April 18, 2012

Nit

As an unfortunate possessor of two left hands, I’ve always admired DIY projects from a distance. But this fun eco-friendly idea by Adrian Candela looks so simple, even I find it unthreatening. Maybe because the material for the project comes from used boxes, a low key resource. Even if you mess things up, so what? You were going to discard the boxes anyway. No pressure.

Adrian explains: “The scenario is quite common: You move into a new apartment, which usually requires the familiar trip to IKEA (or some other similar furnishing store)… The final outcome: A fully furnished place and a large stack of decent quality corrugated fiberboard (most commonly referred to as cardboard).” Thanks to the downloadable instruction, this cardboard is folded into a nightstand. The result is simple and elegant. What a nice way to save money, space and, if the effort is successful enough to repeat, a few trees…

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March 2, 2012

Cut

These cool minimalist objects were created by Belgian designer Mathieu Guyaux. Based on identical solid white oak parallelepiped, each element underwent a specific cut (hence, the name) to give it its own identity. These different cuts allow a large number of applications. You can turn each piece vertically, horizontally, or sideways and use it as a coffee table, side table, nightstand, umbrella stand, magazine rack, pedestal, you name it… Simple, beautiful, refreshing (love the lacquered color detail) and very useful in any space, big or small.

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June 10, 2011

PIN-UP Magazine and Phillips de Pury & Company recently embarked on an interesting quest – to reinvent the nightstand. Eleven designers were asked to submit their creative take on this humble everyday object. Check the video below and this slideshow for a quick view of the works.