoire

Beetle CabinetSometimes a craftsman has to branch out from the ordinary for a bit of fun. This Latvian woodworker built a massive cabinet in the shape of a beetle, and it's on the one of the most beautiful pieces you'll ever see.  

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Jan 25, 2016

How to Build a Personal Wood-Burning Sauna

created at: 01/25/2016

With an eye toward saving  money and paying off student loans, jrytlews of Instructables.com decided he'd still find a way to have his own sauna even if that meant building one himself. After painstaking research and planning he decided on making this dream a reality, and even updated his design post with mistakes/fixes.   

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