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Columbo himself was never this stylish.

Columboldies is a tumblr featuring furniture/clothing/etc. from the tv show Columbo.
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 22, 2014 - 31 comments

Inside and Out

Cao Hui is a Chinese artist who seeks the "inner reaches of things" like furniture, classical sculpture, and clothing. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 12, 2014 - 6 comments

Ottomans not included

For those of you who prefer your science isolated with a side of moody furniture, I give you Lonely Chairs at CERN.
posted by Diagonalize on Apr 14, 2014 - 19 comments

It's smaller on the outside - The mechanical furniture of the Roentgens

The mechanical furniture of the Roentgens [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Feb 24, 2014 - 25 comments

Made by Brad

Made by Brad Brad can't read or talk, but he can put together complex furniture. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 17, 2014 - 51 comments

Perches for Indo Cats

Designer furniture for felines. Suspension bridges and artificial "Pride Rocks."
posted by zscore on Jan 13, 2014 - 37 comments

Toxic Hot Seat

Previously, covering Part One (out of Six) of the Chicago Tribune investigation Chemical flame retardants are everywhere. Our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. Yet they don’t seem to stop fires. They do, however, seem to make us sick. TOXIC HOT SEAT is a documentary which takes an in-depth look at a nexus of money, politics and power – and a courageous group of firefighters, mothers, journalists, scientists, politicians and activists as they fight to expose what they assert is a shadowy campaign of deception that has left a toxic legacy in America’s homes and bodies for nearly 40 years. Set against the backdrop of the award-winning 2012 Chicago Tribune investigative series “Playing with Fire,” TOXIC HOT SEAT tells an intricate story, detailing how chemical companies that produce flame retardants spend millions of dollars on lobbyists, publicists and influencers, and how Big Tobacco had a hand in convincing fire-safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic flame retardants. [more inside]
posted by beisny on Dec 8, 2013 - 7 comments

IKEA or Death

IKEA item or Black Metal band?
posted by swift on Oct 10, 2013 - 44 comments

Just Another Ikea Catalogue [NSFW]

Just Another Ikea Catalogue [NSFW] Someone has taken the time to create an Ikea catalogue based around furniture that appears in the background shots of porn. Ikea is not too pleased.
posted by modernnomad on Aug 7, 2013 - 102 comments

Earplugs and PVA Glue

The Thread Wrapping Machine
posted by Confess, Fletch on Jul 13, 2013 - 31 comments

Explore design

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. While its home, the grand Andrew Carnegie mansion in Manhattan, is currently undergoing a major renovation, you can still experience the richness of the collections through its Object of the Day blog. Recent highlights range from scratch & sniff wallpaper to the elegant simplicity of an Eames dining chair.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jun 27, 2013 - 9 comments

Watch Modern Artists Use Ancient Techniques

For the past three months, the Art Institute of Chicago has been putting their Launchpad videos, designed to provide more context of museum-goers at the Institutes, on YouTube. The short videos include modern artists recreating art using ancient, medieval, and newer techniques in mosaics, glassblowing, pottery, painting, silversmithing, marquetry, and coin production plus conservation of art. There are also a few videos focusing on individual pieces in the collection.
posted by julen on May 20, 2013 - 7 comments

The art of marquetry

Marquetry is the art of making pictures composed of cut pieces of wood veneer which are then attached to a piece of furniture. Silas Kopf is perhaps the best known American doing marquetry. He works in Easthampton, MA on cabinets, desks, and at one time, pianos for Steinway. He also decorated a piano for Walden Woods using indigenous wood. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 17, 2013 - 16 comments

You'd think this stuff was made of dead trees or something

If you've ever had a door or drawer that sticks during some parts of the year but not others, you have received a practical lesson in seasonal wood movement due to humidity. As the humidity changes, so do the dimensions of a piece of wood - sometimes to the breaking point. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Jan 15, 2013 - 23 comments

Mobiliario Humano

David Blázquez is a Spanish Photographer whose self portraits have him modelling human furniture. ( Warning: Naked Men no dangly bits)
posted by adamvasco on Jan 7, 2013 - 9 comments

Damn, I wish I thought of that.

