November 13, 2015

This clever IKEA hack took less than $500 and 6 hours to accomplish. Lowly IKEA kitchen cabinets were transformed into a full platform bed with quite ample storage underneath. Wonderful use of resources.

November 12, 2015


This is just delightful. Created by a team of designers in Italy, PlayWood is a simple connector that allows you to create your own modular furniture from any kind of wood your want (or have on hand). The principle is simple: download the designs, purchase the PlayWood connectors, cut your wood into pieces (according to your chosen design), and build your very own piece. You can choose any kind of material with a variable thickness from 1,5 cm to 2,0 cm. A great way to DIY.


January 28, 2013


Hamburg based studio Mirco Kirsch is the author of this clever item – Belt + Sound folding lamp. The piece is meant to be assembled from a single sheet of perforated metal. When the process is complete – you get an unusual looking lighting objects with the 180 degree range. And a titillating sense of pride for your successful DIY endeavor. See the steps illustrated after the break.


October 24, 2012

This is delightful. Designer Adrian Candela was overwhelmed by the packing waste stacked in his living room after a recent move and decided to turn the old boxes into new furniture. As someone with the pronounced cardboard fetish, I did feature his Nit nightstand before. And what a pleasure it was to find this video, shot by Kirsten Dirksen of Fair Companies, showcasing his other DIY ideas. Do enjoy! Also check out Adrian’s website for actual downloadable instructions.

July 31, 2012

Every renter knows that IKEA’s ubiquitous nature cannot be fought. It’s that convenient shortcut most of us take at one point or another. Fortunately, there are entrepreneurial souls out there, who can help us to embrace Swedish fast food of furniture in a new and exciting way. This particular IKEA hack belongs to Andreas Bhend and allows us to built three original items from a humble Frosta chair. The redesigns include a wall-mounted shelving unit, coffee table and a coat rack. Called Frosta X, Frosta Y and Frosta Z respectively, the items do require some power tool action. But the result is well-worth the elbow grease. I also love the humorously drawn instructions. Watch the stop motion video to follow the process.


June 18, 2012

Looking for my own kitchen inspiration, I’ve stumped upon this beautiful DIY remodel. The author of the projet, Linn, states in her blog that the whole ordeal took one month and $6,230. She shares the details of the project, including marble and granite floor work and stainless steal couter installation. I’m especially loving the subway tile, the cabinet hardware, and the overall lightness of the room, which visually opens up this 90 square feet space. A clever, simple and tasteful makeover.


July 13, 2011

Fun, flat-pack and DIY – this table has it all. Designed by Patrick Carmody and Kfir Shetrit of OCD (which stands for Obsessively Crafted Design), the Mudo table is a great example of a 3d structure that can fold completely flat when stored or transported. The piece is cut out of a 1/4″ thick sheet of Masonite and covered with plastic laminate on both sides. The manufacturing process leaves very little waist, which can give you satisfaction of owning an eco-conscious piece of furniture. Not to mention the joy of assembling it yourself. Hard to beat that…

April 23, 2011

Recession Design is a group of creative individuals who explore DIY architecture and design solutions for low-cost living. Their project My Place was shown during the recent Design Week in Milan and included modular objects and Do-It-Yourself concepts. Here is how designers define their creative credo: ‘The idea behind Recession Design is very simple but opens an interesting debate on the meaning of “DESIGNING” today: The economic crisis is fact a pretext and opportunity for critical reflection on the contemporary design world.’ There is also a book in plans – ‘Do-It-Yourself Design, Ideas Against The Crisis.’ It doesn’t hit closer to home than this, does it?..

Via Serena Confalonieri