Tattoos, tattoos. Some can be amazingly beautiful, and I imagine some of the best and most talented artists and illustrators today make their living in high-end tattoo parlors and salons. These guys have their skills down, with no erasers or undo buttons available.
But they sure are painful, and permanent.
So, we're really digging this collection of tattoo and flash-inspired home decor and furniture pieces.
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 artisan project!).
On Wednesday, the New York Times featured a piece about "rough looking" furniture and "emphasizing the influence of the y-chromosome." Artists and designers such as Joost Van Bleiswijk, Aaron Raymer, Simon Hasan, Oscar Magnus Narud are creating pieces who's aesthetic only improves with a scratch or a nick in the veneer.
Murray Moss has dubbed the approach "butch craft", and "he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word “butch.”
Two wheels are always supreme, even for sitting!
Michigan-based Bike Furniture Design creates tables, chairs, barstools, and other furniture and accessories from... you guessed it: recycled bike parts.
"Bike Furniture Design is a design and manufacturing studio specializing in contemporary, modern furniture made primarily from recycled steel and aluminum bicycle rims, handlebars, and frames.
Working within the vernacular of classic modern furniture design, BFD founder Andy Gregg has continued to refine this comfortable and durable furniture since 1990. Some designs, in addition to utilizing the bicycle, also utilize components
Nathan Tobiason of Revol-Design says this about himself: "My name is Nathan Tobiason. I live in San Diego, California and studied Design at Hampshire College. I design and build functional objects."
Functional objects like segmented furniture, folding tables, and all kinds of recycled goodies. Here's three favorites:
Screw Chair: "A surprisingly comfortable chair made from scraps of douglas fir and 3,726 drywall screws."
Wine Table: "Three to fifty-five wine bottles can be used in various configurations with this small clear acrylic coffee table. Wine bottles are press fit onto the table to make stable legs while recycling and
Sooner or later you're gonna find yourself in this situation:
You're at home, watching educational programming or perhaps reading up on the latest antics on ManMadeDIY.com, and BANG! BOOM! The zombies have already chewed through the font door.
What to do? What to do?
It's simple, says the "Safe Bedside Table." Simply untwist the removable leg that serves as a club and weild the top like a shield, and consider yourself defended.
No matter how old we get, we can't let go of Legos, those interlocking plastic blocks that can be eternally connected in infinite ways. And many of those infinite ways can actually go way beyond just playful modeling.
Inhabitots has assembled five of those constructions, all of which are real world uses of the popular brick, including an entire home by James May (above), recycled Lego-like blocks for use in developing nations or emergency shelter situations, zoo sculptures of endangered animals, a kitchen counter, and a large boardroom meeting table.