The Jealous Curator is 'a collection of art that inspires & depresses' its proprietor, who has been updating the site almost daily since February 2009 with series of paintings, sculpture and mixed media, furniture, and always with light-hearted commentary about what's posted.
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 comments

Made By Hand II

Masters of handcrafts, showing how they work in beautiful short-form videos. Flamenco guitar luthier. Carpenter. Potter. Letterpress printer. Furniture maker.
Much more at Those Who Make and whycraft.com. Post intended as something of a sequel to this, previously.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Aug 27, 2012 - 5 comments

Some Assembly Required

IKEA US' first official assembly video (SLYT)
posted by ZeusHumms on Feb 24, 2012 - 48 comments

free DIY furniture plans

Ana White shares hundreds of free furniture plans on her website, encouraging those who may have never built furniture before. Formerly known as "Knock Off Wood" since she had DIY versions of popular retail styles, she changed her name after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Williams-Sonoma (owner of Pottery Barn and West Elm). An audio interview with Ms. White and a Flickr pool of completed projects. (via Balancing Everything)
posted by flex on Feb 19, 2012 - 24 comments

Kitsch, chic and swank

Ultra Swank - Retro Living and Design from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
posted by unliteral on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 comments

Affordable Furniture For Your Five-Dimensional Home

M.C. Escher Meets IKEA for some impossible items you WISH you could buy. Of course, this isn't a totally new idea, in fact, even an IKEA fansite has played with the concept. (Dedicated to anyone who ever suspected the assembly instructions were written in an alternate reality) But sometimes, even without intending, a do-it-yourselfer can achieve something pretty close. And now, IKEA itself has embraced the Escher influence in one ad. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 9, 2011 - 28 comments

Jellio is about combining childhood fun with interior design.

"Hot Wheels, Nerf Balls, Spyrograph, View Masters... Remember any of those? Well, that’s the idea behind Jellio. Think of all those times that you flashed back to something from childhood, and it put a huge grin on your face. Well we think you can surround yourself with a few of those memories on a long-term basis."
posted by cp311 on Aug 15, 2011 - 53 comments

Massimals, like massing models, animal massing models.

Jason Scroggin and Akari Takebeyashi teach in the Architecture faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Design. Together they also form Design Office Takebayashi Scroggin [D.O.T.S.] Recently they took the idea of an architectural massing model* to the world of animals. Here is a petting zoo of "Massimals" made with ziplock ties, polystyrene foam, chipboard and foam core. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara on Jul 26, 2011 - 4 comments

Underneath the sofa

X-ray technology developed for airport security and bomb disposal is now being used to see beneath the surface of eighteenth-century furniture. The resulting images are unexpectedly clear and often beautiful in themselves, revealing not just nails and screws but also layers of upholstery and even woodworm tunnels. (Via Treasure Hunt, Emile de Bruijn's blog featuring works of art in the National Trust's historic houses.)
posted by verstegan on Jun 25, 2011 - 11 comments

How the Eames Chair and Ottoman are manufactured

Creation process of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Putting together previous coverage by Treehugger and Vitra, Belgian standardista/Web designer Veerle Pieters offers a step-by-step breakdown, designed in her characteristically beautiful and feminine style, of how the iconic Eames chair and ottoman are constructed. Spoiler alert: It involves a lot of bent plywood.
posted by joeclark on Jun 5, 2011 - 25 comments

It's Full of Surprise

Christian Schallert transformed his tiny 258 square feet apartment into a much more usable space by creating a vast wall of clickable furniture, and a spring-loaded door swings.
posted by gman on May 11, 2011 - 69 comments

Furniture that really is da bomb.

"Estonian sculptor Mati Karmin creates mind-blowing furniture made out [sic] from sea mines." That is all. [more inside]
posted by kinnakeet on Apr 18, 2011 - 23 comments

Defenestration

In November, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency accepted a bid from Kennerly Architecture and Planning for an affordable housing complex at Sixth Street and Howard. The plans for the new building (PDF) are striking, but fans of public art will notice that a few things are missing. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Feb 12, 2011 - 17 comments

Swords into art

A throne of weapons. An armchair built from a Russian seamine. A dress made of bullets. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Oct 20, 2010 - 29 comments

The Ultimate Bugalow

The Pasadena architectural firm of Greene & Greene was one of the foremost exponents of the Arts & Crafts movement. Their "ultimate bungalows," including the Gamble, Thorsen, and Blacker Houses (and a host of modern-day disciples) stand testament to the enduring elegance of their work, but for a fuller examination of the brothers' design process, delve into the thousands of blueprints, drawings, and photos at the Greene & Greene Virtual Archives.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jul 26, 2010 - 25 comments

Backpack + Couch

Furniture designers, quinze & milan, team up with eastpak This mutant couch sort of looks like a life preserver jacket.
posted by la_scribbler on Mar 23, 2010 - 15 comments

Haikea, Poetry for the Furniture of Melancholy

Haiku + IKEA
posted by punkbitch on Feb 13, 2010 - 46 comments

Wanna fancify your living room?

