Lighting and furniture design and manufacturing firm Rich Brilliant Willing show you how to create an industrial yet colorful chandelier for less than $25.00 from materials you can find at your local hardware store.
ManMade reader William an I have a lot in common: a love for crafting with power tools, a desire to reuse and repurpose scrap, and the goal of enjoying the trappings of classic "masculine" things like the mounted deer head, without.... you know, having to kill anything.
Say what you want about the decline of the bound paper book, but, as a someone who spends most of each day online as part of my full time job, I believe the internet, at least the parts where I interact, loves books and print media. Every day, I've see folks talking about books, making stuff with them, sharing their experience of reading them, and most interestingly, sharing awesome ways to store and display them.
The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives instead.
The current season of Mad Men finds Don Draper married, and far away from his Conneticut colonial of yore and pathetic, dreary one-bedroom from last season and finally living in what mid-century fans and men everywhere have been waiting for: a warm and colorful bachelor-ish pad with a sunken living room, deep walnut cabinets, a built-in TV, a very, very impressive home bar.
Have you ever wanted to put your laundry away more? Designer James Plumb came up with this stylish, masculine dresser for the Salone 2011 at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. His frame is made from iron, but I'm thinking this design could easily be translated to a DIY effort.
To make your own, begin
ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,
"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."
Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)
Instead of grabbing a gallon at the hardware store,
ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever. They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"
As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.
Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome project.
Phil Cuttance's Faceture series is incredible to simply look at, but learning how they're created is even more facetnating. (See what I did there?)
Cuttance creates each piece
Designer David Stark has recently collaborated with Haus Interior to produce, "Wood Shop," a temporary collection of all-wood art, accessories, and...you know, basically everything you want made our of hardwood.
A decade ago, office organization looked the same as it had since the advent of the personal computer: inbox/outbox, some filing cabinets, storage boxes on shelfs for extras, and drawer organizers.
Now, in the era of smart phones, tablets, multiple computers, all sorts of input devices, electronic bill pay, Stamps.com, docu-scanners... (should I keep going?), staying organized in your home office is very, very different.
Professional organizer Angela Kantarellis offers her seven roadblocks to an organized workspace in 2012, and what to do about them.
The bachelor pad. That quintessential moment of adulthood. That space inhabited when one truly learns what being a grown up is like, and prepares for the eventual sharing of a home. Or perhaps it actually serves the pinnacle environment, where living alone as an adult man is the best fulfillment of identity.
Either way... it can't look like your college dorm room. Step it up a notch, guy.
When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.
Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.
So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!
Oh, the internet interior design scene. You could spend a lifetime just clicking around, looking at images of incredible homes, clever ideas, and beds you just wanna snuggle up in.
Or, you can wait for some blogger to sieve through all the junk, and compile an amazing top ten, and then just look at that.
Even if I carved a jack-o-lantern this year, I dunno where I'd put it in my house. It'd have to sit on the floor somewhere, out of sight, making it not worth the effort. (Which, as you might guess...is why they don't get carved at my house.)
But, a family of tiny little gourds with oversized fangs and eerie red eyes. Those I can handle.
The Eames lounge chair is a standard in many a manly room. It's welcoming shape, perfect height, and oh-so-essential ottoman make it a main supporter, but not a major focal piece in any room. It does it's job, and it does it well, but doesn't demand attention...well, other than when you have someone over for the first time and they say, "Oh my gosh, you have an Eames lounge?!"
Which is why Ana's makeover of a chair she knabbed for free and an ottoman she found for $10 is so unexpected...and yet, kinda works.
I love materials. All of them. After all, crafting is about taking some raw material and either cutting it, spreading it, shaping it, or attaching it to something else, right? I especially love when materials take an unlikely shape, like when felt becomes rigid, or wood maleable. Like this woven wooden lamp, which is constructed from actual wood, all balled up and soft. I may never be able to bend plywood at home, but this? This I can do.