We all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.
Pop quiz: how many crayons do you think the Crayola factory produces each day? I'd have said something like: 500,000.
Turns out, I was way, way wrong. The answer?
Industrial designer and jeweler Mat Brown came up with this awesome technique for taking a split, live-edge length of chesnut wood, and rather than fixing its flaws, decided to highlight their natural character. By making them glow in the dark.
These simple images of the Pack series from Takehomedesign illustrates one of my favorite principles to create to make a huge difference in your decor:
I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by
The ManMade approach to style has always been to seek out the classics. And true, layered and subdued works in the winter, but summer's the time for embracing the season and trying new things. So, go out on a limb and check out these ideas for wearing colorful/patterned shorts so you can step up your style for the summer...while still feeling like yourself.
So...how was your weekend? Mine? Fantastic. I was fortunate to spend it in New York City, at the "Color with Confidence" Event from Pantone, Valspar, and Lowe's. It was organized to celebrate the release of a new line of PANTONE UNIVERSE paint collection at Lowe's, which means...
You can now get paint in Pantone colors at your local home improvement center. Design nerds rejoice!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the coolest of them all? Well, you of course.
Er, yikes... sorry about that one. But! This simple idea really will transform your - otherwise boring - full-length mirror into a legit accent piece, and it's super easy to pull off.
Men often get pegged as "utilitarian" decorators - they choose things that are comfortable and work, and don't worry about how they appear. But, I'm a firm believer that we're affected by the places we inhabit, work, and live, and so your environment should be a place you're proud of.
For the same reason I get a kick out of this bright pink lake in Senegal or these colorfully striped mountains in China, the amazing colors and abstract geometric shapes of these aerial photos of
Just a mere two hours from my house, there exists a Willy Wonka-like factory that pumps out all the world's bright and bold fascinating flourescents: the DayGlo Pigment Plant. There, the factory makes 4.5 million pounds of eye-popping color per year, which goes into all the road signs, traffic cones, toys, and other ultraviolet-absorbing goodies.
On cold, winter-ish mornings like these, when everything is quiet, I like to put on a button-down sweater, palm my tea mug, stroke my beard (I have one now, for the next ten days or so), and get into the vibe of the great writers of yore. Not that I think blogging is the same as writing, but there's still plenty of blank page staring. And sometimes, I think, "Man, I should get a pipe."
At first glance, those of us without kids may take a look at these brightly colored pasta noodles and say, "When would I ever do that." That's what I did, of course. And then I thought about it...and thought about it...and then the question soon became, "When would I not?"
Move over paint swatch fan decks... Tauba Auberbach has designed a book featuring, supposedly, every single color possible, ever.
Dutch artist Edwin Deen had an idea. Like, an entirely genius, space program-worthy idea...What would happen if one armed an oscillating sprinkler with a ROY-G-BIV collection of water-based paint?
And so he built it...and the results are colorfully spectacular.