Ugly Furniture (SLYT)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 9, 2010 - 26 comments

New Furniture Design Ideas

Modern Furniture Designs. Innovative and unique furniture has twists and turns, literal and conceptual ways of breaking from contemporary conventions and modern regularity. These creative furniture designs go beyond merely innovative, crossing boundaries of industrial, furniture and architectural design, using new methods and materials along the way.
posted by netbros on Aug 9, 2009 - 15 comments

Lighting and Tables and Chairs, Oh My!

Paint or Die But Love Me. Buoy Chair. Tilted Soup Plate. The art, furniture, and accoutrements of John Nouanesing.
posted by mattdidthat on Jul 10, 2009 - 7 comments

Black and White People Furniture

The Red House sells black and white people furniture (youtube). (via bookofjoe)
posted by alms on May 22, 2009 - 29 comments

Engaging Design

Captain's Log, supplemental.
posted by digaman on Mar 19, 2009 - 112 comments

Meubles en carton

Cardboard furniture: cheap and convenient. Or astounding. [more inside]
posted by clavicle on Feb 26, 2009 - 24 comments

Factory Porn

Eames Shell Chair - Something of how they get the way they are. Video.
posted by Manhasset on Dec 6, 2008 - 24 comments

Fantastic, whimsical wooden furniture from Judson Beaumont

Inspired by such diverse influences as Pee-Wee's Playhouse to Frank Gehry and Warner Brothers Cartoons to Philippe Starck, Vancouver, BC based woodworker Judson Beaumont's furniture is whimsical yet fully functional and is suited for children and adults alike. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Jul 9, 2008 - 15 comments

American da Vinci

Viktor Schreckengost who died last year at the grand age of 101, was regarded by some as the father of industrial design. Every adult in America has ridden in, ridden on, drunk out of, stored their things in, eaten off of, been costumed in, etc… and there is no going past his gorgeous pedal cars. Some of his work can also be seen online at The Cleveland Museum of Art.
posted by tellurian on Apr 28, 2008 - 9 comments

Melrose Place, Gov. Napolitano, and Chocolate Chips

Melrose Place, Governor Napolitano, and Freshly Baked Chocolate Chips: social entrepreneurship to combat meth and sell art. Is Belleza Gallery, wholly owned nonprofit gallery of Renaissance House, the coolest little pocket of altrusim-meets-art that almost no one has ever heard of? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Apr 10, 2008 - 3 comments

Look at the shelves on that!

Bookshelf. "The home of interesting bookshelves, bookcases and things that look like them"
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 29, 2008 - 25 comments

A slice of true Americana

The Diner: A true American hallmark, that first appeared on the horizon in the early 70's (the 1870's that is), and has remained a fixture on the American psyche since. If you've never been to one, why not go ahead and have your next meal there? There maybe one right around the corner from where you live. If not, well, like me, you can sit back and look at the glorious images that are available and hope that one day your dream comes true. But until then: remember to adhere to the Ten Commandments, and yeah--if you can--get a copy of Diner (youtube) and watch it. It might not be "strictly" about Diners, but it's fun all the same. [previously]
posted by hadjiboy on Mar 28, 2008 - 69 comments

Room in a Box

Moving houses but don't want to buy bulky furniture? Get a Casulo.
posted by divabat on Feb 13, 2008 - 13 comments

Ballpits as office furniture

The Last.fm guys really wanted a ballpit, inspired by the xkcd blog. Pictures.
posted by nthdegx on Jan 16, 2008 - 33 comments

just plane furniture

Ever had a yen for a table made from jet engine turbine blades or a desk fashioned from a wing or a cowling? Giancarlo de Astis and Moto Art are two high-end design firms that are creating eye catching furniture and functional art from scavenged airplane parts. You can see their work and the work of others in the aviation art community at InterFlight Studio. Or do-it-yourself-ers in the crowd might just prefer a Field Guide to Aircraft Boneyards.
posted by madamjujujive on Aug 10, 2007 - 21 comments

Office Inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

I'm officially jealous of the people who get to work in this office workspace custom designed to look like Captain Nemo's Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues. Via.
posted by jonson on Jun 14, 2007 - 30 comments

Thinking out of the box.

Foldschool offers free downloadable PDF patterns you can use to make children's furniture and "fun objects" out of 4mm corrugated cardboard. via
posted by paulsc on Apr 29, 2007 - 5 comments

OOOMS Design.

OOOMS is a Dutch design company with interesting products. Anti-Gravity Machine, Lo-Res Chair, Rebellious Desk and Golden Staples are among my favorites. Slightly NSFW for the very small thumbnailed image of some stylish sex toys. Via
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 25, 2007 - 26 comments

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