Light Wood, Literally: Glow-in-the-Dark Outdoor Furniture Not light as in weight nor as in the tone of the wood, this furniture is literally alight from within – bands of bright orange, purple, blue and white layered between slices of wood to create a remarkable look. The stylistic result sits somewhere between high-end craft and luxury contemporary design. Designed to work as small stools, ottomans, or coffee tables, just imagine turning out the lights and letting these objects be the sole source of illumination for a room – perfect for parties, though perhaps a bit strange and/or overly colorful on a day-to-day basis unless kept to a outdoor garden, porch or patio space that could use some additional nighttime lighting. The so-called Bright Woods collection from Gruppo Avanzini employs stripes of various kinds of wood with resin infill between each layer.
"Green" Furniture The Secret Garden collection by home furniture Thai company Ayodhya uses real dried moss inserted under a glass table top. Also mirrors, stools, trays and boxes all made with recycled newspaper. [via] Contemporary Bookcase - Projects Fresh, clean lines, simple, strong construction, and a design you can modify to fit any room. By Randy Johnson The credo of many great 20th century architects was “Form Follows Function.” And for this bookcase, it certainly does. The strong shelves are supported in a straightforward fashion by equally strong uprights. No decoration, no superfluous details, not even a back to mar its perfect geometry. For you, the woodworker, this bookcase has beauty of a different kind.The joinery is amazingly simple: Long threaded rods are concealed inside the pieces and tie the whole bookcase together. For tools you’ll need a tablesaw, dado blade, jigsaw, sliding miter saw, planer, jointer, drill press, hand drill, router and router table. Laminate the plywood The backbone of this bookcase is the laminated plywood parts. Leave the plywood for the vertical partitions (parts L, M and R) as long panels. Mark and cut the parts Carefully mark and label the individual vertical partition parts. to final width.
Combo Couch: All-in-One Lounger, Love Seat + Sofa Bed = « Dornob Sofa beds sneak two functions into one piece of furniture, but these designs go beyond the binary ‘convertible couch’ typology to be completely modular, comfortable for sitting up, laying back or lying down in any number of custom configurations. This seating set from Zuiver builds on the classic fold-out footrest and flip-up backrest concepts of an easy chair, but take such loungers to new levels by expanding the entire idea horizontally into a multi-person love seat, then stretch it further to a full-length sleep-friendly sofa. Each modular segment can be flipped in, out, up or down as desired by the people using each part of the seating space – a pair of chairs can be formed within the larger whole of the couch, or the entire system can open and accommodate a couple comfortably.
Saving Space: Storage-Filled Sofa has Secret Compartments There is more than one way for furniture to double its functionality – convertible sofa beds are a good start, but more experiments with storage might be a less-glamorous pursuit with even more possibilities. A chair could be tricky, and we take desk doors for granted, but massive and dense couch-sized seats seem ideal candidates for making maximum use of available space. The black-and-white, striped-box style of the SofaSofa might not be for everyone, but both the seating surface and back support elements feature a series of hidden storage areas. If nothing else, though, it will making the retrieval of dropped coins and keys between the cushions a simple exercise. Whether or not it would still be comfortable to sit on (and lean against) is another question.
Modern Bookshelves: 25 Very Creative Designs | Decorating Room - StumbleUpon We used to think that the emergence of the Internet will make books obselete. However, since this has not been the case, we therefore continue to need bookshelves to store our collection of books. In this roundup, we will showcase the 25 modern bookshelves, which are not only creative and interesting but very functional as well. 01- Equation Bookshelf ‘Equation Bookshelf’ is a simple idea of to divide things in priority order… put together the books that you need immediately or more important between (parentheses)! 02- Escape Into Your Cave Created as a bookshelf with its own Cave inside, this shelf allows you to retreat with a good book, or just sit and relax in your space. 03- Console Bookshelves This modern Console Bookshelf by Stanislav Katz doubles as a reading bench. 04- REK Bookcase The REK Bookshelf expands and collapses like an accordion to provide you with more space for storing books. To know more about the each bookshelf, just click on the preview image shown below. 24-Tangram
la Nomade du Design » La Série Ben Diaporama des Objets 2010-2011 Retour vers Le Coin de l’eco-Design Banc BEN - 151 x 43.5 x 45 cm Bureau BEN Siège BEN Retour vers Le Coin de l’eco-Design Build a Dining Table From Salvaged Materials : Rooms : Home & Garden... Make salvaged materials your own by turning them into a dining room table with this project. Materials and Tools: tongue-and-groove 2x6-inch boards (from reclaimed or salvaged lumber)salvaged iron bands2x4-inch boards4x4-inch boardsnails or staplescarriage bolts1¾-inch screwsdowel screwssealerstainwood planerpocket-hole jigclampnail gun or staplerT-square rulerhammerblock of woodtorchdistressing tools (various drill bits or chains)table sawcircular sawhandsawrouter (with 1¼-inch rabbeting bit)vise grippaintbrushorbital sandertape Steps: 1. 2. 3. Figure A 4. 5. Figure B 6. 7. Figure C 8. 9. 10. Figure F 11. 12.
The Aviator's Home Office A couple of days ago I tweeted that if you are working virtually you should "build yourself a home-office. Do not use your kitchen table or a corner in the living room." Having a great working environment is very important. It should feel good, inspire your senses and make you happy. The style of your home office should reflect who you are as a person, but if you happen to be into old style aviation, here is a home office you just cannot ignore. It comes from the fabulous shop "Restoration Hardware," who excels at be the best classic home furniture and decoration store. Desk You get the hand built Aviator Wing Desk, made of polished aluminum and hardwood. Chair Add to that the Spitfire chair, sporting sleek aluminum-clad covered back, and upholstered smooth Antiqued Whiskey leather. Bookcase To keep things organized, get the Aviator Bookcase, which like the desk is made from polished aluminum and hardwood. Relax Follow: 42Concepts
10 Scrap Refabs: Vintage Reupholstery with Colorful Fabric Forget fabric stores – some antiques are just too boring to bother re-covering with traditional patterns. These hodgepodge pieces use patchwork scraps to create fresh new themes within stodgy old frameworks. (Re)fabric(ation) can be fun. Design by Leftovers takes old and often overly-ornate furnishings that would hardly fit in a modern home, and remakes them to look creative, contemporary and strangely more timeless. If you are at a loss for how to reupholster some household items, look no further for inspiration. While there seems to be much mixing going on, there is a clear set of methods within the madness – each found piece of fabric is stitched into a new whole in a way that is clearly conscious of what appears around it in terms of colors and patterns. Each of this series has a core zone of tonal focus – cool purples and relaxing blues to bright reds, bizarre pinks and earth browns.
55 Great Sites For Woodworkers | Construction Management Schools Do you have a love for woodworking? Having a husband that loves working in the garage and two sons in woodshop at school, I decided to put this list of sites together to help them as well as help others. From the novice to the advanced, if you are looking for some tips and tricks, design ideas, or just want to see what others are doing, this list has what you are looking for. These sites are not listed in any order other than by general topic. 1. Acorn House Workshop – Having started by building some bookshelves and dining table for the new house, this woodworking hobbyist has since turned out some very fine pieces of work. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. – Chris Baylor is the woodworking guide for About.com. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55.