Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow.
Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
"The selection of these two books
Photographer Thomas Allen has come up with what may be the ultimate, "Why didn't I think of that?" project.
He cuts up the people-heavy covers of pulp fiction novels and creates mini-dioramas, allowing the characters to interact with others from different works, and with the books themselves:
I'll admit it; I have a particular penchant for miniatures. Not small things, but tiny versions of normal-sized stuff. Generally, I like things that play with scale, I like the "how do they do that?" aspect, and, c'mon, mini things are adorable!
So, I love these super cool tiny books, which made from matchbooks and actually serve as office supply storage, are a quick DIY project who's reward just keeps on giving. Put these on your desk, and there's no way you won't be inspired.
This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan
Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.
But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:
Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)
Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)
Envelope (Southern Living Magazine)
You likes? Cool, let's make our own.
Materials and Tools
- Source material
- large vintage frame
I don't think Jonathan Safran Foer is my favorite author, but whenever anyone asks me what they should read, I give them the names of his first two novels, Everything is Illuminated and a personal favorite, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His non-fiction work, Eating Animals, tops my Christmas list this year, so I was pretty fascinated when I spied his latest project: Tree of Codes
It was "created by slicing out chunks of text from Foer’s favorite novel, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish author Bruno Schulz. The result is a spare, haunting story that appears to hang in negative space on the page."
Somewhere in the last few weeks, making fun of hipsters became more prolific than the irony-clad, mustache filled trend itself. Which was sorta funny for a bit, but at what point does the cultural response become even more pathetic than the ridiculousness of the subculture it mocks?
So, with that in mind, we at ManMade promise that this very post will be the latest hipster mocking piece we do.
Well, unless its very, very funny.
When I was a kid, we made secret book hiding spots all the time: glue up the edges, grab the utility knife, and spend hours cutting. Of course, we didn't have any stuff worth hiding, but we were boys, and that's what boys did.
I love the idea of using secondhand books as a gift box, but my memories of the tried-and-true handcutting method, which would take more than an hour for a book big enough to put much in, make me think otherwise. But, this new method from John Park makes me think I might be able to pull it off this holiday season.
Over the past few months, I've been working on co-authoring the third installment of the Make It! Series, Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It features twelve, very ManMade-ish projects that show you how to create furniture and home decor pieces using only items from your local, big-box home improvement center.
Here's a peek at some of the projects:
To celebrate, we're giving away five free PDF copies! To enter, simply leave a comment in the section below. You could show us something you've created with home center supplies, tell us a favorite hardware store story, let us know why you'd love to win this prize, or simply say "Hi
The London Observer has taken on a mighty big project: selecting the fifty best cookbooks, ever. So far, they've published the first forty, and are relying on readers to help them select the top ten.
The selections range from classic international books from Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Kennedy, to contemporary works from Momofuku's David Chang and vegetarian master Yotam Ottolenghi.
The best books are those that aren't in display condition - cause they've actually been read, loved, and well-worn. But, of course, showing off the books you don't like is, just, well...weird.
So, get hip to this cool trick from OhDeeOh - recovering your favorite paperbacks with custom-designed artwork, which is, as we see it, brilliant.
Apple's iTunes allows you to purchase audiobooks formatted specifically for your iPod, allowing you to enjoy some literature on the go. But simply importing an audiobook from CDs or an mp3 leaves you with hundreds of poorly labeled, two-minute tracks that make it very difficult to pick up where you last listened.
But, with a little knowhow, you can create your own audiobooks from CDs (ones you may already own, or have borrowed from the library or a friend) or mp3 files and take advantage of bookmarking, avoidance on shuffle mode, and clear chapter organization, and the special "Book" category in your library.
I. Importing from CDs (If